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01-23-2013 08:08 PM
Justinr666 so i appolgize for not posting up how to photos... but its the dead of winter here, and the days that have been decent i have had to work and has been pitch black by the time i got home. Anyways.. for the time being, i will do my best to do a text guide so here goes.
You will need: The smallest diameter heat shrink tube you can find(stuff recommended for automotive is best, but any for electrical work will do), Wire cutters/strippers( a utility knife will work fine, but it takes more paitence and you are more likely to cut a wire when stripping), solder and soldering gun(optional), 12V lights, mounting tape(3M outdoor double side mounting tape or 3M 2 sided molding tape), a lighter, and possibly extra lengthers of wire depending on where you mount to.
NOTE: keep all wires away from moving and hot parts! the last thing you need is a wire getting wraped around your a/c unit or other parts

First, you are going to remove your front grill. there are four, two piece clips on top. There are two clips on the bottom holding it to the bumper. If you look down through the hole on top you can see where the clips are. I just use a flat head to press the b umper down enough to remove the grill.


Second, you will have to remove the three bolts for your head light. 1 was covered by the grill, the second is in the center of the head light bracket, and the third is at the top by the fender. There is a hidden clip on the bottom of the head light. Just pull up slowly and firmly and it will release.


Third, remove the plugs for the head light bulb and/or the turn signal bulb. each plug has three sockets... the middle socket is the -/ground for both functions of each light.
now, take your set of lights. get your +/- wires ready(this is some trial and error).
take your negative wire, put it into the middle socket, take your positive and put it on either side of the plug. For the head light plug, one side is for low beam and one side is for high, you can hook both up(ill tell how later) or you can leave it so when your highs are on, your lights turn on. for the turn signal plug, one side is always on, the other is flashing(not recommended for street use), you cannot hook both up so that your lights stay on, then flash when you put your turns signal on... it doesnt work that way for some reason. it just stays solid the whole time. now, when you have decided how you want to do it, remember what colour wire you picked.


Now, cut the black vinyl tape back about 4-5". DO NOT cut the accordion tubing, you will use this again when your done, so just pull it back and expose your three wires.


Here comes the scary bit, you are going to cut both wires in half. Then take the wire coating off about half an inch on each side. Slide over a piece of heat shrink tube. Twist the wires together, then wrap the wire for your lights around(you can solder the connection if you want). slide the heat shrink over the exposed wires so no wire is showing. take a lighter and shrink it. now, repeat these steps for the other wire... but before your shrink the tubing, check to make sure your lights light up the way you want!


Once your wires are conected and everything works, take the accordion tube and stuff the wires back in(i found it the easiest to bend it backwards so the opening is facing up and stuffing the wires in like that) once thats done wrap the tube, all the way to the original vinyl tape with new vinyl tape( i wouldnt cheap out on tape here... 3M is really good and sticky) now once you have done all your wiring mount your lights where you please(best bet is to have your lights mounted so only a glow is seen, if need be, wire in a toggle/button switch inside, so you can turn your lights off if around cops and such) other than that, you are done.

this process can be used for your brake/reverse lights and the like. but as always, check local law! i am not responsible if this is illegal in your state/province.
01-16-2013 07:35 PM
VonKrause
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Originally Posted by mac.mogul View Post
effing ricers.




Call it what you will, I don't care.
01-16-2013 05:48 PM
sbc17 Looks cool. I know in Michigan these are TOTALLY illegal. We are not allowed to have any color other than white or yellow emitting from our vehicles. I had blue fogs and got pulled over and got a ticket. The officer said that police are the only ones that can have blue lights. I was mad cause I see people with blue HID's all the time. It didn't cost me anything and they were just vinyls luckily.

Keep up the good work.

-sbc
01-16-2013 05:05 PM
Justinr666
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Originally Posted by mac.mogul View Post
effing ricers.
Sorry for not having the money needed to put on expensive mods like headers, cold air, exhaust, ect. None of my mods cost me more then $100. and now there isn't a focus around me that looks like mine... I am one of a kind for my area
01-16-2013 04:13 PM
mac.mogul effing ricers.
01-16-2013 02:53 PM
Justinr666 haha, i didnt even do that, i just have mine wired into my headlights and amber lights... both lights have two positions, giving you about 80 millions possible light and colour combos :)... the head lights have off, low beam and high beam, the ambers have off, always on, and flashing... so the possibilities are endless if you have the creativity :)
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Are we not allowed the have turn signals other than amber or white (in Ontario)?
the only colour i know that you are allowed to have for your front turn signals are amber/orange... but then again its not 100% you will get pulled over for have blue turn signals... just like im not 100% safe from getting pulled over... all depends on the officer you run into..
01-16-2013 12:56 PM
VonKrause
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Originally Posted by Justinr666 View Post

also, yes my name is justin, i take it yours is too? haha
Why yes yes it is, this is the second time I have run into another Justin with an Ice Blue focus...

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Originally Posted by sleepyboy View Post
I thought the same thing when I saw it lol. Was going to send you a link when I found you posted already
Weird how that keeps happening.

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Originally Posted by Snyper View Post
I feel like with all that underglow, these could be considered illegal depending on state laws. Unless they are just for show, they carry on.

Now that that's out of the way, lol - looks good. Once I saw the first pic, I thought it was VonKrause's Foci at first lmao.
As stated the law varies from place to place, like said earlier it is "Legal" in Texas but I don't run with them on as all it takes is an angry cop to get you a ticket.

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Originally Posted by matmatician View Post
Man, I really wish I knew more about electronics. That stuff looks absolutely awesome guys. So jealous. :(
LED work on our cars isn't particularly hard, I started out knowing very little on the subject and look at my car now. All you need to do is find some 12v DC LEDs, a switch of some kind, and a bunch of wire. The way I hooked mine up was to hook the + wire to the battery put the switch in line on the + and then the other wire to the frame someplace.



This was the switch I used before the wireless setup.



This is the wireless setup with the key fob



And this is the LED that I use and I hook them up with shrink tube for a hard connection.


I haven't even electrocuted myself yet, although I don't think it's possible with the 12v DC our cars run on. However it is possible to blow a fuse if you don't disconnect the battery while installing. I did that while switching over to LEDs in my trunk.



-VonKrause-
01-16-2013 12:43 PM
Snyper Good to know that you checked legalities. I know in NY you'd get pulled over quick. I believe it's illegal, but even if not, you'd still get yanked.
01-16-2013 11:30 AM
F'nClassy
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Originally Posted by Justinr666 View Post
I got them from my work... tho you don't have canadian tire in the states... but, pepboys and im sure other automotive stores carry the exact same lights... http://www.pepboys.com/product/details/523521/ The lights are made by Pilot Automotive.. or just Pilot... the bottom light"s" are a 36" strip that i cut into two pieces(i used them are turn signals before i found out how illegal that was) but a 36" strip will fit perfectly under the front bumper of our cars. Inside the grill i used two 12" strips. I then connected the lights to my cars lighting respectively.. can explain how i did so if you would like to know.
Are we not allowed the have turn signals other than amber or white (in Ontario)?
01-16-2013 11:19 AM
Justinr666 here in my province (ontario) they are legal so long as they you can only see the glow and not the actual led bulbs. Also they cannot be flashing. But as we all know laws vary a lot from place to place, so check your local laws
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