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This thread has been added to the complete how-to Achive!!


well, to begin.. ive only been on this site for a couple a months, and thats how long ive had my car[woot] and i must say i loveeee this site[ffrocks]


ive gone through so many threads looking at ideas and came up with one.. im not sure how original it may be, but i was in the process so i took some pictures

ever see the cars goin down the road with some bright colored light?.. ive seen quite a few, and got jelous.. so this is what i did about it..


youll need..

a bunch of wire
2-4 LEDs, depending on the look you want
resisters for the LEDs (google resister calculator and follow the instructions to find the right ones)
a switch
soldier iron
hot glue gun
heat shrink or electrical tape
wire strippers
and your focus

to begin, my car is stock everything, i put my accent lights in the focus fog lights, because of ease. if you dont have fog lights then youll need a drill too.. and most of this tut wont apply for you..

you will have to start off by taking off the fog lights.. twist the bulb and pull it out..
undo the wire clip.. and wiggle it out.. the side towards the center of the car comes out first




then look for a little blue sticker(thats what color it was on mine, im not sure if all are like that), and remove it from the lense



then take your LEDs

theres two legs to them,, a long and short.. the long is your positive and short is your negative.
cut the short side shorter and trim part of the resistor leg and attach it to the negative side of the led, repeat for all of the leds



you want to put about 3 feet 8 in of wire on your passenger side led(distance from one fog light to the other
heres where your opinion comes in.. if you want it to just be a little dot of color, you want to put the led in facing out towards the clear part,, if you want it to all light up you want to face it towards the reflective part

simply hold it in place and hot glue it in


i installed little connectors in between the leds and the wire to make it easy to take the fog lights off again should i ever need to

then just throw the lights in, connect the wires to them, and flip your switch






THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE READ MY HOW TO, POST PICTURES OF YOUR FINAL PRODUCT :]
i hope you like the tut [bootyshak if you have any [?] just let me know,, your best bet would be to email me since in goes straight to my phone though
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lol most people just buy pre-resisted LEDs. glad to see you did it on your own.

Why not make a second hole in the casing to retain the original lights?

Good job, next time put "HOW-TO" in the title. :]
 

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nice man. good write-up. Will a mod throw this in the how-to's?
 

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Just be careful....blue lights will get you pulled over again and again and again. And you don't want a "Inpersonating a police office" ticket.
 

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Why didn't you wire them in parallel?
i have a bunch of resistors for one led, so i just used them that way.. i could have just wired 3 leds in series but i didnt want that much light

Just be careful....blue lights will get you pulled over again and again and again. And you don't want a "Inpersonating a police office" ticket.
if your parked the lights are fine, just no driving with them. i may change the color in the future if i see fit

lol most people just buy pre-resisted LEDs. glad to see you did it on your own.

Why not make a second hole in the casing to retain the original lights?

Good job, next time put "HOW-TO" in the title. :]
i like doing electrical work on my own, theres more pride in your work if you do the dirty stuff your self, so to speak
and i do have the orginal lights in still, thats why i mention the hole covered by the sticker,, idk what the hole is for, but i used it for leds. that way i still have my fogs, otherwise i would have just hooked the leds to the fog light harness instead of the seperate switch
Let us know how the hot-melt glue holds up.
i think it should be fine,, leds dont produce enough heat to melt the glue, im not sure about the stock bulb, but i guess ill find out soon enough.. if it ends up melting ill redo it with silicone probably. i just wanted a water tight fit. dont really care how i acheive that so long as i do


and to sum it up, thank you guys for the positive feedback[grinking]
i was nervous, this being my first tut..
thank you norcalfocus01 for changing the title, it was 4 in the morning by the time i finished and i didnt even think about that haha

oh, also btw everyone im 17, in highschool, and still living with mom.
and proud of it XD
 

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wow i really want to do this......i just have no knowledge of electrical stuff ( i mean NONE)
 

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^^^^ive found that its mostly common sense and logic. red to red, black to black and pick a power source. after that its all about your creativity...and a little bit of know how i guess.

there should be a how to just on wiring though. just to asnwer all the questions that always come up over and over.

by the way the fog lights look great! nice work. and i hope mom dosnt find you!!



edit: btw where did you mount your switch?
 

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I noticed that blue sticker and was thinking about doing something like that too but never did cause im lazy lol
 

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^^^^ive found that its mostly common sense and logic. red to red, black to black and pick a power source. after that its all about your creativity...and a little bit of know how i guess.

there should be a how to just on wiring though. just to asnwer all the questions that always come up over and over.

by the way the fog lights look great! nice work. and i hope mom dosnt find you!!



edit: btw where did you mount your switch?
lol ive had that email account since like i was 13, but, everything i know goes to it, too much work to change it

and i have my switch in the little drawer,ill take a pic later. idk if you have seen the guy who made the aluminem box with the light up buttons, i owe him the credit, just changed it up to suit my needs,

heres the thread[thankyou]
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=1072274
and a wiring tut would be fun to write, id gladly write it up, i just dont know what all should be in it,,


and heres my switch,


i made it so everything looks stock when the drawer is closed
 

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wow i really want to do this......i just have no knowledge of electrical stuff ( i mean NONE)
start small and work big, my electrical skill started out with fixing a short in my $80 headphones, then modding controllers(not the pic ax kind, an actual circuit board) to then modding my xbox

then to my computer

to then finally my car,, take apart an old radio that doesnt work or something of the such, explore, and try to figure out what does what.. theres plenty of people that can help you with things like that.. theres also great tuts on instructables.com for electronics and soldiering and things of that nature.. just have fun with it
 

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i wouldntve chosen blue, you can get ticketed for that
 
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