Hey guys! I've been working on this project for about a month now, but between school and everything it could have been completed faster. I'll go through what I did to make them and hopefully update this post with the final implementation before next week.
Anyway, I got tired of the plain plastic door sills to my '09 Ranger, so I decided to do something about it. No manufacture sells anything like I had in mind, so I thought it would be a fun project to undertake. The idea is to use the gap between the door and the sills to place LEDs under the cut 'Ranger' sills and connect them to the interior lighting fuse with a fuse tap, so when the door is opened (activating the dome light) the door sills are illuminated to spell Ranger in bright blue splendor. The LEDs would be protected from being crushed by 'bridge' pieces of plexiglass, which in turn are glued to a piece of plexiglass the exact dimensions of the door sill (30" x 3") and painted blue to diffuse the light.
That was the idea, anyway. At this point in the project (trying to fit the manufactured door sills into the truck), I have found out that there is not enough space to close the door
The new plan is to take the bridge pieces off and just keep the Ranger sill glued to the plexiglass, and mount the lights under the original door sill clamp holes. Confusing, I know. Let me try to better explain with pictures.
This is just an initial orientation picture so y'all know what the hell I'm talking about :p
The first step was to remove the door sills by unclipping them from underneath the truck. Then, after a gut check on my willingness to go through with it, I cut off the plastic clips and nubs that are underneath the truck.
Next, using a Dremel tool, I began to cut into the lettering of the 'Ranger' plastic.
After the holes were made in the lettering, I finished the job by drilling out the plastic between the holes. Next, I purchased the plexiglass (25 mm thick), cut it to length, and spray-painted one side blue.
The final step in the construction process was to epoxy (translucent yellow for plastics) the bridge pieces, the blue-painted plexiglass, and the bored-out sill all together.
Final Door Sills
I am currently trying to install these in my truck. I had another idea for completely custom door sills that light up the word 'FORD' when the door is opened.
First, I bought some thicker (90 mm) plexiglass, generic letter stickers, pin stripe tape, and a can of spray-on grip tape. You can guess where this is going.
I plan to have these two sets (of course I only showed one sill in the pictures) interchangeable in my truck so I can swap them out whenever I want.
Thanks for reading! I'll update this post as soon as I get them installed!
I got everything wired up and ready to go, only to find out that the LEDs stay on despite me closing the door :( i.e. the dome light turns off, but the LEDs don't. I guess this means that the dome light switch is "upstream" of the fuse box, which means I have to find the switch and tap into it. Some pictures of the install:
Obviously my intention wasn't underglow, so I have some tweaking to do. Also I could use some advice on where the dome light switch is that turns off the light when the door closes, and how to tap into it.
I tried to find the dome light switch wire so the LEDs will turn off when the dome light does. I pried off the dome light to see the color of the wire so I could find it in the fuse box. I cut four different wires (all the same color combo of LT GRN/PRPL) to see which one disconnected the dome light circuit. Of course, none of them did. I got discouraged and quit on it. I don't know of a way to test a wire for being 'hot' without cutting it. Anyway, I'll try again tomorrow.