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Autozone LED's?

I saw autozone has these LED square pieces that fit into dome lights..Anyone know if they'll fit in a OHC..They're like $15 bucks..They have blue and white bulbs..Or does anyone know anything about them? They look as if they have a pigtail on them, but I know the bulbs on the OHC don't?
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They won't fit the OHC unless you mod it. What I did is went to Super Bright LEDs - Boat, RV and Other LED Bulbs and bought the PCB series, I cut off the stupid plug thing and soldered it straight to the wires that connect to the printed circuit for the stock bulbs

Although I did use those Autozone LED's to redo my dome light

Here's how mine turned out

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^^do this Dustin
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okay so you bought some LED's, then modded them with the autozone LED's...Can you explain it a little better..
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No, he used the autozone LEDS in the domelight, not the OHC.

Just order the LED boards, take out the stock lights and then wire the LED boards to the stock wiring.
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Thats kind of cheesy. Why not just etch some circuit boards and solder on surface mount LEDs. Its a much more flexible idea and you can do a hell of a lot more for less money.
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Thats kind of cheesy. Why not just etch some circuit boards and solder on surface mount LEDs. Its a much more flexible idea and you can do a hell of a lot more for less money.
I'm sorry I'm not as skilled as you, but this was $24 and the easiest thing I could think of.

It puts out a ton of light, and you can't see ghetto mounting behind the light cover.

I'm happy with it and it was easy, not everyone has your abilities, some of us just do the best with what we know
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I'm sorry I'm not as skilled as you, but this was $24 and the easiest thing I could think of.

It puts out a ton of light, and you can't see ghetto mounting behind the light cover.

I'm happy with it and it was easy, not everyone has your abilities, some of us just do the best with what we know
No - don't be offended - I wasn't putting your design down. I just think autozone LEDs are so cheesy. I've used square matrix LEDs also but with SMDs not round style LEDs. That stuff is so marked up and so poorly made. The LEDs are doped poorly and they don't last under any kind of heat. Someone on the LED portion of HID planet had one start on fire when it was in his dome light on for an hour.

Doing a full retrofit with component SMDs is NOT hard. You just need the right materials and tools.
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No - don't be offended - I wasn't putting your design down. I just think autozone LEDs are so cheesy. I've used square matrix LEDs also but with SMDs not round style LEDs. That stuff is so marked up and so poorly made. The LEDs are doped poorly and they don't last under any kind of heat. Someone on the LED portion of HID planet had one start on fire when it was in his dome light on for an hour.

Doing a full retrofit with component SMDs is NOT hard. You just need the right materials and tools.
I agree the Autozone LED's are crap, I'm gonna redo my dome light with better LED's.

I'm sure SMD's aren't hard to work with, I just gotta learn
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I agree the Autozone LED's are crap, I'm gonna redo my dome light with better LED's.

I'm sure SMD's aren't hard to work with, I just gotta learn


Its so easy, you just have to have accurate handling of them; Tiny little guys...

The math and circuitry is no problem - all of the formulas are online.
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I'm going to do something similar to 01RangerEdge for my OHC (whenever I finally get around to it).

I'm using a basic rectangular PCB with 5mm white LEDs/resistors soldered on. It would have probably easier & cheaper to go with some pre-made LED boards (evilbay) but I had to be different.

As far as the Autozone LED panels, I'd save my money & grab a cheap set of evilbay for about $4 each. They're likely the same quality & should work just the same...although you'll need to do a little modding to get the square panels in the OHC, but it shouldn't be that hard.

Anything has to be an improvement over those stock bulbs.
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I had to remove the reflectors and plastic holders from the OHC to fit my boards.
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great info guys, thank you very much..
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They won't fit the OHC unless you mod it. What I did is went to Super Bright LEDs - Boat, RV and Other LED Bulbs and bought the PCB series, I cut off the stupid plug thing and soldered it straight to the wires that connect to the printed circuit for the stock bulbs

I did the same mod to my 95 Camaro rear dome light and loved it. I also got tired of getting pulled over for always having a tag light that would work only when it wanted to. I built a bracket and used the same LED panel in the rear bumper of the car without ever a problem. I did coat the back of it with liquid electricians tape. 6+ years later the thing is still going strong (my friend owns the car now). I'd use these little panels on anything. Also I don't know how well a custom one piece panel would work as you need the lights to angle the opposite direction since the buttons are kind of backwards in my opinion. If not you'd need to do some rewiring there to make the lights function correctly.
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I did the same mod to my 95 Camaro rear dome light and loved it. I also got tired of getting pulled over for always having a tag light that would work only when it wanted to. I built a bracket and used the same LED panel in the rear bumper of the car without ever a problem. I did coat the back of it with liquid electricians tape. 6+ years later the thing is still going strong (my friend owns the car now). I'd use these little panels on anything. Also I don't know how well a custom one piece panel would work as you need the lights to angle the opposite direction since the buttons are kind of backwards in my opinion. If not you'd need to do some rewiring there to make the lights function correctly.
I have 2 panels, I used the printed circuit to figure out which button went with what panel, it was really easy.
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I have 2 panels, I used the printed circuit to figure out which button went with what panel, it was really easy.
Yeah, I was referring to Jp7's single board idea. You would either need to make the LED's angle toward the opposite sides or rewire the buttons as in stock form the drivers side light angles goes towards the passenger side and vice versa. If you have a straight board with all the lights angling straight down the buttons would be incorrect.
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Yeah, I was referring to Jp7's single board idea. You would either need to make the LED's angle toward the opposite sides or rewire the buttons as in stock form the drivers side light angles goes towards the passenger side and vice versa. If you have a straight board with all the lights angling straight down the buttons would be incorrect.
Gotcha, I should have figured you weren't talking about mine since I posted pics lol
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