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Old 09-21-2005
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Thanks for the info. I don't mind working with small components. Can't be any harder to solder to than some of the little strain gages we use.
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I'm sure of that! I only mentioned it because some people aren't used to soldering and all -- I forgot who I was talking to!
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John what time do you get off work. I'd like to give you a call and ask you a few questions since you pioneered this one.
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I'm home but making a late supper since everyone got in late. Call me about 8PM if that's convenient.
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cool, thanks John
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Just a FYI, the RadioShack Bi-Polar LED's are MUCH brighter then the ones from All-Electronics. I did this mods on my Girlfriends Mustang, and tried both. (BTW, as far as the flashing issue is concerened, either a 555 timer in astable mode, or why not just connect it to constant power? We wound up doing the latter and I like it alot Be sure to get the LED holders too as they are the perfect size and snap right in)

I have a diagram of exactly how it is supposed to be hooked up including the flashing part for Rangers. As long as its ok with Bob I have it in PM.
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I have a diagram of exactly how it is supposed to be hooked up including the flashing part for Rangers. As long as its ok with Bob I have it in PM.
If the diagram came from me, it is for the 2001~2003 Rangers. It wont work in his 2000.
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The diagram just needs an input either positive or negitive, pulsed or solid to light the LED's. As to where he hooks the wires up, that i don't have. Although, like i said solid looks cool too, or just a 555 timer for the flashing.
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Just a FYI, the RadioShack Bi-Polar LED's are MUCH brighter then the ones from All-Electronics.
If you want the LEDs to be visible in the daytime, go with the brightest you can get. The flashing bipolar LEDs in my lock pin holes are washed out in direct sunlight. The combination of the bulbs themselves and the very short on-cycle makes them hard to see. They work great at night, though, and that's when they matter the most, IMO.
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I have a diagram of exactly how it is supposed to be hooked up including the flashing part for Rangers. As long as its ok with Bob I have it in PM.
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If the diagram came from me, it is for the 2001~2003 Rangers. It wont work in his 2000.
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The diagram just needs an input either positive or negitive, pulsed or solid to light the LED's. As to where he hooks the wires up, that i don't have. Although, like i said solid looks cool too, or just a 555 timer for the flashing.
I have no doubt that it could be adapted but I stand by what I said before - the diagram won't work as written on a 2000 Ranger.
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I am gonna use plain red LEDs not the bipolar ones. They are also flashing LEDs so I don't have to worry about making them flash. The only part I need that I can't get here at school is a latching relay. Once I get my hands on one of them I am set.

However just for reference I would still like to see the diagram for the 01+ rangers. I may try adapting this for my dads sport trac if it turns out well.
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I am gonna use plain red LEDs not the bipolar ones. They are also flashing LEDs so I don't have to worry about making them flash. The only part I need that I can't get here at school is a latching relay. Once I get my hands on one of them I am set.

However just for reference I would still like to see the diagram for the 01+ rangers. I may try adapting this for my dads sport trac if it turns out well.
So are you going to have it off when unlocked and flashing red when locked?

PM me your address, i should have some extra latching relays somewhere. I'll send one to you no charge.
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So are you going to have it off when unlocked and flashing red when locked?
You got it exactly right. I think it will look really good that way. It will kinda give the illusion of an alarm similar to some VWs. I will be sending you a PM momentarly. I appreciate the offer.
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