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looking good cant wait to see them on the truck
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Here is how I installed the LED control modules I built:




Here is what they look like during the day. Don't forget its REALLY sunny here today, no clouds, and about 12:45PM when I took these photos. You can even clearly see the running lights at only 9 volts when the sun shines right at them. In the furthest picture I am standing in the front of my across the street neighbor's front yard.







Night photos tonight...
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I think it looks good color-matched. Different, but good. Can't wait to see a night shot.
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I think it looks good color-matched. Different, but good. Can't wait to see a night shot.
If you look at the corners where there is no lense covering them (at the very, very top) you can see the new white paint is just a tiny bit "whiter" than the truck. It's pretty subtle though. Looking through the plastic you would never, ever be able to notice.

One thing I would have done differently is tried to find a white sealant instead of the black butyl tape that I used.

I have a white ford oval with black lettering ordered (from buggman) - that will go on as soon as its finished and I get it.
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I noticed the lights are a brighter white, but they still look good. I thought you used the exact paint color code?

And, now that you mention it I can see the black tape.
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I noticed the lights are a brighter white, but they still look good. I thought you used the exact paint color code?

And, now that you mention it I can see the black tape.
I used the exact color code that ford painted the truck with.

When the guy before me bought the truck, and crashed it about 5 times probably, and had it repainted by every tom, dick and harry in town, it is a little bit off.

The paint job on the truck is a maaco paint job probably. That's why its off some. Christ the TYC's that I replaced here even had paint on them, they didn't take them out when they last painted it. It was bad.
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looks decent man.

any plans to freshen up the look of the truck? or leavin it stock as far as the rest of the appearance goes
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looks decent man.

any plans to freshen up the look of the truck? or leavin it stock as far as the rest of the appearance goes
I'm going to be doing Superflux LED Rear lighting, with body matched aftermarket tails, and a clear 3rd brake light with a body matched look.

The whole truck will probably get a paint job this coming summer, but I'll probably repaint the front bumpers to match, maybe add HID projector fogs & do a front plate shave.
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here is a flashing video with the loudest possible sun shining on them full blown, 12:45PM on a perfectly clear sky afternoon.
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Very Nice
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Night photos tonight...

bad *** shot! you did good man! cant wait for the tails
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Now - without further ado

.... the night video...

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i think your running lights are as bright as my signals lol
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I'm going to be doing Superflux LED Rear lighting, with body matched aftermarket tails, and a clear 3rd brake light with a body matched look.

The whole truck will probably get a paint job this coming summer, but I'll probably repaint the front bumpers to match, maybe add HID projector fogs & do a front plate shave.
good deal man that should make it look 100% better
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good god those are bright. almost hurts my eyes just watching the vid lol

no shots with the projectors on? or are they not wired up yet
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good deal man that should make it look 100% better
Remember this is my "daily driver" truck I still have the 04 sonic blue ranger. That truck is 100X better.
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Looks great! Definitely bright!
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good god those are bright. almost hurts my eyes just watching the vid lol

no shots with the projectors on? or are they not wired up yet
Everything is hooked up and working (meaning nothing has broken yet)

Projector shots look just like before in the last photos I put up of me in that parking lot. Sure the lenses weren't on yet but it looks the same. Showing the projectors in my driveway would look like crap because I have a very, very, very uneven surface.
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wow that looks great
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Good god. It looks great, but don't ya think it's a bit excessive? I mean, it's important to be seen, but your lights seem way bright for what they are used for

Awesome work nonetheless
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Good god. It looks great, but don't ya think it's a bit excessive? I mean, it's important to be seen, but your lights seem way bright for what they are used for

Awesome work nonetheless
What can I say, I'm a total LED Nerd, and when I design something I do it to the fullest.
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Now that I've had some time to concentrate on tail lights, I've spent the last few days working on them.

During this summer I tried to heat up some aftermarket tail lights that cost 45$ a pair in the oven to separate the lens from the housing. Turns out the lens cracks really easy when you use a screwdriver to separate it. It also has to do somewhat with the design and way the tail lights are made. Having broke the lenses I was able to get all of the lens plastic off and come out with a good left and right housing, but no lenses. I bought a second set of tail lights (for 45$) because I only needed lenses, and I knew the would crack if I tried the same method. I cut the housing on the inside with my dremel so that I could access the seam where they are glued together easier for removal. It turns out that I even broke on of these lenses while cutting part of the trim edge and pulling too hard.

I was however able to carefully remove, but cutting for hours on hours the other one. I guess I now have to order a 3rd set of tail lights to get the other side that was broken before, so I can have the parts I need to make 2 sets.

I feel really good about this today. I spent about 8 hours of dremel time working on it and as I got further into it I got even more careful. The aftermarket lenses are really weak and crack way too easy. The glue that they use is like super-putty. This stuff is extremely sticky and stretchy.

I'm now one step closer to being able to retrofit my tail lights like I've done my headlights. I'm going to use superflux Red 60 degree's and Cree White 60 degree's in there.

Oh - and incidentally I think this makes me the first to successfully get a mating pair of parts like this.

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i cant wait to see progress with the taillights... u do great work
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i cant wait to see progress with the taillights... u do great work
I had a little setback because I found a gremlin in my control circuit design - turns out the 10V reg needed capacitors to work right. I know that now. I'm fixing that first and I have 4 tail lights coming to my house this week. Should get back on track again.
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those tails will look cool
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