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Old 01-16-2015
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Custom Illuminated Door Sills

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.

Pre-Cut



Next, using a Dremel tool, I began to cut into the lettering of the 'Ranger' plastic.



After Drill-Out



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!

****UPDATE 1/17****

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:





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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.

****Update 1/18****

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.
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Sounds like a cool mod, but the pics don't seem to be loading.
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Still no pics for me.
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I see pictures, that is an awesome mod. Can't wait to see it completed
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I've been considering doing something very similar to this, but just haven't got around to it. Hope it works out well for you.
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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.

Pre-Cut



Next, using a Dremel tool, I began to cut into the lettering of the 'Ranger' plastic.



After Drill-Out



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!
very ecxcited to see what you do here, i have been wanting to do the same
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There are non-contact voltage detectors you can get. Harbor Freight has them cheap.

Also, instead of making those "bridge" pieces (effectively making the whole item higher, you can sand the surface of the Plexiglas and install the LED's on the side of the Plexiglass:

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Update 1/29

I know it's been a while since I've posted, but I've been getting the required material to install door jamb switches that would be directly connected to the LED sills. The reason for this is that I actually found the wire connecting the dome light to the door switch, but it didn't do anything for me! I tried connecting the LED ground wires to it, which did nothing, and to the power wires, which ended up blowing my fuse tap. So that's where I'm at. I have two 2" adjustable pin switches from Amazon, and I'm going to get some male spade terminals to connect my LED ground wires to them. The power will still go to the fuse box through a new tap. Hopes this works lol
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Update 2/3

I'M DONE!! Well, mostly. The pin switches worked like a charm. To install them, I took out the rubber door stop on each door and drilled a 1/4" hole through both the metal and the plastic. I initially didn't want to drill through the plastic, but the switch travel required me to. Install pics are below.













Now the easy part! I'll probably use Velcro to interchange the door sill sets. I'll upload them here when I get a chance.
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