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    Led rear lights.

    Thought I'd have a go at making some led rear lights myself.

    Up to this stage so far:

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    Will jot some more info & progress stuff down later, happy so far though

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    They look great

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    It's good to see people giving it a go themselves at this style of light. How well of a fit are your lenses?

    Looking forward to see a finished unit.

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    Looking very up to date. Can't wait to see the finished result !
    Work in progres.....

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    Wow! That's going to look awesome!!!

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    That's a very promising start mate!
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    Good on you mate for having a go yourself, hard work is paying off
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    Looking really good there bud...!
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    They look rather nice! Good job
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    Great work mate been meaning to start something myself

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    Looking good dude

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    Quick warning, picture quality is awful as my phone is on the way out.

    Thanks for all the comments of encouragement so far guys.

    Basically I was inspired to have a go at these partly after seeing Casheye's thread, some of Hecklers work, and a couple of others that have had a go on here and other forums over the past few months.

    My car is still off the road as I'm awaiting a good few bits to finish it (and money to buy said bits!) so I have had the time to have a play with these.

    So...I bought myself a cheap set of pre face-lift lights, my thinking was that at 40-50 a set I could afford for these to go wrong more so than with a 100+ set of face-lifts.

    First off I split the lights, usual in the oven for a few moments/check/repeat etc and then pulled them apart. Next up it's just a case of removing the innards, pretty straightforward.

    Next up I bought a couple of acrylic sheets from a local craft shop to make the backing pieces. I had offers locally to make these up using a 3D printer and what not but I thought no, if I'm going to do this I'm going to do it myself. So I popped the lenses out, cut the nibs off and filed them down and traced around the acrylic sheets to make some backing discs.





    Around the same time I also decided to spray the silver lens mount sections. This was to avoid any major reflection and because I wanted the 'ring' effect to remain a 'ring' effect.

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    Ok so here comes the punchline....

    I had two types of LED rings bookmarked on my computer, one after Casheye's thread stating they were no good and prone to fire, and one that I thought would be much better quality.

    So I deleted one set off my bookmarks and ordered the other set.......you might be able to guess which set I ordered.

    Anyway, LEDs received my next task was to work out how to mount them, which ended up being a high strength Araldite type adhesive and then just ensuring they sat correctly and in the right place. This one was prior to sitting it correctly but you get the idea.





    I also weighed them down overnight using random household objects to make sure they sat nicely.



    On these pictures you will see for the reverse rings (yellow ones oddly enough) I had to add some self adhesive pads to raise them up as they weren't sitting right.

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    Next up - I have some more LED rings coming as a couple of them are faulty and I'm also going to add some smaller ones to some of the sections.

    Ultimately I don't want to over complicate them as I fully expect them to fail at some point over the life of the car so I need to be able to replace the rings if that happens.

    I also have some dark black tinting film on the way, I'll explain what I'm using that for in the next set of pictures.

    I have tested one (as per the very first picture) and it works perfectly for now, needs a few alterations and tweaks to be made suitable to go on the road though.

    I have a friendly local MOT tester who should be able to wangle the fog light question for me also, obviously at some point I'll get one attached to somewhere on the back of the car.

    About halfway through so far I'd say.

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