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Old 09-19-2009, 10:24 PM
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Lower Grill LED Strips

So i finally decided to do this mod. I got the LEDs from Ebay. Took a long time to get them since they came from Hong Kong but i think the wait was well worth it. Here is a DIY incase anyone is interested in doing this. Let me know what you guys think.

1- First i tapped into the parking light on the passenger side. I used the Red wire for the positive.







2- I took out the lower grills without removing the front bumper. It was a little difficult but i was able to get them out without breaking anything

3- I used a plastic strip i picked up from Lowes to use as the backing for the strip since the strip itself was too flimsy.



4- Cut a total of 4 same lenght strips and make notches where it fits the grill.



5- Attached the self adhesive strip onto the plastic strip.



6- Attach to the grill using zip ties.



7- All the strips in.



8- Used hot glue to keep the wires in place so you cannot see them from the front.



9- This is how i routed the wires.



10- This is where i grounded it.

Ground for the right side.



Ground for the left side. I used the same wire for positive. ran it from the front all the way to the left side and tapped it to the positive wires from the LEDs.



11- All wires are hidden under the plastic covers.



12- Everything back in.



13- LEDs off in the sunlight.



14- LEDs on in the sunlight.







15- LEDs at night.









Let me know what you guys think?
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Thats a very very nice install man, very impressive, im thinking of taking this one step furter and tapping into the turn indicators so they flash when ur blinker is on.
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good effort.. no thanks though
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:40 PM
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Let me know what you guys think?
Good job, but Im not feeling it sorry.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:45 AM
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I think you did an awesome job installing everything and doing something different, but it's nothing I would ever do to my car.
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GJ on the work but it looks too exposed. Might be better if you tucked it behind. Seen some on an NSX but his were hidden looked pretty decent.
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ouch, well, majority of us dont really like it man. but if u do then thats all that matters.

flip side, whats MEH mean?
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ouch, well, majority of us dont really like it man. but if u do then thats all that matters.

flip side, whats MEH mean?
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=meh
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u could just tell me LOL
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:46 AM
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haha this defined it better than I could have
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:06 AM
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it looks out of place....
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:46 AM
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Usually lights added to places that weren't originally there doesn't look great. It might look better if its just one strip on each lower grill.
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Don't listen to them man! The lights look great and make your car unique! If you could message me where you found those lights that would be awesome! I wouldn't do what you have but I want to get the Audi headlight kind of look with them! : ) Great job with the lights again!
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Originally Posted by simas0904 View Post
Don't listen to them man! The lights look great and make your car unique! If you could message me where you found those lights that would be awesome! I wouldn't do what you have but I want to get the Audi headlight kind of look with them! : ) Great job with the lights again!
Thanks man. I have sent you the link..
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You know, I looked at your thread yesterday and I wanted to think about it before I posted. Well executed mod. I don't know if I would have done it to my TL, but it is a clean look.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:21 PM
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Thanks for DIY and looks like a clean install. But nothing I would do to my car.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:56 PM
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good effort.. no thanks though
+1
not feeling them either..
never have, never will
sorry..just my 2cents
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:11 PM
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nice install! i just think the placement stands out too much in the day time. may i ask what ebay seller u got this from?
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:41 PM
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looks ok... but i wouldnt do it on my car
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:07 PM
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nice install! i just think the placement stands out too much in the day time. may i ask what ebay seller u got this from?

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Old 09-20-2009, 09:55 PM
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i wouldnt do it but props for being unique
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Kinda reminds me of the puddle lights, too space ship-ish. Mods like these are the far opposite of clean IMO.

Nice install though.
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To each their own.

The install is very clean, nice LED strips, but...

just the wrong place.

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Clean install, too each his own.. but I think it looks okay.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:22 AM
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that looks awesome. I think it looks the best on a silver and black TLs
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Interesting.

Great installation and documentation. As mentioned, I think they should be attached to the back of the grilles to hide them a bit. Those LEDs may not be powerful enough for daylight use, although they look bright at night. Hiding the strips behind the grille would stealth them and make them only come out at night to play. I also liked your idea about using the plastic strips with black zip ties and the hot glue---looks clean.

Your wiring is nice and simple, although I would have run a switch to the dash to give me more control. I consider these more like "show lights" than driving lights and would not want them completely tied into my running lights. It would be a bit more complicated wiring, but gives added some functionality.

As for the complete look and feel? My opinion is that the grilles should be for fogs/driving lamps and the LEDs should be garnish--headlights, running liights, interior, etc. The Audis are using high power LEDs in the headlights that look nice and I would consider doing something similar. Just not into body lighting, I guess.

Thanks for sharing your ideas and efforts.
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:36 AM
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Hiding the strips behind the grille would stealth them and make them only come out at night to play.
I thought about doing that but with that it was just a straight hue of white light. I am considering some other options to hide it during the day. I have an idea but dont know if i want to spend another 20-30 bucks on testing it. I had black mesh on my R6 headlights that made them look black. if i do that that should hide it during the day and at night it should not affect the light too much. Here is a link to that product.

http://www.tobefast.com/efx-headlight-mesh-pr-4248.html
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that looks awesome. I think it looks the best on a silver and black TLs
oh shit I thought I was writing that in the cleared out type s tails thread.

I don't like how there is 2 of them on each side. If there was 1 longer one on each side it would look much better
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^yeah i agree...i think the dual line is a bit much...maybe one strip on each side would look a lot more OEMish...
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"A" for execution, but not feeling the look. Sorry.
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Clean install. I like it. I don't think I would do it on my TL but I like the look. It's different but not to "out there". More importantly, you like it!
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A for effort..........
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It's got potential... but IMO one single centered strip with fogs would look much better
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:58 PM
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I like it.. I'm gonna do a single strip instead of two... thanks for the DIY
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:19 PM
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My car is the same color and I did the same thing.. but different LED though.. here is some picture.. i took it with my phone so the quality is not that great.

WITHOUT FOGLIGHT ON



WITH FOGLIGHT ON


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Old 10-02-2009, 09:14 PM
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amazing job on the installation and symmetry ... but im with the others.. it looks a little bit "off".....

i think 1 strip might look better
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I just installed the Oznium headlight strips on the lower grill- one 12" strip per side. I followed many of zsamer's instructions but wired my lights so they act like daylight running lights instead.

I wound up buying the following from Oznium:


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2 x Linear Light 3 foot Extension Cable = $3.98

2 x Side Emitting "Headlight" LED Strip - Neutral White, 1 Foot = $29.98
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Subtotal: $33.96
United States Postal Service (First-Class Mail): $4.20
CA Tax 9.25: $3.14
Total: $41.30


Some other tips:

*removing the black plastic lower grills was the hardest part of the job; however, you can use a butter knife and carefully disengage the 8 clips from the front- this works best on the outer clips that can't be reached from behind the bumper.

* The LED strips have some 3M double stick tape that seems to work very well. I attached the strips the the large middle rib and there is plenty of material for the strip to fasten too.

* You can wire these strips in sequence like a strand of xmas lights. You'll want to start at the Passenger side lower grill and work toward the driver's side. You can snip the extra wire end on the passenger led strip.

* These oznium lights are plug-n-play and easy to install. You'll want one extension cable between the LEDs light strips and then you can use the other to go from the driver strip up into the engine compartment. From there, you need about 2' of wire to tap into the underhood fuse box.

* Like zsamer, I glued the wires on the lower grill before snapping the grills into place. There are two bulkhead supports behind the bumper that you can wrap the extra wire around for a clean install behind the bumper.

I'll attach some photos that I took in middle of the day. The LEDs are brighter than they look in the photos. The sun is shining in the direction of the strips. The strips will be much brighter at night and other times of the day and look good with the black backdrop.

The parts:


Where I tapped in for power:


Final underhood install:



Front view lights off:


Front view closeup:


Front view lights on:


Front view lights on (closeup):
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@lacostaracer

that is super tight, i am looking to do something like that

do you have any nighttime shots of it? also, i am a complete noob at car modding, so far all i have are tinted headlights, i have 0 knowledge of the front part of the car or any electrical stuff.
how hard do you think it would be for me to do this?
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^ I just installed them today so I'll take some night shots later on. The lights are pretty bright so they will be very noticeable at night.

The install is not that hard and a noob can do it. It took me about 2 hours to complete the job and the hardest part was removing those grills. Use the butter knife from the front to make things a little easier. I'll post night shots when I can. You'll need some wire strippers, a 10mm socket, screw drivers (straight for popping out plastic fasteners), and the add-a-circuit that you can get from a car parts store. This mod was a lot easier than replacing the license plate lights with LEDs.
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