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Offline acmp

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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #30 on: September 20, 2008, 10:12:36 PM »
Fitted my LED's!

They look good and work very well.  I got the ones from eBay listed further up this thread.  Delivery was quick.

Here's the before and after pics.

the after pic doesn't do the results justice, maybe I need to read my camera manual.

I went for 4 segments at each side of the boot pointing down and an additional segment pointing across the boot each side (1 segment is a section of 3 LED's, a total of 30 LED's)

The hardest bit of fitting them was routing the power across the boot.  I removed the cover trim by the latch.  Just take out the little push fixers at each side then tug it upwards to remove.


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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2008, 10:15:08 PM »
Looks good, might have to add this to the list :)

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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #32 on: September 20, 2008, 10:56:12 PM »
2 Qs,

How do you tap into the exisitng light wiring?

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Can you split the sections and join them with wire to extend them?

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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #33 on: September 21, 2008, 08:34:16 PM »
I tapped into the existing wiring at the OEM boot light.  It is switched so it goes off when the boot shuts.

The LED strip mentioned at the start of the thread is indeed split-able.  It can be split up into 10 3-LED segments or any combination.
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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #34 on: September 21, 2008, 08:36:33 PM »
Damn Daveg, I was just posting too and you piped me to it.

Ah well, here's my bit anyway

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To tap in i spliced into the existing connectors and added a shrouded female spade connector, the males to the new wires..  Could have used those fancy clip on spades that Neel used for his glove box mod, but couldn't be bothered to go to halfords and buy some.

The strip LED's have cut marks on them every 3 LEDs, clearly marked on the strips.  They also have exposed contacts there so you can solder to them.

I can post pics of the mod if you want.


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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2008, 10:22:25 AM »
For those are trying this on the saloon where on the existing wires did you guys tap into?  Ive already got the my leds ready ive put them into an acrylic tube with caps either end to make them a little more weatherproof.

The wires ive been able to see are a pain to get to.  So i was thinking of removing the rear shelf to get to them?

Does anyone know how to remove the shelf of a saloon before i start?
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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2008, 06:02:34 PM »
andypest, 

The wires by the stock light are a bit awkward to play with, but you could always use spade 'piggyback' connectors to simply double the contacts, or if you don't want to use the stock light why not crimp spades onto your new wires and just connect directly to the existing wiring?

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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2008, 09:56:58 PM »
acmp you are a damn genius!!!

I hadn't even though of that, thanks a bunch.  Will use the idea of crimping spade connectors and the plug into where the stock bulb would be.

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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2008, 04:17:35 PM »
No worries, I didn't think of it while I was doing the mod myself either.

Glad I could be of use.


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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2008, 06:26:41 AM »
Thanks again acmp for the idea though it didn't quite work as expected as the male spade connectors are not thick enough for the gap left by the bulb which is about 2-3mm thick and i'm not sure if they exist that thick. But i managed to make the connections with a couple of modified (or should that be butchered?  :D) female spade connectors.

I did make a bit of a mess of the bulb holder as couple of times when i pushed the connectors in, the bulb holder didn't stay put and went into the cavity between where the bulb holder sits and the rear deck, and having to use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull it back out.  But at least the bulb cover, covers it and is not noticiable.

The other thing i did have to do though was to stop the connectors from touching whilst in the bulb holder as they had a little movement and would momentarily touch, this which was easily remmedied by using the plastic insulator off a spade connector.

I will update with pics later, first impresions though are really good, nice and bright will definately come in handy with the dark winter nights.
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Re: Boot Light Mod
« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2008, 06:26:41 AM »