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New Idea For LED Signal Mirrors On Explorer

Discussion in 'Performance Lighting' started by slick3d, December 14, 2013.

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  1. slick3d

    slick3d New Member

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    I did not like going with the turn signal arrows on the mirrors or buying new mirrors for my 98 Explorer so I decided to approach the side mirror turn signal dilemma form a different angle. And this is what I came up with.....

    First I want to give thanks to a few people who made this project possible,

    To BigRondo, for the fantastic detailed inst on the installation of signal mirrors,
    http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=293175

    To Combat, who did this to his motorcycle and got my gears turning on how can I do this to my truck,
    http://www.kawiforums.com/two-wheeled-discussion/169700-diy-led-turn-signals.html

    I purchased the LED's, resistors from Ebay and solder it all together and used shrink tubing for a better finish.

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    I used the dent puller to hold the mirror evenly and it gave me a handle to help me pull the mirror without bending or cracking it.

    I then proceeded to take everything apart, removed the mirror housing from the doors, snaked the wires through the mirror housing into the doors.

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    I then drilled the hole for the LED's on the side of the mirror housing, this was the point of no return, I had made a hole on the side of my mirrors!!!.

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    I then installed the LED to the mirror housing and I used black silicon from the inside of the mirror housing to seal it and secure it in place. Mirrors where installed back on the doors and the wiring was snake through the doors and into the cab, and connected to the turn signal wires in the wire harness.

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    and this is how it looks when I was done,

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    here is a movie clip of the LED's working,

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    Let me know what you guys think,
    Dennis
     
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  3. R1dd1cK

    R1dd1cK Active Member

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    Interesting. Not bad at all.
     
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    That is pretty darned cool. I am impressed!

    Seth K. Pyle
     
  5. slick3d

    slick3d New Member

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    thank you,
    Dennis
     
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    I like it!

    It must blind the person next to you though. :D
     
  7. slick3d

    slick3d New Member

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    Yes, they are 8mm 1 watt leds, extremely bright, can't miss me signaling to turn. lol
    Dennis
     
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    DjDom Moderator Emeritus

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    How much did they cost you, and where'd you wire them up?

    If you ever come up here, don't flash your signal next to me. :)
     
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    excelente iniciativa!, me gustaria poder verlo funcionando, tal ves un video en youtube...!:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  10. slick3d

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    lol, no problem. They where about $7 or $9 for 5 LED's, and about the same for 5 resistors, you also need 8mm Black Plastic LED Holders Case Cup from Ebay for about $5 for 50pcs.
    I wire them to the wire harness under the carpeting on both sides. You need to remove the Plastic molding along the bottom edge of the door frame on the cab and remove the corner molding by the emergency brake pedal and the one by the passenger side. I used quick splice wire tap scotchlocks for connecting to the wire harness, no need to cut and splice, clean connections.
    Hope this helps,
    Dennis
     
  11. slick3d

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    The video is the last picture, just click on it and it will play the video.
    Thanks,
    Dennis
     
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    Thank you, I was going to use them but I decided that I wanted the led to stick out just a bit so the signal could be seen from the front as well as from the back of the truck, not just directly in front of the led.
    Dennis
     
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    Thank you,
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    As soon as I read the title I had the same idea... Great minds and such.
    It looks really good, I'm glad you were the guinea pig so now I can just do it with (mostly) no worries. :thumbsup:
     
  17. slick3d

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    Thanks, what took the most work was sneaking the wires.
    Good luck.
     
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    LOL, meant to say snaking the wires.
     
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    Great looking install. What resistor did you use?
     
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    I have an 05 and live in Brooklyn and was wondering if when the weather gets warmer you would do me? Well I mean my truck. If so, how much would you charge me?
     

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