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My latest mod to my Explorer.

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Yes for this project I was lazy and ordered LEDs with the resistors and pigtails already soldered on. The silicone will seal the holes.
 



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hahah same here that what i did..... i got 20 pre wired leds shipped for $11 (25mcd) or i could of got 50 leds for $6.30 and spent hrs more on doing the mod.
 






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heres mine (tied into parking lights)
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Heres the problem though had these lights on for a few minutes to take the pics, and the suddenly turned off (all the leds) at first i thought the + and - may have touched even though i checked them all 3 times for that.
But i pulled it outside (night time) and the leds were barely lighting up, only could see them wehn its dark out
 






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They were set up for 12 volts right ?

Funny how the LEDs dimmed after being on for a while, could be the way you hooked up the power.

I assume they are hooked up off of the Parking light circuit ?

Did you wire them in series or parallel ?

Have you tried 12 volts directly to the LEDs since they dimmed ?
 












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Sorta sounds like a ground problem. But I know little about LEDs. Seems like a wiring trace is in your future.
Good luck with it...Hope its an easy one.

By the way, the lights look good!
 






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theirs a total of 15 leds i think, the ground is a screw thats in the roof, i dont think its a good ground but i worked with a basic tester light and the lights worked for 1 minute or 2 ............ you think the gound could be the problem?
 






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I would string out a couple of wires from the battery + & - sides and attach
them to the lights themselves and see if they dim. If they do dim just keep disconnecting each light untill they come back bright. I dont know of any other way....
 






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Yea i would say that the problem is with your ground. I have mine grounded into the left rear parking light's ground.
 












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Bill is right on the money :thumbsup: Whenever you suspect a power or ground issue you should run wires directly from the battery to whatever your testing. This will help eliminate the existing wiring as a problem.

I would string out a couple of wires from the battery + & - sides and attach
them to the lights themselves and see if they dim. If they do dim just keep disconnecting each light untill they come back bright. I dont know of any other way....
 












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Hay..Glad you found the problem, Its a good looking mod.

MustangP51..What kind of bulbs do you have in your turn signals? Are they really that yellow or is it just the pic. Been looking for that color.....
 












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I have these LEDs in my corners

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They looked yellow in the stock housings (exactly like the pic), but when I went to clear corners it looks more orange.

On eBay search "(Bulb type) amber SMT LEDs"
 












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They are pretty much the same, Its a little harder to see the turn signal when the lights are also on, and you will need to switch to an electronic flasher relay.
 















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and they're is no write-up!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Haha no they are just plug and play LEDs. They plug into the sockets and your done.
 






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