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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:23 am    Post subject:  Critique my newest idea... Reply with quote

My bucket list still has the quad tail light mod on it. Of course it will have to happen sometime after this extensive headlight project I'm working on. Razz

But I am a huge fan of the tail lights plus the center section that are tinted to match all as one. I'm thinking of getting a new set of tails and center section. They would have to be the ones that are all red and not the ones that are red and black. I do not want to tint my current lenses cause they have the covers on them and it wouldn't flow well from a visual standpoint.

As for the quad tail lights aspect is concerned, I'm debating on making a PCBs for LEDs, or going with a some pre-fabricated LED rings. Each has pros and cons.

So the complete idea is this... Quad LED tail light conversion under a smooth completely tinted rear tail/center section.

Suggestions and or comments welcomed Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject:  Re: Critique my newest idea... Reply with quote

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So the complete idea is this... Quad LED tail light conversion under a smooth completely tinted rear tail/center section.


It's been tried before and ends up looking pretty tacky because of the textured underside of the lights. BBE has a thread somewhere with photos of his attempt at it, but I can't dig it up with the search.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads up about the lenses textures being an issue.

I'm wondering if I could fabricate some outter lenses that were smooth by heating up a sheet of lexan and forming it over the originals. Hmm. More ideas are starting to pop up.

Anyway thanks and I will try and search for more photos on this type of project.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Could you just sand the texture off of the underside of the lenses to achieve a pure, non distorted light coming through the lenses?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

In a few weeks I will be finishing a red center panel into lamps for quad tails if you'd be interested... after them I'm gonna work on another quad lamp where I have the left and right brake lights to sell as a set
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

My thoughts exactly. If you're going to quad tails then why not take the time to make them functional park/brake/turn as well.

The more I think about it, the more I'm wanting to do a PCB sheet instead of just PCB rings. IMO having your turn signal scrolling from the inner tail light to the outter would be cool.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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My thoughts exactly. If you're going to quad tails then why not take the time to make them functional park/brake/turn as well.

The more I think about it, the more I'm wanting to do a PCB sheet instead of just PCB rings. IMO having your turn signal scrolling from the inner tail light to the outter would be cool.


I made mine sequential an they look freaking awesome! I put a video up on ***** a few months ago
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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My thoughts exactly. If you're going to quad tails then why not take the time to make them functional park/brake/turn as well.

The more I think about it, the more I'm wanting to do a PCB sheet instead of just PCB rings. IMO having your turn signal scrolling from the inner tail light to the outter would be cool.


I made mine sequential an they look freaking awesome! I put a video up on ***** a few months ago


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

http://www.*****.com/au.....tials.html

My video is down a few comments
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I like it...I think you should still slow it down some though

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I wish I could... it was too fast with the stock bulbs and I don't know how to slow them down w/ out modifying or sending in the flasher somewhere
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think BBE did a write up on slowing down LED blinkers...I dont know where it is or even how to find it

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

That's for LEDs.. at 1st I had the stock 3157 halogens with the sequential sockets, and they were too fast where you could barely tell they blinked in a sequential fashion

LED bulbs make your flash rate too fast, an the modification that he has is the same as the youtube video of the crustang (I believe)

That's what gave me the idea of using an LED bulb in the inner 2 lamps of the quads.. if you look carefully, the inners blink twice while the outers blink once.. but with using the LEDs, it made the inners too bright, so I sanded the chrome down in the bowls to make them less reflective.. but IMO I sanded too much because the seem less bright now, but I'm just going to redo them when I order more bowls when I make the modified panels to sell people so they can have quads..

I already have 2 guys that are interested, but they want the red panels to match their brake light panels.. I only have 1 red panels and 1 black panel for now
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

A 555 timer would correct blinking speed but then again that's only used on a PCB for LEDs.

I wish I was already done on this headlight project Evil or Very Mad I'm ready for a different one!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used 555's for my sequential with factory bulbs

Video: http://www.bbengineer.com/cars.....ential.mpg

Here's the thread where I show how bad the LEDs look:
http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;t=10399

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