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Side Mirror Turn Signal LED Mod

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by navylife59, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. navylife59
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    navylife59 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Mar 22, 2006
    Location:
    Emory, Texas or Gretna, LA
    Posted for Chyz-Dad


    Tools:
    Dremel (or any rotary tool) and cutting wheels
    Clear RTV silicon
    Phillips screw driver
    small pair wire cutters
    soldering iron (small tip)
    solder (flux core)
    cold beer (21 and over only) to drink and cool the fingers you burn from the soldering iron
    Multi meter


    Steps..
    1. Remove the front portion of the mirror..it pops off real easy...find the seam along the bottom of
    the mirror and gently pull it off....
    2. Unscrew the turn signal
    3. Unplug
    4. Looking at the turn signal with the clear lens facing up you will have a
    grey backing.
    5. Using the rotary tool you will CUT with extreme caution along the plastic
    weld on the grey backing just under the clear lens...do your best not to
    cut the lens...you may remove "small" portions but don't worry
    6. You will find it difficult when you get to the corners take your time
    7. once you have the lens separated from the backing you will take your wire cutters
    and cut the old LED's out.
    8. Using the rotary tool again you will have to clean up the contact point
    where the old LED's were. You will see the copper beneath the coating
    then you did it right.
    9. Using your multi meter check the polarity of your LED's so you put them
    on right. I cheated...I took mine out to the car using a set of tweezers
    placed them on the plate and marked them with a sharpie. I broke my multi
    meter two weeks before.
    10. Once you have that figured out..time to do some soldering. You have to
    be quick or you will burn the LED.
    11. Once they are soldered in do a quick check by simply plugging the lights
    back in.
    12. Now that all the hard stuff is done you probably fell real good about
    yourself....try again because this is where alot of people have messed
    up....
    13. Clean the edges of the lens and backing...take the RTV silicone and apply
    a bead of silicone about the size of a pencil and allow to get tacky...
    approx. 5-7 min.
    14. Now take both halves and put them back together, and apply firm
    pressure. Using your finger take the excess and spread it along the whole
    seam to create a better seal. You will have to hold them for about 20 min.

    Do them one at a time.....the reason for such a large bead is to fill in any small gaps that you created when cutting, and helps to seal the sides to aid in keeping water/condensation out of the lights which will ruin them. Now, if you are 21 or over you can enjoy the beer...if you haven't already...have fun
     

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