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Beefy Strip as 3rd brake light on classic Mini...

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ImagoX

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Location: Columbus, Ohio


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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:34 am

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OK, so I'm wanting more visibility on my classic, and I'm thinking of using a Beefy LED Strip as a 3rd brake light. I'm thinking of attaching it to the bottom (or top) edge of the rear window, just above the chrome and rubber trim, then running the power leads through the rubber glass stripping and from there into the power lead for my brake light.

Beefy Strips are flat on the back, but what can I use to assure a good contact with the glass? Obviously, I want the strip to adhere properly and not peel or curl in the future - it must look professional.

Also, the 38" strip is probably too long for my use... I'm trying to figure out how to finish the cut end to look factory-sealed - maybe a set of some sort of rubber caps or something? Just smearing it with silicone won't do in a visible location like this... Any ideas?

Maybe I should just get one in a housing that mounts to the rear parcel shelf or on the head-liner like this instead?



Moss

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:38 am

I like option #2
SickWitIt

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:57 pm

I dont. I say think for a lil while, and figure it out. You'll love it more in the end.
justin

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:33 pm

one of these fancy lighted "G" wings should do the trick, and maintain the professional look:

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in all seriousness, option II looks good if they can put out some decent light, they look awful small.
Cooper

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:45 pm

I like option 2 also . Having it in a purpose-built housing keeps the DIY look at bay . Plus an LED brake in a classic mini may look a bit odd as is so the more finished it looks the better .
ImagoX

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:05 pm

I think I'll start with the actual unit in a housing and then will go with a Beefy Strip if it's too dim or something. Thanks!
Moss

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:42 pm

Get the top version, take it apart, and use some PCB board and some Superflux LEDs and rig up your own dealio.
ImagoX

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Post Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:49 pm

That's not a terrible idea, actually...
bad venge

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Post Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:46 pm

I'm using a 4" cold cathode inside the window used black tape to mask the rear of the bulb
A couple drops of clear silicone hold it well
BLAZER_97

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Post Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:17 pm

nice ^^
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