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2009 Corolla Custom LED Tail Lights (HELLA PICS)

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Rolla

Joined: Oct 08 2009
Posts: 25
Location: Bay Area


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Post Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:16 am

Ok so I started off with getting some 3mm Red superflux LED's. Then, according to the specs of the red LED's posted on ebay and an online LED calculator, got the correct resistors to make em work


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My temporary setup lol

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Then off to hacking apart the inner tail lights. I initially tried to bake them but the plastic started to warp a little within like a minute (Cooled it, fixed with heat gun). So I used a Dremel with cutting wheel attachment on the inside of the tail light to take it apart.


Here they are finally apart.
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I then drilled holes within the center of each fake LED spot.

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And recessed the back using a Dremel flat grinding wheel so the LED's wouldn't stick out as much.
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With all the holes drilled its off to wiring up the LED's within each one.
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I then wired the resistors like in my hand-drawn diagram along with the wires to connect to power and ground (sorry no pics).
I was looking for a connector in case I needed to remove the tail lights in future so I found these extra set of connectors from my HID kit install (I had to improvise ok lol)


Connected the power and ground wires to the HID harness and glued everything back into place using some clear silicon to seal out moisture.

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The gluing doesnt have to look nice coz it'll be hidden anyway :P

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Heres you can see the LED's popping out
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Installed the lights on the car and as for a power source, I first thought of connecting them to the brake lights (Third brake light in spoiler)


Unmodded LED Tail Light brake applied
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LED's Wired up with Brakes Applied

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But found out they were not as bright


So I wired them to the license plate bulb wire so they would just stay on when my headlights are on at night. MUCH BETTER!!
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Hope you guys enjoyed this. Happy modding!! icon_biggrin.gif
Chris

Joined: Sep 27 2004
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Location: NY


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Post Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:57 am

Looks nice man! Good job!
Tat2Dragons

Joined: Jan 21 2007
Posts: 3404
Location: Baltimore Maryland


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Post Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:04 pm

Looks great! Thanks for sharing your mod. icon_cool.gif
Radioflyer

Joined: Sep 25 2007
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Post Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:51 am

Looks good.

I'm curious what was in the little holes to start?
Rolla

Joined: Oct 08 2009
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Location: Bay Area


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Post Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:01 am

Radioflyer wrote:
Looks good.

I'm curious what was in the little holes to start?


Nothing- Fake LED spots

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xracer000

Joined: Sep 27 2006
Posts: 305
Location: Ontario, Canada


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Post Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:49 am

Awesome custom job. Looks great.
02BlueStang

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Post Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:20 pm

much better....nice finished product. Looks OEM icon_cool.gif
Rolla

Joined: Oct 08 2009
Posts: 25
Location: Bay Area


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Post Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:29 pm

Thanks guys. Next up: Instrument ClusterLED swap!
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