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Modding Defyant's Auto Light Mods

Discussion in 'Modding' started by DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤, 26 Sep 2018.

  1. DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤

    DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤ Active Member

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    Not your usual pc modding but it's still modding :)

    These are some of the head and tail light mods i have done over the years.
    I love to mod, Cars speakers,computers and tail lights are just some of the hobbies that keep me busy :)

    I'll start with the most recent and keep adding past mods.

    This was for a local forum member who's Celica tails i did years ago.
    He was happy enuf with those to trust me with his WRX Tails.

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    They start with a basic cut open and strip down

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    The first thing i noticed when powered is that the light falls way short of filling the lens.

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    To fix this i made some new panels.

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    These , with a bit of cutting will fit direct into the original spot

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    But we don't want that "spotty dot " look.... So some diffusing magic happens.

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    Next is to make what will be the new Sequential blinker and reverse light panels.


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    First the yellow "blinker" LEDS

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    Then the white Reverse light leds

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    The custom sequential circuit boards are made the old skool way and are populated and wired up


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    These are "wired" into place.

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    A custom white diffuser panel is cut and tab'd to click into place.

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    The rest of the internal panel parts get some satin black loving

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    And with some extra work the unit can be re welded shut.

    A quick side by side comparison to the original.

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    Then it's time to repeat the whole process and take some final bench shots.

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    The Vid shows how the Sequentials work.




    Some after idea's were the quick fitting of different panels over the blinkers for different effects.

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    In the end the clean white diffuser panel was liked by the owner the most.


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    Check back from time to time as i post up my back catalogue :)
     
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Those are freaking awesome! It's completely different from what I was expecting. My mental image was that you were updating antiques with LED or something. I never thought about chopping sealed reflectors.
     
  3. DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤

    DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤ Active Member

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    Cheers Cheaps :) you can see why it's a passion akin to case modding :) all the exact same skills in my case.

    I do the antiques as well :)

    Here's a mod i did a while back , these became really popular and i ended up doing quiet a few sets for Aurion owners.

    Sequential Mirror Upgrade


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    Starts out with cut to size curved bit of plexy, that is pre drilled and painted satin black.

    The back of the blinker housing is cut open for the new panel to just snap in.

    I've named the style of adding led's like this the zipper technique .

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    Next is all the soldering and stuff.....


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    Adding the loom to attach each block of 4 to the sequential relay.


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    The panel and harness is set back into the housing and rear is plastic welded back on and the wired passed back out thru the original light bulb hole.


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    Then wired to the sequential


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    So it all powers from original source factory style cons are added.


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    The whole unit is sealed back up a back lit mirror arrow added and the electronics are stuck into a balloon and taped up.

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    Bolted back into the mirror housing

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    and outer housing put back on

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    The mod was a while ago soz for all the low qual vids and pics...





    On my own car :)





    Here was a pretty cool MII version i did for a guy this time i added a Defyant Switch back module and a DRL to the unit.






    More to come :)
     
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    Something a little older now.

    These old celica lights were more of a full resto and led upgrade... They were in really poor condition.


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    Lots of digging old hard glue out of channels and a bit of plastic welding to do

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    The lenses need some love too!


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    Next was to get to work on the new custom panels...

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    To stop the LED from "spotting" behind the older style lenses i added a 4mm thick panel of frosted plex. This will diffuse the LEDs and give a slightly better look.


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    End result.

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    The turn signal wasn't my idea.....

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    More to come :)
     
  5. 23RO_UK

    23RO_UK Hasta Mañana

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    It's truly jaw dropping to see what your talents can produce, I recently installed a halo headlight kit on a friends BMW but these are just pure petrol head art in their finest form :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
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    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Sweet.
    Restoring a celica though... :lol:
     
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    Cheers man tyvm :D the old beemer halo's were my first ever install too! i modded a set of them to fit my Aurion :p

    Cheers Cheaps, yer ya gotta go with the flo :p Done a few silly cars now :)
     
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    Better get another one up for the week :)

    This set of tails was a bit of self indulgence , i thought it would be a good way to get some free advertising and do my own tails on the work van.

    These are some beasty size tails and ended up being a bit of work...

    These are 0'11- 018 iLoad tails... first a cut open and wrap.

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    Then a zillion holes are drilled a qik mask and satin black paint. LED's are added in the zipper style again.


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    Tape removed and the inner sections left chrome.

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    Wired and plastic welded shut

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    Then back onto the van

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    These are wired in 2 stage @ 40% then 100% for brake with the inner spot lights coming on as well.

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