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#1 Preee

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:07 PM

Well it arrived all the way from China :D
Price £12.56.
This is a rear badge LED , fit's underneath the Ford badge , it has 3 wire's and 3M tape either side. Black = earth , Green = red (brake light) , Red = White (side light).
When i actually get to fit it i will show pics.
Legally i don't know full implications but as it will act as a 4th brake light i can't see a problem , unsure yet if i will wire the white side light in or not depending how bright it actually is when fitted.
I have tested it with power supply and it works so theres a good start.
Had a quick look and i may had to trim the outside edge or file it down for fitment.
So i will update this thread as i fit the light.
this is what it should look like:.
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:58 PM

Well it arrived all the way from China :D
Price £12.56.
So i will update this thread as i fit the light.

Sounds Good Preee
looking foward to seeing the end result on this project mate B)

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:39 PM

It's Done :P

I had to do some serious modifying i will explain with pictures tomorrow as i have to go to work.

Looks great , i love it, even wife likes it haha

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 07:47 PM

It's Done :P

I had to do some serious modifying i will explain with pictures tomorrow as i have to go to work.

Looks great , i love it, even wife likes it haha


Glad it worked out mate, looking foward to the pictures take a few tomite also to see the full effect of the red light.B)

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:27 PM

Looking forward to pics to, looks like an interesting mod!!

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:54 AM

Hi, sounds interesting but having it lit up when you brake, does it fit the regulations for a braking light positon and type, have you checked on its legality? http://www.legislati...chedule/12/made It wouldn't be good if you got pulled over for it.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:22 AM

Hi, sounds interesting but having it lit up when you brake, does it fit the regulations for a braking light positon and type, have you checked on its legality? http://www.legislati...chedule/12/made It wouldn't be good if you got pulled over for it.

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.I’m sure it will be fine, as if the car was an MR2 or a saloon model focus, that would be the location of the brake light on the model as standard,
if the brake light was on the bottom of the car and it was the only brake light in use on the car i can see the issue,

but the standard brake lights, parkinglights etc. are all still functional as normal on the car an extra brake light wouldn’t be illegal

if it was the only indication light on the car for braking then it would be illegal.

Also this unit spreads the light around the body and not in to the eyes of the driver behind the car,
so they may not even even notice that theirs a red light around the badge i wouldnt be worried at all.B)



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Posted 09 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Having a quick read through , it seems to be not breaking any of those rules.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:09 PM

Having a quick read through , it seems to be not breaking any of those rules.


I knew it wouldn't mate, be fine any pictures please,
ive been logging in all day..... Come on :D

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:42 PM

1) What was in the Box. , Light , Orange tassle , fitting instructions , even wife did not want orange tassle , she is so ungratefull ;)
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2) Image before i started

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3) Using hex screw driver bit , remove the 2 screws in finger recess , panel is secured then by at least 7 push fit clips , working from the bottom up to each side , balancing the panel and not dropping it like it did.:)

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4) Panel removed.

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5) With 10mm socket undo 6 securing nut's , there are 2 plastic clips that stop it dropping to the floor.

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Undo wiring plug. prize out gromet from the front . Drop down allowing plastic clips to be pulled up and remove trim.

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7) Rear view with trim removed

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8) Removed trim

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9) This is where the tears started to flow , realizing that the badge was thin metal shape fully secured to the plastic trim with double sided tape. First tried a little pressure , this was never going to happen. On the back of the badge location "no going back" i got out my trusted Fake Dremell "cheaper version" and ground away the plastic injection mould at the rear of the badge to gain access to the badge.

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10) using a small bladed sharp knife i inserted the blade into the hole working my way around to cut the securing tape. I had to make the whole bigger to allow better access. Working slowly i cut through the tape and removed the very thin badge

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11) This is what was left. :o Soon realizing that if i fitted the light onto where the bagde had come from there was no way it was going to fit. "swearing session began".

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12) Deep breath. back to my fake dremell , using one of the cutting bits i set about removing the badge backing from the trim :ph34r: .Cut finger later and using small sanding bit i smoother off the cut edge

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13) Placing the trim back up against the car , and trying the Light badge in the space , i realized the badge was slighty too wide and the bottom edge was not sitting very good on the lower section , so i smoothed out the bottom edge with the fake dremell and also reduced the two sides until it felt like a good fit.

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14) Trip to Halfords to get some Double sided numberplate pads , and stuck the Cleaned up badge to the LIght fitting, and re-tested the light

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15) Made a small hole in the Rubber gromet and fed the wires through.

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16) Re-fitted the trim to the car and inserted the rubber gromet , pealed back of light pad sticky 3M and positioned into place (Smiling at this point) , Nice fit after all my efforts. Trip back to Halfords as i forgot my scotchlocks and also got some clear silicon. Pulled badge forward a little and applied clear sealent to the outside edge and pushed back into place and wiped clean.

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17) Wiring. The number plate wires were coloured Black and Yellow , connected Black to Black and Yellow to Red light cables. Fingers crossed i turned the lights on .It worked.

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18) Now for the brake light , Removing the top boot trim located the wires to the rear LED brake light , removed the rear brake light and unplugged the wire's. pulled wires back through to get better access. both wires were black :o .Fed new wire down right hand side of window trim and scotchlocked into one of the wires. Used my tester and dragged son down to press brake pedal. Pure luck i had hit the positive feed. Reassembled the LED and secured wiring and replaced the top trim. Scotchlocked now into the Green Wire from the light, and tested. Prefect :) . Tieded up the wiring and replaced the boot Trim and inserted the 2 screws back into the finger recess.

19) I will take some night pictures , first impression are very nice, White light is a little to bright IMHO so i will add a resister in there to reduce the intensity of the white light. Red light , works well but not exact same redness as the brake lights and is dimmer than the normal brake lights , i wlll of course be watching for any Blue lights :D .With side lights on White light goes out when you hit brakes it is replaced by the red. No lights on then the red light comes on when you Brake.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:51 PM

1) What was in the Box. , Light , Orange tassle , fitting instructions , even wife did not want orange tassle , she is so ungratefull ;)

:lol: Classic Mate, very funny :lol:
Looks brilliant on the car i want one on mine B)

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:57 PM

:lol: Classic Mate, very funny :lol:
Looks brilliant on the car i want one on mine B)


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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:26 PM

Nighttime shots,not too clear wifey parked to close to my bumper to get right behind.


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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:58 PM

Looks good mate - agree with you that the white is too bright.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 08:15 PM

Yes Barry i trip to maplins tomorrow to get a resistor , just want the white to glow or it might attract a Blue light :unsure:

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