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#46 Stoney871

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:39 AM

Still trying to get around to fitting my badge light.
All the parts are in hand but have spent the last week or so getting over a wrenched back and adding an aux connection and moving my Parrot screen to somewhere I won't keep knocking it.
Reversing sensors going in tomorrow and lockwoods and gel badges to do too.
So many mods and so little time. :)

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:42 AM

I hope the back gets better soon Clive... You need to take it easy though mate, i ripped a muscle in my back years ago, and it was no joke! (talk about seeing a grown man cry!) I'd try not to take too much on mate, no matter how tempting...Having said that, hurry up and get those jobs done so i can see the piccies! :D

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:45 AM

Well I had a week off work with it and went back yesterday.
Typical that the first job I had was a fast drive one.
Least it got the cobwebs out of the turbo.


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:19 PM

Right - Job done.

Got around to doing the job today.

First of all i worked out which wire on the plate light was the earth -

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And made sure the light was working

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Stripped all trim from the boot lid so as to get a clear run at it.

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Tried to acertain the live feed from the third brake light and found that the cables were a git to get to so changed plans and went for the main brake light feed instead.

Cable scotchlocked and loom taped for protection.

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Ran the wire up behind the boot water seal and loom taped it for protection.

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Ran wire up the umbilical and cable tied securely as putting it through it was a non starter.

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Fed around behind trim and down through the boot lid.

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Scotchlocked a connection to the plate light earth - connector block ready for light cable and connector block on the live feed ready to go.
All tested and continuity maintained.

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Now to remove the badge, taped around to avoid damage and using a wide blade screwdriver and a bit of cardboard as a fulcrum i levered the old badge off.

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Stuck the new badge i bought in case i nacked the old one removing it (the other one was tatty anyway) to the light and pushed the wires through the badge locating holes.
The back of the MK2 badge has 3 plastic pins on it for location but as there is only one through hole on the light (for running cables out of whichever side fits best to the shape of the boot / badge) i snapped them off and stuck the badge and light together.

Mounted the new light unit to the car and connected the wires up and tidied the wiring.

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Replaced the boot lid trim and checked the wiring was not snagged or strained.

Final test and result of effort -

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Time taken 1 1/2 hours including !Removed! and tea break.
Well happy with result.
Night photos will follow when i'm able.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:54 PM

Nice work Clive looks sweet :)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:05 PM

Only one problem, i couldn't work out which connection on the brake light was the brake rather than the tail light feed so the light comes on with main lights and stays on rather than just with the brakes - i tried all combinations i thought were safe without blowing fuses.
I have enough slack cable and spare scotchlocks so that i can swap the feeds later on if someone can clarify which wire is the brake light feed cable.
I tried earth and both bulb terminals but the light only came on with the right hand one. Strange? :blink:

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

Twit !!!
I just had the thought -
I tested the light to the contacts inside the bulb holder - would the bulb need to be in for both tail and brake feeds to work?

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:15 PM

Possibly , as there are only three wires.

I plan on fitting my Rear DRL's this weekend , i still have not decided which Led's i'm going to use , i have the circuit made and either 2 x 3 led strips or the w5w led bulbs , i am planning on fitting them to the top section of the cluster so it will give the ST effect at night , but during the day they will act as DRL , they will Dim at night when side lights are on.

So once i get it done , i will be able to give you a run down of which wires are the brake and side light.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:42 PM

Dashed decent of you sir.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:22 PM

Right - Job done.

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Night photos will follow when i'm able.


Looks excellent Clive, look foward to the night pictures too, B)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:42 PM

As promised.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:47 PM

looks just as good at night mate,
you must be very happy with it B) also you will be stopping in traffic to let other traffic pull out in to your lane just so as you can show off the badge light to the driver behind. ;)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:53 PM

Did just that after getting these pics.
Had an old totally blacked out A reg Capri playing silly beggars squealing wheels and revving coming out of the carpark and i managed to get in front of him on a dual carriageway.
He slowed down behind me and flashed mains and hazzards at me as a nod then screamed by, promptly getting pulled by one of my bretheren.
Pity ;)

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:53 AM

I like it :)

I'm sorry to say that, but I don't like this:

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It would be getting on my nerves every time I open the tailgate <_< You could have tried harder and run wire through the genuine wire casing (not easy, but can be done, it's only single wire) or find third brake light wires inside this casing.

Is fourth brake light legal? No problem with MOT, police etc.?

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

The reason i ended up running the cable externally to the umbillical is because-
1, The wire would not fit through cleanly.
2, If i had run the wire through then it would have meant the bottom seal on the rubber would have been lifted and would cause a leak into the roof liner.
3, With all the trim back in place and some loom tape around the umbillical, the wire is barely noticable.
4, If i decide i prefer the light to stay permanent with headlights then removal will be far easier if i run it to the plate lights instead.
I know it is not a perfect solution but the only way i could see to get the cable connected to the third brake light without the scotchlock fouling the brake light housing would be to lift the spoiler off and then i would have had the trouble of resealing the holes and risking another water leak, or pulling down the roof liner and having to identify the wire there possibly splicing the wrong one or creasing the liner.
With my record of popping fuses too, i thought the way i did it was the best option.

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