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#1 Preee

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:28 PM

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First check my guide for making the LED setup.
http://www.fordowner...331#entry151331

Basic setup up is Ford Focus with armrest , but with out armrest there would be little difference.

Parts
9 SMD LEDS
Fuse holder and 3 amp fuse
Scotchlocks

Tools
T25 and T20 Hex screwdriver bits
Pliers
Drill and 4mm Drill bit
10mm Socket and driver
Multimeter tester
Flat head screwdriver
One inch wide insulation tape

STEP 1)

Lift armrest lid and undo two T20 retaining screws.
Lift handbrake surround up and over the handbrake.
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STEP 2)
Lift out bottom section of cupholder , use finger nail .Undo the T20 retaining screw and remove.
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Step 3)
Using your finger nails pull up the gear stick plastic/chrome surround lift out and then un-screw the
gear stick knog anti clockwise and remove.
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STEP 4)
Pop out Start button or 12v Aux and undo the wiring clip.
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STEP 5)
Using a flat head screwdriver , start from the bottom of the radio surround , insert screwdriver covered with
a cloth and using a twisting action work your way from the bottom / middle and upwards until radio surround is free.
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STEP 6)
Using T25 HEX screwdriver undo the two retaining screws and remover , un-clip the set of buttons.
You can now see the wiring for the buttons , i found two live feeds when lights are turned on.Furthest right (on mine)is the
wires used for the ESP or Electric roof on CC models Orange/White = +. Left of that are the wires for the Rear Demister
wire is Orange/Black + both of these are live when side lights are turned on.
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#2 Preee

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:29 PM

STEP 7)
Now for marking up rear of the cup holder for the lights.20111105122320.jpg
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STEP 8)
Three sets of three SMD LEDS are going to be used , these are not covered in the rubber surround , the reason for this is they
will click into a 4mm diameter hole to help with securing.
Start by drilling the center hole first and double check markings for the other two.
Click all LEDS into Place and TEST they work.
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STEP 9)

Using one inch wide insulation tape secure the LED's in place , use as much as you think is nessessary to secure , make sure bottom
wire's are away from the Cupholder securing hole and tape to the side.This will not be seen .
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Next using a CLEAR silicon sealant add a small blob to each hole inside the cupholder , smooth flush with your finger and wipe away any
residue. This is to seal the LED's from water spillage into the cup holder.
Allow to cure for 1 hr.
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:34 PM

Step 10)
using 10mm socket undo one of the handbrake bolts and remove , this will be out earthing point.Return center console to the car , feed the wires
through the center gap between the retaining screw and start button.Strip back the negative wire on the LED's and form a loop, feed the handbrake
bolt through the loop and bolt back down. Starting from the front clip console back into place and use T20 for cup holder screw, place the bottom
of the cup holder back into position.
Slide handbrake cover back on and put T20 Screws back in.
Feed positve wire and fuse holder passed gear stick and through opening where rear demister buttons are.
Screw gear stick back on , clockwise , making sure it is tight and clip bottom cover back in place.
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Using a scotchlock , i used the spare set of wires Orange/White + feed and connected into it with the fused end of my LED's.

Testing Time :)
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Thank you for viewing my Guide
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:50 PM

Hey Pre


That is one fab mod and i really like it.


I will pay ure fuel etc for you to come and mod the cupholders in my car:-)


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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:57 PM

Thank you James
If you follow the 2 Guides its real simple to do , hardest part was the wiring up the LED's yesterday after a night shift :blink: .I'm fast running out of things to do now haha.
Dismantling is very easy . only caution is drilling the holes , i almost messed up and had to widen a couple so the LED'S clicked in.:D

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 07:07 PM

Nice mod there matey :).

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 07:20 PM

Nice mod there matey :).


cheers H3lly

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:08 AM

have you got a switch for these lights?? do they come on when ignition is on? if so could you link then up to the interior light so that they come on when doors are open??
sorry for the million questions, just really like the look of these.... thinking the white LED's would look o smart in my silver focus!!

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:56 AM

linking up to orange/white connection is typically the illumination wire. this means soon as you turn your lights on, these will go on...its the same connection as your head unit uses to illuminate the buttons on a night

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 03:18 AM

ahhhhh very clever lol thnx again

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:19 AM

Yes as JohnH says these lights are linked to the Lights On , so under normal ignition they are off and as soon as Side lights are turned on the will come on.But it would be easy to wire a switch to either turn them off completely or wire the feed to ignition and be able to have them on during the daytime and also be able to switch them on/off.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 05:22 PM

Quality Mod Pree looks excellent mate,

I love the way the light illuminates up the bottle of water too,

Ill Defo be following this guide in the near future mate its brilliant B)



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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:28 PM

Cheer Lenny
I'm not a water drinker usually but i tend to put my phone in there and now i can see where it is :P

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:55 PM

While sat there last night waiting to pick my daughter up , i decided to mess with the dimming switch , i was able to Dim the lights in the Cup Holder , now i'm even more happy with it :D

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 01:00 PM

A very good mod indeed! certainly worth the effort by the looks of it! good job!

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