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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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DIY LED trunk strip

Hey guys so I just tackled this project with my great buddy .he is an electrician genius and helps me (which means I watch) with all the electrical ninja things.

We saw this mod on nasioc and he did it to his wagon so it was my turn after bugging him so much haha.

First I picked 5meters of led strip from eBay. It was 17 bucks shipped.
Tools and things you ll need :

Drill and bits
Glue
Tape
Exacto knife
Solder and a some wire
Screw driver and trim remover tool
Marker


So then the install started :

Remove the plastic trim from the trunk (right ib front of the hatch.)use a plastic tool and pry it out. Pretty easy part

Let the part sit and now remove the Light switch where you will be tapping into . At this point just for safety disconnect your battery

Line up the amount of LEDs you want to use and be sure to place them in a straight line and mark it .

Place the led strip and DRILL for alignment purposes into the plastic with a bit big enough that the light will be seen but small enough for it to sit tight . This drilling have to be done ONE by one and slowly to be sure that the LEDs will be matching . Every other hole you drill check for accuracy .you only have one chance to drill

The way the strip gets attached to the plastic is up to you. We used hot glue .carefully between each led hole place some hot glue ,press down and let it dry. Do this on a flat surface.after the whole strip is attached add some additional glue or tape on top of the whole thing just to help it sit there

Go back to the car and sodder the newly installed led negavite and positive wires to your dome light .this way it will mimic its behavior and will shut off when needed . Do this with the battery disconnected for safety .

Tuck the wires in ,reinstall ,clean up ,plug the battery again and you will have something like this .

Enjoy your bright as heaven trunk !



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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 04:39 AM
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This is an awesome idea! I'll defiantly be doing this to mine, thanks mate

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Wow, very nice and clean mod! This should be added to the How-To section...

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Genius! This will definitely help me on my fishing trips. I may have to try this. Thanks
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 10:56 AM
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You just spliced in to the dome light and kept the dome light functional as well?


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Pretty cool!
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Thanks. This inspired me to do the same in my SF5, as I always use the LED strips in my cars and think they are great

Got it all drilled and fixed up, but its not as simple as connecting to the dome light in and SF5. If you connect before the switch, its a permanent live, so always illuminated. Connecting to the switch, I couldn't seem to find a solution either, as its a 3 ways switch. So its either Dome light on (door open), Dome light off (but LED's on) or Dome light on without LED.
If you have more details on the wire, it would be a great help. thanks
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