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Old 06-14-2013, 12:18 AM   #201
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My thoughts exactly...which is why I ordered a set from Peter@Showstopper!!!
I rather do it myself. I take pride in that.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #202
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I rather do it myself. I take pride in that.
First, thank you Mach for the great DIY! I hope to do this one myself in the future, funding permitted. Accomplishing something yourself that you love on something you love more is a great feeling! As many of us DIYers know, it's almost an addiction, lol.
Second, I don't think you need to defend yourself at all! These DIY's are an amazing part of these forums and a huge reason I'm hooked on Camaro5.com.
I feel MOD's should cull posts that distract from the DIY in DIY threads. Outside of problems incurred during the DIY from those of us that may need help, or find other sources (cheaper) for the parts, or to provide input that may help others, or to show off their work, I see no reason to post in the thread. I see zero reason for someone to post how "good" or "great" another product is that they purchased. I think it just distracts from the true meaning of DIY and the thread!

Keep up the great work Mach! Most of us appreciate it!
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #203
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just crunched the numbers; i assumed it would be much cheaper than the plug and play versions available, but not really.

142.58 shipped for the leds
15.96 shipped for the 194 sockets
60.00 shipped for used sidemarkers (want to be able to return to factory, would be able to do that if i bought plug and play ones as well.)
plus paint and primer. have to assume 25.00???

so 243.54 total plus the satisfaction of doing it myself versus 280.00 shipped for a vendors product. so, all in all not saving anything really. but you may see benefits to this DIY as mentioned earlier; the thinner slit, retaining reflector, personal satisfaction, etc.

hmmmmm, not sure where i stand on this, leaning toward DIY, since i do enjoy working on my own car as much as possible.
I got my LEDs for 45 bucks... all four strips - http://www.oznium.com/thin-led-tube

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Old 06-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #204
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Similar LED's, but, not the same.

Also, I love DIY's, but, I know that I can't paint as well as Showstopper does.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:36 PM   #205
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Similar LED's, but, not the same.

Also, I love DIY's, but, I know that I can't paint as well as Showstopper does.
That is why I bought an extra set so I can try and not ruin my current lenses.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:14 PM   #206
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If anyone is interested I have a set of black ghosted side markers. My wife got them for me for my birthday and I ended up trading my SS for a 2013 Z06.. Make me a offer.. Brand new still in box...
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:02 PM   #207
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First, thank you Mach for the great DIY! I hope to do this one myself in the future, funding permitted. Accomplishing something yourself that you love on something you love more is a great feeling! As many of us DIYers know, it's almost an addiction, lol.
Second, I don't think you need to defend yourself at all! These DIY's are an amazing part of these forums and a huge reason I'm hooked on Camaro5.com.
I feel MOD's should cull posts that distract from the DIY in DIY threads. Outside of problems incurred during the DIY from those of us that may need help, or find other sources (cheaper) for the parts, or to provide input that may help others, or to show off their work, I see no reason to post in the thread. I see zero reason for someone to post how "good" or "great" another product is that they purchased. I think it just distracts from the true meaning of DIY and the thread!

Keep up the great work Mach! Most of us appreciate it!
Thanks! I agree with you. If someone can buy something already made cheaper.. more power to you. But that doesn't matter this is a DIY thread. I am just happy this thread was useful to someone.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:22 AM   #208
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I got my LEDs for 45 bucks... all four strips - http://www.oznium.com/thin-led-tube
I would pay the extra for the radiantz if you are not strapped for cash. Because of a few reasons.

Removing the Oznium LEDs from the tube is hard without ripping wires off. I had to solder 3 or 4 wires back on the LEDs myself. The gauge of the wire is very small and frail so it is difficult.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #209
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Also OP you may want to put this in Post #1... The trunk bulb is the same size as the ones used for sidemarkers so instead of waiting until you are installing to test you can plug them into the trunk light! works great
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:42 AM   #210
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I was going through the DIYs just to look up some new stuff when I came across this thread from a while back to see if I had posted pictures in it from my DIY sidemarkers and sure enough I did not. I had actually gone a route someone had suggested earlier in the thread as stated in this quote:

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and here are the results:
new side markers.

Masking off:


Basecoat:


Clearcoat:


After some curing time but not yet completed:


Here are the sidemarkers after taking a day to cure:


Installed my sidemarkers:







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Old 11-25-2013, 04:48 AM   #211
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Thinking of doing this to my '11 inferno ls but had a question. I don't plan on painting these to match as I don't really mind the look of the lens but you mentioned bleed thru from the lights being so bright. What exactly should I be painting black in order to prevent that? Will I be forced to paint the entire lens anyway to prevent the bleed thru? It is hard to tell in your photos on post 1 what to paint to prevent this.
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:30 AM   #212
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So I figured I'd make some new side markers with the spare set I have. I have Showstoppers installed on my car. I'm making these for a good friend who has a black Camaro. Maybe the next set I make I'll use IOM or RJT for another buddies car. I'm gonna use a COB LED strip witch is cheap and really bright. I'm gonna ghost out the reflector so the side markers are completely black during the day.
Used 1000 grit sand paper to scuff them up. Then I masked off the area I don't want painted black.



Still have some more clear coating to do, and I found out I should've done the Nite Shades first then masked off over the Nite Shades then blacked out the bottom 3/4. Then cleared over that. For some reason the Nite Shades didn't cover well over the gloss black out part. Oh well trial and error. Will post up more picks when I'm done.


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Old 05-11-2014, 07:15 AM   #213
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So I figured I'd make some new side markers with the spare set I have. I have Showstoppers installed on my car. I'm making these for a good friend who has a black Camaro. Maybe the next set I make I'll use IOM or RJT for another buddies car. I'm gonna use a COB LED strip witch is cheap and really bright. I'm gonna ghost out the reflector so the side markers are completely black during the day.
You painted them before opening them? Or are these pictures after you already put the LEDs in?
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:38 AM   #214
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Thinking of doing this to my '11 inferno ls but had a question. I don't plan on painting these to match as I don't really mind the look of the lens but you mentioned bleed thru from the lights being so bright. What exactly should I be painting black in order to prevent that? Will I be forced to paint the entire lens anyway to prevent the bleed thru? It is hard to tell in your photos on post 1 what to paint to prevent this.

You'd want to paint the area not seen, after they're installed in the car. The edges of the sidemarker basically, all the way around them.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:51 PM   #215
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I haven't cut them open yet. I'm only gonna cut open the top/side so I can slide the COB strip behind the the lens then I'll silicone the top/side. The COB is not flexible and it's water proof.


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Sounds like it would difficult that way to place them exactly where they need to be and fasten them down. Plus, how will you run the wires? I'm not being negative here, just trying to understand it.
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DIY: LED SIDEMARKERS

I'll take pics. When I got my Showstopper ones that's how I saw they do theirs. It would seem faster and the lens will be stiffer than cutting the whole lens off. I hope to have some free time next week to finish.


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Old 08-03-2014, 04:53 PM   #218
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Well, no one's posted here for months. I just spent a few hours researching this mod, mostly looking for the LED strips with the LED spacing as close as possible for as little as possible. Figured I'd do my research now as I pick up my car in 17 days.

Radiantz 40 LED strips are running $35.00/ea
Radiantz 45 LED strips are running $37.61/ea
Radiantz dual element circuits run $4.00/ea. You'll need one for each marker you want to pull double duty as a blinker.
Found at: Radiantz.com Look for the Z-Flex lights on the menu at the left side, then make sure you look for the 1mm spacing LEDs.

If you don't mind a little soldering (and have really steady hands), Radiantz has kits in both amber and red of 1 foot lengths (plus 19" of tube and three feet of wire) for $59.99 each. If you don't mind the soldering that'll do both sides.

Oracle also has LED light strips that appear to be almost identical. Pairs of 4" strips in either amber or red run $45.00/pr. For the dual intensity circuit add $15.00.
Found at: http://oraclelights.com/automotive-l...cept-SMD-Strip

Not going to count paint/tape/etc in the anticipated cost as it's something I'll have around as "overhead".

I'll let you know how it goes in a few weeks once I get the chance to do it.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:13 PM   #219
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I definitely want to do this MOD at some point and have researched it a little. Mine are all painted and ready for the lighting but it'll probably be late winter, early spring before I can get it done. Life happens sometimes, just no getting around it.
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I'm not the best at painting and I kinda put this project on the shelf. This is where I'm at.
this is with the COB LED. This is a side by side comparison with the regular LED strip and the COB on the right.
The COB LED was waaaaay to hot, it would melt the side marker in minutes. So I'll have to figure out something else. The Radiants LEDs would work better. It was a lot easier to just cut along the top of the side marker and slide the LED inside.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:49 PM   #221
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you mght wanna go with the aac strips as i just had a problem with radiantz getting warraty service on a row of 5 leds. they claimed if the 1ft strip of led is cut the warranty is void. they are meant to be cut and they include instructions for them to be cut.

easiest way i found to open them was with a plastic cutting knife for $3 at lowes. get some thin 3m double sided tape and gently press the leds onto it. i also used some clear epoxy along the led sides just ncase the 3m didnt hold.

i was also able to get 50 leds in the rear side markers and 40 amber up front..
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