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Old 10-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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DIY: LED Strip Sidemarkers

I got 2 amber and 2 red 40 LED flexible array strips from Radiantz.com


Splitting the sidemarkers apart was challenging. I started prying at the tab on the front of the lens. Then ran a sharp utility knife along the edge. A 10 min 200 degree oven did help soften the plastic and made it less prone to the lens cracking.


Double sided tape on the LED Strip.


LED strip in position.


Glued back up and installed.



I still need to paint the lens white. I will leave a 1/8 inch slot unpainted for the LED strip to shine through.

Repeat this 3 more times... I paid $131 for all four LED strips. Alot less then the 2 companies that make these.

NEXT UP I WILL INSTALL A 50 LED STRIP IN THE MIRRORS.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:51 AM   #3
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I think you might have convinced me of a DIY for this winter Way cheaper than aftermarket and you get that pride of doing it yourself! Post pics when you get them painted too!
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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Repeat this 3 more times... I paid $131 for all four LED strips. Alot less then AAC or Showstoppers

NEXT UP I WILL INSTALL A 50 LED STRIP IN THE MIRRORS.
Cool write-up but our sidemarkers are only $199 for all 4 and as seen HERE and you do not need to spend hours cutting up your sidemarkers and you keep your old sidemarkers after you install which cost $40/ each from Chevrolet so when its all said and done this DIY mod costs you more than buying sidemarkers from AAC... but to each his own I guess
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:56 AM   #5
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Cool write-up but our sidemarkers are only $199 for all 4 and as seen HERE and you do not need to spend hours cutting up your sidemarkers and you keep your old sidemarkers after you install which cost $40/ each from Chevrolet so when its all said and done this DIY mod costs you more than buying sidemarkers from AAC... but to each his own I guess

It took me 15 mins per sidemarker. I don't really have a need to keep my old markers. So overall this DIY is still 70 dollars less. But hey to each his own.

Plus its much more rewarding knowing you did something by yourself.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:02 AM   #6
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It took me 15 mins per sidemarker. I don't really have a need to keep my old markers. So it's still 70 dollars less. But hey to each his own.

Plus its much more rewarding knowing you did something by yourself.
Its all good, not knocking,

Next time you decide to do one of these DIY projects get your LEDs from us, we have MUCH brighter LEDs at better prices than the other guys you mentioned

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #7
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It took me 15 mins per sidemarker. I don't really have a need to keep my old markers. So overall this DIY is still 70 dollars less. But hey to each his own.

Plus its much more rewarding knowing you did something by yourself.
I have Showstopper's LED Sidemarkers, but this looks great too! Awesome DIY! You should definitely post this over in the DIY section!
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #8
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Its all good, not knocking,

Next time you decide to do one of these DIY projects get your LEDs from us, we have MUCH brighter LEDs at better prices than the other guys you mentioned

I actually want to dim these a little because they are so bright!!

PLUS, your strips are wayyyy more expensive and I get the length I need from Radiantz

Radiantz LED's are really high quality. They are MADE IN THE USA!

In fact your Dual Intensity Circuit LED controller is from Radiantz. They make it and they charge 4.99 and you charge 14.99. SHAME ON YOU FOR RIPPING PEOPLE OFF!!!!
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:49 PM   #9
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Awesome DIY! What Length are the LED strips?
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And how did u seal the wires through the socket hole on the back?
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:28 PM   #11
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Awesome DIY! What Length are the LED strips?
40 led strips. These are the 1mm spacing strips. I got the same length for all 4. But the back ones can fit 45 led strips, as the back sidemarkers are slightly longer.

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And how did u seal the wires through the socket hole on the back?
Didn't have to. I ripped off the metal tabs off the stock blub and wedged the led wires with the blub into the socket. I will get a blank 192 socket eventually and do it the right way.
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Awesome. Thanks I might try this just for the fun of it on someones car.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:49 PM   #13
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I got more pics on the DIY thread here...

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=177650
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:28 AM   #14
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Are these the LEDs on Radiants site that come in a plastic tube?
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:39 AM   #15
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Are these the LEDs on Radiants site that come in a plastic tube?

Yes.. They are called Flexible Light Array.. the 1mm spacing ones.. Just took them out of the tube.
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Ok, the ones in your pics didn't look like they had a tube over them. Kinda though me for a loop. Great write up and they look awesome. I'm gonna try this with my stock side markers but maybe use carbon fiber vinyl instead of paint.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:20 PM   #17
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Really it is to each his own. I think it's really great that you're handy and can work on your car. I'm not. I was at a show where AAC was doing a group install and did my sidemarkers, interior lights, footwell lights, trunk and license plate. It was done in about 20 minutes, and when the first sidemarkers had water issues, they sent me replacements with no questions asked. They have been great and I've had lots of compliments on my lights, and I love them! I know you have the satisfaction of doing it yourself, but for those of us who can't, AAC has been great!
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Really it is to each his own. I think it's really great that you're handy and can work on your car. I'm not. I was at a show where AAC was doing a group install and did my sidemarkers, interior lights, footwell lights, trunk and license plate. It was done in about 20 minutes, and when the first sidemarkers had water issues, they sent me replacements with no questions asked. They have been great and I've had lots of compliments on my lights, and I love them! I know you have the satisfaction of doing it yourself, but for those of us who can't, AAC has been great!
I have the AAC sidemarkers, I have had multiple issues with them, and AAC has taken care of the issues every time. I'm happy with the markers I have, I just want to try something new and custom.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:55 PM   #19
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I actually want to dim these a little because they are so bright!!

PLUS, your strips are wayyyy more expensive and I get the length I need from Radiantz

Radiantz LED's are really high quality. They are MADE IN THE USA!

In fact your Dual Intensity Circuit LED controller is from Radiantz. They make it and they charge 4.99 and you charge 14.99. SHAME ON YOU FOR RIPPING PEOPLE OFF!!!!
Dayumm! PWNED!
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Dayumm! PWNED!

Yes... and I don't appreciate them HIJACKING my thread and trying to sell their own products. This is my DIY so STEP OFF AAC.
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Really it is to each his own. I think it's really great that you're handy and can work on your car. I'm not. I was at a show where AAC was doing a group install and did my sidemarkers, interior lights, footwell lights, trunk and license plate. It was done in about 20 minutes, and when the first sidemarkers had water issues, they sent me replacements with no questions asked. They have been great and I've had lots of compliments on my lights, and I love them! I know you have the satisfaction of doing it yourself, but for those of us who can't, AAC has been great!

Well, I've been reading about AAC's lack of quality and water issues. And that is the reason why I decided to do it on my own. But its nice that they will replace your defective markers.

I don't think this mod is all that hard. Just takes a little patience.
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These lights are BRIGHT!




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Cool write-up but our sidemarkers are only $199 for all 4 and as seen HERE and you do not need to spend hours cutting up your sidemarkers and you keep your old sidemarkers after you install which cost $40/ each from Chevrolet so when its all said and done this DIY mod costs you more than buying sidemarkers from AAC... but to each his own I guess
This guy also doesn't mention that it will cost you another $120 to have them painted to match and $22 to have the lens tinted. So it wold cost you $341 not $199.
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This guy also doesn't mention that it will cost you another $120 to have them painted to match and $22 to have the lens tinted. So it wold cost you $341 not $199.

Yes.. Granted it cost me money to paint but it definitely wasn't $120. I think AAC acted very UNPROFESSIONALLY by hijacking my DIY thread. Knocking me down and trying to sell their overpriced products.
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