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Old 06-10-2012, 11:04 PM   #26
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So totally necessary to remove the rear fender to do this?? or can I just remove the liner in the back and be able to get to the reverse light??
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #27
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That's awesome, that's the look I'm going for. No more yellow light.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:20 AM   #28
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So totally necessary to remove the rear fender to do this?? or can I just remove the liner in the back and be able to get to the reverse light??
Yes you do have to take the rear off. No way around it, that ive found.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:45 AM   #29
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So totally necessary to remove the rear fender to do this?? or can I just remove the liner in the back and be able to get to the reverse light??
Yes it is totally necessary to remove the rear of car. But all you do is take screws out on the fender liner, you do not have to remove it. you have to take the screws out to be able to pull the sides of the rear valance off.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #30
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Ok, looks bright when looking at it, but no one has shown the light splash behind the car. What does it look like behind you?!
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #31
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I'll will try and get some for ya. I was really wanting the difference in color more than anything. These will be nothing like the one that AAC sells, im sure. But for $10 they are better than stock ones.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #32
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Ok, looks bright when looking at it, but no one has shown the light splash behind the car. What does it look like behind you?!
The light field should be same or better than stock at those brightness levels... The light you see in the pics is bouncing off of the internal reflectors in the housing, not directly from the chip... If that makes sense.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:39 PM   #33
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I'm guessing..No error codes?
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:07 PM   #34
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No, I have not had any error codes at all. I have changed out every light on this car,except for the front blinker bulbs. That will be next. Changed every light on car to LED"S. I will keep you posted if I get any error's!!!!
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:20 PM   #35
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so what bulb and from where should i buy if i just want to plug and play?
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #36
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so what bulb and from where should i buy if i just want to plug and play?
like do what the OP did? He bought a 194 syle LED and pulled the base off. That's as close to plug and play as you get, without going to the AAC housing/bulb combo
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:15 PM   #37
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Do you have a link to where you purchased the bulbs from?
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:18 PM   #38
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Just wondering if you have the backup camera and if the camera adapts to the bright light OK at night?
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #39
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I just did this mod and it is awesome! Thanks for posting this! Wasnt difficult at all. I ended up using the same 25 led bulb. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1357253930.586368.jpg
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I tried taking a pic of the output but its hard to pick it up on my iphone camera. However it is definitely much brighter and well worth doing.

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To get the leds in the correct way. You should line up the negative side of the led with the side of the original harness that has the writing on it.

Also i'd advise you guys to put a dab of silicon to hold the new led in place in the old harness and let it dry for 20-30 mins because i didnt the first time and it came lose after i finished putting it all back together -___-

Link to the leds i used.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400319442582
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:13 PM   #40
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Cool mod guys! I'll be doing this too once it warms up a bit
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #41
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Alright i ordered in a pair 42 SMD bulbs now Im just waiting for it to be warm to get my bumper off. Anyways...i just had a question about putting the LED into the stock bulb location. did you guys leave the stock bulb base in there and just replace it with the LED or did you take out the base and plug the LED directly into the bulb harness?
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:45 PM   #42
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Alright i ordered in a pair 42 SMD bulbs now Im just waiting for it to be warm to get my bumper off. Anyways...i just had a question about putting the LED into the stock bulb location. did you guys leave the stock bulb base in there and just replace it with the LED or did you take out the base and plug the LED directly into the bulb harness?
I separated the stock bulb from its stock base, you have to really pull and tug on it but it does come out. Then i guided the leds metal prongs through the base and put some silicon to keep it in place. Let it dry for a bit then plugged it right in to the stock harness. Good luck its fairly easy to do!
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:17 PM   #43
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Just put in the 42 led, looks great, output light is great too
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:57 PM   #44
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I'm about to order some and try this mod myself. The following is what I found:

25 SMD LED bulbs

42 SMD LED bulbs

I'm going to try the 42 SMD bulbs first, since they're brighter. If they fit, then great. If they don't, then I'll try the 25 SMD bulbs.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:23 AM   #45
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You may also want to try 'side emitting' led's. It's an LED flexible light strip, but the LED's show out of the side rather than the top. I put mine under the lip of my bumper. Just had to drill a small hole in the diffuser to run the wires through. I tapped in to the wires for back up lights. Can't even see the light strip when looking at the car. You have to lean over and look under the lip to even notice that there is a strip there. But when the back up lights are on.....

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Old 05-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #46
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i used these leds work perfect and are brighterhttp://www.amazon.com/Jtech-7-5W-Pow...ywords=t10+led
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #47
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You may also want to try 'side emitting' led's. It's an LED flexible light strip, but the LED's show out of the side rather than the top. I put mine under the lip of my bumper. Just had to drill a small hole in the diffuser to run the wires through. I tapped in to the wires for back up lights. Can't even see the light strip when looking at the car. You have to lean over and look under the lip to even notice that there is a strip there. But when the back up lights are on.....

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Old 06-04-2013, 04:27 AM   #48
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First let me say that this is not to take away from any venders on this site!!! This is just a DIY project that I thought worked out well for me. If yo want to change the look of your reverse lights. I know these are nothing like the ones that company's like AAC...ect,sells.

I was putting in my Rapid Fire taillights and decided to try a bulb change on the reverse lights. After taking a look, the bulb twists out just like any other bulb socket does.

I had a few
led lights, that are the same as a 194,168...ect bulb. So, I took the white base off it and had the leads exposed. After looking at the stock bulb, I started pulling the bulb out of the bulb socket. In the pics you will see that the bulbs are the same dia/length. worked the bulb leads into the socket, with it plugged to the wiring harness, worked like a charm. I now have brighter and whiter lights than come stock. The LED's had 5 SMD's per blub. I have a couple of light's ordered with 25 SMD's. I plan on changing to these after they come in. Just thought someone out there may want to do this.

Take note, you have to have the bulb socket plugged into the wiring harness, the leads on the LED/SMD bolb are small and bend easy. But, will set in the same base area as the stock bulb. I did put a small spot or two of silicone on the base of the socket where the light snaps in. Just to make sure it was secure. Good Luck!!
Really very nice workout. Sorry for old thread reply but even I am thinking of shifting to led lights. I will get them soon from ebay and post some pics

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Old 06-04-2013, 04:51 AM   #49
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Can you take the wheel well liner off and snake your hand to get the light? I kno you can't get it from the top or bottom I never got to try from the wheel well
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:36 AM   #50
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I've seen you guys using the 5 and 25 SMD LED bulbs, but I'm going to try something a little different. It's just a little more pricey than the SMD bulbs, but if my R&D works, this will really balloon this mod up.

For anyone using the SMD style LEDs, I'm sure it's an improvement over the stock set up, but look at the bulb on the left when compared to a 5 LED SMD bulb on the right:


I can get a pair of these 194 based bulbs, for $16.45.

I've already got my stock reverse lights out since I found a set of AAC ones on Ebay for $100 so I'm going to begin this project and test them out.
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