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Old 11-13-2013, 11:08 AM   #126
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:15 PM   #127
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #128
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They turned out great!!!
I used the tin from Lowe's and the cutters. Then I laid them out and painted them with high heat paint (for possible heat issues just in case) Then I put some semi-gloss paint over the temperature paint. Came out good! took about 2 hours taking my time.




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Old 11-14-2013, 09:10 AM   #129
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:49 AM   #130
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #131
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The weather has turned, and this morning I noticed condensation in one of mine, so I must not have a good moisture seal. Make extra sure you seal them good.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:24 AM   #132
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mine too. im gonna take them out and reseal them
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:49 PM   #133
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Good job on your project

But they did make those taillights you can buy them at

http://www.automotivelightstore.com/afterburner.aspx

There's two versions SMD is the one with the line across and the semi circle and are a lot brighter

The CCFL are just the semi circle and are more soft


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As said, these are NOT THE SAME! I got these back in 2010 in CCFL as AAC didn't have the SMD then. It was a freaking joke! Cutting the lenses open and the lights didn't work as I thought they should and AAC wasn't giving me my money back either. Worst cash ever spent and in the truest form of good money for bad!

I've since gotten the Technostalgia which I'm happy with, so much so I'm on my second Camaro and had to buy another set because the dealer didn't want me to remove them and trade with the OEMs. That said, I love what you've done here. The concept Camaro had the right idea with the lights and I'm finally glad to see someone has made it possible in a simple form.
That said, I have two sets of OEM tail lights from having bought two sets of Technostalgia's, one set smoked with film and the others I just removed from my SS in August when I got it. I'm going to do a set per your great instructions. I'm also thinking of painting the aluminum plates a flat black to reduce reflection they may cast.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:57 PM   #134
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I just re-sealed one of mine that had condensation after work tonight. I found a trick to get the condensation out. At first I tried shaking the water out, then I tried blowing it out with the wifes blow dryer, but the lens just kept fogging up.

So while sitting there in the bathroom looking at the foggy lens, I seen a bottle of 50% rubbing alcohol, and got an idea. I poured some in, shook it up real quick to absorb the water, then dumped it down the toilet and turned on the blow drier, and after 10 minutes it was clear, dry, and fog free.

The alcohol being only 50% did not disolve the paint on the shadow plate, and evaporated clear.

I added a layer of clear exterior grade windows seal RTV (3 hour cure stuff) over the leaking area, and put it all back together before it got dark.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:36 AM   #135
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I may have to try that. my top is sealed so maybe my side has a crack or something in it. troubleshooting today!
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:23 PM   #136
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@RRAY

The alcohol is a great idea.

I checked the seal, shook them out and let a fan blow across mine all night. I havent had a moisture issue yet.

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Very Nice.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:29 PM   #137
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this is an awsome mod. look sgreat when done. i dont have the balls to do it unless i had an extra set of lenses though. i may have to try if i can score a set of tail lenses in the future
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:04 PM   #138
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Work on it this weekend

came out looking great after all
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:54 AM   #139
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came out looking great after all
Buford huh?...me and the wife were just up there at the Mall of Georgia on 31 DEC 13. Nice area. Atlanta speedway is conveniently close too!

Glad you liked the idea.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:42 PM   #140
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Just did this mod. Looks great. To bad i still have a month and a half before i get it out .
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:59 AM   #141
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Just did this mod. Looks great. To bad i still have a month and a half before i get it out .
Cool. Any pics?
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:45 PM   #142
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here is my afterburners. Turned out well.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:53 PM   #143
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here is my afterburners. Turned out well.
Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:15 AM   #144
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DIY "Scare free" Afterburners

Can someone please post the measurement to position the afterburner in the center of each light?

Is there something thin as aluminum but brighter or more polished to reflect light?

Is a downloadable template that you can print available ? I think I found it - my ipad wouldn't open PDF file.

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Old 03-25-2014, 12:02 PM   #145
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Can someone please post the measurement to position the afterburner in the center of each light?

Is there something thin as aluminum but brighter or more polished to reflect light?

Is a downloadable template that you can print available ? I think I found it - my ipad wouldn't open PDF file.

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An ingenious poster altered the tabs so that they had slots to adjust the half moons left or right as needed. See that for easier centering.

As far as a downloadable template...the only one I know of is the one I made and posted earlier in this section.

Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #146
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DIY "Scare free" Afterburners

Just wanted to say thanks for this DIY. Everything turned out great. I used the first dimensions posted just extended the width of the semi circle as suggested in an earlier post.

I ended up with a bit of condensation also so I plan to perform the alcohol trick and put the blow dryer to it.

Pics really don't do this mod justice.

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Old 07-14-2014, 02:43 PM   #147
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Outstanding. Its so subtle, but looks great.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:16 PM   #148
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i just cant get my computer to resize the template.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:21 AM   #149
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Did this yesterday and have to say that the instructions were pretty "spot on". Used the same cut out dimensions and lens cut marks and they fit perfectly. An easy way to line everything up is to shine a flashlight through the bulb hole. We also played around a little and drilled holes in the plate to see if we could get a deeper affect, but it didn't look right. The red lens is cut weird, kinda like a bunch of small prisms. That made the light from the drilled holes refract in different directions. Taped the holes with aluminum tape and reinstalled. Looks very cool. There's more than enough light shining around the block off to be easily seen. Driving around last night had me noticing everyone elses taillights. Mine has more light shining through than many other cars in OEM form. If you're that worried about the brightness, you can buy direct replacement LED taillight bulbs.

You really are only limited by your imagination, with this mod.
Where u buy the aluminum
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:06 AM   #150
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Where u buy the aluminum
I had friends at a machine shop. You can buy thin sheets of aluminum from pretty much any hardware store. The thinner, the better. Easier to cut and work with.
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