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Old 01-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #26
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My timers have 3 wires, ground, input and output. So i tapped in the outer light bulb ground for the ground wire and then cut the blinker bulb wire which was the yellow for left side and green for right side and installed the input-output wires to the bulb harness, all with solder and heat shrink joints of course. Then i turned on the hazard lights and used a pocket screwdriver to adjust the varable resistor until the delay was right where I wanted it. I was very pleased with the outcome of the project and I saved 80 bucks also
You stated and I see that there are three wires, but your schematic looks like there should be 4. Positive and negative (directly below the positive, I presume) and there looks like two connections from the normally open contacts from the relay. Am I missing something?

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Old 01-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #27
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You stated and I see that there are three wires, but your schematic looks like there should be 4. Positive and negative (directly below the positive, I presume) and there looks like two connections from the normally open contacts from the relay. Am I missing something?

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share the common ground and switch the positive side of the circuit (tail light) through the relay.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #28
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that is a sweet setup, and great idea btw...looks good.

does anybody know the current draw of the lights? working on using a transistor (mosfet) as the switching portion vs the relay. i could go out and measure it, but its a little wet out right now.

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yeah if i was to build again i would use a transistor instead of the relay, would make it a little bit smaller and less app to go out i would think. But the relays was free and i knew they wouldnt have a problem with the current
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #29
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Fo sho! Thanks for sharing the circuit design you used. The only thing I dont like about relays is their noise and size, unless im testing em. But you cant beat free either. I'll wire this up and let you know how it works. The mosfets were less than $2 a piece which is WAY cheaper then purchasing relays unless you get em for free at a junk yard or something.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:07 PM   #30
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Make sure that the 4A MOSFET rating is continuous and not pulsed.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:24 PM   #31
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I decided i wanted to add sequential tailights to my camaro but didnt want to spend 100 bucks for them. I figured it couldn't be to hard to do so I got with my dad, who is pretty good with electronics, and we built 2 timers. Went to the shack and bought 2 of the following; a 555 timer, circuit board, capacitor, few diodes and a varaiable resistor. I had the 2 relays laying in my tool box so no reason to buy them. I dont have the schematic we used with me now, ill try to upload later. We just built the little circuit with the components and soldered everything together. Then I painted the back of the board with liquid electric tape and let dry to prevent shorting out anything. I removed the back covers over the tailights. My timers have 3 wires, ground, input and output. So i tapped in the outer light bulb ground for the ground wire and then cut the blinker bulb wire which was the yellow for left side and green for right side and installed the input-output wires to the bulb harness, all with solder and heat shrink joints of course. Then i turned on the hazard lights and used a pocket screwdriver to adjust the varable resistor until the delay was right where I wanted it. I was very pleased with the outcome of the project and I saved 80 bucks also

Here is the youtube link for the video: http://youtu.be/UjLuU-1eC0E
Very cool. Do you have a little more information (or pictures) of how you installed/hid the boards near the taillights? To get to the bulbs (i haven't messed with them yet on my 2013) - is all the access via trunk and no removal of the housing required? I definitely will put this on my list of to-dos. Just curious about your mounting strategy - wonder if a small project box would be a good idea for enclosing the board.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:27 PM   #32
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Fo sho! Thanks for sharing the circuit design you used. The only thing I dont like about relays is their noise and size, unless im testing em. But you cant beat free either. I'll wire this up and let you know how it works. The mosfets were less than $2 a piece which is WAY cheaper then purchasing relays unless you get em for free at a junk yard or something.
Please post what your exact parts are (if you don't mind!!!) when you get it working. Would really like to use your modifications to get this to work, as I don't have the relays sitting around either.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:20 AM   #34
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Very cool. Do you have a little more information (or pictures) of how you installed/hid the boards near the taillights? To get to the bulbs (i haven't messed with them yet on my 2013) - is all the access via trunk and no removal of the housing required? I definitely will put this on my list of to-dos. Just curious about your mounting strategy - wonder if a small project box would be a good idea for enclosing the board.

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No pictures of install sorry. No housing removal just pop the trunk and remove the plastic cover above the tail lights. All the wires are there and i just zip tied the circuit to the wiring harness so it wouldnt bounce around. I thought about using a box but just didnt. I had some liquid electric tape so i just painted it on the back side of the board for protection. Its under the plastic panel anyways away from water
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:21 AM   #35
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this maybe a stupid question but why are you the 3rd person to post "tag"? dont understand lol
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:23 AM   #36
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No pictures of install sorry. No housing removal just pop the trunk and remove the plastic cover above the tail lights. All the wires are there and i just zip tied the circuit to the wiring harness so it wouldnt bounce around. I thought about using a box but just didnt. I had some liquid electric tape so i just painted it on the back side of the board for protection. Its under the plastic panel anyways away from water
No problem about the pics, was just hoping!!! WHere do you get liquid electric tape? Maybe i'm out of it, never heard of it. Thanks again.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:42 AM   #37
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this maybe a stupid question but why are you the 3rd person to post "tag"? dont understand lol
Im confused too. There is a section of the forum for like social talk and all other discussions. They play a lot of games there, so maybe they have to use the search feature and find other threads that are tagged.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #38
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Im confused too. There is a section of the forum for like social talk and all other discussions. They play a lot of games there, so maybe they have to use the search feature and find other threads that are tagged.
Well, there is an option to automatically subscribe when you post to a thread, so my guess is its a quick way of getting updates on the info (email). I've just seen other people post "Subscribed" . . .
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Well, there is an option to automatically subscribe when you post to a thread, so my guess is its a quick way of getting updates on the info (email). I've just seen other people post "Subscribed" . . .
Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner!

and...... subscribed, tagged, marked
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:13 AM   #40
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No problem about the pics, was just hoping!!! WHere do you get liquid electric tape? Maybe i'm out of it, never heard of it. Thanks again.
i think i got it from radio shack, maybe napa. I use it to repair a skint wire if need be. it will get you out of a bind sometimes lol
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Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner!

and...... subscribed, tagged, marked
oh ok thanks people!
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i think i got it from radio shack, maybe napa. I use it to repair a skint wire if need be. it will get you out of a bind sometimes lol

Cool, i'll look for it.
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I was thinking the "Tag" was just so you could be subscribed, so I did it to be sorta funny! But your mod is cool and looks like it works great!
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i think i got it from radio shack, maybe napa. I use it to repair a skint wire if need be. it will get you out of a bind sometimes lol
I had never heard of it, but I really want some now lol
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Cool, i'll look for it.
I got mine at Ace hardware. Homedepot and Lowes might have it also
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:42 AM   #46
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OK all,

I WANT to do this. I had a basic electricity class in high school and am a mechanical designer by trade. I even had to draw up a printed circuit board in tech college. I'm not a complete dolt from the mechanical end but am admittedly so with the sparky components.

First, please post an update with the transistor attempt at this ASAP, as I'd prefer it. Please include a list of part numbers from Radio Shack or an online vendor, if possible. If I have to get into the actually selection of these components, I'm buried. If all I have to do is take said components and look at the pics/diagram and replicate them, I'm golden.

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fo sho...once i get some time to work on it and have it working i'll let you know what i've added as well.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #49
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I picked up everything to do this over the weekend. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed a socket was recommended for the timer. Guess I will go back and get some this week. I also need a third hand tool to hold this thing so I can work with it. Maybe they have those too.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #50
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Any update on the MOSFET instead of relay. I would like to do this mod but prefer the MOSFET as it would be even cheaper and smaller form factor. Thanks
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