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Old 03-17-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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DIY: Change your door panel LED color!

Something I wanted to do from day one.....get rid of the STOOOOPID blue LED's in the door panels. I asked around and fl1ck knew what to do. Thanks bro! He confirmed one or two things with someone and we were SET!

More pics @ post #11.

Here's the stock blue:


Use a 7MM to take the 3 screws out around the door(1 near tweeter and 2 along the bottom):


After using anything you can to take off the rubber/plastic covers....use a T30 for the door pull and the 7MM again for the one behind the door handle:

Don't forget to pop off the tweeter....dash trim tool and a little love will get it off.....don't forget the quick release for the wiring.



Pull on the door panels and it will unsnap from the door itself. You can reach everything you need to from there without actually removing the whole panel(although it might be easier)

Now it's time to take out the old LEDs: There is a small square (identical to the one above my thumb in the pic below)that holds the plastic piece that contains the LED in place that connects directly with the bar that displays the light in the door panel. The light bar below is seen as a white line that crosses my hand. Use a T10 to remove the plastic retainer and the wiring clicks out at the left end of the light bar.....of what equals to a quick release tab at each end(the wiring, not the light bar). Remove this wire


Remove this entire wire ^ to prep for soldering. The most difficult part is taking the LED out of the plastic casing that holds the LED. Best of luck as it takes a little mickey mousing. We used a dentist type (oil filter) tool with a tiny point to release the casing retainer clips that hold the cover on: (casing on left and cover on the right of below pic)


Clip off the old LED being careful to leave enough to solder together with new LED:


With fl1cks guidance.....the longer end represents the POS side that needs to be soldered to the red wire. (the side with the resistor is soldered to the shorter one. If you look close, you can see in the LED itself and see a bigger and smaller piece and the POS is the smaller side (this becomes important if/when you snip off the ends of the LED to shorten it up for easier fitment to go back into the plastic casing shown above(after soldering).


After soldering together....testing, taping(electrical tape to keep the wires from touching one another) and reinstalling.....
WHITE:

RED:


I tried red and white and decided on red to match my red boost and A/F gauge pods.

After we got mine done, we knocked out fl1cks in white!

PM with questions if needed. Thanks again fl1ck

FYI, it took less than 3 hrs total TO DO BOTH CARS, INCLUDING me re-doing the drivers side in my car to match in red.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #2
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Thanks! Looking forward to doing this or paying to have y'all do mine when you do your dash! Lol
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Hey that's a really nice touch. That huge bay area must be on post facility huh? Sure wish I had a place such as this to work on cars. Thanx for posting Brandon.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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Thanks! Looking forward to doing this or paying to have y'all do mine when you do your dash! Lol
Ha.....don't think you can afford me. HA HA

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Hey that's a really nice touch. That huge bay area must be on post facility huh? Sure wish I had a place such as this to work on cars. Thanx for posting Brandon.
Thanks Wayne! Yeah, auto shop on post :P $6.50/hr. All the heat, room, lifts and tools you'd ever need.

Looks so much better than the blue. When it gets dark.....I'll go back in the car and get a couple more pics and post here :P
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Thanks Wayne! Yeah, auto shop on post :P $6.50/hr. All the heat, room, lifts and tools you'd ever need.

Looks so much better than the blue. When it gets dark.....I'll go back in the car and get a couple more pics and post here :P
Nothing that a case, of a best out of 5 match in COD.

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Nothing that a case of beer won't fix!
did you REALLY just say that to someone who's never, ever drank? Case of Propel? LOL
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Looks good, can't wait to see what it looks like in the dark though! No problem helping out man, that's what Camaro friends are for! I told Tina about the little road trip after lunch too!
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Looks good, can't wait to see what it looks like in the dark though! No problem helping out man, that's what Camaro friends are for! I told Tina about the little road trip after lunch too!
Yeah, getting close :P Gonna meet a buddy with a black 13' V6 in a few min. He has some aftermarked LEDs o nhis.....think an underglow kit too.

What did you tell her and what did Tina say? LOL
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I didn't say that I needed a shower like I said earlier, but I told her I was humbled pretty quick and that it's awesome! She said that's cool, and said that she liked the red in your car.
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I didn't say that I needed a shower like I said earlier, but I told her I was humbled pretty quick and that it's awesome! She said that's cool, and said that she liked the red in your car.
Good, because I wouldn't have been able to sleep if she didn't
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After dark after pics (2 of mine and one of fl1ck's white LEDs)
mine:




fl1ck's:
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did you REALLY just say that to someone who's never, ever drank? Case of Propel? LOL
Huh? Whatcha talkin' bout willis? I said a best out of 5 match in COD.
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After dark after pics (2 of mine and one of fl1ck's white LEDs)
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fl1ck's:
Looks like a damn home entertaintment system in there.
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Huh? Whatcha talkin' bout willis? I said a best out of 5 match in COD.
intrigued.....how is this in any way a win for me? HA I win, you wax my car! LOL
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