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Old 09-12-2009, 05:35 PM   #1
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DIY photo guide for dashboard ABL

I thought I would make a photo summary of the Ambient Light installation for both drivers & passenger’s side

Many thanks go to the various respected Camaro5 members who diligently took the time to find & post their info

Where & How to find & or remove the driver fuse panel\speedo cluster where the ABL light connectors are is found here:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40804
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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Did you have to sand anything?
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:40 PM   #3
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Do you have any decent pics at night?
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:28 PM   #4
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this is really nice write up pics are very very helpful for dummies like me thanks alot
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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great writeup
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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very cool
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:52 PM   #7
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as said great write up and damn nice pics
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:57 PM   #8
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Very Nice, Answers a few other questions, with of the writing the pictures. Thanks for the great work.

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Old 09-12-2009, 09:31 PM   #9
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I'll post my pics little later tonite...i have not sanded anything yet... not sure exactly where to sand as it may let the "ray of light" to not look even.

One thing for sure there aint no way that this light is going to give off any significant glare which would interfere with driving...hell i barley see it as it is.
You have to turn the light tube a certain way to get the max light out of it when viewing it at any angle.....if you have one in your hands & its turned on you know what I mean.. cant really expain it unless you phsyically have one to look at
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:39 PM   #10
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any problems with heat or warping like what GM claimed to be the cause for scrapping the dash application?
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:46 PM   #11
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Nice, well done......
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:08 PM   #12
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Great job. You should be writing owners manuals!
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:47 PM   #13
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any problems with heat or warping like what GM claimed to be the cause for scrapping the dash application?
The light tube gives off NO heat that I can tell & I've left it on for at least for 1 -2 hours. ( I have a battery charger on just in case of a dead battery later)



The passenger's side trim ..where it meets the door .. is where i see theres a problem on how to anchor the light tube high enough to the upper egde of the plastric trim so the light can shine up thru it.. it's not deep enough to hold the light tube unless you cut part of the dash...the plastic dash trim is hard plastic & it's not going to give any at all. Sanding MAY work but then the light tube is further down from the top of the plastic trim and the "ABL light" line going across may not look like an even line going all the way across.

Any ideas anyone??

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Old 09-13-2009, 12:12 AM   #14
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Great job! Did you do the door ABL mod? Your lights seem to go to the top; mine don't on either side.

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Good job. Definite potential to look perfect pretty soon.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:46 AM   #16
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nice work man , keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep going
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:10 AM   #17
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Great job! Did you do the door ABL mod? Your lights seem to go to the top; mine don't on either side.

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Haven't done the door ABL mod yet .......going to try it today but boy do I miss not driving my camaro...too many mods

The light goes to the top .....but it depends on how you re-install the plastic trim to keep the light tube in place. I'm going to get some 3M tape later today to hold the distal end up on the passenger's side

I think I'm going to have to sand it down (the drivers & passengers trim) because despite it may look like a lot of light (the pics fool you ...it aint that much light in real life ) but I want to see how much light is emitted after the door ABL mod so I will know how much & where to sand exactly. I want the light to be MUCH MORE than what comes from the factory but less than "glaring"
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Thanks

Haven't done the door ABL mod yet .......going to try it today but boy do I miss not driving my camaro...too many mods

The light goes to the top .....but it depends on how you re-install the plastic trim to keep the light tube in place. I'm going to get some 3M tape later today to hold the distal end up on the passenger's side

I think I'm going to have to sand it down (the drivers & passengers trim) because despite it may look like a lot of light (the pics fool you ...it aint that much light in real life ) but I want to see how much light is emitted after the door ABL mod so I will know how much & where to sand exactly. I want the light to be MUCH MORE than what comes from the factory but less than "glaring"
Good Luck.

Keep us posted on what you find. Alot of us are still waiting for GM to get the light kits out.

Thanks to all who had a hand in this from the start to now.

Great Job. With the response to this GM really should reconsider its stance on this issue, and include it on the 2011 Camaro's.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:05 AM   #19
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You need to bend it at the end and Scotch tape it all the way to the end of the clips, the full length of the clip pc, see pic
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KTCAM,

Have you tried hot glue to anchor the tube?
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:34 AM   #21
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You need to bend it at the end and Scotch tape it all the way to the end of the clips, the full length of the clip pc, see pic

Thanks for the suggestion

To KING MOUSE: I thought of hot glue but here in Texas it gets HOT & I think that the glue will soften too much...but given its a tight fit it might just work

Also last nite "it came to me" ...will take some pics which i think will fix the fading light at the end near the passenger door...will keep you posted
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You mean to bend the light pip at the end and making it sit on the trim.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:37 PM   #24
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Ok looking at the dash more closely I think it would be better to get a "second" GM light connector to plug in at the passenger door side for the front passenger trim ABL.

I think it would also solve the fading light issue when using only one light source & give more light overall without having to sand anything which may or may not look uneven.

I left the light tube pressed against the dash panel with the trim plastic piece fully inserted so that it could leave an indentation so to know where exactly to cut out if needed...wll remove it later tonite & see if it works


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What about using foil tape? I use that stuff on to seal holes on ductwork. It might help to reflect more light.

Think that will work?
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