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Old 10-14-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Alternative way to install dashboard ABL (with light tape)

I was talking to few guys at their last meet and we were discussing the ABL dash upgrade done. The biggest thing that scared them off was cutting the dash. I explained that it can be done without any dash trimming. Since I had no way of showing them without doing it myself I got right on it and here are the results. First and foremost once I sanded the top edge of the molding. The entire install only took 45 minutes. I followed the other guys instructions to the t. But with my changes. Instead of the led and light tube. I used light tape and a transformer.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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hmm looks good. pics are kinda hard to see, out of focus
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:59 PM   #3
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I only have 2 concerns which are not bad at all. First the dash is alot brighter than the doors. I will probably do the doors as well. Second this way does not dim. They stay on until there is not enough voltage to keep the transformer on and then they cut off. I never dim them to begin with. Also these are so bright I can see a sand line so I plan on taping off the light part and painting the backside with some black. You can not see where you sanded with the lights off but when the are on they show every thin spot in the paint. If you are interested I can put together a package. All parts Transformer, 2 pieces of light tape, wiring all ready to install for $160.00. I know this is more than buying the other parts but install is way easier. I didnt even have to drill a hole for the wire it is thin enough that I used the hole already existing in the dash that were not being used by the clips. I will take some more pics tonight with a better camera and update this when I get them.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:20 PM   #4
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better pics

Here are the better pics.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
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Looks good but I'm confused. The light tape is how thick? It looks like it would need to be trimmed around each trim piece clip that secures the trim to the dash. Am I missing something here?
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:39 PM   #6
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That looks cool
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:51 PM   #7
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:54 PM   #8
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Looks awesome, is there a switch that activates these? And how much does it end up running you?
Also, is there somehwere I could get this done. I dont want to mess anything up!
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:07 PM   #9
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pretty wicked
looks good
can u get it in red?
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:28 PM   #10
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that looks good can you take pics from the backseat looking to the dash and not so blurry but looks great. one more question is it super bright or is it like the door panels
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #11
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The thickness of the tape is less than 1/16 of an inch. It comes in cool blue only...but you can get transparency colored tap to go over it and make it any color you want. Cost is a bit high for all parts to make it work you are looking close to $200.00 that is the tape, wires transformer, and tr7 low volt converter. The reason I went this way is there is no trimming of anything. I saw pics where a guy was trimming the dash for the clear tubing done in another ABL install and nicked his dash. Well I knew that would be me. I am to particular with my car and didn't want to trim or drill anything. It all fits behind the panel no cutting. The width of the tape is 1". We install here at TNT audio in Victoria,Tx
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:16 PM   #12
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Other pics of light tape

Here are some of the other things we have done using light tape.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:21 PM   #13
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Also I used the led plug behind the gauges so they turn on with the doors. I mentioned above they do not dim with the doors they are on or off. This is twice as bright as the doors. I plan on doing them next. This company uses this stuff for lighting runway strips in airports and claim up to 3 mile visibility. Its not blinding though. Awesome product.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:22 PM   #14
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Looks nice. Do you have any idea the lifespan of the light tape?
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:38 PM   #15
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I don't remember what they told us, but with them using it at airports for landing strip lights they have to last a long time. Thats not something you want to go out. If you have ever seen The Cash Cab game show its the same thing that they used in the headliner. Also when they first started making the product they would do burn outs on the tape to prove durability. I'm still working out a few details. What I am trying to put together is a complete kit ready to install. Total install was only 45 minutes after the trim piece edge was sanded. With sanding it took 2 hours total. I was being real careful when I sanded the pieces I am a little anal about my car. Wanted it perfect. I still have a couple more things I want to try so that it will be even easier. Let you know as it progresses.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:03 PM   #16
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here are the back seat pics that were requested. One with daylight one with out.
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:51 AM   #17
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That looks way cool. You may be onto something there, if there was a way to dim the light tape, then you'd be in business! I like the way it lights up top and bottom too!

But dont quit your day job man, your picture taking skills leave alot to be desired! (Im just messin with ya)

Looks good! Thanks for posting it up!
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:59 AM   #18
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Looks good. If you're going to do detailed instructions though, get a tripod for those night shots, and some of the day ones as well.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:03 AM   #19
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pretty wicked
looks good
can u get it in red?

I want it to match my IOM.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:49 AM   #20
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Dmming this product would be best
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:39 AM   #22
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Showed it off

Well I got a great response from all the Camaro fanatics in San Antonio tonight. Thank You guys for all the nice words. It looks amazing driving down the highway with them on.
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:34 AM   #23
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Nice Job!

Where can you get this stuff?? And does it come in Orange??
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Nice Job!

Where can you get this stuff?? And does it come in Orange??

Pretty impressive stuff. Looks like it comes in a few colors, not how close it matches the IOM red/orange though:

http://lighttape.com/select_install_...?ContentId=582

http://lighttape.com/what_is_light_t...?ContentId=296
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:29 AM   #25
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Great job you did there! *cheers* :P
Dude can you buy those and ship it to me? I'll transfer you the money...
We don't have those here in Saudi I guess
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