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Old 10-18-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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Thumbs up DIY - ABL using EL wire, and 3/16" tube

Here it is folks.... a complete guide on ABL installation using EL wire, and aquarium 3/16" diameter tube.

Rickray, and myself completed this yesterday.... we had a great time doing this, while our wives went shopping

See the attached photos ( with comments ) that should answer most, if not all your questions.

Here's the bill of materials:


- Green-Blue EL Wire 2.2mm : $0.99 ft - get 10 feet

http://elwireonline.com/inc/sdetail/187

- Two ( 2 ) four way splitters: $1.50 ea.

http://elwireonline.com/inc/sdetail/146

- One ( 1 ) female connector : $1.75 ea.

http://elwireonline.com/inc/sdetail/120

- Three ( 3 ) male connectors : $ 1.75 ea.

http://elwireonline.com/inc/sdetail/108

- EL Driver for 12VDC ( 0-4 ft length ) : $4.99

http://elwireonline.com/inc/sdetail/296

- 2 x Aquarium rigid acrylic air tube ( 3/16" diameter, approx 40" long ) :
$1.99 x 2 = $3.98

- Super glue.

- Approximately 5' of standard Stereo wire ( 20 or 22 gage )

-How to solder EL wire:


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Old 10-18-2009, 03:29 PM   #2
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Awesome! The best! Excellent!......of course!
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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Nicely done guys, and a great detailed description on how to do it.

My wire should be in tomorrow and I have the sanding done or so I thought. I didn't go the extra 1/16 - 3/32 below the angle, is it need to get the light to show through properly?

I may also be able to do it without drilling a hole. The wire side connectors I will be using may fit right through the rectangle holes without messing them up.
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:49 PM   #4
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Very nice write up!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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Nicely done guys, and a great detailed description on how to do it.

My wire should be in tomorrow and I have the sanding done or so I thought. I didn't go the extra 1/16 - 3/32 below the angle, is it need to get the light to show through properly?
I may also be able to do it without drilling a hole. The wire side connectors I will be using may fit right through the rectangle holes without messing them up.
Thanks !!

Absolutely, we tried to do it directly on the corner of the angle, and the light was very faint...... we then retaped, and continued to sand


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Old 10-18-2009, 04:26 PM   #6
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That's real nice!

Heck I just got tired reading it.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:46 PM   #7
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Does it dim with the dash lights?

looks great.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:52 PM   #8
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Does it dim with the dash lights?

looks great.
Yes it does, and the intensity / color are VERY close to the doors !! 99.9% perfect
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:15 PM   #9
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looks great they got any orange/red
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:23 PM   #10
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looks great they got any orange/red
http://elwireonline.com/99__per_foot_el_wire
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Looks great. This way looks easier than the digi-key tube. Is this kit dimmable?
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:29 PM   #12
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Absolutely awesome tutorial on the ABL guys, really hit it on the head with this one.
Thanks for taking the time and being detailed with both the description and the pictures, going to make it real easy for the rest of us.

You guys ROCK!!!!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:34 PM   #13
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Looks great. This way looks easier than the digi-key tube. Is this kit dimmable?
Since I already had the stuff to do the digi-key way I played around with the digi-key way on the left hand side(short piece) yesterday when I had the trim pieces off to sand, even that short one was a pain to try and get right. This way with the El wire is the way to go for now in my opinion until GM comes up with something for us.

My hats off to these guys.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:09 PM   #14
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bravo and good work looks really good still gonna go with leds but DAMN fine job guys Damn fine
and i really love the write up
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