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Old 10-19-2009, 09:20 AM   #26
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Thanks man. Great job and great write up. Thanks for answering all my questions.

One more though. During the day doesn't that top edge of the trim that has been sanded show? Is the clear part noticable from the painted part?
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:37 AM   #27
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Thanks man. Great job and great write up. Thanks for answering all my questions.

One more though. During the day doesn't that top edge of the trim that has been sanded show? Is the clear part noticable from the painted part?
Actually doesn't look bad, it all kind of blends... It's VERY important to finish the sanding off with 1000 grit paper ( or higher ). I'll take a pic of mine after work, and add it to the first post.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:45 AM   #28
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Just ordered mine!

Question - I guess when I go to install my kit I might answer my own question,..... but why didn't you drill the hole for the passenger side closer to the gauge cluster so you didn't have to fish the wire so far?

Like Rick said it is for future items to connect. Also it is easier to change the EL wire to another color if you want.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:36 AM   #29
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Fantastic write-up!
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:50 AM   #30
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Like Rick said it is for future items to connect. Also it is easier to change the EL wire to another color if you want.
Good point on the color change Rick

Apparently they're coming out with a wire that will have the capability of changing color ( probably the EL driver ), but think of the possibilities..... Might need to swap out the door LED pipe for EL tube

http://elwireonline.com/color_change_el_wire
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:18 AM   #31
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Are the large rectanglular holes too small to pass the connectors through? Just wondering if any holes need to be drilled?
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:43 AM   #32
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Are the large rectanglular holes too small to pass the connectors through? Just wondering if any holes need to be drilled?
The larger rectangular holes are for the dash trim, so the whole hole will be occupied. The smaller rectangular holes will probably be used by G.M. for their ABL setup ( just a guess ). I imagine that you could use the smaller rectangular hole, if you were to hardwire the EL in ( connector is the reason for the hole ), but then if you need to dismantle, it would make thing harder.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:51 AM   #33
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The larger rectangular holes are for the dash trim, so the whole hole will be occupied. The smaller rectangular holes will probably be used by G.M. for their ABL setup ( just a guess ). I imagine that you could use the smaller rectangular hole, if you were to hardwire the EL in ( connector is the reason for the hole ), but then if you need to dismantle, it would make thing harder.
Got it, I intially thought the smaller holes were for the trim. Thanks for the clairifcation.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:32 PM   #34
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If I swap out the blue in my doors for yellow and do yellow in my dash, will I need 3 of these? Tiny 12 Volt Constant light & Flash Inverter (0-4ft)
Will I need extra connectors or ?


If I do the floor lights, do I just need to add 10ish feet of wire and 2 female connectors?
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:49 PM   #35
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If I swap out the blue in my doors for yellow and do yellow in my dash, will I need 3 of these? Tiny 12 Volt Constant light & Flash Inverter (0-4ft)
Will I need extra connectors or ?
That's the great thing about this mod, if you do the doors, you could switch to any of the colors that they supply

One driver would suffice, but you would be exceeding the 4 ft length... Purchase the 4 - 8 ft driver instead , and two more MALE connectors


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If I do the floor lights, do I just need to add 10ish feet of wire and 2 female connectors?
2 MALE connectors, and again you'll need the other driver if you exceed the 4 feet.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:56 PM   #36
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Cool, I am trying blue first so I just added a couple male connectors for the floors and I upped to the 8-13' power module. If it runs too hot or bright I'll add several feet of extra wire in a coil behind the dash somewhere to bring the total footage up to 8 feet.

I'll order some yellow later maybe... it's so cheap!

I'm kind of holding out to see about the rainbow-wire they're coming out with. Has anyone called them yet? I'd be curious to see what the cost of that is and what dimensions it is. It would be very cool to be able to adjust the colors!

Here's my order sheet. I added an extra 4 way splitter also. I think 2 is already 1 too many but I'm getting 3 just in case I add the doors later.

3 EZ-Connection Splitters for EL Wire
EZ-Connection type:4 way splitter (add 1.50)
15 2.2mm Blue-Green Polar Bright El Wire
1 Female 6" Connector
5 Male 6" Connector
3 Heatshrink Tubing 1.5mm
1 12 Volt Constant & Flash Inverter 8-13ft
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:52 PM   #37
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Cool, I am trying blue first so I just added a couple male connectors for the floors and I upped to the 8-13' power module. If it runs too hot or bright I'll add several feet of extra wire in a coil behind the dash somewhere to bring the total footage up to 8 feet.

I'll order some yellow later maybe... it's so cheap!

I'm kind of holding out to see about the rainbow-wire they're coming out with. Has anyone called them yet? I'd be curious to see what the cost of that is and what dimensions it is. It would be very cool to be able to adjust the colors!

Here's my order sheet. I added an extra 4 way splitter also. I think 2 is already 1 too many but I'm getting 3 just in case I add the doors later.

3 EZ-Connection Splitters for EL Wire
EZ-Connection type:4 way splitter (add 1.50)
15 2.2mm Blue-Green Polar Bright El Wire
1 Female 6" Connector
5 Male 6" Connector
3 Heatshrink Tubing 1.5mm
1 12 Volt Constant & Flash Inverter 8-13ft
I would consider getting the 4-8 ft driver ( or get both )..... When I first set mine up, I used the 8-13 ft driver, and although it worked, I noticed that it would flicker sometimes.... Now I have the 0-4ft, and the flicker is gone. There are zero issues with heat ( no heat at all !! ), or brightness.

You should probably get the yellow wire at the same time ( save on shipping ) !?
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:13 PM   #38
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where did you get this item i do not see it on the website?

2 x Aquarium rigid acrylic air tube ( 3/16" diameter, approx 40" long ) :
$1.99 x 2 = $3.98
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:18 PM   #39
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where did you get this item i do not see it on the website?

2 x Aquarium rigid acrylic air tube ( 3/16" diameter, approx 40" long ) :
$1.99 x 2 = $3.98
He went to the Pet / Fish store to get them
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:20 PM   #40
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where did you get this item i do not see it on the website?

2 x Aquarium rigid acrylic air tube ( 3/16" diameter, approx 40" long ) :
$1.99 x 2 = $3.98
Any pet shop will have this. It must be the 3/16" diameter.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:22 PM   #41
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Hahahaha..... Rick, you're faster than me
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:51 PM   #42
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Oh sorry, when I say "hot" I mean too much voltage/too bright. I've already placed the order so I'll just coil up some extra behind the dash or find something else that needs a little light. Maybe I'll just put two rows at the feet.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:58 PM   #43
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Oh sorry, when I say "hot" I mean too much voltage/too bright. I've already placed the order so I'll just coil up some extra behind the dash or find something else that needs a little light. Maybe I'll just put two rows at the feet.

Make sure to post your foot lighting Pics
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:37 PM   #44
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i can show you my pics of my footwell lighting if youd like lol
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:45 PM   #45
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i can show you my pics of my footwell lighting if youd like lol
Anyone will do just to see some different ideas
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alright cool ill wait for the sun to go down to take some pics, ill also take pics of my broters stang since hes got blue on the inside.
Give me a few hours guys
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:05 PM   #47
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Did mine last night but with the other ABL stuff. Looks pretty good, but I kinda like the way this option looks. Mine dims out just a bit over on the passenger side...

...and I might need to order two more plastic dash pieces... I taped it off to sand like you did and got impatient using my dremel tool to "sand down" the plastic. It worked well...until it went through the d@mn tape in a few spots. Now, my "line" across the panel is kinda wavy with a scratch here and there....UGH!

Does not look good during the day. But at night....HOLY CRUD!
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Did mine last night but with the other ABL stuff. Looks pretty good, but I kinda like the way this option looks. Mine dims out just a bit over on the passenger side...

...and I might need to order two more plastic dash pieces... I taped it off to sand like you did and got impatient using my dremel tool to "sand down" the plastic. It worked well...until it went through the d@mn tape in a few spots. Now, my "line" across the panel is kinda wavy with a scratch here and there....UGH!

Does not look good during the day. But at night....HOLY CRUD!
Sorry to hear that Tag.... Yeah the Dremel is a great tool, but it can be dangerous. The sanding is the most critical part.

EVERYONE, start with 400 grit.... work your way to 800, and finish off with 1000. Be prepared to be at this for a few hours, take your time or you'll be ordering new dash inserts.


By the way, I've added two daylight photos of the trim on the first post

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Old 10-19-2009, 09:50 PM   #49
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Did mine last night but with the other ABL stuff. Looks pretty good, but I kinda like the way this option looks. Mine dims out just a bit over on the passenger side...

...and I might need to order two more plastic dash pieces... I taped it off to sand like you did and got impatient using my dremel tool to "sand down" the plastic. It worked well...until it went through the d@mn tape in a few spots. Now, my "line" across the panel is kinda wavy with a scratch here and there....UGH!

Does not look good during the day. But at night....HOLY CRUD!
My set from ELwire got shipped out today...hopefully I should have it next week.

I got impatient and did the 2 extra inches on the doors today. I taped it off and started sanding but even those couple of inches......I said screw this. I got my dremel as well but I used the small steel brush and it worked fine. After I finished I went back over it with the sand paper to give it more of a glossy look and used a led flashlight to keep checking that it looked uniform. It turned out nice......can't wait to get the dash done.

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My set from ELwire got shipped out today...hopefully I should have it next week.

I got impatient and did the 2 extra inches on the doors today. I taped it off and started sanding but even those couple of inches......I said screw this. I got my dremel as well but I used the small steel brush and it worked fine. After I finished I went back over it with the sand paper to give it more of a glossy look and used a led flashlight to keep checking that it looked uniform. It turned out nice......can't wait to get the dash done.
Looks great Did you also sand a little where the light was already visible..... Looks much brighter than mine..... Next mod for me
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