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Old 12-28-2009, 07:46 PM   #101
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It would ruin the housing if it doesn't work, but someone mentioned scuffing the outer edge to dull the reflection. Or possibly painting it to a gradual fade.

...Maybe even black out the inner cup to reduce the reflection.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:23 PM   #102
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I have a new idea will try it, and get back to this buy Friday, I think if it works you guy will like it.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:52 AM   #103
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I have a new idea will try it, and get back to this buy Friday, I think if it works you guy will like it.
I think it's already looking better than exposed LED's like the others... Good luck
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:37 PM   #104
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So my new idea is to go and make a new part that has a 2 side all LED hosing, So that we send the light in the hosing back to give it the Eclipse look for the running lights, The other side will have the same or more LED's for the brake Side, And last i will fix the OEM hosing so there is no step in it that will let the light fill the hosing to look right.

I hope to start Midday i have to make a new part and get some more parts put i think by Friday i will have it all done.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:20 AM   #105
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I don't quite follow what you're saying. you're saying have the half moon piece have leds on both sides of the lens? running lights have all the ones facing the cars front light up so you can't see them even though they're all on, and stepping on the brakes lights up the ones facing rearward (which you can see) as well?
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Its not done, But i will get on it in a day or so.





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This might be a stupid question but can't we just contact someone at GM and ask them how they did it? Someone who comes here must know someone who knows someone who can give us info on how it’s done.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:50 AM   #108
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Some of the members on here are giving us the info that they can, With out getting canned, So we have to do the work.
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This might be a stupid question but can't we just contact someone at GM and ask them how they did it? Someone who comes here must know someone who knows someone who can give us info on how it’s done.
Tried contacting GM design team on the Camaro and got a nice email back "We do not promote modding your car. It may due harm and void your warranty". I just wanted a direction to go in but, yeah fail. We are going to have to continue relying on inside information.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:58 PM   #110
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I've been following this thread for a while and I've read a lot of good suggestions. Here is one combining some of them. What if somebody try putting the AAC afterburner light kit inside the clear light diffuser and tint the inner (oval part) of the light diffuser . I was looking at AAC's afterburner kit thread and they install them on the outside part of the light diffuser.
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:42 PM   #111
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Tried contacting GM design team on the Camaro and got a nice email back "We do not promote modding your car. It may due harm and void your warranty". I just wanted a direction to go in but, yeah fail. We are going to have to continue relying on inside information.
I understand why they can't help... Especially with brake and running lights, DOT is all up in their face about spec's we don't have to deal with. The aftermarket light does need to be bright enough though, without being too bright.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:59 AM   #112
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Ok I did an analysis of the afterburner effect picture and I think I know how they did it. Anyone who can make/modify taillights like to team up?
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:02 PM   #113
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Sketti, I really hope you and 2SSRS can get this worked out. I REALLY want to have some afterburners.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:06 PM   #115
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I don't know if anyone has suggested this but could this be a bank of red LED's at the top of the housing that has a lip shielding them from being seen directly and in front of a dark lens (diffuser?). The running lights are seen reflected in the chrome at the bottom. The brake light is a separate light behind the lens. Sorry for the lousy picture.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:15 PM   #116
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Did some more playing. There may be a way to get kinda close without too much pain.
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I understand why they can't help... Especially with brake and running lights, DOT is all up in their face about spec's we don't have to deal with. The aftermarket light does need to be bright enough though, without being too bright.
Right...that's the main reason they couldn't put those lights on. Gov't standards for visible light, etc. Same reason the side-markers had to be enlarged...:(

I don't mean to be 'that guy'...but I haven't been following the thread. Have you boys tried to make a dual-layered light? The afterburner would have been concealed LEDs on the bottom, reflecting off of some chrome bezeling and out, and the brake light would be exposed LEDs on the top.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:54 PM   #118
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Right...that's the main reason they couldn't put those lights on. Gov't standards for visible light, etc. Same reason the side-markers had to be enlarged...:(

I don't mean to be 'that guy'...but I haven't been following the thread. Have you boys tried to make a dual-layered light? The afterburner would have been concealed LEDs on the bottom, reflecting off of some chrome bezeling and out, and the brake light would be exposed LEDs on the top.
No disrespect But i tried that and it did not work, I am on hold for right now, I tried to fix the hosing but 275 in the oven is to hot as the hosing was destroyed have a new tail light coming and will get back to it soon.
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No disrespect But i tried that and it did not work, I am on hold for right now, I tried to fix the hosing but 275 in the oven is to hot as the hosing was destroyed have a new tail light coming and will get back to it soon.
The idea I had in mind would need to be manufactured as a new part...probably via injection-molding.

I don't think the stock lights could be retro-fitted.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:03 PM   #120
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From looking at the photos I believe the afterburner lights consist of 2 seperate enclosed chambers. The first chamber is the bottom/side area which is the tail lights. You will note the longer and more slanted plastic compare to our current lights. This provides for a more elongated effect. The 2nd chamber is the brake light area. In order to get the lights to look like the after burner effect you have to block each chamber’s lighting from shining into the other chamber. So when you step on the brake, the light only shines in the brake light chamber and visa versa. It appears that the plastic (tail light) needs to be modified somewhat to get the glowing effect and the brake light chamber needs to have the darker plastic to emulate the after burn effect.
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The idea I had in mind would need to be manufactured as a new part...probably via injection-molding.

I don't think the stock lights could be retro-fitted.
There i agree !00% but that is a lot of $ as all 4 are not the same size and shape.
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This isn't the same effect, but it does look cool!

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Old 01-16-2010, 10:09 PM   #123
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There i agree !00% but that is a lot of $ as all 4 are not the same size and shape.
Yeah, that's true too...I hadn't given the housing a heck of a lot of thought, to tell you the truth. Only the light-portion.....


What if the light portion was universal...attached via a rubber bushing or something into the stock housings. Once size fits all?
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:32 PM   #124
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Has anyone considered using paint to mimic the fade effect? We could allow even light on the outside of the reflective piece, but we could use paint to fade it to black from the inside out. Closer to the light source, the surface would be more reflective than toward the outer lens. This could accommodate the lack of distance from the front to the rear of the light that the concept had and the production model lacks.
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The big problem is that the existing housing has a step in it that makes a nice, front-to-back fade impossible. I'm sure that we'll all keep plugging at it, but the best fix is a new housing.
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