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camarorick 10-18-2009 03:02 PM

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

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

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPDpl72RAhQ

sugar'n'spice 10-18-2009 03:29 PM

Awesome! The best! Excellent!......of course!:bow::bow::thumbsup::w00t::);):D:happyanim: :thumbup:

kga10734 10-18-2009 03:41 PM

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.

thecamaroguy 10-18-2009 03:49 PM

Very nice write up!!

camarorick 10-18-2009 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kga10734 (Post 1059457)
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 :facepalm:


Quote:

Originally Posted by sugar'n'spice (Post 1059421)
Awesome! The best! Excellent!......of course!:bow::bow::thumbsup::w00t::);):D:happyanim: :thumbup:

Thank you dear :wub:

Quote:

Originally Posted by thecamaroguy (Post 1059482)
Very nice write up!!

Thanks !!

tradosaurus 10-18-2009 04:26 PM

That's real nice!

Heck I just got tired reading it. :thumbup:

franknbeans 10-18-2009 04:46 PM

Does it dim with the dash lights?

looks great.

camarorick 10-18-2009 04:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by franknbeans (Post 1059625)
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

Jferrell88 10-18-2009 07:15 PM

looks great they got any orange/red

RickRay 10-18-2009 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jferrell88 (Post 1060171)
looks great they got any orange/red

http://elwireonline.com/99__per_foot_el_wire

khislop007 10-18-2009 08:18 PM

Looks great. This way looks easier than the digi-key tube. Is this kit dimmable?

Camaro509 10-18-2009 08:29 PM

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!!!!!

kga10734 10-18-2009 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by khislop007 (Post 1060455)
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.:clap:

qbert48 10-18-2009 09:09 PM

bravo and good work looks really good still gonna go with leds but DAMN fine job guys Damn fine:clap::clap::clap:
and i really love the write up:w00t:


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