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Did you install them in the housing, or between the light and bumper cover?
 

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between bumper and light. It attaches with 3m tape. I wanted a product that would not require me to crack open the lights. These are waterproof and very well made. But I will go over the details in the write up. This mod can be done in about 45 minutes and for less that $35.
 

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nice man.. do those.. then the projector headlights i posted in the HID thread.. and you'll really will have the R8 mod

has anyone thought about using those for fog lights like the new benz?




i think it would look great on the sedan and could look nice on the koup if fit correctly
 

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ok guys ... sorry. I didnt forget about this thread... it was so beautiful I had to take the bike for a ride when i got home. Working on this now and will post it up before I go to bed.
 

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Ok… I will try to make this short to the point and informative.
First things you will need:

led strip link on ebay
http://motors.shop.ebay.com/__?_from=R40&_trksid=m39&_nkw=Audi+R8+Style+LED+Strip+DRL+Lights+Kia+Soul+Forte

1. Metric wrench set
2. Multimeter
3. Glass Cleaner
4. Wire Stripers
5. Wire “Tap”
6. Electrical tape.
7. Diagnal cutters or scissors
8. Pliers


First thing you need to do is to remove the wire harness from the headlight. It should be in the middle of your lamp assembly and have a button you depress and pull towards the rear of the car to remove. Looks like picture below.


Next take the headlamp out by removing the 2 bolts in the top as seen in pic below.* NOTE * There are 2 plastic detent/snap things that are on the backside of the headlight assembly that hold it in place as well, pull firm but gently it will come out.


Once you have the headlamp removed, clean the unit with the glass cleaner. Concentrate on the botom of the lens cover because this is where you will attach the led strip. No picture for this I am sure by now we all know how to clean glass


Once cleaned, it is time to apply the LED strip. The strips are directional so make sure you have the correct one for each lens. You can see in this picture the leds are more to one side. This is the side you want facing out. . *NOTE* I chose the led strip that would allow the wire end of the strip to be closer to the outside of the car, not closer to the gril. This seemed to give me more slack on the wire to connect to the headlamp wire harness.



Now that you have the correct LED strip, peal back the protective strip on the 3M tape and begin applying the strip starting in the corner and working your way along the edge as seen below. Keep working to the edge of the light until done.



Put the headlamp to the side for now. Time to prep the Harness.

Now I would love to tell you that you could copy the wires I used to tap off exactly but based on my previous discoveries with wireing in the forte (see my nitros project) what the schematic says and what actually is reality are not always the same. That being said, Just to be safe time to grab that multimeter.

Looking at the plug on the end of the harness you will see 6 wires these are the wires that supply 12 volts to your parking lights, turn signals, low and high beams. I chose to connect my LEDs to the parking lights, as I wanted them to be on anytime those are. Using the meter check for 12v when you have the light or lights on that you you want to tap into. i.e. touching one leg of the meter to ground turn on and off the parking lights. use the other lead of the meter to check the plug for a change from 0 volts to 12 volts on each wire untill you find the correct one. Looking at the plug on my car with the plug latch on top I found that I got the correct voltage from the lower right 2 pins so these are the ones I will tap into.



Once I found the correct wires I did a quick test by sitting the light on the car and touching the wires of the LED strip to the pins of the plug and doing a cycle on the parking lights (on/off) to ensure that the LED strip was working. The strip does not come with a marking that tells you which wire is positive and which is negative. This isnt a big deal and wont damage anything if you connect them up backwards. They simply wont work.You should test before the next step to make sure you have the polarity worked out.



Next… time to tap into the wires on the harness with the led strip using the wire tap connectors found at any car parts store.( I am pretty sure radio shack, home depot, lowes have them too.)


Using the scissors or diagnal cutters strip back the black tape/protective wrap on the harness to expose the wires.



*Note* The wires on the LED strip are a much smaller gauge than the ones on the harness. Use the wire strippers to strip back the wires on the LED strip about the length of your fingernail and fold it back on its self to ensure you get a good connection with the wire tap connector. Using the pliers crimp the wire taps on the harness and the LED strip.
Once you have both wires tapped it should look something like this.



Next I used electrical tape to wrap around the taps just to prevent extra moister and things from getting on it to make the connection stronger and last longer.

Final step is to put the lamp back in the car Connect the harness back up and do a final test.
Steps for the second light are the same so rinse and repeat.
Sit back and enjoy your new look!
 

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Good write up for a cheap, simple and cool looking mod. Thanks!

Do you by chance know how many inches the LED strip is?

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Nevermind I should learn to read. =) The eBay page says the strip is 20 inches long.
 

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Good write up for a cheap, simple and cool looking mod. Thanks!

Do you by chance know how many inches the LED strip is?

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Nevermind I should learn to read. =) The eBay page says the strip is 20 inches long.

thanks! and no problem. Yea 20 inches stops just shy of the parking lights. If you notice... there is a slight gap every 3 lights. This is a junction that allows you to cut leds off if you want it shorter. I think the look is just what I was going for. I have seen some short ones with 6 or 7 leds but a wanted a near full wrap.
 

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i wish it didn't have that slight gap.. IMO it would look more OEM without it .. but it still looks fantastic
 

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You should take another picture of it. When it's darker out. Yeah?
 

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i wish it didn't have that slight gap.. IMO it would look more OEM without it .. but it still looks fantastic

I agree the gap is not ideal... I at first was not happy with it either. But In person it is not as bad. The camera makes it look more pronounced
 

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You should take another picture of it. When it's darker out. Yeah?
Will do!

I tried to actually take some last night but all these were taken with my Blackberry and it does not do well at night. It just looked like a car with headlights on. I take horrible pictures. I have a friend over for dinner tonight she is actually a photographer I will have her get the lighting right.
 

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?? Wooooould love to do this on Roxy if it gap doesn't look bad. I don't like lighting up the headlight...That's not the look of the Audi..
 

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?? Wooooould love to do this on Roxy if it gap doesn't look bad. I don't like lighting up the headlight...That's not the look of the Audi..

lol huh??? Maybe I need to have a few beers and try to read this again... I might be able to understand it then.
 

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Will do!

I tried to actually take some last night but all these were taken with my Blackberry and it does not do well at night. It just looked like a car with headlights on. I take horrible pictures. I have a friend over for dinner tonight she is actually a photographer I will have her get the lighting right.

Alrighty! Looking forward to it :)
 
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