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Old 10-31-2010, 03:13 PM
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Now that I've had some time to concentrate on tail lights, I've spent the last few days working on them.

During this summer I tried to heat up some aftermarket tail lights that cost 45$ a pair in the oven to separate the lens from the housing. Turns out the lens cracks really easy when you use a screwdriver to separate it. It also has to do somewhat with the design and way the tail lights are made. Having broke the lenses I was able to get all of the lens plastic off and come out with a good left and right housing, but no lenses. I bought a second set of tail lights (for 45$) because I only needed lenses, and I knew the would crack if I tried the same method. I cut the housing on the inside with my dremel so that I could access the seam where they are glued together easier for removal. It turns out that I even broke on of these lenses while cutting part of the trim edge and pulling too hard.

I was however able to carefully remove, but cutting for hours on hours the other one. I guess I now have to order a 3rd set of tail lights to get the other side that was broken before, so I can have the parts I need to make 2 sets.

I feel really good about this today. I spent about 8 hours of dremel time working on it and as I got further into it I got even more careful. The aftermarket lenses are really weak and crack way too easy. The glue that they use is like super-putty. This stuff is extremely sticky and stretchy.

I'm now one step closer to being able to retrofit my tail lights like I've done my headlights. I'm going to use superflux Red 60 degree's and Cree White 60 degree's in there.

Oh - and incidentally I think this makes me the first to successfully get a mating pair of parts like this.

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Old 10-31-2010, 04:35 PM
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This is awesome. Any chance you could either pm or email me the patterns? This would be an epic project for me this winter
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:18 PM
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Now that I've had some time to concentrate on tail lights, I've spent the last few days working on them.

During this summer I tried to heat up some aftermarket tail lights that cost 45$ a pair in the oven to separate the lens from the housing. Turns out the lens cracks really easy when you use a screwdriver to separate it. It also has to do somewhat with the design and way the tail lights are made. Having broke the lenses I was able to get all of the lens plastic off and come out with a good left and right housing, but no lenses. I bought a second set of tail lights (for 45$) because I only needed lenses, and I knew the would crack if I tried the same method. I cut the housing on the inside with my dremel so that I could access the seam where they are glued together easier for removal. It turns out that I even broke on of these lenses while cutting part of the trim edge and pulling too hard.

I was however able to carefully remove, but cutting for hours on hours the other one. I guess I now have to order a 3rd set of tail lights to get the other side that was broken before, so I can have the parts I need to make 2 sets.

I feel really good about this today. I spent about 8 hours of dremel time working on it and as I got further into it I got even more careful. The aftermarket lenses are really weak and crack way too easy. The glue that they use is like super-putty. This stuff is extremely sticky and stretchy.

I'm now one step closer to being able to retrofit my tail lights like I've done my headlights. I'm going to use superflux Red 60 degree's and Cree White 60 degree's in there.

Oh - and incidentally I think this makes me the first to successfully get a mating pair of parts like this.

i have those same ones and i tried to bake them and sure enough the broke.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:46 PM
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This is awesome. Any chance you could either pm or email me the patterns? This would be an epic project for me this winter
I have not finished the patterns yet, they need to be printed on special paper. If you want to buy a set when I finish them all printed and ready for etching let me know.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:34 PM
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Absolutely. Send me a pm when you get em done and we can talk $$ Ill check in now and then to see how its going. I have to say, you are the LED master!

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Did you do any tinning on the copper inlays on your PCBs?
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:05 PM
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I'm sure someone else may wonder, what are the voltages for the LEDs (or maybe part numbers)?
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:07 PM
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I'm sure someone else may wonder, what are the voltages for the LEDs (or maybe part numbers)?
All of the specs are online for Superflux Lumileds. Google it for more information than I can possibly provide.
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:37 PM
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Today I cut more of the other tail light away so I can get the 1 remaining lens I need.

I sprayed some oven cleaner on 1 of the wasted housings and WOW. It did a fantastic job of removing the chome. The paint will just stick to this now like there is no tomorrow.

Very Exciting results.



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Old 11-21-2010, 07:39 PM
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we use oven cleaner to strip the chrome off model car parts. purple power and brake fluid work well as well. can't wait to see what you come up with.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:59 PM
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we use oven cleaner to strip the chrome off model car parts. purple power and brake fluid work well as well. can't wait to see what you come up with.
I had no clue it would work this good though. I'm really impressed.

Since the tail lights are chromed and then glued together it makes it MUCH MUCH easier to get apart because I've found out tonight that dissolving that chrome make the glue 100X easier to peel right away from the tail light. I think this is a much better way of getting them apart.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:48 AM
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another trick we use to separate old glue is by getting it wet, putting it in a zip lock bag and tossing it in the freezer. the water freezes, popping the glue apart.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:38 AM
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question- why are you hacking the tails apart?
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:55 AM
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question- why are you hacking the tails apart?
I've not been able to separate them by any non-destructive method.

My process is this:

Buy 2 sets (4 tail lights right? 2 Left, 2 Right)

Destroy the lenses on one set so you can successfully get the housings to use.

Destroy the housings on one set so you can successfully get the lenses to use.

Combine the good lenses with the good housings to make a good set of modified tail lights.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:59 AM
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I've not been able to separate them by any non-destructive method.

My process is this:

Buy 2 sets (4 tail lights right? 2 Left, 2 Right)

Destroy the lenses on one set so you can successfully get the housings to use.

Destroy the housings on one set so you can successfully get the lenses to use.

Combine the good lenses with the good housings to make a good set of modified tail lights.
Sounds like a pain in the ass to do
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