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Old 09-06-2010, 01:41 PM
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really great job jp7 hope to see more soon, and how much for some templates for the lights? i know you're still in the r&d and setup for yours but i was just wondering... but all in all really great job
You just want the photo-paper reverse laser printed patterns I used? I assume you are going to use them to etch your own boards and solder the components.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:53 PM
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did you have to make any cuts to the cut off shields or is that just how they are stock?
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:09 PM
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I learned how to use a dremel by porting and polishing engine parts, so cutting into a headlight is a breeze for me. Having a good pattern that is properly placed is the key.



More than likely I will not because with the limited time I have I have little time to do mods for myself. Don't forget I have to do twice as much as most of you because I have 2 trucks. I also will be doing the same things for my car (has stock projectors though).

The thing that I would want if I was an FRF or RF member were the actual patterns that I'm using. I will definitely be providing those for people printed onto the correct paper and ready to etch. This way you don't need to do any design work. Simply etch the board with some acid (its fairly easy) and solder your LEDs on.


This is a great thread... I was selling led strip kits when i was into aquariums...Way more basic but i was just selling kits and people would assemble themselves....People didnt want to find leds and resistors..

But I am in for an order when this one avail...
What kind of tails are those jp7?
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:08 PM
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did you have to make any cuts to the cut off shields or is that just how they are stock?
That's the way they come from Morimoto. This cutoff style is for Left Hand Drive Cars.

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But I am in for an order when this one avail...
What kind of tails are those jp7?
Aftermarket generic tails. I need 2 pair to make 1 successfully. Not done with the tail yet though.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:10 PM
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ahh your just puttin great ideas into my head once i buy these
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:05 PM
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I want to paint the nonconducting side of the PCBs that I've been making so that when the superflux are soldered to the board the "copper" side of the PCB will face away from the lens of the lights and the LEDs themselves will be on the nonconducting "green" side.

I did an experiment today. I had a few pieces of copper board that I cut off from another board that was going to be etched. I took 2 equal pieces.

Step 1) Both pieces were washed thoroughly in the tub and scrubbed with ajax and a toothbrush.

Step 2) Both pieces were dried and sprayed with SEM "XXX Adhesion promoter"

Step 3) Both pieces were then painted with 2 different paints, one which is a "high temperature" engine paint, one is off the shelf regular spray paint.

Step 4) I let 6 hours pass to then solder a piece of wire to them with my large soldering torch.

Step 5) I used quite a bit of solder, and connected a piece of large wire (like 16 gauge) to it in 2 places. I did this by setting the painted side of the board down against a note-pad.

As you can see where i pressed against the white board it came off where it got really hot and grabbed itself onto the paper note pad. To prevent this from happening i then held the copper board with my hand and hit the same areas again with the soldering torch where there was already solder.

I soldered it as long as I could and just kept moving the solder around until the board was too hot to hold, and I had to sit it down. I then had to test how the paint was going to react so I wrapped my finger in my t-shirt (to protect myself from the heat) and gently tried to rub the paint off of the white one, and also the green one while they were hot.

The white paint would smear a little if I rubbed it hard, and the green paint really wouldn't

Just to let you know, the little "chip" marks were where I scratched the paint away with my fingertip. Both paints did this pretty much the same, even where it was cool and hadn't been soldered. I think this is because it just wasn't cured fully yet. I will let you know in another 2 days, because I really like to let paint sit for 2 full days to cure before I do any handling of it. This test was however supposed to be extreme.

The test was to simulate abusive soldering with a lot of solder and a lot more heat that I'd actually use to solder superflux.

I used a 25 watt gun, and held it as long as I could before my fingers started to hurt.

Any comments would be appreciated, this was done so that I can find a way to paint the boards so you don't see that ugly green "circuit board" color through the clear lenses of my headlights.

I am worried about reliability of the paint finish over time due to the exposure of soldering.







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Old 09-07-2010, 06:41 AM
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yeah jp7 that would work great
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:44 AM
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dude do you have anything close to that for my 1992 ranger???? thats just amazing!
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:46 AM
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by close i mean ideas that i can try to do. lol i've never done lights
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:34 AM
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by close i mean ideas that i can try to do. lol i've never done lights
I don't know what your electrical skills are. These mods are not that hard, only time consuming. The things I do are basic and simple in electrical complication.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:51 PM
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I know some of you have been hoping for some more action. Here are some updates:

First PCB (one corner) is complete:

Check out how small these resistors are:





Shooting against the wall...


Some videos...

[YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tpG2eQD_98[/YT]

[YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhbtZ9y0oEY[/YT]
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:52 PM
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:56 AM
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A few more photos after soldering 210 components over 756 joints. Results are breathtaking. Puts any PNP LED setup to shame.





This is just one Corner lit up in a pitch black room:



Running Lamps "Halo"

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Old 09-12-2010, 06:00 PM
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Last for today after 12 straight hours of work on this, I've painted the internals to match the body.

Shrouds, Lamps and Corners. I masked off the sealant trench to avoid adhesion problems during resealing.





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Old 09-12-2010, 06:13 PM
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looks super close
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