This is a quick walkthrough to add LED strips to the inside of your headlights. Before I get into it here are a couple of things to consider.
There are two kinds of LED strips you can use. I have installed both(see below). Both of my LED strips were purchased from iJdmtoy.com.
Warning: i first purchased the led tube style from amazon for half the price, but they sucked!. Save your time and get the quality product.
I'll refer to them as individual LED and tube LED.
Old LED Strips (individual LED):
New (Current) ones.
Now for the walkthrough.
Step 1: test all of your stuff before you begin taking things apart. Companies make tons of LED's and there are a lot of bad ones. Test everything during installation as well. Noting worse than getting it sealed and finding out you nicked a wire.
Follow the headlight clearing instructions found here:
Now that your headlights are apart, install the LED's. For mine I used superglue. The individual LED's come with adhesive backing.
Once the LED's are physically installed, test fit the headlight trim.
- if you are using the individual LED's it may fit without trimming.
- if you are using the tube LED's it won't fit.
Begin trimming the plastic to fit. I trimmed about 1/4 - 5/16" off then filed smooth etc. Once everything fits It is time for paint and reassembly. Remember the basics, measure twice cut once. You can always trim more off, but adding it back is much harder.
As far as paint, I painted everything black, then the "halo" around the projector with some color close to my DGM.
Finally there is wiring.
There are a couple ways you can go here. You have a White LED and an amber one. You probably want the amber one to blink with the turn signals, so that wire will go to the positive wire on each turn signal.
The black wire will go to a ground. Preferably the "frame" as close as possible.
The remaining wire will be for the white LED. I ran mine to come on with the ignition, but you can wire it to come on with the parking lights which would be easier.
Here is a wiring diagram I drew up:
And the wire I tapped into for the white LED to come on with the key. Warning! I have no idea what this is for!!! Use a relay, and fuses appropriately!
I am not sure what the headlight clearing thread covers for reassembly, but here is what I did. Scrape all of the old goo out with something. I used a screw driver and spent about 4 hours to get it off the lights. Once it is clean lay down a nice bead of black rtv silicone. If you don't know, they make it in a cheese-wiz style can that is amazing.
Test everything again.
If it works,
Reinstall headlights, bumper, and grill, then show off!
If you have any questions, post below or pm me and I'll do the best I can to answer.
here is a link to a bunch of photos I took post install at their full quality.
Happy Modding! And finally I am not responsible for anything YOU do to YOUR car!