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Originally Posted by base64 Nice! I've been trying to make my own and it's been real difficult to do it the 'right' way - can you share with us the

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Old 03-31-2012, 01:05 AM   #136 (permalink)
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Nice! I've been trying to make my own and it's been real difficult to do it the 'right' way - can you share with us the exact parts you used?
Thanks! I picked up a board at radio shack made my own trace, then I soldered on two 3mm LEDs, cut the board with a hacksaw blade by hand. I then added a 100ohm 1watt 2% resistor off the board for each (4) boards. After each step I used a power supply to constantly test the LEDs and the voltage drop across each of the resistors, wired it up, used some 3m scotch double sided mounting tape to adhere the aluminum to the plastic.

Also as a side note I used a long kitchen knife to break the double sided tape when taking the kickplate apart. I found this to bend the aluminum a lot less than a screw driver. I also used a heat sync to hold the LEDs in place while soldering (this made it much easier than holding them with needle nose pliers/tweezers).
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #137 (permalink)
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:31 PM   #138 (permalink)
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man i wish i could find someone to do this for me... no way i would attempt it myself : /
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:03 AM   #139 (permalink)
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I didn't go through all 10 pages, and this is an old thread so if your still around if someone paid you to do these would you be up for it?
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:14 AM   #140 (permalink)
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I didn't go through all 10 pages, and this is an old thread so if your still around if someone paid you to do these would you be up for it?
I've been asking for this for years now, but no sadly he nor anyone else does this at the moment.

Might be something to get 180*Customs to look into??
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The aluminum covers are so fragile that doing it without putting a single scratch or bend in one is almost impossible. Not that it mattered for me but I wouldn't take someones money because of it.
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And another picture I just took right now, maybe this will convince y'all to do this yourself

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Just did mine today. Thanks for the DIY!

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would you do this as a service?
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ok, so I read on the other threads here that you couldnt change the color of the illuminated kick plates because it doesnt have a bulb. However, doing electronics for LVMPD for a living and not accepting "NO" for an answer in general, I went ahead and changed the colors and decided to do a complete DIY for anyone else interested.

This is something I only recommend for experienced DIY'ers. If you have never done a DIY with simple electronics before, you may damage any part of the kick plates and it could render it ugly or unusable.

Anyhow, here's how it all began, I ordered a PG 370z and didnt like the idea of having an orange light with a silver car, so i decided to rip apart a kick plate and see what kind of LED i would need to turn the orange into white LED's.



picture of the old color:


Now flip it upside down and you'll see tabs that need to be bent upwards to allow the plastic peice to slip off:


upclose of the tabs after i had them flipped up:


For reference, all of the circles are tabs that need to be bent. Yes there is a tab under the cloth tape in the picture below. And the rectangular boxes are where the glue/double sided tape is located. the glue is holding the aluminum top piece to the plastic bottom piece.


once you get the tabs open, carefully pry the ends open and then scrape the double sided tape off that holds the two pieces together:






You need to make sure you are very careful when you stick something in between the two to open it up. Use something long and flat and dont allow any sharp points to hit the metal part or else you'll cause damage to be visable from the other side,
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once you get it off, this is what you will see (use this image to see where you need to seperate the double sided tape without poking the aluminium:


Now, lift the tape off the box thats on the metal section and then cut the caulking that is holding it on:






once you cut the glue off and pry the "box" off, this is what you will have:


Now you need to pry the metal cover from the "box" open, and take the plastic Z out:




carefully cut away the LED board from the plastic Z. It is also held on by clear caulking, so carefully cut it away and then you'll have two LED boards per side, I circled the actual LED's that need replacement:









Those items that I have circled and look white, thats the LED and its a 1mm LED. I used the white LED's here: SMD LED (UT-692NW)
You can use any of the color LED's on that website, or any site, just make sure its a SMD LED around 1mm.
This is where the hard part comes because you need to solder off the old LED's and solder on the new ones, I am not to be held accountable and am warning anyone who isnt familiar with this not to do the soldering. these are very small parts and can easily be messed up.

When you have your new LED's on, make sure the LED's work. before you REVERSE THE ORDER of everything. putting it back together is the easy part, just make sure you have clear caulking in hand to glue the parts back together.

if you have any questions i'll try to answer them, I love my new illuminated kick plates and cant wait to put them in my car (gotta wait for it to arrive first ha!)





OH YEAH, dont forget the rep points if you found this useful, took me a while to get the pics uploaded and posted on here with this DIY

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the other colors:



I'd like to buy a set done in RED, where can I buy them already done?
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is there an easier way to simply replace the existing (but failing) LEDs? I do not want to change colors
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Was able to keep the OEM orange for when the door opens, as well as add RGB led's that you can connect to a controller.

Link to Google photos video below. Don't mind my snorting, i am sick

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Old 03-25-2020, 02:33 PM   #150 (permalink)
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Why dont you mod kick plates for a side hustle? $$$
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