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Hoosier GXP : Excellent addition to the post AztekzRpurty. ............... Now if we could make some of my other ideas this simple
And it saved me from having to post more pictures !

Next time, post the idea first. We may make your work a little easier.

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You're going to have to wait till Russellville, cause a Russellville Whatta-burger isn't the same thing as a Whataburger.

I think the degree is the angle of the spread of the beam. The higher the angle the broader the beam.
Knew that about the "Whatta" vs. the Whata"!

I meant I was too impatient to wait for the LED project. Probably do it next weekend.

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sweet.

I plan to add a switch and some engine compartment lighting next weekend, if Stuck doesn't get me too drunk on the winery run.

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Here is a good site for LED's. They are little cheaper than the "Super Bright Led's" site and offer more of a variety of lengths.
LEDs - underbody kits, cathodes, flexible LED strips, dome lights
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Installed mine today. Thanks to everyone for the detailed instructions. Especially to JR for the photos they helped ALOT!! Also at the same time rewired my windrestrictor into the driving lights. Wiring it into the rear window defroster was a good ideal at the time but I want it to stay on longer then 30 minutes at a time.

Thanks again for all of the instruction, you guys are the best!






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Hello, I am an idiot when it comes to electricity...

1. I am trying to find the right fuse link (the one you have pictured) - do you have a part number for it? I have gone to the store three times and have gotten three different ones that don't fit.

2. I bought the led strips but don't understand how to wire it - do I connect the two black wires together and black/grey to black/grey and then connect the black grey to the blue connector on the fuse link?

3. Do the black wires connect to the grey wire you identified in the wiring harness?

I know I am clueless, so any help would be appreciated. thanks!
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Sorry Jonymac, just saw your post.

Here is the fuse link I bought at autozone. It has to be the 'mini' size.




As for the wiring, I was stumped for a minute too thinking they would be wired serial, but that doesn't work. You have to connect all the positive wires, (white on my led's), to the blue connector on the fuse link, and all the ground wires, (black on my led's), to the grey wire I identified in the harness.

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Make sure you get the "Mini" connector. We had a bear of a time trying to find the right one when we did KYs this past weekend.

Here are some more pics of the wiring install.












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Here's a couple of pics of the white LEDs I put in my footwells and mirror.




Thanks to all who made this an easy mod to do. It really makes a difference IMO.

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I added a couple more strips at the top of the windshield, behind the visors. I found that the lights in the mirror over powered the red on the floor, so I disconnected the gray wire from the mirror and used it to light up the red LEDs up there. Now only the LEDs come on when the doors open/unlock. The map lights only come on when you use the buttons on the mirror. I tried to take some pics, but they didn't come out too good. I'll try again another time.

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I did something along the same lines as BLK GXP using 4 small led pods. I put one on each side of the visors. Also disconeccted the mirror lamps from the gray wire. Put a switch in by the drivers visor inside edge to operate the now red interior lighting. I have some pix, but not on my laptop, so I will post sometime when I get home.

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I used the same kind of LED strips that I put under the dash. I stuck them to the part of the windshield that is blacked out. I took the gray wire out of the mirror harness and connected it to the - negative wire on the LED strips. I connected the + positive on the LED strips to the blue wire in the mirror harness, but left it connected to the mirror as well. Now I have soft red glow on the top of the dash as well as below. If I need more light, I just have to push the buttons on the mirror. Maybe later I'll add a switch to turn them on as well.

Here's some pics. The first two are with the trim removed. With it back in place you can not see the strips at all from a normal seated position. They are slightly noticeable from outside the front of the car when lit.

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I'm home now, so here are my pix:

The LED pods, there are 4 across the trim atop the windshield. Red on/off switch by drivers inside pod.


At night through drivers door, top up.


Another, lower angle shows center pods.

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Quandry! Thanks guys for all your help. I wired up blue led strips in the footwells - looks freakin awesome. HOWEVER! Everything seemed fine - they dimmed and turned off along with the mirror lights as expected. I then came out to my car like 10 minutes later, and the buggers were on again - not my mirror lights, just the footwell lights! Opened the door, they flickered quickly once, closed the door, after 20 seconds they dimmed with the mirror lights as expected and went off. 10 or so minutes later - they mysteriously came on again - I waited to see if they would og off, but an hour later they were still on. I disconencted them in the mean time hoping to not run down the battery. They are wired as described above. Any ideas?
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There is probably not enough load to turn them completely off. The gray wire is controlled by the BCM, and the circuit never truly opens completely. You can either add a resistor in series with the LEDs or wire in a relay to isolate the LEDs from the BCM circuit. LEDs alone draw very little current. Some that you buy have resistors already wired to them. I noticed at Advanced Auto Parts they sell the resistors to help with these kinds of issues.

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