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03-25-2011, 05:23 PM #1
My Home-made turn signal mirrors
I just finished installing these today, I had made them quite some time ago using the glass from my truck's original mirrors. I found that if you drill through the black plastic backing the mirror glass and remove the adhesive foam goes, you can put LEDs behind the mirror glass and have them shine right through.
I used LEDs I had sitting around from the old 3rd brake light for my canopy. (They aren't great, so thats probably why a tiny little brake light needed 30+ LEDs). This means you can't really see them in the daylight, but they are cool in the dark. I can put up with this considering it didnt cost me anything to do it.
Here's a video:
And a picture of the glass when not lit: (Note that these are completely stealth with no cirles in the reflective surface like the factory mirrors)
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03-25-2011, 06:34 PM #2
Freebee's are always cool! Nice job.
03-25-2011, 07:05 PM #3
i think that would bother the hell out of me at nite.....ill stck with my plain jane mirrors. but great job.03 Silverado 1500
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03-25-2011, 07:31 PM #4
03-25-2011, 07:35 PM #5
Thats pretty cool, I really like how the LEDs are totally invisible when they're not being used. Good work04 ECSB Custom silver & grey, Soft 8's, BFG KO's, ReadyLift Leveling Kit, Hellwig front sway bar, K&N filter, DeeZee EZ-Down, Rhino liner, Alpine CDE103BT, Rockford 6.5's, 12" V.A.T. Hammer Pro in a Subthump box, Alpine PowerPack amp, Hifonics amp, BackRack w/ 55w 5000k HID KC Daylighters, KC light bar with 4 KC Slimlites, UWS toolbox, Shaved Antenna mod, Black Bowtie, LED backup, license plate, dome lights & 3rd brake light
03-25-2011, 07:54 PM #6
03-25-2011, 07:58 PM #7
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Wow, good job. They're an option for a reason, but I really like having them on the demos that I get and once you get used to them you miss something at night.
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03-25-2011, 08:37 PM #8
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That's pretty damn cool1988 Chevy C-3500 2wd (no pic)
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03-25-2011, 09:04 PM #9
03-25-2011, 09:19 PM #10
I do have a couple of tips for anyone interested in this though:
-- Buy LEDs that have worthwhile brightness (unless you happen to have some sitting around you can use like I did)
-- You have to separate the plastic backing from the mirror glass. I used epoxy to reattach them afterward, since the foam adhesive will only work once. This worked very well
-- For the holes for the LEDs, I epoxied short lengths of drinking straws to the plastic backing as tubes to mount the LEDs in. This worked well for me.
-- When drilling the holes in the plastic backing and cutting the straws if you use them, I would put them on just a bit of an outward angle after doing mine. This will help make them more visible to other cars, since LEDs are so directional.
If anybody is interested in doing this and has any other questions, feel free to ask
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