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Third Brake Light Mod

Discussion in 'The Beauty Parlour' started by TaffZee, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. TaffZee

    TaffZee Zorg Guru (V)
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    I noticed that only three out of the seven bulbs were working on the third brake light, after removing I found that the rain had been getting in and had corroded the printed circuit board and bulb holders, so rather than fork out for a new board,bulb holders,bulbs, I have decided to try out an idea for a mod I have been thinking about, I will be adding photos and a detailed how too as I go along, but if all works out like I think it will it should give a modern look to the brake light..and all for less than £10.00;)

    OK the mod is all done see below, not going into to much detail as my way may not be your way, the mod will become apparent if you decide to do it.

    Items required

    1) 30cm led strip from ebay
    2) Plastic Strip (for backing)
    3) Araldite
    4) New Gasket

    Tools Required:

    1) Size 8 torx precision screwdriver
    2) Small flle
    3) Solder Iron

    The Cost= 99p for the LED Strip and £2.99 for the Gasket. A Grand Total of £3.98.

    Remove the third brake light and unscrew the PCB un-solder the connection for use later reconnect it to the LED wires
    Using a file remove about 6 mm from the top of the lens reflectors. This is to allow enough room for the led lights to fit.

    Cut a strip of plastic to the correct length and araldite to the top of the modified lens reflectors
    Stick the led to the strip and feed wire to the correct side.
    Re assemble.

    The Pics:

    Plastic Backing Strip
    1.JPG

    LED Strip

    2.JPG

    LED Strip Attached

    3.JPG

    The Result 15 lights instead of 7

    6.JPG
    P6110365.JPG



    Jim
     
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  2. La_vida_diver

    La_vida_diver Zorg Guru (I)
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    I look forward to seeing your idea I have two that are corroded as well. I think in my case the pcb is ok but the bulb holders were shot


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  3. Macca

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    Come on Jim, stop teasing and show us..:D
     
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  4. TaffZee

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    Bump.....
     
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  5. Brian H

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    Great little mod, I like :)
     
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  6. GazHyde

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    That looks great Jim. Will try and make time tomorrow and add it to the wiki area!
     
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  7. DivideBYZero

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    I've used 2 meters of those strips for remote controlled bedroom lighting. They're cheap and quite bright.

    The other bonus for automotive use is they are sealed and claimed waterproof. I haven't tested them in this manner with my application...
     
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  8. captain

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    That's a good mod, I've got two bulbs out on mine.
     
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  9. Tracy Dee

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    Thank you.
    Can the LED strip be stuck to the circuit board if the bulbs are removed ?
    Also not being diy minded or a owner of solder tools this would prove difficult to fit connection.
    Does anyone make these up? To simply fit the original connectors .
    I would buy one if they are made or I will have to try buying new holders and bulbs I understand they have to be ordered from BMW only in the hope they work.
    First priority is stop water ingress if we have this horrendous heavy rain again.
    Does look a great cheap mod though.
    Many thanks.
     
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  10. andyglym

    andyglym Shiny Dust Caps Make Your Zed Go Faster.
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    @Tracy Dee I used this (halfords) it appears to do the job ok. Just need to mask up round the light. HTH

    20150828_162954.jpg
     
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  11. chrisjw

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    Lay=teon the thread but I've just noticed a couple of my bulbs are not working so I think i'll give this mod ago. Cheers
     
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  12. Lenny b

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    Like it, very Michael knight....
     
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