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LED taillights retro fit - not bulbs

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wetwolf Avatar
wetwolf Alan Tate
Puyallup, WA, USA   USA
Purest may want to look away.

I have had LED replacement bulbs in my spit for a while. I was very underwhelmed at their performance. I starting thinking there has to be a better option.

I also did not like the original set up due to the spotty ground and less than stellar chrome reflector in my original taillights.

After a lot of CAD, cardboard, bending/unbending/rebending of metal, I have settled on these.

The bracket is all me. The lights are eagle eye LEDs. Instead of a point beam, they spread the light nicely. They do not use your reflector in your light housing.




The bracket allows the LED to sit far enough back so the light fills the taillight lens.

The ground wires are wired to the ground cable. No more grounding through the light housing.



Simple install. Undo four nuts. slide on unit. Plug in wires. Reinstall four nuts. Done. You do not have to remove the light housing from the car.

And yes, they are bright. One LED is yellow for the turn signals. One is white for reverse. The other is a dual color of Red/White for the brake/parking. Yes, one is noticeable dimmer than the other so you can tell when the brake light is lit.

You do need to add a digital flasher unit. I used this one:


flasher

It is a direct plug in. All you have to do is run a ground wire to it.

I made two sets so far. I had the blanks professionally cut and bent them myself using a vise press brake.

Alan - slowly ridding the spitfire of 60's lighting technology....

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trrdster Wayne Tate
Spencer, NC, USA   USA
I wondered when you were going to show these.
Everyone who has seen them are more than impressed. "How do I get them", is the response I have been getting.
Great job.

DAD



Wayne
1970 TR6
2000 Jaguar XK8
1949 Triumph Roadster 2000
1978 Spitfire (rust victim)
1971 GT6 (tarp covered for 12 years, rusted inside out)
1980 Spitfire (getting all the good GT6 parts, all poly suspension and Spax shocks)

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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
You could lay the cardboard templates on graph paper and snap a picture

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Andy-Sherry Gold Member Andy Martin
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Not seeing any pics



Andy&Sherry
1974 Spit 1500 Carmine Red
1977 Spit 1500 Pink Panther Pink

Always learning something

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Will it work with the plastic cover that sit behind it in the trunk?

What bulb and bulb holders did you use?

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trrdster Wayne Tate
Spencer, NC, USA   USA
Andy, right click, view image, open with Chrome.



Wayne
1970 TR6
2000 Jaguar XK8
1949 Triumph Roadster 2000
1978 Spitfire (rust victim)
1971 GT6 (tarp covered for 12 years, rusted inside out)
1980 Spitfire (getting all the good GT6 parts, all poly suspension and Spax shocks)

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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
In reply to # 1419661 by trrdster Andy, right click, view image, open with Chrome.
Wayne,
Not an option on my computer. Why make it more work for the other members to view your pics? Just attach them. I know, not your pics. Stillangry smiley
All the best,
Paul

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clshore Carter Shore
Beverly Hills, FL, USA   USA
Glad to see someone doing this.
However.
You may be in technical violation of Federal (and some State) laws if you operate your car on public roads with this modification..
You may be at risk of liability if an accident occurs and opposition can prove that your lighting was illegal.
Your insurance company will be legally justified in rejecting your coverage.
Does not matter if it's better, does not matter if it's safer.

It's not likely, but it is possible.
Just sayin', it's your choice.

Doug in Vegas Avatar
Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
In reply to # 1419668 by clshore Glad to see someone doing this.
However.
You may be in technical violation of Federal (and some State) laws if you operate your car on public roads with this modification..
You may be at risk of liability if an accident occurs and opposition can prove that your lighting was illegal.
Your insurance company will be legally justified in rejecting your coverage.
Does not matter if it's better, does not matter if it's safer.

It's not likely, but it is possible.
Just sayin', it's your choice.

Most state and federal laws simply designate a minimum visible distance.

The LED conversion increases the minimum distance.

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clshore Carter Shore
Beverly Hills, FL, USA   USA
Things being true and things that a jury can be made to believe are two different things.

With DOT standard lighting, there is not even a question.
With anything else, especially homebrewed, there is an opportunity for the opposition to spin a different story.
Sure, you might win anyway, but after how much time in a courtroom and how many legal fees?

You can be absolutely sure than every LED system sold by OEM has been tested and meets DOT and NHTSA standards.
Part of the money OEM spend to conform to the standards is justified as minimizing the risk exposure in lawsuits.

Like I said, it's your choice.

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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
That's the argument on modified brakes.

But that is usually from an individual insurance claim.

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wetwolf Alan Tate
Puyallup, WA, USA   USA
Andy- not sure why you are not seeing the pics...I will try and fix.

Tony - yes to plastic cover. These are enclosed bulbs so no bulb holder involved. I guess the metal bracket is my bulb holder.....

Carter - you are right, my choice and I really do not care. Better and more reliable visibility is always better in my world. Especially since I am in a small British car in a land of SUVs.

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grubscrew grub screw
The suburbs of, Winfield, Maryland, USA   USA
Can't see the pics.



Dave
1970 Spitfire Mk3
FDU 78359L
34/11 (Jasmine yellow/Black interior)

1962 Triumph TR3B
TCF 575L
Signal Red/Red interior

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wetwolf Alan Tate
Puyallup, WA, USA   USA
for Andy


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trrdster Wayne Tate
Spencer, NC, USA   USA
Carter you were warned not to view this if you were a purist.
I look at tail lights with a dozen LED lights every time I stop at a light or sign.
One light and you try to throw a negative response to it.
You really need to get a life.
No one appreciates your knowledge more than me, but one positive comment would be nice once in a while.
So someone is going to sue me because they hit me in the rear, "because his lights were to bright to judge the distance.". REALLY!
Maybe not bright enough would be right in line with what we all know.



Wayne
1970 TR6
2000 Jaguar XK8
1949 Triumph Roadster 2000
1978 Spitfire (rust victim)
1971 GT6 (tarp covered for 12 years, rusted inside out)
1980 Spitfire (getting all the good GT6 parts, all poly suspension and Spax shocks)

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