Cut-Weld-Drive Forums

Go Back   Cut-Weld-Drive Forums > The VolksRodders Forum > The Cutting Board

The Cutting Board Cut... Weld... DRIVE.


User Information
Your Avatar

Stuff to check out...

Cool stuff you NEED!

Forum Stats
Members: 17,564
Threads: 32,386
Posts: 547,511
Total Online: 576

Newest Member: Tylerted

Latest Threads
- by RichG
- by 1slo3
- by 1slo3

 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old January 29th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #1
bugfink
Forum Member
 
bugfink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 44
Default l.e.d. tail light question

I want to run a set of led bullets for my tail lights. Any tips on wiring? I have them mounted on the bumper, and thats as far as I've got. Thanks.
bugfink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 29th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #2
sour-kraut
Forum Member
 
sour-kraut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: k-vegas n.c.
Posts: 247
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

are they gonna be turn signals or just lights?
__________________
73ratrod, 72 bus,73 bug
sour-kraut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 29th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #3
sour-kraut
Forum Member
 
sour-kraut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: k-vegas n.c.
Posts: 247
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

i got some bullet lights on the rear and i got them to work as the tail light, brake light and turn signal
__________________
73ratrod, 72 bus,73 bug
sour-kraut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 29th, 2008, 05:32 PM   #4
erminger
Forum Member
 
erminger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Belle Isle, Florida
Posts: 764
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

wiring would depend on them being single or double filement type.
lengthen the wires from the old taillamps, attach to the new taillights.

make sure there is a good ground to the light.

you will likely find that the LEDs dont draw enough power to trip the turn flasher.
two easy fixes 1) electronic flasher 2) wire in standard bulbs inside the car to add a load

I used standard bulbs in 4 harley duece turn signals for my stop and turn lights
__________________
life is too short to drive vanilla cars.

66 DC, 66 sedan, 32 Ford highboy, 40 Ford sedan, mini-winnie
erminger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 29th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #5
Haukola
Forum Member
 
Haukola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: TX
Posts: 186
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

You could also install a dummy load wired in parallel -- try Watson's Street Works.
Haukola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 29th, 2008, 10:51 PM   #6
bugfink
Forum Member
 
bugfink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 44
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

just running and brake. my turnsignal arm broke off and I may just be to lazy to replace it. my friend said the would work as running but not brake, so thats why i ask
bugfink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 30th, 2008, 04:35 AM   #7
purplepeopleeater
Forum Member
 
purplepeopleeater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kennewick, Washington
Posts: 2,703
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

Get an early taillight housing and use one of these as a donor




only $10 at HF.

yeah, not my idea...but i'll take credit for it.
purplepeopleeater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 30th, 2008, 05:51 AM   #8
JiI
Forum Member
 
JiI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mokena, IL Yep, that's me falling down a sand dune in Michigan...
Posts: 8,217
Member Photo Albums
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

I might try that! Make my own custom taillight buckets and put those in them. Sweet!
Jeff
JiI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 30th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #9
sour-kraut
Forum Member
 
sour-kraut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: k-vegas n.c.
Posts: 247
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

good idea!
__________________
73ratrod, 72 bus,73 bug
sour-kraut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 06:00 AM   #10
mkparker
Forum Member
 
mkparker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 5,914
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

I believe those just have one set of LEDS in them. So you can use them for tails or brakes, but you'll have to do some moddin' to make them do both in one housing.
__________________
Michael




mkparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 06:16 AM   #11
purplepeopleeater
Forum Member
 
purplepeopleeater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kennewick, Washington
Posts: 2,703
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

Here is where I got the Idea, Let me know if you need more...I know the guy that is done this

http://rbcdunebuggy.yuku.com/topic/1...s-sort-of.html
purplepeopleeater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 06:18 AM   #12
purplepeopleeater
Forum Member
 
purplepeopleeater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kennewick, Washington
Posts: 2,703
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

" The stock VW lens seems to pass the light just fine, but the picture should show more. Don't forget to tie the green and yellow wires together to get the brake light (brighter) to work. The brown wire is for the lights (dimmer). "




Quote:
Originally Posted by mkparker View Post
I believe those just have one set of LEDS in them. So you can use them for tails or brakes, but you'll have to do some moddin' to make them do both in one housing.
purplepeopleeater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 07:37 AM   #13
mkparker
Forum Member
 
mkparker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 5,914
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

I stand corrected. Those look great and cheap!
__________________
Michael




mkparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 08:31 AM   #14
purplepeopleeater
Forum Member
 
purplepeopleeater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kennewick, Washington
Posts: 2,703
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

yep, HF had them onsale for $7.99
purplepeopleeater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 04:21 PM   #15
SHARK
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 157
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

For anyone looking to run LEDs as turn signals... The kit set ups I've used just came with in line resistors when they are for use with a standard flasher switch. If you measure the amount of draw the bulb you are replacing has you can match it with a resistor from an electronics store.
SHARK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2008, 04:28 PM   #16
SHARK
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 157
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

I put these in Terry Arfons 34 sedan about five years ago at a shop I worked at. The kits were not the best quality and I had to modify most of the wiring for them to work correctly...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg highwaystar08.jpg (38.7 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg highwaystar09.jpg (42.6 KB, 3 views)
SHARK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 1st, 2008, 10:01 PM   #17
gravguy
Forum Member
 
gravguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: DELAWARE
Posts: 855
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

instead of a load on the wiring you can change to a digital turn signal relay about 9.00 at pepboys auto parts
__________________
IM BACK ok now scream and run in fear

FACEBOOK VERY WILD CAR COMPANY
gravguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 2nd, 2008, 09:23 PM   #18
bugfink
Forum Member
 
bugfink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 44
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

So I hooked them up today (not as complicated as I thought (I'm just dumb)) only to find out that they were not that bright! I used the digital relay that I had. Plus when the brake was on it was hardly noticeable. Any thoughts on making those fuckers shine?! Cuz they look so clean.
bugfink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 2nd, 2008, 10:34 PM   #19
Social_Joe
Forum Member
 
Social_Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Stillwater, OK McAlester, OK
Posts: 1,406
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

I just read through the linked forum post, seems the guy had to mod his wiring to run 2-filament instead of three for these to work. I guess he used the trailer harness adapter trick, either way, this is a slick as hell mod, for dirt cheap.

Nice find!
Social_Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 2nd, 2008, 11:15 PM   #20
bugfink
Forum Member
 
bugfink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 44
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

I want to put a pic up of the lights. Is there another way other than using a web link? or should I just do a "photobucket" type account?
bugfink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 3rd, 2008, 08:15 AM   #21
purplepeopleeater
Forum Member
 
purplepeopleeater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kennewick, Washington
Posts: 2,703
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

the trailer relay is the only "easy" way to get these to get bright, go get one at napa and you'll see!

Also, its about the only way to go getting your blinkers/running lights/brakelights all working on the same bulbs
purplepeopleeater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 3rd, 2008, 09:18 AM   #22
tattooed_pariah
Site Supporter
 
tattooed_pariah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: El Cajon, California
Posts: 3,948
Member Photo Albums
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

Quote:
Originally Posted by purplepeopleeater View Post
the trailer relay is the only "easy" way to get these to get bright, go get one at napa and you'll see!

Also, its about the only way to go getting your blinkers/running lights/brakelights all working on the same bulbs
I must be an idiot.... haha
Unless they're all hidden behind the firewall and i have to yank my engine to see em, i cannot find the wires i need to connect my "taillight converter"...

everyone here says it's easy and every shop I ask says it's impossible....
__________________
-pariah

"I never trust a fighting man who doesn't smoke or drink or at least cause a little trouble." -Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr.
===========
Feel free to stare and admire,
but kindly tell me if it's on fire!

1972 VolksRod "Effigy" Build Thread
1986 Honda Shadow VT1100 Work Thread
tattooed_pariah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 3rd, 2008, 01:43 PM   #23
Social_Joe
Forum Member
 
Social_Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Stillwater, OK McAlester, OK
Posts: 1,406
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

Should be able to get to them where they come down by the sides of the engine before they go through the inner fenders to the tailights.
Social_Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 3rd, 2008, 02:06 PM   #24
tattooed_pariah
Site Supporter
 
tattooed_pariah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: El Cajon, California
Posts: 3,948
Member Photo Albums
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

Quote:
Originally Posted by Social_Joe View Post
Should be able to get to them where they come down by the sides of the engine before they go through the inner fenders to the tailights.
I've got dual webers... they take up a lot of space and limit what i can reach.. :(
__________________
-pariah

"I never trust a fighting man who doesn't smoke or drink or at least cause a little trouble." -Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr.
===========
Feel free to stare and admire,
but kindly tell me if it's on fire!

1972 VolksRod "Effigy" Build Thread
1986 Honda Shadow VT1100 Work Thread
tattooed_pariah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 3rd, 2008, 02:10 PM   #25
Social_Joe
Forum Member
 
Social_Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Stillwater, OK McAlester, OK
Posts: 1,406
Default Re: l.e.d. tail light question

likewise, those duals eat up all that space. You could install it behind the dash. The tails and blinker wires are all right there and you can just cut the brake light wires at the master cylinder and run them up to the magic trailer box.
Social_Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ALL text, images, graphics and content herein are Copyright 2002 - 2020 Three Pugs Design - Cut Weld Drive Forums