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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 15, 9:37 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap and easy LED Tail lights

So I noticed one of my tail lights wasn't as bright as the other. Probably been this way for years since I've never checked.

So I order up an LED conversion kit from Trim parts and proceeded to dive in. Upon disassembly of my light housings I found somebody before me had already installed a make shift LED set up.

They took LED trailer lights (6"X2") filed them too fit and snuck them into the tail light lenses. Just a simple matter of running the black wire to the brown and the red trailer light wire to the green. The white wire was grounded to the light housing or quarter extension. Some of the left side bulbs had gone dead (these could be pretty old) dimming that side.

So I returned the $140 dollar conversion kit and ordered a pair of new 6"X2" trailer lights for a grand total of $20. They work great and I'm $100 dollar ahead. I doubt I'm the only person who has this set up, but I thought I'd post this up in case any one else is as cheap as me.

BTW, my car is a 68 but given the variety of shapes and configurations of lights available for trailers there's probably a size available to fit any car.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 15, 1:46 PM
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Re: Cheap and easy LED Tail lights

Your SS396 looks great and sounds great too. This is great information, but I've never been a fan of LED tail lamps. So could you post a video (or a couple of photos) of them in operation -- maybe I'll change my mind (it's happened before).

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Your SS396 looks great and sounds great too. This is great information, but I've never been a fan of LED tail lamps. So could you post a video (or a couple of photos) of them in operation -- maybe I'll change my mind (it's happened before).
Here's a cel phone pic.



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Re: Cheap and easy LED Tail lights

that looks decent, cheap too. I typed in 6"X2" trailer lights in ebay and got many hits. do you take apart the trailer LEDs and install them or fit it in there, as space allows, plastic and all?
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that looks decent, cheap too. I typed in 6"X2" trailer lights in ebay and got many hits. do you take apart the trailer LEDs and install them or fit it in there, as space allows, plastic and all?
The entire assembly fit's inside the tail light lens. I had to file down one side but no big deal. I also used a little 2 sided clear tape so they wouldn't move around in there.


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