Thanks Kit . One of the caveats of my persistant obsession over quality and careful work is I can't do much less and feel comfortable about it. Every job I do is essentially a "calling card" and 99.99% of the time if I wouldn't do it to my own vehicle, I wouldn't do it to someone else's.steve.... thats an epic amount of work that you put in there
i like it
I had to install projectors on a new Si one time at work and the box only came with scotch-taps to work to tie it into the OEM lighting so I did the best I could with those. I didn't like using them but I still took my time and did a quality job. I even went so far as to wrap all the wires up nice with electrical tape to keep them neat and left some slack so the headlight could be removed if need be. Seriously hated using the taps and the worst was when one of the techs had to work on the car later on for an unrelated isssue which required the headlight to be removed. He pretty much made fun of the fact I used scotch taps and I took offense to it because I know I'm lightyears ahead when it comes to the quality of work I do. I made sure to point out how much time and effort I put into ensuring the wires and connections were sealed up properly and organized neatly. Didn't hear much after my rebuttal so I think I made my point .
I'm a solder-and-heat-shrink guy myself, but it turned out okay because I was picky, took my time and did it how I would do it on my own vehicle if I had to. Wasn't too hot about cutting into the customer's harness and permanently soldering wires in there because it was still under warranty. Scotch taps made it easier to remove and go back to stock if need be, you'd simply remove the taps, de-pin the connector, slide some adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing over the cut from the tap and seal it up. Done and back to OEM with no problems. If I was to solder it like I was mocked for not doing, you'd have to cut wires, resolder everything again and it would just be a mess. If he had said I WANT A PERMANENT INSTALLATION, then solder it would be.
Again, you don't have to go to such lengths like I did and the only reason I did is because I plan to keep the Element for as long as it lasts and I want to make sure that it is as close to OEM as I could get it. It's probably not reversible without more work, but I don't plan to change it.
And yes, if someone was to come into the dealership and ask for something custom like that, they'd get the exact same thoroughness, care and attention to detail that I put into my own Element. Because at the end of the day, you only get paid to do it right once .