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First of all, props to Eww-an E for answering ALL my questions on this mod. I guess I did a variant of his mod.

Sorry for the fuzzy pics. It's the best camera I had at the time.

1. Go to Oznium.com and get the Ultra Thin LED Dome Lights. I got 2 of the 1.5"x1.5" (10 LED) in Green. They put out more than enough light. They provide a ton of dummy bulbs with the item to ensure the right fit.



-Be careful with the boards and wires. I accidentally detached one pair, and had to solder them back on. The black tape was on there to hold them down while I fixed it.

2. Remove your dome light lid (clear) per instructions:

step1 place a small screwdriver or knife blade between the clear plastic lens and the housing - push in the direction of the red arrow and pull down. The blue arrows are where the tabs are located. Whatever you do don't pry from the side the switch is on your you may break the clear lens piece.

3. Unscrew and remove housing (2 bolts). *MAKE SURE LIGHTS ARE "OFF", NOT ON STANDBY*. The ground goes through one of the screws. If you try the lights while the housing is removed you WILL blow a fuse, or more. Detach the yellow wire connection as well.



4. On the back/bottom of the housing there is a plastic backing on the connections and ground 'path'. Using a dremmel, cut through the plastic backing in 3 locations (red arrows) to expose the metal (remove plastic backing entirely). This will allow you to do some bending in a later step. Do NOT cut through the metal.



5. On the exposed ground "path" the metal is in two widths, with a bend in the middle. Cut the bend out of the metal (between red arrows), so you have an incomplete path.



6. Carefully bend both the contacts for the bulb 90 degrees out the back of the housing. There isn't room IN the housing for both the dummy bulb, and the LED board.



7. There are two ways to do this step. Do either "7A" OR "7B" below (I did "7B"):
7A. Solder a wire across the two ends of the ground path you cut earlier, to reconnect it.
OR (if you can't solder to save your life, i.e. ME...)
7B. Make and install a patch wire to reconnect the ground path. I used 2 - Female - Fully Insulated - Crimp On - Quick Disconnects, size 7/64", from Radio Shack, which fit 22 to 18 gauge wire. You only need about 2" of wire. The thinner exposed metal ground 'path' on the long side needs to be bent up, and over, almost like a "Z", to accommodate the quick disconnect (red arrow for "Z" location).



Part 2 to follow momentarily...
 

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8. Apply a Superlock Fastener (like velcro) from Radio Shack (2 pair in each pack) to span across the opening in the housing. Be sure to leave a space for the bolts, when you re-install the housing. I recommend locking the two sides of the fastener together BEFORE exposing the adhesive sides, and attaching it to the housing.





9. Apply your LED board to the center of the housing, on the Superlock Fastener. Make sure to orient it with the wires to the left or right, and that you aren't bending the LED wires too much, and then pull them out the back of the housing.

(sorry, lost pic, but shouldn't be too hard to figure out)

10. Install the dummy bulb of your choice (best fit). Connect the dummy bulb wiring to the LED wiring in back of the housing. I wrapped mine up, and put a wire tie on it. The wire tie then fit nicely into a little plastic holder already on the back of the housing.



11. Re-install housing, re-install clear face. Enjoy your LEDs.

-You can see the actual LEDs in the weird reflection on this shot.


-This pic doesn't do the amount of light justice. I don't miss the clear light at all.


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Very Nice

Well done. Way better than what I did. I tried to solder metal to
aluminum!! Wow, was that fun!!! It works, but does NOT have the
elegance of your install!!
 

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Dude,
Now that sure does look good.
 

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Now that I know NOT to blow fuses, NOT to pull loose LED wires, and NOT to try soldering, it's actually a very quick and simple mod.
 

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9. Apply your LED board to the center of the housing, on the Superlock Fastener. Make sure to orient it with the wires to the left or right, and that you aren't bending the LED wires too much, and then pull them out the back of the housing.

(sorry, lost pic, but shouldn't be too hard to figure out)
Found it!:

 

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Note to Admin: Attempting to fix broken pictures for above posts.

First of all, props to Eww-an E for answering ALL my questions on this mod. I guess I did a variant of his mod.

Sorry for the fuzzy pics. It's the best camera I had at the time.

1. Go to Oznium.com and get the Ultra Thin LED Dome Lights. I got 2 of the 1.5"x1.5" (10 LED) in Green. They put out more than enough light. They provide a ton of dummy bulbs with the item to ensure the right fit.

34led.jpg

-Be careful with the boards and wires. I accidentally detached one pair, and had to solder them back on. The black tape was on there to hold them down while I fixed it.

2. Remove your dome light lid (clear) per instructions:

step1 place a small screwdriver or knife blade between the clear plastic lens and the housing - push in the direction of the red arrow and pull down. The blue arrows are where the tabs are located. Whatever you do don't pry from the side the switch is on your you may break the clear lens piece.

3. Unscrew and remove housing (2 bolts). *MAKE SURE LIGHTS ARE "OFF", NOT ON STANDBY*. The ground goes through one of the screws. If you try the lights while the housing is removed you WILL blow a fuse, or more. Detach the yellow wire connection as well.

34ledback.jpg

4. On the back/bottom of the housing there is a plastic backing on the connections and ground 'path'. Using a dremmel, cut through the plastic backing in 3 locations (red arrows) to expose the metal (remove plastic backing entirely). This will allow you to do some bending in a later step. Do NOT cut through the metal.

34ledcut.jpg

5. On the exposed ground "path" the metal is in two widths, with a bend in the middle. Cut the bend out of the metal (between red arrows), so you have an incomplete path.

34ledcutz.jpg

6. Carefully bend both the contacts for the bulb 90 degrees out the back of the housing. There isn't room IN the housing for both the dummy bulb, and the LED board.

34ledbend.jpg

7. There are two ways to do this step. Do either "7A" OR "7B" below (I did "7B"):
7A. Solder a wire across the two ends of the ground path you cut earlier, to reconnect it.
OR (if you can't solder to save your life, i.e. ME...)
7B. Make and install a patch wire to reconnect the ground path. I used 2 - Female - Fully Insulated - Crimp On - Quick Disconnects, size 7/64", from Radio Shack, which fit 22 to 18 gauge wire. You only need about 2" of wire. The thinner exposed metal ground 'path' on the long side needs to be bent up, and over, almost like a "Z", to accommodate the quick disconnect (red arrow for "Z" location).

34ledwire.jpg

Part 2 to follow momentarily...
 

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Note to Admin: Attempting to fix broken pictures for above posts.

8. Apply a Superlock Fastener (like velcro) from Radio Shack (2 pair in each pack) to span across the opening in the housing. Be sure to leave a space for the bolts, when you re-install the housing. I recommend locking the two sides of the fastener together BEFORE exposing the adhesive sides, and attaching it to the housing.

34ledlock.jpg

34ledlock2.jpg

9. Apply your LED board to the center of the housing, on the Superlock Fastener. Make sure to orient it with the wires to the left or right, and that you aren't bending the LED wires too much, and then pull them out the back of the housing.

34ledboard.jpg

10. Install the dummy bulb of your choice (best fit). Connect the dummy bulb wiring to the LED wiring in back of the housing. I wrapped mine up, and put a wire tie on it. The wire tie then fit nicely into a little plastic holder already on the back of the housing.

34ledtie.jpg

11. Re-install housing, re-install clear face. Enjoy your LEDs.

-You can see the actual LEDs in the weird reflection on this shot.

34leddome.jpg

-This pic doesn't do the amount of light justice. I don't miss the clear light at all.

34ledlite.jpg

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Note to Admin: Attempting to fix broken pictures for above posts.
 

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