Post by ancsportscars on Sept 11, 2018 7:53:19 GMT
Use a jig saw with a blade suitable for plastic. Only needs a slow speed to cut through it easily and hence doesn't generate enough heat to melt the edges. I presume your covers came pre-marked for cutting out? Obviously, cut outside the line and then use a belt sander or power file to gently profile the edge to the correct shape to fit.
If you do happen to mess it up, then don't worry, as I have now invested in a vacuum former and am now making my own covers should you need replacements.
The exact same method can be used to cut out or profile the fly screen btw.
all you need to do when you get to that stage is place half of the double bubble over a corner of the front of the car. You will then see through to the recess around the headlight reveals for the covers, mark with a felt pen, trim to suit. U shaped rubber trim can be bonded on to the perimeter of the cover recess and then the covers can be inserted, similar to how the 488 Lucas lens's are fitted.
Post by ancsportscars on Mar 14, 2019 19:25:24 GMT
Be aware, James, that as they are LEDs, and the fact you don't have side repeaters on your Miata donor (and hence Replicar), the lack of load will cause your indicators to flash at twice the required rate. They may also need to be mounted on angled plinths to ensure they are adequately visible (dependent on what your state requirements are?)
You are absolutely right, mea culpa and I'm glad you are keeping me honest My earlier issue turned out to be a bad ground but I had indicated (pun intended) that I had no side repeaters. It turns out that the two blue connectors that I thought were for the fog lights were actually for the side repeaters. (I discovered this when I found a box with the separate harness for the fog lights and the side repeater lenses.)
Those "side repeaters" are not repeaters, they are running lights! - Andy wins again
The indicators arrived and as Andy predicted I get rapid flashing.
The fix is to put a resistor in parallel like this:
Couple of things to note, the first it that you have to plug it into the power and flasher circuits and the second is that the LED is polarised so the white lead of the LED goes to the middle plug and the black to the outer (the resistor can go either way).
Result is that I have a bright and normally blinking indicator!
I picked up the "load equalizer" from my auto parts shop and comes in a 2 pack. It says the resistor gets hot, hence the heatsink format of the equalizer but my indicator only has 3 LEDs so I'm not all that worried about heat.
I'm pretty pleased with the setup, the button LED is very bright and also reflects in the headlight which helps and it's DOT (Department Of Transportation) legal here in the US.
Post by brettlawrence on Mar 19, 2019 22:50:27 GMT
I passed IVA with these 28mm led repeaters (https://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/micro-28mm-round-push-in-led-side-repeaters-pair) as indicators in the head lights. Mounted at a slight forward angle, ~15 degrees, with an appropriate load equalizer.
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