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Well, got bored once again and decided to rip apart my rear view mirror to change out those nasty orange and green LED's in there. To my delight, I found that it was a pretty simple swap with little risk involved. Here's the break down:

Tools Needed:
(12) Super Bright LED's (I got mine from
Soldering Gun/Iron
Liquid Flux
Small gauge solder
Small Screwdriver

Step 1: Unplug electrical connection at the rear of the rearview mirror to cut power to the LED's.


Step 2: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently pry the lens covering the LED assembly at the bottom of the mirror. The retaining clips are on either side of the lens. Be patient so as not to damage the surrounding plastic. Note the orientation of the lens as it only goes back in one way.


Step 3: Using the small screwdriver gently remove the LED assembly. Once it's out of the mirror housing, unclip the attached electrical connection. Note the electrical connection is towards the mirror side of the assembly.

Step 4: Observe that the LED connection's are marked on the assembly. If you have a hard time figuring out which side goes where, look inside the LED for the larger of the 2 diodes....that's the positive leg.

Step 5: Heat up your soldering gun and get to work removing the stock LED's. You will need to heat up the connecting solder from the rear of the board. Once you see that it is liquifying, gently pull the LED lead out of the soldered connection Repeat this for the other lead. Remove all of the LED's. Note the mounted height of the LED's as you want to try to match that height upon re-installation of the new LED's.


Step 6: Time to prep the new LED's for install. I installed Super Bright White's from in place of the orange LED's and Super Bright Blue's in place of the green LED's in the stock mirror. I took out 4 white's and 2 blues, and trimmed them accordingly so as to match the stock mounting height. Apply liquid flux to each of the leads from the LED's and get your solder out (just in case).


Step 7: Fire up the soldering gun again. Pick a starting point and start melting the solder. Note: you should not have to use more solder. The residual solder from the stock assembly should be enough to securely fasten the new LED's. The positive lead of the LED should be opposite of the connector housing.. Once the solder is melted reverse the removal steps and install 1 of the shortened LED leads. Repeat this step for the other lead. Heat the solder and adjust the lead height to make it as close to the stock mounting height as possible. Repeat this process for all of the remaining LED's.



Step 8: Time to re-install the LED assembly. Believe it or not, this was probably the most tricky part of the procedure for me.....by the 2nd side, I realized this is the way to go: Seat the LED's into the lens. It should be a pretty snug fit. Re-attach the electrical connection to the LED assembly and make sure to push the connecting wire far up into the mirror to make room for the LED assembly. Once you have adequate room, slide the whole assembly back into the mirror and snap the lens back into place. Once it's re-installed, plug in the electrical connection at the rear of the mirror to test for functionality. You should be all good!




Step 9: Repeat steps 1-8 for the other side of the mirror.


Step 10: The final step.....Take plenty of pics and post them up!


BTW, props to Spdklz for getting the LED thing going in the first place! Thanks for getting me started bro.

Aloha, Dave:cheers:
 

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Another Outstanding Mod. :thumb: :thumb:

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Looks good, Dave! :thumb: Did it help a lot with the light output--can you actually read something with the light, now? Not too much glare? Were those just for the switchable map lamps, or did that also change out the mirror "running lamps"?

...you betta not forget to put da cutters back in da tackle box! :D

Laterz! \m/
Scott
 

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Thanks guys.

Scott, the LED's I replaced do maintain the light output, but due to the colors I used (Blue & White) it doen't make reading things easier....just makes everything look cooler. There is no glare to these. Not sure if they replace the map and the running lights......

Oh and the diagonals went right back into the tackle box as soon as I was done...gotta do some fishing today. Bonefish are running!
 

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Awesome mod. :)

I like it. I think you could try replacing only 4 LEDs with 4 whites and then replace 2 with 2 amber super bright ones (instead of 2 blue ones). That'll give you a warmer color tone. :) The 'white' LEDs already tend to be a little too blue for my taste. :)


GB.
 

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That looks f'ing beautiful. Now I'm just angry that I have to do that as well as the ones in the door that I still haven't gotten around to. Congrats and thanx for the great pics!!! Al
 

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Cool mod Dave,

Did you have to use any resistors? I am going to order some LED's tonight!

Thanks,
Andy
 

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mcneil141 said:
Cool mod Dave,

Did you have to use any resistors? I am going to order some LED's tonight!

Thanks,
Andy
I don't think you have to, as long as the LEDs you are going to install are rated at the same voltage as the ones that were in the mirror before.

GB.
 

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mcneil141 said:
Cool mod Dave,

Did you have to use any resistors? I am going to order some LED's tonight!

Thanks,
Andy
No resistors for the mirror Andy...just soldered right into the circuit board.

JDub :cheers:

BBE, anytime bro. Send it to me in Hawaii!

Bill, I wish you still had your Z so I could hook you up with this mod....red and white might've been perfect!
 

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Well done mod and terrific presentation. Thanks!
 
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