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Old 06-01-2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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Default 2011 WRX side vent LED turn signal mod.

So I have always wanted the STI side mirrors because of the side marker and turn signal that is built into them but I did feel like spending the money on them. This is my solution to that. Total cost was under $30 ($28 ish). Install took me about 2 hours because I took my time to make it as clean as possible. It looks like there might be some burnt out LEDs on the driver side but they are not, they are just being blocked by the plastic grille. I cut out the smaller grille pieces so the LEDs were not blocked but I did not cut the big grille pieces.










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Old 06-01-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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Connect the positive wire of the LED strip to the red wire going into the turn signal bulb if you want the LED strip to illuminate only when the turn signal is on. Connect the positive wire of the LED strip to the green wire if you want the LED strip to turn on and stay on when ever your parking nights are on. Connect the negative wire from the LED strip to the black wire going into the turn signal.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:50 AM   #3
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wow great write-up. if i had a 11' id definitely do this.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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Very original, but those vents are a functional heat extractor for the engine. Did you check to see how hot it gets there?
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:43 PM   #5
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Very original, but those vents are a functional heat extractor for the engine. Did you check to see how hot it gets there?
I am curious, how hot does it get
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:35 PM   #6
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Very cool I think. You're idea inspired this idea. Instead of the vent, I thought about illuminating the WRX side marker right next to it and doing the exact same thing. So a cut out of the WRX part and either LEDs or a light bar or something behind it synced with the turn signals?

It wouldn't be nearly as clear as this set up, but might be a nice touch. I'm sure it can be done, but to what extent of the work needed to get it done I really would have no clue.

Thoughts anyone?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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Very cool I think. You're idea inspired this idea. Instead of the vent, I thought about illuminating the WRX side marker right next to it and doing the exact same thing. So a cut out of the WRX part and either LEDs or a light bar or something behind it synced with the turn signals?

It wouldn't be nearly as clear as this set up, but might be a nice touch. I'm sure it can be done, but to what extent of the work needed to get it done I really would have no clue.

Thoughts anyone?
it's been done before there is a picture floating around on the internet someone put red leds behind the wrx symbol
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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Very cool I think. You're idea inspired this idea. Instead of the vent, I thought about illuminating the WRX side marker right next to it and doing the exact same thing. So a cut out of the WRX part and either LEDs or a light bar or something behind it synced with the turn signals?

It wouldn't be nearly as clear as this set up, but might be a nice touch. I'm sure it can be done, but to what extent of the work needed to get it done I really would have no clue.

Thoughts anyone?
wow, thats EXACTLY what i was thinking.
cut out the WRX.
I'm sure it would be the same procedure in terms of wiring, just with a smaller led strip, or a bulb, and a very small clear piece of plastic to go beneath the open letters..
To cut out the side marker, maybe a dremel?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:57 PM   #9
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my salesman told me when i picked up my car the other day that those vent are functional and pull heat out of the engine bay. Is this going to interfere with that? or maybe its so marginal it wont matter? or he was bs'ing me

edit that i took those puppies off the other day to do my rally armor mudflaps and on way those are functional
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:03 PM   #10
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my salesman told me when i picked up my car the other day that those vent are functional and pull heat out of the engine bay. Is this going to interfere with that? or maybe its so marginal it wont matter? or he was bs'ing me
I'm sure some heat comes out the vent but did you see the size of the only 2 holes behind the cover? Hardly big enough to 2 finger it, it doesn't look like much heat could come out. I'm not worried about it one bit.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:06 PM   #11
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Very cool setup OP.

Not to thread jack, but Tdiggidy I did exactly that mod last summer. It's not that hard to modify the badge, but space behind the badge is tight. I originally had a 2.4 inch LED strip behind each badge, but just today I pulled those and installed 3 of these Surface Mount LEDs on each side and it's much brighter and more even light. I have it wired to come on with the headlights, not as a sidemarker.

This is the old setup.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #12
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Are those just the LED strips you can pick up at Autozone? Also how do you pop that panel off? Thanks. Looks real good.

atf78...thats pretty slick man.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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Cool I was sure somebody did it before. I really like that idea. Did you paint the wrx emblem or wrap it? I want mine black also. Hard to see from my phone but I like the look.

And as for the heat coming out the vent. Its probably a negligible difference with the LEDs in there. I wouldn't worry about it either.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #14
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Looks clean, great job!
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:35 PM   #15
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Looks much better than I thought it would. Anyway to sync the front and sides together so it's not so many different blinks?
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:53 AM   #16
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I have led turn signals, and the module that comes with them that allows them to blink at a normal rate. I wonder if that would allow the front and side signals to blink together. It is a little disconcerting, having everything blinking out of phase. Is it easy to get different wavelengths of light, from blue to yellow? What about an amber to match the color of the front turn signal?
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:07 PM   #17
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OP, could you please post up what exactly you used?

How big was the LED strip? To get to the turn signal bulbs, did you have to remove the headlights or was it an easy pull out?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:31 PM   #18
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just finished this
ill post pics up later, but my local autozone didnt have amber led's
so had to subsitute for white ones. Its legal here in texas, soo im all good.

only one problem, my driver side automatic power window isnt working now -__-
hmmm.. unless the turn signal fuse and driver side power window are together?
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:24 PM   #19
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just finished this
ill post pics up later, but my local autozone didnt have amber led's
so had to subsitute for white ones. Its legal here in texas, soo im all good.

only one problem, my driver side automatic power window isnt working now -__-
hmmm.. unless the turn signal fuse and driver side power window are together?
I have a video on how to fix that in my YouTube page. WWW.YouTube.com/diyallday
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #20
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very cool, and unique - nice work OP.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:41 AM   #21
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OP, can you tell me what kind of amber led strips you used? I searched on amazon but I don't see any that are amber colored. Just orange. Brand name? etc??
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:32 PM   #22
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I was reading another post on lighting and saw that LEDs need a resistor? in line because of the difference in ohms between bulb types. I will see if I can find that again and post the link here. That module might be what you need to make them blink in sync.

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I have led turn signals, and the module that comes with them that allows them to blink at a normal rate. I wonder if that would allow the front and side signals to blink together. It is a little disconcerting, having everything blinking out of phase. Is it easy to get different wavelengths of light, from blue to yellow? What about an amber to match the color of the front turn signal?
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:37 PM   #23
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Here's the link to the bulb sticky. That should tell you what you need to make them blink correctly:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=954736

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Old 06-25-2012, 04:21 PM   #24
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Got the LED strips to do this today but the pics above have exceeded bandwidth. Anyone have an alternate link or copies of the pics?
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:29 PM   #25
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You better fix those pictures before this place riots.

Very cool idea BTW

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