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Old 12-24-2009, 03:21 PM
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

Its basically like wiring lights used on a christmas tree. If you wire the bulbs in series then if one bulb goes out all the ones after that will go out because of the short. If you wire them in parallel then if one goes out the other ones will still work because the power is still bypassing the bad shorted out bulb.

Say you have 10 bulbs all lined up side by side. For series you could hook the + from the first bulb to the + (power)wire, then the - from the first bulb to the + of the second bulb, then the - from the second bulb to the + of the third bulb and so on till you get to the tenth bulb and hook that to the - wire(ground). But if one bulb goes bad the following bulbs also wont work anymore.

Or for parallel an easy way would be to have a long +(power) wire laid across all ten bulbs then splice each + from the bulb onto that wire, then do the same for the -(ground) wire. Then if one bulb goes bad the rest will still work.

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Old 12-24-2009, 08:22 PM
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

Man, just getting the unit out of the car was a pita. I just unhooked everything and took the whole thing inside. Now about to crack it open and do the bulbs.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:49 PM
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

One of the bulbs was actually broken in there. I didnt intend on it, but the blue leds match my radio perfect now, so im going to swap everything to the blue leds now that im confident in my soldering work.



The first one didnt turn out so pretty, but it works and on there tight. I bent the resistors so they kinda lat flat on the board.



Testing the first bulb to make sure it worked. It actually didnt and I had to resolder the led turned the other way. After getting the first bulb working I was able to trace the leads on the cuircut board and hook up all the resistors on the leds on the same one.




Now im motivated to do them all in blue leds.


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Old 12-25-2009, 03:18 PM
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

Nice, very nice ... congrats man
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:28 PM
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

Its such a difference now having the heater control lights on being able to see it at night. The lights were also burnt out and never thought to do it till I saw Hamze doing his. Such motivation the kid is. I want to even do the window and door lock controls on the sides of the doors in blue now.
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very nice Timmy now I am gonna do mine too
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

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very nice Timmy now I am gonna do mine too

Are they burnt out or you just swapping to leds? It was more work than I thought it would be but obviously i got it done and working. I thought i'd be able to just remove the cuircut board from the heater control in the car but that wasnt happening. I removed the stereo bezel, the shifter bezel, then popped out the whole center/heater control bezel, and unhooked all the wires and brought the whole thing inside. Had to use a small socket to remove the CT/info display thing first then two more screws for the heater unit and it comes out. Pulled off the control knobs (they pull right off if in the proper position, rotate them to find the tab while wiggling them and they come right off) then used a flat head screw driver to seperate the tabs to pull the heater unit apart, then the cuircut board finally comes out.

Im doing the information center lights right now cuz im bored.
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

wow that is a lot of work lol ... what tools do I need Timmy ?

mine are burnt out as well all the AC control lights ... and my CT lights are dimmed down now one of them is burnt the menu one ... do you mind if you can please show some pix and start a new thread maybe and others who want to chime in with their input can chime in as well ...
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wow that is a lot of work lol ... what tools do I need Timmy ?

mine are burnt out as well all the AC control lights ... and my CT lights are dimmed down now one of them is burnt the menu one ... do you mind if you can please show some pix and start a new thread maybe and others who want to chime in with their input can chime in as well ...

Ok, I will. Right now as I type I have my whole unit on my coffee table, swapping out the ESP button bulb. I will do a How-To thread with lots of pix. Give me a day or two.
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

Tools needed is easy, i was able to remove the trim and unit with my hands(finger tips), dissconnect all the wire harnesses by hand but 3 of them have bracket things and a small flat head screw driver worked to pry them free, then a 4mm socket to remove the small bolts on the back on the different units, then a small flat head screw driver again to free the tabs to seperate the units themselves to get at the cuircut boards. I used pliers to remove the stock bulbs and there holders from the boards. Then a soldering gun, bulbs, resistors if you use led bulbs, and thats it. some beers help put to, cuz it is time consuming.
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Re: Project Ground Pounder SRT Wide-Body Clone

I can say this, its really taking along time getting these leds to work replacing the regular bulbs. I installed a blue led w/resistor in the esp button and hooked it back together but the tracking control feature wouldnt shut off/turn back on. I realized I had to snip away some of the rubber boot/contact thing over the led for the resistor to fit snug and the contact points of the rubber boot hit the cuircut board. Now it works perfect, an hour later. But dam the blue led is bright and looks great now. 4 more to go. lol.


This shows how I trimmed the rubber thing to make room for the resistor. Without doing this the contacts on that rubber thing dont hit the cuircut board and I wasnt able to use the esp disable/enable feature. If you look to the left of the top of the rubber piece you can see a gold circle with a squiqly line thru it, there are two of those, one under each of the round top parts of the rubber boot. I guess those make contact with the cuircut board when the esp button is pressed to disable it.
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I can also say if you dont already have somewhat knowlegde of soldering and also being able to figure things out on your own then this fix/mod would be really hard. Im pretty good with doing things myself and teaching myself to do things and im taking along time doing it. Im not bashing, im just warning its not something you can look at pictures and copy doing. trust me.last thing I would want is someone taking apart things and screwing things up more. At first i was so afraid of melting my whole cuircut board wiring doing this soldering crap. I practiced soldering on an old dvd player trying to solder all the little components back on the boards till i felt confident to do my car.
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