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Luke27617 03-22-10 06:03 PM

Official 2nd Gen GX Modification (DIY) Thread!!
 
I would like to start a mod threat. Personally I like to keep everything stock, but unfortunately Lexus went cheap in some places so modifications are needed.

Today want to share how to:
- convert turn signals to LEDs
- replace dome lights with LEDs
- replace running board lights with LEDs
- replace parking lights with LEDs
- replace back-up lights with LEDs
- clear bra install (will show final result only) - when you buy the kit, you will get instructions (there is a nice kit for around $230 on Ebay). Buy a good one or have a shop install one for you.

All LEDs in DIY tutorials were purchased from www.v-leds.com LEDs may seem blue on the pictures, but actually are pure white. Personally don't like lights with blue tint. The only LEDs with blue tint are the back-up lights which I will replace as soon as 5k high power are available.

MORE DIY TO COME

Thanks to help from Steve from www.xenondepot.com , shortly I will provide DIY on HID convertion kit (the kit is in route to me as we speak).

Also within the following couple weeks, I am planning to buy Valentine1 radar detector with a concealed display. Will prepare DIY as well.

I would like to replace bulbs in doors with LEDs as well, but currently I don't know how to get to those. It seems you have to remove door pannel. Please share if you know how and done it.

Have fun moding... and please share your DIY

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:06 PM

LED Turn Signals
 
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LED Turn Signals

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:07 PM

LED Turn Signals - part 2
 
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LED Turn Signals - part 2

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:08 PM

Dome Lights
 
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Dome Lights

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:10 PM

Running Board Lights
 
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Running Board Lights

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:11 PM

Parking Lights
 
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Parking Lights

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:13 PM

Backup Lights
 
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Backup Lights

Luke27617 03-22-10 06:15 PM

Clear Bra
 
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Clear Bra - make sure you don't buy cheap stuff. The cheap stuff is very thin and will get yellow very quickly. Don't go cheap on this.

ybing 03-22-10 07:53 PM

Nice job, good reference for me to do it later on when I have time, I will change the parking light for sure, and I want to do the interior, and the running board, it will looks a lot better if it is LED

My dealership install the clear bra for me, you won't tell its on from some distance

antonio98 03-22-10 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Luke27617 (Post 5335693)
I would like to replace bulbs in doors with LEDs as well, but currently I don't know how to get to those. It seems you have to remove door pannel. Please share if you know how and done it.

Luke,

Thanks for the detailed instructions and photos.

I already replaced my running board lights, and yes, I did unscrew the housing on the first one before I figured out I could reach the light from the top. :)

You do not have to remove the door panel to get to the door lights. They also just pop out like the dome lights. I have attached a photo.

Luke27617 03-22-10 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by antonio98 (Post 5336339)
Luke,

Thanks for the detailed instructions and photos.

I already replaced my running board lights, and yes, I did unscrew the housing on the first one before I figured out I could reach the light from the top. :)

Are these the LED's you used for the dome lights, running boards, and parking lights?

http://www.v-leds.com/Exterior-LED/C...14849-1-2.html

They're showing as out of stock.

You do not have to remove the door panel to get to the door lights. They also just pop out like the dome lights. I have attached a photo.


Antonio,

THANKS for sharing how to pop up door lights. Looks like I need to buy four more bulbs.

The one I have bought last week looks like are no longer on the web site. I see they still have the 6k version which I don't want due to the blue tint.
http://www.v-leds.com/Exterior-LED/C...81039-1-2.html

Will e-mail them to see if the will have more soon. Very happy with 5k version as it is pure white.

XenonDepot 03-23-10 04:02 AM

Great write up!

Steve

ybing 03-23-10 11:47 AM

All the 5K LED are out of stock :(

ybing 03-23-10 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luke27617 (Post 5335693)
I would like to start a mod threat. Personally I like to keep everything stock, but unfortunately Lexus went cheap in some places so modifications are needed.

Today want to share how to:
- convert turn signals to LEDs
- replace dome lights with LEDs
- replace running board lights with LEDs
- replace parking lights with LEDs
- replace back-up lights with LEDs
- clear bra install (will show final result only) - when you buy the kit, you will get instructions (there is a nice kit for around $230 on Ebay). Buy a good one or have a shop install one for you.

All LEDs in DIY tutorials were purchased from www.v-leds.com LEDs may seem blue on the pictures, but actually are pure white. Personally don't like lights with blue tint. The only LEDs with blue tint are the back-up lights which I will replace as soon as 5k high power are available.

MORE DIY TO COME

Thanks to help from Steve from www.xenondepot.com , shortly I will provide DIY on HID convertion kit (the kit is in route to me as we speak).

Also within the following couple weeks, I am planning to buy Valentine1 radar detector with a concealed display. Will prepare DIY as well.

I would like to replace bulbs in doors with LEDs as well, but currently I don't know how to get to those. It seems you have to remove door pannel. Please share if you know how and done it.

Have fun moding...

Will any 194 LED fit? I found some is wedge, 120 and 360 degree, not sure what's the different

Luke27617 03-23-10 05:06 PM

Spoke with Bill from v-leds.com and they will have more bulbs coming in next week. They have ran 20% off promo and completely sold out on almost everything.

Also I would consider Putco brand. Steve above from www.kbcarstuff.com aka www.xenondepot.com sales those. He is a great help and easy to work with.


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