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    MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    It’s been 2 weeks since my ATS Purchase and am loving this car everyday more and more. Originally I came in to get a 2013 CTS Lease. I was SOOOOOO sure I was gonna get a Black on Black CTS Premium. It was the most bang for your buck. My first impression was this is a nice car, but something didn’t fit quite right. Thought it was an awesome car, great ride, good gps…but something about the styling…I just didn’t feel ready yet for that…(I am 34, married no kids yet) and just felt that maybe in a few years it would fit better. But I was still ready to do the deal. While waiting to hash out the deal I noticed this great ATS on the showroom floor. I had borrowed my buddies ATS 2.5 Standard a few months ago for a weekend to give it a try and loved it. I was so sure that the CTS was gonna be the bigger beefier brother. I sat down in the Morillo red interior, and was impressed how good it looked on the silver. This thing was loaded…sunroof, navigation, driver awareness, black chromed rims, etc. I was impressed because this was the 2.0 Luxury Turbo model.

    When the sales girl came back she told me that since I didn’t have a lease already I could not qualify for the rebates and the monthly jumped up to $480.00. My company was only going to cover up to $400 per month so I had to decline the CTS. I did all of my research on the CTS and barely enough on the ATS. But man o man, when I sat in that Red ATS interior it fit like a glove. I told the girl to work up the #’s on that exact floor model. After deciding that the $2500 black Chrome rims were not a priority I was able to get the ATS down to $360 per month. I was psyched.

    I did as much research in one night as I could and there was one main mistake that I overlooked because I assumed that it would be on there. LED headlamps and LED Fog lights. I am sure many people in my position did the same thing. When I got to the dealership and picked up my baby, I realized too late that this did not have the LED headlamps or foglights that made me fall in love. I figured someone on the internet or some Chinese company would have produced an OEM headlamp and foglight exchange (still hoping for it). I know it is not the end of the world and that this car functions the same without them…but I have to admit…I feel shallow…it doesn’t look the same.

    So I have taken it upon myself and because of all the excellent advice and DIY posts…I am going to try and make my own version of LED head lamps and add LED Fog Lights…I am going to try and use this for the vertical LED headlamp :

    http://www.carid.com/universal-led-l...es-860497.html

    and I am going to use Romanats Ford Mustang LED Foglights for the fog lights.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/370741651210...84.m1439.l2649

    I know this is not going to be OEM standard but I am really hoping this will be a fun and cool DIY project. Will post pictures of the process. Both products are on its way.

    2 more things I will be doing to ATS then I will call it quits:

    1) Bought 18” stock Cadillac staggered 10 spoke forged aluminum rims
    2) Going to do a medium tint
    3) Installing an HID kit as per one of the sticky's on this forum

    After that, I will be done. Hopefully it will come out nice. Kind of see it as a challenge. Wish me luck
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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Very good write up. I wish you the best.
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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Good luck!

    Let us know how it goes and post some pics.
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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Morello red interior sold me too. Very classy!

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesul View Post
    Morello red interior sold me too. Very classy!
    OK i'm going to disagree with you, I think you're dead wrong.......Margaret Thatcher and Mother Theresa are examples of classy women, but could be argued not that good looking, the Morello Red, on the other hand, is pick your SI/Victoria's Secret Model HOT!!!... my next caddy WILL!!! have that color.

    and Good Luck matthewmugar, I look forward to seeing your car when done
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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    good luck mine is just like yours and i bought 18 in wheels also

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Quote Originally Posted by romanats View Post
    good luck mine is just like yours and i bought 18 in wheels also
    Romanats...gonna be following your LED path

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Hello matthewmugar,

    Congratulations on your recent vehicle purchase! I can’t speak to the DIY lights you are installing but the vehicle looks great! Please feel free to reach out to Laura or I on this account if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you very much for posting and I am happy to hear that you are enjoying your vehicle!

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    go for it its worth it not expensive and will look good

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    love the wheels

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Ok guys, Plans changed. I bought a groupon for window tinting and when I got to the shop the owner said, “hey you have LED fog lights in the trunk and LED plasmaglows..do you want me to install them as well?” At first I was like Nahhh, I want to do it because it will be fun, then I realized…this is what these guys do and if they can do it and get it finalized all at same time as tint why not? They happened to have the HID kits there as well for about $120 installed so I told them to price out everything…got everything for about $330 with tint, LED Foglamps, and HID kits installed same day. That included labor. I guess at the end of the day it saved me a lot of time, of which I do not have a lot of.

    I ended up not attempting to do LED headlamps at this time but may try to do it one day if I find a wiring that will not look too messy.

    Anyhow, man o man, HID’s and LED’s combined are amazing and you cant even tell by pics how bright and awesome they look. Thanks Romanats for suggesting these. Now all I am waiting for is for my 18” Cadillac ATS 10 spokes to come in and I will be done.

    P.S. the last picture was a mini celebration for me not having to do too much work and it looking awesome

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Nice looks just like mine i told you they were good

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    Nice looks just like mine i told you they were good How did they connect LED directely to the headlights or to the parking lights ?

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    Hi Roman,

    I have it hooked on to the DRL's. I did put a hidden switch so we can turn them on or off when needed. You are right...our cars will look very similar but I didnt get your wheels...I got the straight spoke 18" that are coming in the mail today.

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    thats cool at least from the front they will look unique and the same

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    Re: MY ATS LED Conversion obsession

    So Stoked this looks great, i'm waiting for my EBAY DRL's to arrive along with my HID kit from The Retofit Source (morimoto 3FIVE ballasts, XB35 bulbs, ad can-bus stand alone harness) , i just got the DRL relay today from iJDMtoy that automates the DRL like factory but this has a 10 second delay built in. i feel like its christmas...lol

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