: My first MOD



Gary Veeeee
09-14-12, 03:45 AM
I know this is small potatoes compared to some of the modifications I read in here. But, I did it myself and I like it. One of the reasons I bought the V Coupe I love the dual pipes together in the center of the car .I think it's a major asset on this vehicle and I wanted to highlight this feature especially at night. My buddy owns a sign company and has these high-temperature outdoor LEDs that he gave me .I mounted them above the exhaust with a heavy-duty epoxy semipermanent . Used the red and black auxiliary power key on circuit. Wired in a amp fuse with with a waterproof toggle switch to turn off during daytime running lights. These are the only lights I will add. went to the ice cream store last night and most people thought it was from the factory and was a really cool feature.

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McGuffy
09-14-12, 02:02 PM
Looks cool - what state are you in? We can't have lights like that on while driving in FL.

EDIT: That looks like a NY plate - might want to Google "New York Underglow Laws" - wouldn't want to get a ticket for something like that - and they're especially tough on red and blue lighting (emergency vehicles only).

Gary Veeeee
09-14-12, 02:53 PM
Looks cool - what state are you in? We can't have lights like that on while driving in FL.

EDIT: That looks like a NY plate - might want to Google "New York Underglow Laws" - wouldn't want to get a ticket for something like that - and they're especially tough on red and blue lighting (emergency vehicles only).

I'm in New York my brother-in-law's County sheriffs he said that the amount of l light I show would not be an issue. However it's a reason to pull me over yes. since the car obviously is all red in the back it doesn't look like a service vehicle or trying to imitate a cop car. It's a very low glow that kisses over the top edges and around the tailpipes. Mainly I'm just using it for show I don't have anything to worry about I don't carry anything illegal on me or drink so I don't care .I can usually get out of tickets with throwing around a few names.

silverstreaker
09-15-12, 12:54 AM
I think it looks great. Sweet idea :)

ClarkkentCTSV
09-15-12, 02:41 AM
Looks real good! I'm into adding a little ambient lighting when it's done in good taste, well done.

Trapspeed
09-15-12, 07:41 AM
Looks good.

Gary Veeeee
09-15-12, 11:59 AM
Thanks all I appreciate it. The next is tinting now the lighting I don't worry about too much as far as tickets. But New York's really strict about tinting due to obvious reasons drive-by shootings and such. However, we don't have to worry about that up here in Albany but it happens sometimes not like the city. The magnum I owned had the rear windows were factory 10 at 15% I was stopped at least 10 times do today but I have to prove to them it was factory tent. I think I'm going with a 40% on the side windows which really isn't much and 15% on the rear which will darken the car since the rear is so long and wide over the car. The tint guys said it'll do just that for the side windows by having it darker on the back window it will darken the inside of the car so the windows can be 40. I don't know about the strip in the front though. It looks good on some cars to think about it. Anyways hundred and 99 bucks to do sides and back seems reasonable the guy does really good work no bubbles. That's a good price you think? $30 more for the front strip.

TexasCTS-V
09-15-12, 09:35 PM
I had my Coupe's sunroof tinted also with ceramic tint. It really reduces the heat in the summer and cuts the glare on the gauges.

CoppeR
09-15-12, 09:35 PM
I was expecting something terrible but looks good. I did some underhood LEDs in the previous car.

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Gary Veeeee
09-18-12, 09:13 AM
We can't have lights like that on while driving in FL.

Florida you can get away with anything.We have a condo on Long Boat Key for a few years and the cars have Limo tint and lit up like Christmas trees.I don't like the lights all over thats too much this just allows tips to be seen at night.It is amazing though of what they do allow on
the roads down there..

ClarkkentCTSV
09-18-12, 03:41 PM
Florida you can get away with anything.We have a condo on Long Boat Key for a few years and the cars have Limo tint and lit up like Christmas trees.I don't like the lights all over thats too much this just allows tips to be seen at night.It is amazing though of what they do allow on
the roads down there..

I agree as long as you don't have red, blue, or flashing lights in the front of the car your ok down here in
Florida. Dark window tints are hit or miss depending on the officer stopping you.

MikeG-V
09-18-12, 09:25 PM
I was expecting something terrible but looks good. I did some underhood LEDs in the previous car.

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Now this actually looks useful. How many times have we popped the hood with a flash light?

TomHDallas
09-19-12, 10:05 AM
Looks great. Was thinking of doing it with a Corvette Exhaust Plate LED Lighting Kit available from West Coast Corvettes, which should be heat resistant as well. They're available in a number of colors. How did you run the wiring to the lights?

McGuffy
09-19-12, 10:23 AM
Underglow is illegal "on the books" here. As to whether the cops enforce it, I can't really quantify.

Gary Veeeee
09-19-12, 01:49 PM
Looks great. Was thinking of doing it with a Corvette Exhaust Plate LED Lighting Kit available from West Coast Corvettes, which should be heat resistant as well. They're available in a number of colors. How did you run the wiring to the lights?

Very easy took all of about 25 minutes to install. The lights are on a strip,I'm not sure what the material is that they use that make them resistant to heat. You probably could go to a sign shop in your area and get them. Anyways , I mounted the lights on the very edge of the chrome trim that wraps around the exhaust tips . I wrapped the wires close to the pipes with heat resistant tape about a foot from the lights. There is a really nice channel that runs along the upper edge of the rear bumper in back of the car. With a couple of zip ties running the wires towards the passenger side grabbed the red and black that is wrapped up in the harness. this must be for a trailer. This is a dummy plug that you can tie into ,however on the wires you will need to crimp very small pins to fit the factory connector. I put the toggle switch and the fuse on the negative side of the line. I didn't want to drill anything into the car just yet anyways. The heat that comes off those tips really is not that hot, after running a few hours you can still put your hands right over them. The edge of the tips are basically a heatshield like on a motorcycle. I I feel safer using that heat tape and the heat resistant strips though.