View Full Version : How To: LED tail lights

01-29-2008, 08:53 PM
This is a copy*paste from my rx7 forum write ups.. unfortinutly some people liked it, some people did not because of street legal reasons :ghey:

So i will say this is "for off road or show only"

Did this to my FC, supposibly the only one to do this in the US besides Sexy Knights FC

Its pretty much standard im sure it can be done to S13 kouki tails.
Pics are self explanatory.
Heat up tails at about 250 degrees in oven for a few minutes to get them warm to where the glue is easily plyable. Take them apart.

I came up with the idea to throw some aluminum sheeting on the corner blinker, since looking at it with the lense one that it wouldnt really be visble much from the side..


Rip apart the tail lights
I used liquid electrical tape to cover the inside leds, this basically blocks the visible light from them, resulting in a "halo" effect.

Glue setting *adhesive sealant* Gotta put the lense back on and solder up the harness *wiring stuff is pretty easy


Swapping to LED turn signals will result in fast blinkers, so the solution is simple.
About 5 bucks for 2x 8ohm 20watt resistors from radio shack.. Note these are known to get warm/hot if you have your turn signals on for extended time so mount them somewhere safe.. Figure this should work, i doubt this would get flaming hot.. tested it a few minutes in my hand before making the mount. Turn signals back to normal speeds


and heres a cute little video teeheh

01-29-2008, 08:54 PM
opps i posted this in wrong section.. mod please move to premie project lol

im a premie newbe

01-29-2008, 08:57 PM
Id love to see a set of kouki 180sx TailS!!!

you should do it for someone hahah.

let me ask/.

Xandy Boosts
01-29-2008, 09:04 PM
Where'd you get those circle lights from? Or what's the keyword to search on google


01-29-2008, 09:06 PM
Where is that alley? I seen your pic of the e39 there Robby now tell me.

01-29-2008, 09:07 PM
Secret Un-disclosed spot,

Let me and Austie drift at your spot(the furnitureparkinglot), and we'll make it happen.

01-29-2008, 09:08 PM
^You bastard. Well then I guees ill just get it out of you @ the VRT party when your all sauced up.

01-29-2008, 09:09 PM
haha you didnt read the secret message?

Im never saucy, unless your a girl.

01-29-2008, 09:10 PM
watching that video felt like i was at a rave.

Found this thread on ziptied. It has a lot of useful information on a custom led setup.


01-29-2008, 09:15 PM
haha you didnt read the secret message?

Im never saucy, unless your a girl.

Well then ill just have to bring a few huh?

01-29-2008, 09:25 PM
yeah, where'd you get the LED circles?

Looks sick btw.

01-29-2008, 09:26 PM
4 inch round led tail lights found in big rigs
soo many different patterns so choose what you like

A friend showed me the link on zt, i used to be a member on there a few years back but got banned.. but i plan to do that for the third brake light

01-29-2008, 09:45 PM
You could just go to a big truck stop and they should have a good assortment of different size/color led lights. Not too high priced either.

01-29-2008, 10:33 PM
I should do this with my stock lights..
wonder how it'd look.

A Spec Products
01-29-2008, 10:46 PM
That's pretty cool looking

Came out clean looks like

I wouldn't do that to my kouki tails in fear of messing them up

But for FC lights hell yeah

01-29-2008, 10:57 PM
These look wayy hot. prob gunna do this to my kouki tails soon. :bigok:

01-29-2008, 10:59 PM
Great mod! :bow: 1+

01-29-2008, 11:20 PM
I;d be a little iffy doing it on kouki taillights..
considering they're ~$500..
if ya fuck em up.. wow
I'd be overly pissed off. at my self.

Vision Garage
01-29-2008, 11:22 PM
Wow posi rep to you. But its so much easier on your FC than our s13s because of the design. For Kouki 180 tails it should be easy but not for stockers. + rep anyway!

Vision Garage
01-29-2008, 11:24 PM
did your center brake light fade out like that stock? It caught my eye!

01-29-2008, 11:33 PM
Good little write up! I likesy

01-29-2008, 11:40 PM
hey vision garage- well i recored that with my 5.1 digicam thats like from 2004 so after i recorded that, it had some wierd light fluctuation going on so it looks like the light is pulsing which its not..

on my old s13 i chipped my kouki lights when i accidently backed into someone, so that woulda been a great test mule on those, unfortunately that was a year ago and at the time i never thought about doing it but i always had this in mind.

my drivers side fc tail light is cracked/chipped to begin with.. ill eventually change the lense to better condition sometime later on.. even these tail lights everyone wants like $150-200 for the stock 89+ fc tails

01-30-2008, 07:27 AM
Thats rad dude, I wondered how you did it.

01-30-2008, 10:18 AM
I was going to do that w/ a set of eBay kouki 180 knock off tails.

Now I'm definitely doing it.

01-31-2008, 12:30 AM
random jp site strolling... found these pimpage

01-31-2008, 09:15 AM
Any chance you would be willing to hook us up w/ these for our kouki tails?

01-31-2008, 11:23 AM
hahaha i been gettign pms... i didnt really make anything new or am selling a product... Im pretty sure if someone wants to experiment with a set of koukis it can be done.. Have to find a way to remove the lense from the housing, usually sticking in the oven fo r a few minutes then try pusing the lense out.

02-01-2008, 01:47 PM
just reread the ziptied thread.. damm i think imma go out now and pimp more shit on my car... Thinking about doing leds to the front ftp lense