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Front & rear lighted T. Minimal take apart. Rear T blinks. License plate powered.

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by mudfud, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. mudfud

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    Here are some pix installing T's without removing any front panels and removing only upper trim in the back. Rear power source from license plate light. Connected to bulb. Extra LED module for rear blinking. Still brightens w braking.

    some notes.

    For front T, can pop the front cone and run wires without removing it.
    Wires tuck under the plastic covers on the driver's side without removal.
    Good to cover w split loom to protect wires.
    Easy to plug into the OBD port for power w Evannex kit.
    LED module tucks into pocket on driver left dash.
    Can program onboard homelink to control on/off.

    For rear T power, I soldered onto the left license light bulb and tucked the wire into the hatch.
    The rear brake wire is a blue wire in the right upper bundle. I ran it across to tuck under the covers.
    I reached inside the rear hatch to run the brake connection to module.
    The LED wires I hooked down to the left hatch opening.
    I kept the black adhesive from the stock T and stuck the LED T onto it, to keep the positioning. Seems to stick well.
    I bought a spare LED blinking module to have the red T blink.
    Wiring the brake light to module power gives brake brightening of T.
    To turn the rear T on during the day, I turn the parking lights on.
     

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  2. artsci

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    Nice job and creative approach!
     
  3. mudfud

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    thanks Rick!

    it means a lot to me that you could see the different approach.

    I am looking at your rear applique. perhaps my upgrade this summer. thanks again for all your cool mods.
     
  4. BigCity

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    Nice work I have been debating doing these as well, already have the applique coming. Honestly may have not done it had I realized he effort that will be involved to get it to work, but if I'm going to do it I might as well do the lighted T's as well. Does the front have to go to the ODB port or could it be hard wired to a switched circuit? The rear is just a bit hair raising since you have to drill the actual trunk...
     
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    Thank you! I'm thinking of using your approach as an installation option for the front and rear Ts.
     
  6. mudfud

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    the front has been wired into many different wires. teslatap and teslarati have examples, some with switches.

    I went with the OBD port to keep from cutting into any more stock wires.

    on the rear, I delayed a bit since there was the trunk drilling, but it's just aluminum, so as long as you don't jump around (use a center punch and leave the black rubber in place), it's easy to do.

    good luck.

    - - - Updated - - -

    if you need more pictures, I have lots. i have a relatively small arm, so I could reach up there. that is how I used to unplug my trailer camera before I bought an extension cable. sneaking a hook or coat wire up there would be easy to snag the wires, though, even if you have big hands.
     
  7. BigCity

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    I vote for more pics!!
     
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  9. Vince Cobelo

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    DAYUM~ You are the mod KING!

    How about a free trip to Florida for a week to do some of this for mine. Bring the family.

    I don't have the confidence (or the skill) to do half of what you did.
     
  10. mudfud

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    Actually, I give the king crown to Rick who designed many of the mods.

    ill take queen.

    If if I am near Florida, I would be happy to install stuff with you, but there are likely some handy people that live closer to you.
     

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