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[howto] Converting side markers back to non-Europe version

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Chillout, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. Chillout

    Chillout Member

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    Hi all,

    While installing my HIDs, I found a set of "mystery unused cables" in the front of the car.
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    After some asking around here, I learned they were meant for sidelights, which are disabled on the European versions of the car. I got the idea to re-enable them, to decrease of being hit by a blind highway driver while switching lanes (almost happened a few times this winter).

    So after some more asking around here and on the Lotus forums, I found out that getting this part replaced by a functional one, would be pretty expensive. But at least I knew what the part would look like when finished:
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    I took one of the reflectors out, and made a quick sketch of the dimensions:
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    And trying out if the fittings and leds I had would fit:
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    It turned out none of them were that great, so I went online to find this:
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    And I also ordered some Superseal connectors:
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    And as it turned out, they were a perfect fit:
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    And my brother and I went to work:
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    Cutting a hole in the units:
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    And applying some liquid black rubber (found at a boat shop)
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    And the final result was a couple of units with a wire:
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    And now she lights up at night:
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  2. m0rph

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    I would love to change my orange reflectors in to white ones. If you crossed something like that while doing your research, please post me the links ;)
     
  3. Mark77a

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    Awsome research Jille - side lights or driving lights easy option !
    Well done , Sir !
     
  4. Chillout

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    #4 Chillout, Apr 3, 2015
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    Thanks guys :)

    Yes I did... a freaking expensive one.

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    05-XX Lotus S2 Elise | Exige Clear LED Front Side-Markers



    :) :) Now I think of it... I forgot to show my frontside DRLs here. Gonna take a picture of those later!
     
  5. Stefan T

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    One thing about this thread

    Are that leagal to use side markers in europe??

    I don't think tht becase the car check in sweden don't alow it not even on old cars if they are red or white

    and if it shall be alowed it must have right e marking for this use
     
  6. Chillout

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    Yes, I know it is not allowed, but it's easy to disable whenever the car gets her yearly check, and everything looks very OEM. If they don't punish truck drivers for those christmas trees on their trucks, then I guess I'm safe ;)
     
  7. Stefan T

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    for my part can i cheet with close down things before check and change thing only for the check take it back afterwards
     
  8. Chillout

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    Exactly, it's easy to just unplug the connectors. They are very easy to reach, so whenever a police officer wants you to disable them, or for your car check, just pull them out.

    By the way, in the Netherlands you are not allowed to have aftermarket Xenon HIDs. I installed some in mine, and it got through the yearly check as well, so I guess they aren't that precise ;)
     
  9. NomoC8

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    Nicely done.

    How much are the Lotus lights?

    Years ago I got custom reflectors for a my S2000. They made clear and smoked ones to replace the Amber ones. IIRC, the initial tooling costs were high, but there was enough interest to make it affordable. IMO there PROBABLY aren't enough vehicles out there to make it affordable, even if everyone bought some. I'll ask around. Who would be interested, and how much would you be willing to pay?

    Also, I think it's hard to see the turn signalsfrom the side. I would be cool to make the fender lights flash with the turn signals. Anyone know how to do that? Are the US stock lights LED?
     
  10. m0rph

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    I found OEM Lotus side markers for about $ 380 on eBay..
    If someone wants to contact clearcorners and ask them for a significant price drop for a groupbuy, I might be in (sub $ 600 for all corners that is).
     

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