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Old 07-05-2011, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Reflector to Blinkers Version 2 with pics

I realize there is a excellent video on how to do this on here already. But it just makes me nervous to try to pop off the mirror and in fact gave up that idea since I tried another approach.

On the mirror is an access hole,

I don’t know for what but it works perfect for this. Pop it open and you will find two wires typical green and black and you can feel they attach to the other side on the turn indicator on the mirror side. I popped off the reflector and it came off very easily.


Then I used a drill with a small cutting wheel attachment to carve out carefully along the traced outline.


I test fit it over the led strip and it worked perfectly.
If I could I would label the pictures but dont see off hand how to do it really easily... But this is the easiest way to make it work yet I have seen....
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That access hole you are speaking of is for trucks that come with puddle lights under the mirrors. My truck has them.

I have been meaning to do this mod but just have not got around to it.

If I could I would like to make the reflectors on both side Red. so the light coming thru is red. But idk how i would do that.


Good job!
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Thanks, but red lights facing forward is illegal, you get charged with impersonating an officer...
Now I mgiht need puddle lights, dam it one more thing to have to do....
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How hard was it to pull out the reflector? I got big mitts!
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Work on the side way from the truck at teh curve it pops right off there. Use a small flat blade screwdriver, as it starts to come off it kind of curve in the middle the slide another screwdriver behind it and it pops off...
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Thanks, but red lights facing forward is illegal, you get charged with impersonating an officer...
Now I mgiht need puddle lights, dam it one more thing to have to do....
oh good call.

gilroy, how much work would you think there would be to make these become like running lights like the big orange reflectors on the headlights?
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I have another link that did this.... (if you have puddle lights this is real easy)

Courtesy of Iamsuperbleeder (stole it sorry it)
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Anyone know how hard it would be to make them work like marker lights also.

I just wrote this up on another forum for someone else this morning...

You totally can do what you want but it requires an added level of complexity. Here's how to do it:

First, you'll need the LEDs, wire, wire connectors, 2 1500 ohm resistors and 4 4001 diodes. (You can experiment with the size of the resistor to allow the parking lamps to be brighter or dimmer if you choose. 1500 is a good starting place). The parts combined (with LEDs) will cost about $25 (the LEDs cost me $20 at AutoZone).

From your newly installed LEDs, splice off the positive wire to form two positive wires in the form of a "Y". (See pic below, it'll make more sense).
On one side, add a diode (the colored stripe should be closest to your LEDs) and attach to your existing turn signal mirror.

On the other side, add the resistor, then a diode, then attach to the wire you found in the kick panel or under the hood for the parking lights. (This is the hard part - I hate running wires in to the door jam).

Ground your LED and test.

Think of the diode as a 1-way street, allowing electricity to flow through in only one direction. This is the key component to allowing you the ability to turn on the LEDs from multiple sources. The resistor simply acts as a dimmer switch.

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Note: I didn't do this to my truck because I didn't want to run the parking wire in through the door jam. Likewise, I think it would look cooler if only the outside 3 LEDs (I have a total of 9 on each mirror) light with the parking light, not the entire thing. And finally, I decided that if I was going to do it that I'd add a puddle lamp to the bottom of the mirror housing at the same time (but I don't have puddle lamps to install right now). No point in pulling wires through the jam and not getting them all done at once.

I have, however, used this method for other wiring projects in the past and know it to be tried and true. The resistors and diodes are much easier than using a relay, which also would work if you're familiar with them but they require additional wires. With that said, I don't take any responsibility if you try this and it jacks your truck up. But using this will allow you to enable all the LEDs with your parking lights and your turn signal.

Link to old thread doing it the hard way...
http://www.f150forum.com/f38/mirror-...signals-51146/
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Thanks Gilroy.
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One has to wonder why Ford does not do this ,,, maybe in the 2012
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