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Headlight Strobes Installed

Well, a few hours, a ton of zip ties and an assload of bug bites later I finally have my headlight strobes installed. While there was a few snags along the way, it was pretty easy but i'll go through what I did - maybe Randy can turn this into a how-to or something.

First I bought a cheap set of green strobes off Ebay that come in their own housing. Dont have dimensions on them, but they are approx half the size of my fog lights. I placed these in the outer-most opening on the grill (where the factory foglights would be). I didn't get any pics of the install on these because I didn't even think of the digi-cam until they were in.
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I decided to use the remote activator that i took off my foglights for my strobes (it was just sitting in my room and this way i didnt have to run wires through the firewall into a switch)

I mounted the remote activator and the strobe transformer near the positive jump post as shown here:
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At this point I decided to look at the instructions that came with the headlight strobes.



"Drill 1/2 inch hole yadda yadda yadda"... I whip out the 'ole drill bits and search... when i finally find it I realize how fuggin big it actually is! I sat there for a while wondering if I really wanted a hole that big in my headlights, but I finally went along with it because otherwise the money i spent on the strobes would have been a waste.

I pulled off the headlight housings to find a good spot to drill the hole. I originally planned on drilling through the top, but there wasn't a good place to do it, so i drilled through the nice flat bottom. The thing is, there is 2 layers you have to drill though - the black plastic, then into the chrome plated plastic plastic stuff. I started off with a very small drill bit because if i was going to mess up i didn't want a huge hole to try and patch. What i ended up doing was:

Drilled the outer plastic to 1/2 inch, but the inner "chrome" plastic I slowly made bigger and bigger until the bulb barely slid through. Next I pushed the bulb all the way into the headlight, screwed the rubber grommet into the 1/2" hole, then gently pulled on the wires to get the bulb back in place.

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It was pretty cool too, cauz when I had it all wired up it didn't work:mad:

I was about to call it a night and just give up, but I figured since I spent so much time i might as well get it done right. First I went and checked every place 2 wires were spliced... they were all good. Then i started messing around with the ground and the foglight strobes started to work. Kept trying different stuff, but I couldn't get a good ground on the post. I finally unscrew the bolt, clean it off and screw it back on. And i about shit my damn pants when the horn went off while re-grounding the battery Its quite loud when you're standing right there. Anyway, after cleaning my pants I tried again and all is good.

I'm currently uploading a short video clip - its not the best, and its not very long, but I'll have a better one showing all my neons soon. (and no, i have no idea wtf is up with the red dots....)

http://home.rconnect.com/~stterrag/Intrepid/strobe.AVI

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Ok, between your vid and the Grand Prix I saw at the Chicago meet, I really need to get strobes!!!

Quick question. How hard was it to drill through the headlight housing? Did it seem like the plastic was going to break/crack? The drilling into the headlight housing is the major thing keeping me from doing the strobes. Thanks.
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Ok, between your vid and the Grand Prix I saw at the Chicago meet, I really need to get strobes!!!

Quick question. How hard was it to drill through the headlight housing? Did it seem like the plastic was going to break/crack? The drilling into the headlight housing is the major thing keeping me from doing the strobes. Thanks.
It was actually very easy to drill though, although there was lots of plastic dust inside the housing when i got done. I just took a can of compressed air I had for my computer and got most of it out though.
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Do the strobes go off in any sort of order? It seemed pretty random on the video clip...but it looks sweet!!!
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Do the strobes go off in any sort of order? It seemed pretty random on the video clip...but it looks sweet!!!

Yeah, it strobes at random. You can get a control module from Streetglow and it'll let you change strobe speed(i think) and you can make the lights zig-zag and other effects like that... It'd be sweet as hell, but they want $100 for them
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Looks pretty good JGarrett911.
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That rhythm is INFECTIOUS.

 
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Excellent! I think I'd have to spring for the manual control-o-matic box tho - the random strobing makes it look like it just took a hit of X... har!
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Excellent! I think I'd have to spring for the manual control-o-matic box tho - the random strobing makes it look like it just took a hit of X... har!
LOL, if you want to finance my college education i'd me be more than happy to buy the control module
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lookin sweet buddy, with some of these new mods IOM for Augest will be yours, ;)
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After a weel or so of experimenting, it is a proven fact that headlight strobes attract women

although, this isn't always a good thing when you're with your girlfriend...:crazy:
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Hey JGarrett911
when i bought my strobes, i was alittle unsure about drilling a hole in the headlight asemble. So I put them in my rear turn signals....... Thanks to your pics i'm going to install some the same way you did....... it looks great in the video, but i have just one question. Where do you have the on/off switch installed?
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Hey JGarrett911
it looks great in the video, but i have just one question. Where do you have the on/off switch installed?
there is no switch - they are hooked up through the remote box off my foglights and I have 2 "key fobs" to turn them on/off
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