First stop on the installation highway is getting rid of the old lights. We took out the b
This is the retrofit kit we ordered for our project Camaro (PN 500870, $209). It includes
Back in the '60s when our classic rides were originally assembled, the technologies of the day were considered state-of-the-art. Unfortunately, what was the latest and greatest back then is nearly archaic by today's standards. One such example is the brake light system. Today's cars are moving away from incandescent bulbs and toward superior LED lighting systems.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are found in everything from watches to computers. Recently, they've also started replacing traditional bulbs in newer vehicles. Why? They're brighter, draw less current, and light up faster than incandescent bulbs. Best of all, since they don't have a filament to burn out, they also last a lot longer and don't get especially hot. With people driving faster and chatting on their cell phones, you want to make sure they notice when you hit the brakes. Upgrading your taillights to a brighter LED system is one way to snap a lazy driver out of his stupor and grab his attention.
We thought we'd try American Autowire's (AAW) new system on our '68 Camaro project car (Bad Penny), and compare it to the stock stuff. Hey, if it keeps some yahoo from slamming into the back of your ride, it's worth checking into.
Stuff You'll Need:
* Ratchet and standard sockets
* Screwdriver set
* Wire crimping tool
* Wire cutters
* Razor blade
* 7/32-inch drill bit
The rear housing is held in place by six Phillips head screws. We removed these to separat
To ensure that the RS board sits flat, it's necessary to cut and remove the section of gas
Grab the board marked "passenger," and set it in the rear housing with the leads feeding t
With the hole drilled, secure the board to the rear housing using the supplied pushpins.
Here's the final product with the rear housing installed and the supplied grommets in plac
With the passenger- and driver-side lights assembled and installed, it's time to wire them
You can see the intensity difference between the stock incandescent bulb (left) and the ne