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Sline Fog Insert Grills - ideas and opinions

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  1. Richardesty
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    I've always felt that there's loads of improvement opportunity with the S-line Fog Insert Grills and to that effect it was pretty much the first thing I ever changed on the car.

    As standard they come black - but my first 'change' was to use chrome effect film on the blades:
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    That stuff was so fickle and difficult to get a good finish I decided to 'colour code' the blades and fog surround:
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    Then I soon realised that this just made the car look like an SE version :think: (no offense guys!).

    I've not thought of these for a while but last night I tried a bit of a hybrid - with the inner blade painted satin black, and the outter bit colour coded:
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    This has accelerated some other ideas in my head so I'm about to order a brand new pair to have a play with, including properly integrated LED's, and the 'inner' blade being removed :meeting:

    I had to laugh when I got the prices though - you would think they'd be identicle, cos they are other than being 'handed'............but no, the drivers side is 75 pence dearer :uhm:

    Anyway - guess it's a case of watch this space :undwech:
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    I genuinely admire your 'have a go and see what it looks like' approach, and is getting some good results.

    I'll watch this space with interest...I'm particularly looking forward to the integrated LED approach - something I've given a bit of thought to!

    Just out of interest, as you have done quite a few LED projects on your car, do you always use the same load resistor to overcome the DIS 'bulb failure' warning? I have LED day running lights using a radial SMT LED bulb, which looks fantastic, but despite trying several resistors, have not found the solution!

    Cheers

    Paul
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    I've been tinkering this weekend........

    Here's some work in progress!

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    Its hard to see what you have done there in honesty mate.

    The middle "bar" of the grille, could you install the LED strip behind that? Then you could drill out holes for each LED to shine through, would that work? I think that would look very OEM too :)

    Apologies if thats what you have already done! I couldn't quite make it out in the pictures :ermm:
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    That's part of the idea - it's a bit of a tease.

    The bottom left photo shows the grill as standard.........

    The other photo's show that I've removed part of the 'cross bar'.

    Watch this space for a future update.........but yet, of course, it includes LED's :rulez:
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    What about chroming the Cupra trim as I wonder what that would look like.
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    Errr - I think I'll let someone else try that one :unsure:
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    Here's a project update on my prototype............not much more to do to it now.....

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    I'm liking that....... Nice subtle touch :thumbsup:
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    Shame the back side isn't quite so subtle...........well, not yet :whistle2:

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    :wtf: are you doing there ?
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    I'm sure you will get it tidied up ;)

    Following with interest :thumbsup:
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    Work in Progress.......

    Here's another shot just for you James:

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    Soldering and 'hiding' tonight........may be on the car and 'working' tomorrow night :racer:
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    Acupuncture? :meeting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :haha:





    Seriously though, it involves 52 resistors, some wire, some solder, time, and 52 LED's which aren't all the same colour :sos:
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    i think im going to like this idea cant wait to see what it turns out like
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    Further work completed this evening........

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    I'd love to show you the front too - but I guess you can already guess........or can you? :uhm:

    More on the same channel, at roughly the same time, tomorrow night :sign_plug::eyebrows:
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    I know :idea:
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    Do you now....... :blahblah1:
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    Hmmmmmm

    Not quite on the car and working yet............but fingers crossed they will be tonight :thumbsup:

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    I have complete admiration for you buddy.

    wish I had the skill to do it!

    cent wait to see them on the car
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    Right - I guess I ought to take a deep breath and put these to the vote:faint:

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    :hi:
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    Nice :idea:
    with the amber ones didnt see that coming .
    Job well done:yes:
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    Excellent stuff - I love the indicator repeaters!

    How do you link them into the standard wiring? Scotch clips? Also, I assume that along with the individual resistors, you need to put a load resistor in there too (or do you, as you are retaining the original bulbs as well?)

    Is that black silicon that you seal the LEDs and resistors in with?
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    Nah - I've stripped and soldered, but have used scotch locks in the past.

    As you said - no need for a 'led resistor' cos they indicators already have filament bulbs in there, and the DRL LED's are wired indipendantly anyway - so they come on with the ignition. Each led has a resistor though so they can cope with the 12 - 14v of the car!

    The 'flashy bit' is done using a couple of relays :wacko:

    As for the seal, it's 'Tiger Seal' - the black adhesive which can be used to stick body kits onto cars.........as it sets nicely, even when you use it as a sealant. Sticky as heck before it drys though.
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