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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOPs! confused Paul's west with Jeff's subaru engine conversion. Sorry about that Jeff.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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finally finished 3rd brake light install, my 3rd brake light is the very last item on this page below
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/products/products.html



Hey Mad,

Any issue with closing your curtains fully with that installed? I was worried that unit might be too bulky to allow the curtains to close cleanly.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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finally finished 3rd brake light install, my 3rd brake light is the very last item on this page below
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/products/products.html



Hey Mad,

Any issue with closing your curtains fully with that installed? I was worried that unit might be too bulky to allow the curtains to close cleanly.


no issues at all, remember I have a piece of irrigation tubing running there but it just sits under the curtain rod and I push it mid point next to the screw that separates left and right curtains so no problems....

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...I installed that light 20+ years ago -- someday I'll upgrade to a LED. Someday.


I now have an LED brake light from here:

http://www.goodluckbuy.com/super-intelligent-high-...e-car.html

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It's 'Super Intelligent' (I can use all the help I can get) and at under 10 bucks including shipping was certainly super cheap.

Seems pretty bright to me -- 40 LEDs -- this isn't mysterious technology, just bright lights. Mounted to the glass -- couldn't be easier and it can be aimed for the best angle.

The shipping (from Hong Kong) was immediate and I had it in about 2 weeks.

Time will tell how it holds up but I thought I'd mention an inexpensive source as an alternative to looking for junked Volvos or the high-end Euro product.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a pic of it installed?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Summers420us wrote:
How about a pic of it installed?


The Good Luck Buy, Super Intelligent Stop Beam:

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I already had wiring in place from an incandescent light used previously. I ran the hot wire thru the tube that contains defroster wires, then along the inside of the hatch above the window & out thru a drilled hole. The light is grounded at the center screw for the curtain rod.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
I now have an LED brake light from here:

http://www.goodluckbuy.com/super-intelligent-high-...e-car.html

This is the nicest third brakelight I've seen on here yet. I just ordered mine. Ordered the exact same "Super Intelligent" light through ebay though since the GoodLuckBuy website said they were on vacation because of Chinese New Year and would process orders on their return. I paid $8 more, but I didnt want to wait or risk getting lost in the shuffle.


hans j wrote:
This is going to be one of my first mods for sure, but I'm going to add in a flasher module for the center high light.

Similar to this: http://www.3rdbrakeflasher.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=181

I also like the programmable flasher module. I'm going to wait on that upgrade until I get the light installed and see how it looks on its own.

I'll post pics and let you know how the transaction/shipping went when I get it installed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
Summers420us wrote:
How about a pic of it installed?


The Good Luck Buy, Super Intelligent Stop Beam:


Hey that's really quite nice! How hard is it to close the curtains behind the light?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...Hey that's really quite nice! How hard is it to close the curtains behind the light?


Easy & total closure, but... that center screw on my curtain rod had a 1/4" spacer behind it. I do not recall whether that is original or if I added it (and a slightly longer screw) years ago to facilitate closing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These lights are great

I put one on last year and no problems - though the adhesive did let go in the summer sunshine, I replaced it with some industrial stick-on velcro and it hasn't moved since.

clean off the glass with some alcohol before you apply them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
that center screw on my curtain rod had a 1/4" spacer behind it. I do not recall whether that is original or if I added it (and a slightly longer screw) years ago to facilitate closing.


stock original
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Good Luck Buy, Super Intelligent Stop Beam:

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That looks like an updated version of the one on my van. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I finally got my "Super Intelligent" third brake light installed. I have to be honest, it puts out a great amount of light, but they should've called it the "Super, but not-so-sticky Light".

I installed it at the top of the back window, ran the hot wire under the weather striping down to the left brake light and spliced in behind there (this was the easy part). I used the VW factory center screw of the top curtain rod for the ground (plenty of clearance to close the curtains btw).

The problem was two-fold, the adhesive sucks, and the wires are way thinner than the wires on a cheap set of headphones. So when the light would fall, it would hang for a second by the ground wire then the wire would break. After this happened several times and the ground wire became too short to reach the center screw, I had to splice in another piece of wire to make up the difference. But not before making sure that the effin light wouldnt fall down again. So, out of frustration I Gorilla glued it.

So now its not going anywhere and it lights up. Very Happy I do see it when it comes on, but just enough so its not obnoxious. Because of this I have realized that my brake lights come on way too late, and my brake light pressure switches need to be replaced, which reminds me, I need to order a couple right now.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ricebowl wrote:
Well, I finally got my "Super Intelligent" third brake light installed. I have to be honest, it puts out a great amount of light, but they should've called it the "Super, but not-so-sticky Light"...


How ironic! For the second time in a year, mine (an earlier version of your light) has fallen off the window too. Evil or Very Mad I decided today, after disconnecting the wires (they were hooked into trailer wiring) that I'd had enough of scraping off old glue from the glass, which has cutouts in the tint making it a tad more difficult. So, I glued Rare Earth magnets to the mounts and "stuck" the light to the body's metal above the rear shelf (didn't want to do anything permanent with this light; it's old and starting to fall apart). It's at about the same level as the tint cutout for it too. I'll post a pic tomorrow.

Edit: Forgot to post pics! Magnets didn't work so I broke down and used industrial strength Velcro.
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