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It does dim on the switch


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Here’s my dash lighting

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I did play around on other bits but wasn’t too sure.

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Looks good mate, I was thinking around the air vents and centre trim like the last picture, but another idea was around the armrest maybe? I like the fact I can adjust the brightness along with the rest of the ambient lighting.
I'm a complete novice with electrics so I like simple jobs, another idea I'd like to try is to retrofit some LED indicators in the mirror covers, I was thinking of buying another set of covers, cutting some slots in them and fix some type of flat LED strip from the inside, then vinyl wrap them after. I think it would be simple enough to wire them straight from the wing.
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I never tried around the armrest.

Still I have time to play around I have.

Yes it’s nice it dims with the ambient lighting.

I did have some but the LED failed on one side.

I wouldn’t mind finding a company that could do moulding then I could get a clear cover made and fit an orange LED strip.


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Yeah I can see that working. I’m surprised that nobody has manufactured any after market ones with indicators, especially in China I’m sure they’d sell.


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I'd assume mass market appeal: most people will happily buy plug and play aftermarket, but the need to re-wire, splicing etc changes that.

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Another night shot with the footwell lights on
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That is a nice look.

If you are still looking to do more, I highly recommend the led spotlight pointing into the door pocket. There is a really nice spot in the door card, just at the bottom of the handle, angled perfectly for an LED Spot. Colour match the other light and it highlights your children leaving sh...t... in the door pockets when it is dark.

Love them really.

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The one behind the handle now kind of shines in the door pocket perhaps could be brighter. I wouldn’t mind doing the same in the rear quarter panels but I don’t know where to pick the feed up from?


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They did do aftermarket ones, I found them on aliexpress (ordered a set but the order was cancelled by seller) You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view..

For the rears I would splice into the gear stick light.
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Yeah they look like what I had in mind, not too sure about the chrome piece though but I guess it could have been wrapped


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Yeah that was my plan.


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Where does the rear door wiring normally run? I would have thought down past the doors - I had planned to pick up the rear doors ambient from the front doors supply either side.

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Yeah could be on a 5 door not sure for my 3 door though?


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Good point!

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On a 5 door it runs along under the kick panel each side and then a bit up the B pillar.

You could tap off the front door lighting but the gear stick would be the easiest place.
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With my extra LED I ordered I’ve decided to fit it under the lid of my armrest. I dismantled it last night and fitted it into the gap between the leather and the plastic underside and it’s a good tight fit all that’s left to do now is to wire it directly to the 12v socket at the rear of the armrest then I’ll post some pictures later


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Cant wait to see the progress

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I’ve just finished wiring it up with no issues [Image: 29f197261419a229bb9ef3b2617fb7f4.jpg][Image: f4b4276b960177bfcf2fa5593628a1e7.jpg]
Drilled a small hole in the plastic for the connector to pass through
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Then once it was connected all you can see is a small piece of cable running past the hinges to the rear 12volt socket.
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Just need to see how it looks in the dark
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Looking very smart

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Hopefully it gives off a nice glow when the armrest is extended


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Do you just cut the led cable to get the right length

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No there is a couple of inches tucked underneath the plastic


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Mspencer Wrote:Do you just cut the led cable to get the right length  

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You can just cut it where you want. It's actually not led technology. Very simply explained it is a copper wire with a fosforic coating that lights up when you pas a current through it.


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Thats good looks like a order to ebay will be going in

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Thanks, I think I’m done on the lighting side now, I’ll be concentrating on the exterior with a rear diffuser, spoiler cap and painting the brake callipers


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(31:st-Jan-2018, 14:43:51)Mspencer Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.Thats good looks like a order to ebay will be going in

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The link is a few posts back they come in 1m, 2m, and 3 m lengths then orange/red, white, ice blue and blue .


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Here are some night shots [Image: 9d998ebc492b76e44ef46dcb5b23ddac.jpg][Image: 9e658460cc3ca0edbe793b9cb09974de.jpg][Image: 23569c1cf721a2781df50dfebaf58608.jpg][Image: 7204d3cc97db726d9924ac51b63d9143.jpg]


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Looking very smart. Dose it not distract you at night

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No mate not at all


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My interior lights are on in the pictures to get a better shot as the camera is not so good in low light.


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Your car is coming along very well

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Cheers mate


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I like that.
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Looking good man. Wish I had the talent to do something like that. lol
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Seriously there was no talent involved.


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(17:th-Jan-2018, 17:12:08)sparkyscfc74 Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.So my RaceChip arrived today and after an hour of trying to find the boost sensor because they’d sent me the wrong picture then a phone call to Germany for the fine tune settings I got it fitted I also found out that they’ve upgraded my chip to the 39hp RS chip because they hadn’t got the circuit board for the 32hp S chip!!!
Anyway I gave it test drive and on it’s highest setting it’s a massive difference along with the throttle box it’s absolutely mad!!! I don’t know if I’ll keep it on max but I will for now because it’s fun


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Nice one. I have a Racechip One which I no longer use. (Long story, limp mode related) I see that the newer RS version of the RaceChip is adjustable without opening the unit. Is there an "off" mode or are all of those settings for different states of tune ?
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Mine is a mis match of old and new and you have to open mine up to adjust again long story The rs I think you are able to to turn off without opening


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Zero I presume is off?


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OK cool, I ran the Racechip for probably 2 x 10k miles stints. The first time I didnt have any problems until I turned it up to power level 2 which eventually caused the dpf sensor to throw a few errors. Limp mode.

The second stint I ran it on standard and still ended up with some errors in the end which caused it to switch to limp mode.

I tried it again the other day but the engine components started making some weird noises again so I pulled it out. Smile





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I’ve got mine off at the moment because I’ve got a faulty glow plug throwing up an error and when they read the fault it was also saying there was an over boost issue ☹️ It’s going in on Monday to get sorted then I’m going set it back to the factory setting and start again. If I get any more errors I’ll ring Race chip and see what they say


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Dtuk also had issues with theirs on the astras as I was originally going to get one before the remap until they mentioned it was causing problems but not sure if they solved the issues which were mostly dpf issues it was causing.

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Yeah there’s quite a few for sale on eBay


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Car back from the garage, had the faulty glow plug changed and they told me that the racechip May always show an overboost, but that wasn't causing the service light to come on. So the chip is back on and I'll see how it goes Smile
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Car looks really nice man.

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