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  1. If you've never removed the trim, it can definitely feel like a daunting task. The great thing is the material Lotus used for the base of these trim pieces (SRIM) is extremely strong, so there should be less concern about causing damage. 

    That said, the majority of the install can be done without removing any of the trim. In fact, if one were to choose to defer hooking up the dome light wire pass-thru harness, you'll have the first "stage" of the mod completed, in which case the mood lighting will come on with the headlights, but the dome light will as well if it's in the Auto position. 

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  2. Check fuses C39 and C40 in the passenger footwell fuse panel. If those are fine, check the 2 relays in the same area along the right-hand side of the relay block. Middle and bottom relays are for heated seats.

    If all those are present and fine, then it's possible heated seats didn't get enabled in your ECU. TechCentre is needed to turn that feature on, otherwise the EMS won't ever send the on signal. See this thread for more details.





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  3. 8 hours ago, Foxy said:

    Yes, I definitely want one please! Would be a little churlish if I didn’t seeing as I ‘started it’! 

    Re. Distribution- I’m not looking to make anything out of it. But if you wanted to send all the UK ones to me I could collect money and ship from here. Sounds like that could save $15 to 20 per kit?

    How many are you up for making? Would you want to open this up to the Facebook group?

    I'm not sure how large the FB group is, or how many would be interested.  Since there's only one of me, building any large quantities is likely untenable in a part-time hobby capacity. 

    Let's get through this first TLF batch and see how it goes from there. I've placed the order for 5 more sets of components and will begin assembling when I return from a business trip on Friday. 

  4. Just now, pete757 said:

    May I ask if the 'kit' could come with a set of step by step instructions/photographs so that electrical phobics such as myself can get it installed simply! 

    Also, can you confirm that the footwell light is not on... just the door lights? I would imagine the footwell light could be distracting...?

    Great stuff :>)


    Yep, I'll be posting an install guide, full of pictures. I'll probably reference the service notes for some, and other how-to articles for others, but it should be easily installable by most with just a few hand tools. 

    And the footwell lights are not part of the mood lighting; they're driven off a different ICM input. 

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  5. 8 hours ago, Techyd said:

    I’ll definitely be taking one of these kits!

    Don't worry Dean, I haven't forgotten about PM conversation. I actually had already started on the one for you before I finished the first kit. 

    Here's the list so far. I'll probably just place an order for parts with this quantity plus a few extras, and work on building them all as a single batch. 

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  6. 12 hours ago, Brendonian said:

    Awesome work!  How much do you want for these? I'm really excited to get one. 

    I'm right around $75USD including P&P to most of the UK. Hopefully that's reasonable. 

    10 hours ago, Foxy said:

    That’s fantastic @agentdr8 !!

    There are probably a few in the UK who’ll want one. Happy to distribute this end for you if you want to do batches?! 

    That would definitely lower the P&P costs significantly, as the cheapest I could find is via USPS at around $25 per. Of course there would be a delay for the entire lot, as it takes me a day or two to build a set, and a few days to a week to receive the parts. 

    7 hours ago, trcm said:

    Oooh yes, count me in for one too please!

    Can you look into switching the door LEDs to multicolour ones too so they're a red colour at night to go with the dash ;)

    Swapping the LED color to something else wouldn't be hard, but incorporating multicolored ones might be, as there's only a single pair of wires going to the LEDs. Need at least another wire to be able to control which color is being shown. 

    4 hours ago, pete757 said:

    I am 'in' as well please! 

    VEEY nice mod that utilises the existing lights... yes, lets show these off 👍 

    I think maybe a list is in order. I'll start one in another post to keep track. 

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  7. 🤷‍♂️ at least over here, there were regulations for the longest time around sealed beam headlights. Of course none of those squares, circles, or squircles were very elegant compared to today's modern composite headlight assemblies. 

    While I don't have any specifics, I think the US finally got rid of mandating sealed beam headlights due to safety concerns during collisions. And after accidents, broken headlamp glass would always end up on the road, causing tire punctures, and probably even more accidents. 

  8. Plastic degrades over time when exposed to UV (turns yellow and gets brittle). To lessen the effects, it's usually coated with a UV-resistant clear coat. Unfortunately that clear coat breaks down over time, leaving an ugly, peely mess. 

    Ideally the mfgs would go back to using glass headlight covers, but I guess it's too hard to make complex curved shapes with glass. It's also heavier, and possibly less safe. 

  9. 10 hours ago, Techyd said:

    Awesome - thank you @agentdr8 !!

    I had a brief look at the ICM yesterday and can see where the changes are to be made.  The PCB you note above, sounds like the best option, where / how did you mount this?  If you're able could I get a picture of it in situ.

    I'm guessing as well that the dome light wire will be driver side for me, given I'm right hand drive?  Another question on this bit, did you use the same relay at this point or did you wire both relays up with the ICM?  I'm guessing yes so just trying to figure out the work required against the dome light wire near subwoofer?

    For my car, I just double-sided 3M VHB'd the pcb relay module to a nearby flat surface. But for the one I'm putting together for @Brendonian I plan on 3D printing a small ABS enclosure just so it looks/feels more polished. Less concern about it touching any metal if the tape fails too (not that I've ever had that happen with VHB). 

    To be honest, I'm not sure if the dome light wire runs down the driver's side on a RHD car. I'd imagine it's a mirror of the LHD cars since your fuse panel is on the passenger side as well, unless your subwoofer is also on the driver's side, in which case there's a good likelihood that the dome light wire and connector is still on that side of the vehicle near the B pillar. The easiest way to check is just pull the back seat bottom cushion out and look at both B pillars. The connector is behind the panels on the side, but you should be able to see a wire bundle leading up toward the headliner. 

    As for the relays, only one gets wired to the ICM connections, and the other relay is wired to the 1st relay. Both of these (or the relay module) are located in fuse panel area. The only thing that needs to go towards the dome light is a single wire to provide a new switched ground that's controlled by the 2nd relay output. 

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  10. 3 hours ago, Brendonian said:


    This is amazing. Do you have any idea of the cost involved in all this?

    I'm about $45 in so far, but didn't source from China, which would have reduced costs by at least half, in exchange for having to wait 3 months to receive parts. 

    2 hours ago, Techyd said:

    This looking good isn’t it! I’m going to see if I can do this as well, having the LED strip lights on when headlights on would be really neat, it’s not an in your face light just creates a nice ambience!

    What relays should I be getting?

    If going for lowest cost, you could get either a single DPDT, or 2 SPST 12V relays. For simplicity, I went with a 2-channel 12V relay module, which is basically 2 micro SPST relays on a pcb with some screw headers. 

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  11. On 14/08/2018 at 02:06, Brendonian said:

    Great! I can't wait to hear about your progress.

    Here's the prototype. Really just a simple pass-through, with a few extra leads on the pertinent pins. I wasn't sure if you were thinking of something more complete, like with relays or relay module wired in, etc. I could do that as well, so the only thing that would have to be done aside from plugging stuff in would be to run a wire to the B pillar for the dome light. 




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  12. On 17/05/2018 at 09:44, Brendonian said:

    Wow, you guys are amazing! I think my biggest problem was simply not knowing what kind of relays to use. And I'm not sure how I'd go about mounting them safely. Can't just leave them dangling around on the end of the wires! A plug-n-play solution would certainly help to get me motivated!

    Thanks to a post by @2011 Chrome Orange over on LT, I was able to track down the necessary connectors I would need to make a plug-n-play kit. I've got a set on order and will test and let you know how it turns out. 

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  13. It's possible they engineered their own metal m/c and when that didn't work out, they engineered their own plastic m/c. I've not seen them cross-referenced from any other vehicle before.

    Contrast that with the slave cylinder, which is a nice Toyota/Aisin unit that rarely (if ever) fails. I think the importance of yearly fluid flushes is high because the brake and clutch reservoir is shared, so all that cooked fluid from those high speed stops will accelerate the wear and tear on the clutch hydraulics as well.

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