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Old 04-05-2006, 06:19 PM   #41
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oh...i'm in the slow lane today
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I think the problem is that the shape of the trunk lid is different over the outer part of the corner tail lights. The 96-99 seem to slope down quickly then level off across the back while the 92-95 stay level then drop at the end. Also, the vertical seam between the middle section and outer tails hits the trunk lid in a different spot. The length between the trunk'* vertical seam on the tail light looks to be at least 4 times as long on the 92-95 as the placement of the vertical gap on the 96-99s. (Drawn in red) See what I'm looking at?
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Why not just look for some clear plastic that you can use for a lens, and make some lenses that you can glue in with clear epoxy?

Awful lotta work.
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Why not just look for some clear plastic that you can use for a lens, and make some lenses that you can glue in with clear epoxy?

Awful lotta work.
Finding the right plastic with the right curve would be a challenge for sure. I don't know if I trust myself enough with a dremel either...could be a costly mistake. Maybe others would have better luck.
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Why not just look for some clear plastic that you can use for a lens, and make some lenses that you can glue in with clear epoxy?

Awful lotta work.
Finding the right plastic with the right curve would be a challenge for sure. I don't know if I trust myself enough with a dremel either...could be a costly mistake. Maybe others would have better luck.
you would need clear plastic and then heat it so that it bends to conform to the TL piece.
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to get around the need for the fresnel (sp?) lense effect needed on the plastic, you could use LEDs. i've experimented alot with them. i could probably cut a circuit board to the general shape of the turn signal...but small enough to fit inside...and pack it with bright LEDs. not too far-fetched of an idea.
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That would be interesting to see no doubt
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to get around the need for the fresnel (sp?) lense effect needed on the plastic, you could use LEDs. i've experimented alot with them. i could probably cut a circuit board to the general shape of the turn signal...but small enough to fit inside...and pack it with bright LEDs. not too far-fetched of an idea.
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The reflector design for the turn signal is actually very good, and would not require you to use a textured lense, IMO.

also, what do you consider "bright" LEDs ? can you get circuit boards cut for cheap? do you have PCB available to you for cheap?
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You can get a way with a smooth lens. The reflector behind it should be able to produce a flood of light that'll meet photometric requirements.
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My concern with just a smooth lense is matching the reverse light lense next to it. I'm trying to stay hopeful here
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