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Posted - 10/23/2016 :  1:36:49 PM  Show Profile Send pastfinder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For $5 on ebay to buy the lights, I figure "what the heck, let's do this." When I had a 2002 Ranger, connecting the Thunderbolt mirrors was rather easy. This modification will be a wee bit more challenging.

My plan is to unbolt my mirrors, then unclip the mirror and the plastic base plate, lay the LED lights on the back of the plastic, trace the shape, then use a microdrill and razor blade to carefully cut out the shape for the LED lights, then use 3M tape to mount the LED to the glass.

Wiring is my main challenge. The black (negative for the LED) I should be able to tap to the ground of the motor for the power mirror. The red power for the lights needs to be tapped to the turn signals themselves. To do this, I plan to run the wires to the turn signal switch on the steering column. From what I can tell, the front right needs to be tapped to the green/yellow wire, and the front left to the violet/white wire. If Rwenzing has any input or if anyone has the instructions for the Thunderbolt mirrors handy I would love the feedback!



They actually light up in sequence, but I was not able to capture this on the camera (I'm using a 9V battery to light them up, if wondering).

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Ta da. Not super bright, but the lights were $4.50 shipped and I spent maybe another $5.00 in wire and connectors. Something easy and new.

https://youtu.be/ixjcrU5iwEQ

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Not bad, Frank. Great price too!

I had the Thunderbolt signal mirrors on my Ranger and had them wired into the rear turn/brake lights. They worked just like the rear lights do, they flashed with the blinkers or came on solid with the brakes. I think I picked up the power feed for them from the fuse box. The power for the blinkers is interrupted by the flasher before it gets to the fuse, so it was just a matter of tapping into the correct fuse and running the wires to each side. Must have had a left and right fuse to have done that. Wish I could remember exactly how it worked, but it's been at least a dozen years since I wired them up and they went with the truck when I traded it in a year ago.

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The thunderbolt mirrors (being purpose built) are really the way to go. These work alright at night when you have darkness, but otherwise they wash out completely during the day. I might modify things a bit more.

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