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Old 09-02-2015, 03:06 AM   #91
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I'd like some opinions on how this looks. I photoshopped my LED's onto a SRP Impreza with v1-4 bumper I found on google.

Hoping by next week or week after to drop the bumper off for paint.....but first I need to fit my square LED's somewhere.



They'd basically fit right where the oem fogs would go. I'll just make up some brackets, and trim to fill in around the lights.

I'd like some nice looking circle lights, but I NEED the LED flood lights for nighttime driving. Circle lights in general just don't seem to have the output of the LED's.....and my LED's only weigh 1 lb. each, and only draw 1 amp each.

Just for reference, here's an old picture showing their output....they were poorly adjusted and are brighter in person.

High beams vs. High beams + LED's:




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Old 09-02-2015, 06:44 AM   #92
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it looks alright. if they led block was say 4x4 it would look a little better so as to fill out the giant gaping hole the OE fogs sit in.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:40 AM   #93
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I think they're 3" x 3" but yeah it needs something to fill in the empty area. That's why I was thinking of making some sort of trim piece that goes around the lights, and get them paint matched.

Kinda like how the p1 fog lights are, just square.
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The only other place they could go, is behind the grille....but I prefer to have them lower and farther apart to shine light on the sides of the road.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:26 AM   #94
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Ok, so here's the basic, rough shape so far. I still have LOTS of smoothing out and blending to do, and a bunch of adjustments to make.

They're just foam, so I'm adding layers of epoxy resin to give a smooth, hard surface to paint....I wanted to use fiberglass, but fiberglass resin dissolves the foam. Obviously the bumper and fog cover things will all be painted SRP....I just made them white for now since the bumper is currently white.

I'll get a picture with the lights actually in the trim pieces when I get home.




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Looking good
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This will be cool to see the outcome.
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I like where your project is going. Keep up the good work!
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Please, please use some fiberglass. Epoxy resin alone will not add any strength. The very first rock chip will destroy your covers if you're not adding any fiberglass cloth/mat.

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Wrap the foam covers with aluminum foil, then cover that with packaging tape. Do your very best to get all the contours and crevices. After that, start laying the fiberglass on top of the tape. One layer of .75 oz, then 2-3 layers of 1.5 oz. will suffice. The tape will act as a barrier. Once completed, dump some acetone over the foam to dissolve it, then rip out the aluminum foil and tape. After that, smooth the face of the cover with bondo.
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Please, please use some fiberglass. Epoxy resin alone will not add any strength. The very first rock chip will destroy your covers if you're not adding any fiberglass cloth/mat.

Tip:

Wrap the foam covers with aluminum foil, then cover that with packaging tape. Do your very best to get all the contours and crevices. After that, start laying the fiberglass on top of the tape. One layer of .75 oz, then 2-3 layers of 1.5 oz. will suffice. The tape will act as a barrier. Once completed, dump some acetone over the foam to dissolve it, then rip out the aluminum foil and tape. After that, smooth the face of the cover with bondo.

Ooof....thanks for the warning, and the tips. Definitely don't want them to break easily, especially with the shitty roads here.

What if I keep using the epoxy resin, but use fiberglass cloth with it? They make fiberglass cloth that's compatible to bind with epoxy resins.

Also, I didn't plan on removing the foam core, just cover the whole thing with fiberglass/epoxy and paint it. That way it's not just the layers of fiberglass and/or epoxy....it'll have the foam as some sort of inner structure.

Although, I didn't know about using acetone to easily dissolve the core. I may have to try that if I can get the layers of fiberglass thick enough.

I'm definitely open to any advice here....I didn't think it would be this involved to coat the foam and make it durable.

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