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Old 09-01-2011, 12:37 PM
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Anyone tried this without taking the bumper off?
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Blue, can you please post some night pictures? I am curious to see how bright they are at night compared to the headlights. Thanks.
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Saw a G35 coupe yesterday with the hockey stick LED DRL. Pretty damn cool.
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Anyone tried this without taking the bumper off?
^ +1


Does the bumper need to come off to do this?
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yeah, bumper definitely needs to come off.. I'll try to take some night pics sometime soon.
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yeah, bumper definitely needs to come off.. I'll try to take some night pics sometime soon.
So even if I find a different power source and dont use the side markers, there is no way that we can take the fogs off by folding the plastic molding by the wheel and unscrewing the old fogs? Thanks blue.
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I mean.. MAYBE you could could get all the pieces wired and inserted correctly with the bumper still on, but you would be making it a much tougher job than it needs to be.

The bumper is seriously a 5 minute removal. 6 bolts total, all relatively easy to get to..
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Thanks blue. Cant wait to see the night pictures.
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Blue, did you get a chance to take some night pictures?

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Old 09-15-2011, 12:45 AM
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the OEM plug refers to the mating plug on the LEDs. He went to the fogs, so he had tu make a plug cause he did not want to cut his OEM fog plug off. What u can do is get the factory connector that plugs into the LEDs on the car side, so you can splice after them, or if your going to your fogs get the fog side OEM connector, this allows you to remove them if you need to work on them. As for the first question, any 12v source that is switched is fine, they draw so little amperage it wont affect anything. U can go straight to the alternator if you want them on when the car is running, you may need an inline voltage relay because some cars have power at the alternator tap even with the car off cause its tied straight to battery, some have an accesory tap, never looked on my benz. Or you can use a test light and find something thats on when the car has ignition on and go off that so they are on even without theengine running as long as key is in the ignition. You could even poke around and get them to work like the fogs naturally do, like when u unlock at night the fogs and eyelids light up, theres hundreds of ways to tap power to them, just make sure u reduce your volage with a capacitor of whatever you can get to kick the volts down at the LEDs


Anyone have any ideas on what the LEDs can connect to, so that it's ALWAYS on as long as the ignition is on or like jimmy said above, so that it'll light up when you unlock your car. Wondering if theres a way to do both??

Seems like it's one or the other.
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These are hardly representative.. the light shape is much more defined at night.. They aren't so bright that you can't distinguish the shape of the LED housing.. Iphone pics suck.. but here you go, this may give you some idea
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Thanks Blue. Wish I had some better night pictures before I start cutting that bumper )
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haha, yeah my friend made a comment about how they were bright, I asked him if they were blinding and he said no.. so.. it's up to you, if you wanted to get tricky you could always wire in a light sensor and something that would decrease the voltage to a level more appropriate
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I saw the hockey stick LEDs for my 2009 C300 for about $200 plus shipping complete with resisters.
No cutting involved.They come with the plastic piece Forgot what the plastic piece is called.
I just don't like the hockey stick setup.I'd rather have them straight in line,even if there are less of them,so they look at least similar to the original MB ones.

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Saw a G35 coupe yesterday with the hockey stick LED DRL. Pretty damn cool.
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I am working on this project right now as well, thanks to the awesome guidance of blue00r6. For the OEM wiring plugs that are recommended, I called my local dealer, and they insisted on having a VIN to find/order the parts (tried multiple dealers in Dallas, got same initial question from all of em) so i just gave them a VIN # for a 2012 C300 Sport that was listed on eBay, and they were able to order them for me, but obviously under my name (not the eBay guy). It was really cheap for the plugs, like $16 for the pair or something. They didn't require payment up front b/c it was a low ticket $ order, so they're just going to call me when they arrive in a few days.

I have a local performance shop who has a serious garage doing the install, and hopefully it turns out well. The Parts.com stuff was around $390 as mentioned on the thread.

I think this setup is much better than the hockey sticks in terms of resale value, so that's why i went this route (although more expensive).

Hope this helps any others who make the attempt. I recently finished doing my eyelids/sidemarkers with AZNOptics 5000K LEDs, and these DRLs should complement them well.
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Cool, I'm glad it's working out! Do you happen to have the part number for those plugs? i'm thinking about ordering them and redoing the wiring for fun.
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Cool, I'm glad it's working out! Do you happen to have the part number for those plugs? i'm thinking about ordering them and redoing the wiring for fun.
Crap, i don't have them because i did the order over the phone without knowing them, just by providing a VIN for a random 2012 C300 Sport that had them.

Assuming they put a packing list in the box i pickup Wed/Thurs at the dealer next week, i should have them then if you want me to post it.
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Originally Posted by justaguy View Post
I saw the hockey stick LEDs for my 2009 C300 for about $200 plus shipping complete with resisters.
No cutting involved.They come with the plastic piece Forgot what the plastic piece is called.
I just don't like the hockey stick setup.I'd rather have them straight in line,even if there are less of them,so they look at least similar to the original MB ones.

those hockey stick LEDs are for the luxury model, if you look at the pics you can see the shape is NOT for the sport bumpers.

I rewired my 2011 yesterday and finished it today with a Bosch relay setup and they are bright night AND day, no errors yet. I am gonna order the plugs too I have them pinned right now with molex singles just to see what would happen. I will post pics/howto when I do the final wiring/harness
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Quick question for you blue...
What do the replacement mesh surrounds look like? That is, the stock ones had the big holes for the foglights. Are the new ones for the LEDs basically "solid", with only a couple small holes for the mounting posts on the new light strips? Just wondering whether using these with other LED strips/hockey sticks would work with a little further cutting/drilling.
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Definitely want to do this mod. It's a very good look! I'm going to start researching further right now
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Quick question for you blue...
What do the replacement mesh surrounds look like? That is, the stock ones had the big holes for the foglights. Are the new ones for the LEDs basically "solid", with only a couple small holes for the mounting posts on the new light strips? Just wondering whether using these with other LED strips/hockey sticks would work with a little further cutting/drilling.
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The mesh has holes in it similar to the fog light mesh. You could get the mesh on ebay, they have many diff kinds and colors and mount a regular LED strip and do it for less than OEM parts. The OEM look is what most are after tho
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I actually bought some of the ebay hockey stick LEDs and made a mesh surround/backing piece for them. It looked okay.

Basically the mesh for the new style OEM LEDs has a 1.5 inch slit in the middle running side to side, the LED fixture just presses in from behind.
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Originally Posted by jimmythegreek View Post
The mesh has holes in it similar to the fog light mesh. You could get the mesh on ebay, they have many diff kinds and colors and mount a regular LED strip and do it for less than OEM parts. The OEM look is what most are after tho
Naw, not interested in getting generic mesh and do a hack-up job. I would do this to go for the OEM look, but don't prefer the extended pieces/accents on the factory LED strips. I may get OEM inserts since Blue stated there's just a 1.5" slit, so should be fairly easy to fit an aftermarket straight LED strip. Thanks for the info.
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Originally Posted by blue00r6 View Post
I actually bought some of the ebay hockey stick LEDs and made a mesh surround/backing piece for them. It looked okay.

Basically the mesh for the new style OEM LEDs has a 1.5 inch slit in the middle running side to side, the LED fixture just presses in from behind.
Blue, would you be interested in selling your OEM strip LED DRL lights since you have the hockey e-class style??
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haha, no I upgraded to the OEM ones, where have you been? those 20 dollar ebay ones were my first experiment
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