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Dragon Magic Custom LED Hood Emblem

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@Dragon2U

Mike, have to do a HUGE shout out to you Sir !!!!!

Your LED Hood Emblem never fails as a talking point and great compliment on my R.

I promised you I would post something about the finished product and here it is.

I do apologize for taking so long but lost my Mom and Dad in December to an unspeakable act I won't go into here.

Thank you again Mike, I love the look of the Hood Emblem. :black:馃








So I bought my Six Speed R with a broken Hood Emblem.

@Dragon2U was gracious enough to agree to do an LED conversion on my replacement Hood Emblem for a very fair price.

I ran the wires down the drivers side hood as I found more protection on that side going under the truck and up under the drivers seat.

Fishing the wire inside the hood was fun but doable. Photo below shows were I came out of the hood and into a black mesh hose protector.

I used a step drill bit and went very slow in drilling the hood hole out. Little black touch up paint and looks awesome.

From here I followed the hood hinge to the fender jam then down to under the truck.

Secured wire there and continued to the drivers seat drain plug. Drilled plug for wire to fit, continued to fuse box behind passenger seat.

Added RF controller left side of waterfall for better remote control range outside the truck.

12V Dimmer Controller and Remote

Video shows the different modes and brightness levels controller has at link below.

LED Modes Video

My only warning is be very careful with the hood and drilling.

Thomas




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That looks awesome, unfortunately it is a violation of Texas motor vehicle statutes ...
Texas Transportation Code
Sec. 547.305
Restrictions on Use of Lights
(b) Except as expressly authorized by law, a person may not operate or move equipment or a vehicle, other than a police vehicle, with a lamp or device that displays a red light visible from directly in front of the center of the equipment or vehicle.
(c) A person may not operate a motor vehicle equipped with a red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating light unless the equipment is:

(1)
used as specifically authorized by this chapter; or
(2) a running lamp, headlamp, taillamp, backup lamp, or turn signal lamp that is used as authorized by law.
@DeepBlueScuba, First, I鈥檇 like to give my very deepest condolences to the loss of both your parents. I cannot imagine such a tragic event.

I complement you on your fine electrical work. Not an easy task making it look nice and still keep it protected from the elements. I am on the hunt for another emblem myself (at a reasonable price that is) so I can make a second one since my Blue one has gotten pretty beat up by road chips. And I have not come across any cop who has had issue with my Blue lights, but I mainly feel it鈥檚 because I made mine as a tribute to the man & women in Blue.
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I agree with Cruz, sorry about your loss. I just looked at the LED Modes video. I'm sure you know about the Texas laws, as Carl mentioned, and I don't follow ALL of them. I have Blue LED's lighting the entire inside of the grill, and under the running boards. BUT, I think the Flashing, RED, mode is one I definitely would NOT use :p probable just a subtle steady glow :cool:

Nick
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@DeepBlueScuba, First, I鈥檇 like to give my very deepest condolences to the loss of both your parents. I cannot imagine such a tragic event.

I complement you on your fine electrical work. Not an easy task making it look nice and still keep it protected from the elements. I am on the hunt for another emblem myself (at a reasonable price that is) so I can make a second one since my Blue one has gotten pretty beat up by road chips. And I have not come across any cop who has had issue with my Blue lights, but I mainly feel it鈥檚 because I made mine as a tribute to the man & women in Blue.
Thank you for your kind words. I am still numb over how evil can exist in a family member 馃槳.

Staying busy has helped deal with the pain.

As to the Tx Sec. stated about my red light. I never drive with it flashing. I have many cop friends here and they love it. You never see a cop car with solid red and blue lights. Always flashing and both together. I have zero worries as i only drive with it on solid.

But for now I will keep....... RIDING DIRTY 馃槑馃構馃憤
Thomas
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I agree with Cruz, sorry about your loss. I just looked at the LED Modes video. I'm sure you know about the Texas laws, as Carl mentioned, and I don't follow ALL of them. I have Blue LED's lighting the entire inside of the grill, and under the running boards. BUT, I think the Flashing, RED, mode is one I definitely would NOT use :p probable just a subtle steady glow :cool:

Nick
Exactly, I never drive with it flashing. Matter of fact if you read carefully it is not about police lights but brake tail lights. Not wanting someone to think the front is the back. No cops here have any problems with the Emblem as just 1 light not 2 and between my headlights. Worst case turn it off or dim it low.

But until then I WILL RIDE DIRTY 馃

Thank you for your kind words on my parents

As Jesus observed in Matthew 15:19, from the human heart comes murder. 馃挃 馃槬
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Sorry to hear about your parents, prayers to your family....

Emblem installation looks great. I did the same with the remote and wiring, it really makes for a clean install and very functional accessory. I use that controller often with other LED installations as well.
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Sorry to hear about your parents, prayers to your family....

Emblem installation looks great. I did the same with the remote and wiring, it really makes for a clean install and very functional accessory. I use that controller often with other LED installations as well.
Thank you for your prayers. 馃檹

Great minds think alike. I have mine wired to hook into my windscreen lights when I install that. Will make it easy to know if I have the emblem on or off by just looking at the windscreen.

Thank you again Sir for a great Idea and Job on my emblem.

(y)(y)(y)(y)馃:black:
Thomas
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Hmmm....

These words are well deserved. Mike has done several "projects" for me and they are still working after years of use. I also have a lighted hood emblem he did for me several years ago and I still love the look.

Kudos go to Mike P. for his genius craftmanship!! - :D:D:black:



Thanks for all you do Mike.
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Hmmm....

These words are well deserved. Mike has done several "projects" for me and they are still working after years of use. I also have a lighted hood emblem he did for me several years ago and I still love the look.

Kudos go to Mike P. for his genius craftmanship!! - :D:D:black:

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Thanks for all you do Mike.
Thanks for the kind words (y)
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Looks very cool---good thing you can control it from the cockpit. Not legal here for sure.
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I agree with Cruz, sorry about your loss. I just looked at the LED Modes video. I'm sure you know about the Texas laws, as Carl mentioned, and I don't follow ALL of them. I have Blue LED's lighting the entire inside of the grill, and under the running boards. BUT, I think the Flashing, RED, mode is one I definitely would NOT use :p probable just a subtle steady glow :cool:

Nick
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Guess it all depends are what State you are in and just what cop you might encounter. While I agree the lit up emblems look great, In No. Carolina, I got pulled over for this setup with my Angel eye fog lights. I also have a remote module that (can) flash two different on/off patterns, I was just running down the road with them on solid blue.

Cop told me no blue or red can be used like that. Amber and/or green, etc. like you see on some Jeeps and Mopar rides is OK.

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@moscooter, I'm in the Dallas area of Texas and my '06 Smokin' Asphalt's entire Grill area and under Running boards are Blue LED's. Kathy's '04 Ultra Violet's entire grill area and under running boards are Ultra Violet LED's. So far no problem. Agree, depends on the Officer's mood.

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