2013 Las Vegas SEMA Coverage – Part Two

Let’s continue with part two of the SEMA show coverage this year.

Speaking of race cars, there is also this awesome Radical SR3 on display! This road legal race car that can be purchased (if you have deep pockets) and driven on the street as well. Check out those headlights; it seems to be some type of LED ring setup from what we can see.

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For our American muscle fans, we didn’t forget about you either; this Tire Rack sponsored Chevrolet Corvette seems like it would be a beast on the curved roads of a race track.

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There is a countless amount of American muscle cars on display at SEMA and it would be difficult to compile all of them into one post so we’ll hand pick the ones that stand out like this custom full metal body 1968 Dodge Charger built by Scott Spock Racing and Nelson Racing Engines. If a twin turbo 9.4 Hemi V8 doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will.

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This 1932 Ford Roadster from Fuller Hot Rods is very unique; a custom all-wheel drive system powered by a 750 horsepower BOSS 429 big block motor. Custom work like this can’t be left unappreciated.

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More hot rod and rat rod style builds like this sitting outside the convention walls. I wonder how this thing is even driven at that ride height. Custom modified vehicles are common at SEMA and are used to display the workmanship of many automotive shops around the country.

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How about a Chevrolet Van with a supercharged V8 motor placed in the cargo area? Sure, if it’s possible, then why not.

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Or maybe you may want your packages delivered in a unique way with this slammed FedEx delivery truck.

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This old rustic old school GMC truck is raw and unrefined, but it’s definitely a head turner.

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Modern lifted trucks like this matte black Ford Super-Duty dualie is on display outside with a variety of other lifted trucks. As we said earlier in the post, SEMA is filled with a variety of cars that appeal to all types of automotive enthusiasts so let’s move onto the exotics!

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This Pagani Zonda Huayra is oozing with carbon fiber goodness and with a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 Bi-turbo engine powering this thing, you may need a towel to wipe the drool off your face. Those Italians sure know how to build an exotic super car.

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The Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 Italia makes us speechless at how amazing this car looks like.

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Here we have what looks to be a modified Ferrari F430 on air suspension which allows it to achieve this extremely low vehicle height. SEMA is always about new products and trends that are floating and evolving in the automotive industry and we’ll give you a preview based on the pictures we saw.

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LED tail lights seem to be a common replacement item for most Subaru BR-Z and Scion FR-S owners; an aesthetic and functional upgrade that looks and performs well.

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Egg Yolks Belong in Breakfast, Not Headlights or Tail Lights

If you own a newer vehicle, you have probably noticed that the turn signal housing in the headlight or tail lights are clear which allow the orange/yellow bulb to show which can be quite an eye sore. Aesthetically, having a clear colored housing with an "egg yolk" look is not appealing as it does not flow with the rest of the housing.

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Fortunately for you all, we offer replacement LED bulbs that still shine orange/yellow, but will not have the unpleasant egg yolk look when the light is off; instead the turn signal housing will blend into the rest of the housing.

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Not only will these lights be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, they can also stay within the legal guidelines of the road which state that turn signals and indicators must be amber/yellow. These lights are plug and play and very easy to install, simply remove the original bulb and replace with the LED turn signal lights. Please do keep in mind that whenever you change your turn signals to LED, load resistors will be required to allow the lights to flash at the same as stock; since LED bulbs draw less power, the turn signals will blink as though a bulb is out.

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Dress Up Your Lexus GS300 GS430 with LED Tail Lights

Nowadays, more and more auto makers such as Audi BMW Mercedes and Lexus have had their entire product lines equipped with the latest LED tail lights, not only to make the cars more stylish, but also better safety improvement.

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To name a few for exchange the 2012 BMW E92 3 Series, 2012 all new Audi A7, Lexus GS350, etc.

However, for some older cars, in order to get the same LED tail light look and function, you have to rely on some aftermarket LED tail lights choices.

For example, the new Lexus GS300 which initially has standard filament bulbs for tail lights can now get a perfect transformation with the all new custom designed LED tail lights.

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This Lexus GS custom tail lamps will convert the standard one piece look tail light/brake light to the individual dot looking LED lights as well the turn signal to LED lights.

It is brighter, sharper at night time and of course more stylish design to make any older car a “younger” new look.

Is it hard to install these aftermarket tail lights? Don’t worry, it is simple. The LED lamp is designed with 100% precision for the fitment all thanks to the CAD and 3D modeling fitment test and all the plugs and adapters are simply plug and play. In another word, it is easy-A-B-C bolt on and really no professional installer needed.

How To Install BMW E46 3 Series LED Tail Lights

Particular thanks to Bimmerfest Forum for the following magnificent installation guide.

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Before you start be certain you have 1-2 hours to dedicate to setting up these. They include resistor boxes and different wiring attached to them so you need to hide all this kind of stuff. The ONLY way to do it right is to remove the black trunk panel and both sides of the carpet lining (this particular might be folded back out of the way truly). Also before you start, simply unplug your factory lenses and plug in the new led ones to test to make sure everything features and you have no bulb out lights on the dash. Almost nothing worse than setting up an install and getting that the units were faulty to start with… yes it’s occured to me more than once with other items. Consequently here’s what you are starting with:

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First thing to do is to get rid of the tail lights you have on the car presently… there are actually just 3 nuts on the back, super easy. I won’t go into much detail about this particular. There are a lot of DIYs out there on this particular. Next pull out the trunk bottom carpet with the contoured black bottom thing. Subsequently pull back the trunk’s side carpets. If you have a friend you can certainly have him carry all those away from the way but I merely put something heavy in front of them so they couldn’t come forward. Currently you could begin removing the long black plastic liner on the back side of the trunk (shown in the bottom of the image at the incredibly back of the trunk). There are 4 screws below covers, and 5 push pin retainers if I keep in mind correctly. It genuinely allows you have one among all those interior clip/panel removers to move all the clips off, nevertheless it can be done with a screwdriver and some patience. Soon after you pull off the plastic panel you could start getting in the new LED tail lights.

FYI… mark all the clips with a sharpie or a little something so you remember which ones go to which. Don’t attempt to mount the lenses with all the guts hanging off the back of them… it will probably help to make your life quite difficult and frustrating, inquire how I know. Also you need to make use of the black trim things off your recent tail lights and shift them to your new ones. The quickest way I could do it was to insert a little flathead screwdriver between and pry up slowly. You may possibly try spraying WD-40 on the fins that clip and then sliding it off… but I don’t know how well that would certainly work. I went with the screwdriver. Having these kinds of off your old lights and onto your new LED tail lights is likely the hardest part apart from yanking all the panels off the automobile. You can easily discover the black trim I am talking about on the exterior of the trunk on the left side of the graphic. Oh ya when you are installing the aftermarket tail lights really don’t put that third nut on the bolt right until you are willing to deploy the black panel back into the automobile. You could see I only have 2 of them on in the photo… the other you ought to put on after the black panel is on.

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As soon as you get the LED tail lights in you could reattach all the guts to the back of them. Simply match the plugs you marked in the beginning. Appears like plenty of crap right? Well it is… along with it would certainly have been nice of the manufacturer to leave more wire at the aftermarket tail lights side so you may tuck and hide everything easier. Well, they didn’t… so you are stuck installing the boxes where I did… that small cubby beneath the lights that you find all the wires going into in the photo underneath. All 3 boxes are in there and match perfectly. Today plug in the lights and test all the performs again. Furthermore aim to attach the interior trunk light to the back of the light. This takes awhile to tuck all the wires somehow that it doesn’t interfere with the light. Although far better to do it now than when all your panels are going back on and in the way. The moment you obtain almost everything where you need it… time to put all those panels back on. This particular is self informative so I won’t get into that.

Right now you’re done, stand back and take pleasure in your new younger searching Bimmer… listed below are a bunch of my accomplished install photographs. Since for a full review… I am VERY satisfied with the LED tail lights. They are every bit as bright as the OEM ones and function just as well so far.

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How to Install Aftermarket LED Tail Lights

Installing LED Tail Lights is an excellent way to improve the appearance of your car exterior. Not only this, in addition, the LED tail lights will provide your a clean, custom look. Last but not least, the LED lights tend to last much longer when comparing with the traditional tungsten filament bulbs from regular tail lights.

Swapping stock tail lights for LED tail lights is not that difficult like it might appear. Simply follow this easy step by step guide to have the LED tail lights added to your ride and let other envy for what you have.

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Step 1: Remove factory tail lights assembly. The tail lights for most cars are simply bolted on from the inside of the trunk. You just need to remove the trunk carpet cover and un-bolts the tail lights. Slowly move the loosed tail lights a little by a little to have the tail lights removed completely. Do not hurry on this step, because you might break any clips that are used to hold the tail lights from inside.

Step 2: Remove all the light bulbs from the factory tail light housing and disconnect any wiring harness connected to the tail light assembly as well. I will recommend you use the scotch blue tape to write down the turn signal lights, brake lights, backup lights and put on each set of wires so later when you put them back, you won’t get confused.

Step 3: Take your LED tail lights out from the box and try to put the tail lights back up just to make sure this is the correct part/side before you put all the bulbs back in.

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Step 4: Connect the aftermarket LED tail lights with the factory wirings. For most LED tail lights, for example the ones we carry at iJDMTOY.com, most of the sockets and plugs are already designed to be simply plug and play. However, if there are any hard wiring required. Simply connect the stock red wire to the LED tail light red wire, and black wire to black.

Step 5: Before have the LED tail light completely bolt-on back, test it first. Test the brake light, test the turn signal light and test the backup lights to make sure everything works. If unfortunately one of them does not work, inspect the connection, because this is the most common reason for a lamp not lighting up.

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Step 6: Place the LED tail lights back into the original tail lights locations. Use the blue tape to hold the tail lights if you are doing this by yourself or have your buddy hold it for you so you can bolt it back. Don’t bolt the screw completely tighten in, because you want the tail light to completely back to the proper position, then tighten every screws.

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Step 7: That’s it and enjoy your aftermarket tail lights!

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