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Old 10-22-2004, 12:43 AM   #1
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Angel Eyes DDE Remote Kit Install DIY

Credit given to everyone who developed the concept and fleshed out how to do the remote installation. Here's the original thread started by needanswer that developed the idea: Original Thread. ALL THE CREDIT GOES TO THESE GUYS WHO SPENT THE TIME TO DEVELOP THE KIT.

Here's where I started - you'll need to have a Wheelpower type of harness already being used for your angel eyes/ddes:

PARTS:

One 12Volt 40Amp SPDT relay (5 pin) [$5.63]
One package of 16 guage wire (used about 4ft) [~$1 used - $2.99 package]
One butt connector [$0.12 - assort pack $1.99]
One fuse holder [$1.50]
One 5 Amp fuse [$0.30 - 5 pack for $1.50]
One female spade connector [Free for me]
Lots of zip ties [Free for me]

Total material used material cost - $8.55 [~$13-14 spent]

TOOLS:

Crimping tool
Phillips head screwdriver
Scissors or snips
Pliers

The following posts are my step by step.

STANDARD DISCLAIMER APPLIES - MODIFICATION IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:44 AM   #2
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Step One:

Crimp female spade connector to one end of the fuse holder.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:45 AM   #3
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Step Two

Crimp on a butt connector to the other end of the fuse connector and the lenght of wire to be used for the new trigger.

DO NOT crimp on the T-tap to the other end of the trigger wire at this time. It'll make it hard to feed through the firewall into the interior of the car. Save that for when you get ready to tap later in Step Five.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:46 AM   #4
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Step Three,

Pull the relay off of the relay connector on the wiring harness. Then slip the female spade connector end of the new fuse holder into the middle slot (87a on the fuse) on the bottom. It will only fit in one direction - look at the other slots going the same direction to get a better idea of which way to insert it. Once you insert it in, it should click into place.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:51 AM   #5
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Step Four

Run the new trigger wire (for tapping into the interior footwell lighting - or other lighting) into the firewall of the car. I ran mine towards the passenger side and used a nub in the firewall to snake the wire into the interior of the car. I also used a zip tie to snug the nub up to make sure it nothing leaked into the interior.

In the third picture - it gives you an idea of what the interior looks like after the glove box is removed. I used a Phillips head to remove the 6 screws that hold it in. 3 along the top, 2 on the sides and 1 on the bottom near the passenger door area.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:54 AM   #6
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Step Five

I used a multimeter to check power to the footwell lighting wires. For me it was the one that was red w/ white stripe (or it could be gray stripe - hard to tell by flashlight). I crimped on the T-end on the end of the trigger wire and the socket on the interior wire and plugged them together.
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:07 PM   #7
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Does anyone know where I can purchase t-taps like the 3m brand shown in the picture?
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:10 PM   #8
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Does anyone know where I can purchase t-taps like the 3m brand shown in the picture?
Walmart has them or you can find them online. I actually haven't seen them anywhere else like autozone or anything.

If they don't have them there I am at a loss without buying bulk...

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Old 02-17-2005, 03:04 AM   #9
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Does anyone know where I can purchase t-taps like the 3m brand shown in the picture?

I found a pack of 3 at Kragen's for $2.
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Old 02-17-2005, 09:26 AM   #10
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Thanks Tyler and abigfire. I'll check out wal-mart and an autoparts store tonite.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:05 PM   #11
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you guys rock! I never even thought to look at wal-mart. I checked like 3 other stores and nothing prior to wal-mart. $1.66 for a set of 2 t-taps.
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Old 02-23-2005, 11:52 AM   #12
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I know that this thread is old, but I had something to add...
You don't need the fuse on the area that I high lighted. The interior light is already fused and therefore, this fuse will be redundant. You can save couple of buck here.
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Old 02-27-2005, 06:00 PM   #13
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I know that this thread is old, but I had something to add...
You don't need the fuse on the area that I high lighted. The interior light is already fused and therefore, this fuse will be redundant. You can save couple of buck here.
everything in your car is fused, unless you go directly to the battery.... it is still a good idea to use its OWN fuse
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:38 PM   #14
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Does anyone know where I can purchase t-taps like the 3m brand shown in the picture?
I just bought a pack of 4 pairs this morning at Wal-Mart for $1.99.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:57 AM   #15
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My eBay CCFL kit draws its power from the parkers wires. IE. it plugs straight into where the parker bulb was.

Can i still use this diode method?

I also noticed that my passenger and driver side angel eyes are independent and not wired together at all.
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:21 AM   #16
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Well I went ahead and tried the diode method... and it worked!

The hardest part was removing the glovebox and putting it back. Now I know where I can thread wires through lol

However, it appears that my eBay kit doesn't fade =( It only goes on or off... bugger!
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:52 PM   #17
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DIY worked really well!!!

I panicked at first because my T-Tap actually didn't make contact with the wire, it just pinched it. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK ALL YOUR WIRE CONNECTIONS before you start to panic ....
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:41 AM   #18
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Guys, thanks so much for all the time you've spent on this. I've been reading all the threads on these DDE's for like two weeks, and this one was probably the most helpful.

One question, I've been thinking that it would be fun to be able to regulate the brightness of the DDE's with a little dial (potentiometer) I'm just learning about this stuff so I'm not quite sure how to tell how many ohms my potentiometer should be. Does anybody know how to figure this out?

I have the white light LED angel eyes from DDMtuning.com. They don't come with ballasts, only a relay harness.

So we know that the line is 12v, and I took a multimeter to the line between the relay and the LED's while it was on to find out the amps. I had it on the 200m setting and it said 7.2 for one side.... so is that 7.2 mA? (.0072 amps?) so it seems like the total mA for both sides would be double that - 14.4 mAs.

I talked to an electrician guy at a hobby shop though, and he thought that this number didn't make sense since, according to him, one LED bulb draws about 20 mA's... and there are numerous bulbs in each halo ring. Furthermore, he said that a an LED is either on or off, it can't fade... but this doesn't make sense to me if the dome lights are able to fade the DDE's on and off through the remote wire..

So, does anybody know how many amps or milliamps the DDE's really do draw (both sides together) and if this little effort is even possible? (can LED's be regulated with a potentiometer?) If so, what specs should I look for on the potentiometer (dial).

If i can just find the right potentiometer, it would be so easy to hook up I think, and it would be nice to turn it down if I don't want to blind people when I'm just parked chilling in a parking stall, but still want them on (these things are BRIGHT!)

Anything else I should look out for? I don't want to break anything. dsmdriver, you seem to know about electronics - do you have any input on this?
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:25 AM   #19
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i thought the angel eyes come with this kit for the remote control ??? can any one help ?? i saw some angel eyes on ebay for like 50 bucks.. dollars of course ... do i have to do this step and buy everything a side from led angel eyes from ebay or does everything come included ??????
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What size T-Taps did you use? I went to the auto parts and they had different gauge ones.
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