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Old 07-11-2018, 05:46 PM   #1
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Easy 6th Gen Puddle Lights Install

This will show how to easily add puddle lights to your 6th gen. The installation will be completly contained in the door trim panel, and will only turn on when the door is opened, and not whenever the dome light is on.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:47 PM   #2
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First thing, in addition to your choice of projectors and some misc connectors, you will need to obtain some automotive plunger switches. These from Amazon worked well for me.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Then view the Lethal Camaro videos on door trim removal.
https://www.camaro6.com/forums/showp...22&postcount=1
https://www.camaro6.com/forums/showp...15&postcount=1

After you have done it this way once or twice, you see that you can just grab the top of the trim and PULL away HARD (after removing the screws, of course), and save some steps. But you should do it his way first to undestand how it all fits together.
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The finished job will be completely independent of the rest of the car.

We'll start by drilling a 5/8" hole, 1" in from the edge, in this approximate location on the front facing surface.
A large step drill works well for this. But be careful! To small and tight will squeeze the internal spring, and you will likely break the "inexpensive" switch while trying to remove it again. Don't let the hole get to big, or you will have to come up with an alternative way to hold the switch in.
I'll talk about the rubber cap later.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:50 PM   #4
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Next, we'll take the hole saw that came with the projectors, and drill through the center in this approximate location on the downward facing side.
Install the projector snuggly, but not so tight that you can't turn it at all. You will want to be able to turn it to align your image, later. Tighten the set screw so the nut doesn't come loose while you align it.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:52 PM   #5
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Connect some wire, I had some green speaker wire kicking around, to the switch with some small female spade crimp-ons. Put them on any 2 of the 3 prongs in the end of the switch. Connect the switch and projector at the door panel connectors, with assorted crimp-on and vampire terminals.
On the drivers side, it will be Red w/violet stripe (+) and Black (-) on the black connector.
On the passenger side, it will be Red w/blue stripe (+) on the grey connector, and Black (-) on the black connector.
(You might also choose to add a small inline fuse immediately at the (+) wire connection)
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:54 PM   #6
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Route the wires like in the first photo, using a few wire ties. Take care that the wires to the switch will not be pinched by the speaker.
Re-attach the door trim to the door. Done!


Well, not quite...
Notice the mark being left where the switch contacts the door-opening trim? The plunger is much longer than it needs to be, and as the door closes the arc drags the plunger across the plastic. Making it as short as possible will minimize any dragging.
I put some silicon grease on the shaft to see how much gets scraped off when the the door closes. It was 3/8". The switch needs a minimum of 1/8" of travel to open the switch. (I know this because remember that part about breaking it apart? ) So we can cut off 1/4", and it will still work.
I also wanted to put the tip of a vacuum cap on it to cushion it against any further scratching, and that probably adds another 1/8", so cut off 3/8". A Dremil tool with the fiber wheel makes this easy.
There is also about 3/8" clearance between the bottom of the trim panel and the door sill. You can confirm that the light turns off just as the door closes, with a small mirror down next to the seat.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:58 PM   #7
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Most people will be done here. The next part is for those with OCD .
I noticed in the first photo that here is some distortion of the ring of text, specifically the word CAMARO. (This effect might not be noticeable with other graphic designs.)
The bottom of the door trim panel is not level with the ground!
Off it comes again.
I fashioned a clamp from a 3/8" bolt, nuts and fender washers. These will form a flat spot bigger than the hole when I use a heat gun to soften the panel from the inside. Then with gloves on, pull up on the bolt head while holding back at the arrows with the other hand, until it cools.
I should have gone a little more than I did here, but not bad for now.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:14 AM   #8
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:49 PM   #9
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Great write up. Where did you find that 50th Anniv projectors. I found some general Camaro projectors but not the 50th
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:56 PM   #10
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Great write up. Where did you find that 50th Anniv projectors. I found some general Camaro projectors but not the 50th
I created the image layout in Paint Shop Pro, and had it printed out in the correct size to color slides. Then I replaced the gobo's in a set of inexpensive projectors. If your interested, this site has a great tutorial on creating your own gobo's.
https://www.colorslide.com/gobo-slid...ransparencies/

There are also services for the google-ing that will take any graphic or photo of yours and sell you completed projectors ready to install.
AAC/Oracle has a Camaro FIFTY specific design available, that the distortion I mentioned would not be noticeable. On the driver side it is blank in that area, and on the passenger are lines radiating out.
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:02 PM   #11
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50th anniversary ghost light

Man, I loved your posting about the lights. I really want to do this to my car. Can you somehow to send me the artwork. I will pay you for it. I really don't know how to make that logo the way you did it.

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Old 11-26-2018, 04:35 PM   #12
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Man, I loved your posting about the lights. I really want to do this to my car. Can you somehow to send me the artwork. I will pay you for it. I really don't know how to make that logo the way you did it.

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...but sorry, the tutorial was mainly to show how they can be easily wired without leaving the door panel.
I'm not licensed to distribute GM's property. You have to make your own.
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