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Old February 12th, 2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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DIY: VTEC Light

Instructions are courtesy of 'asiankidd', the video is done by me and my friend albert (typesboost on the cl forums). The link to the video is below!!!

"Well, I'll start off by listing the Radio Shack part numbers that I used for this installation:

Package of 330 OHM resistors Part# 271-1113

5mm LED of your choice, I choose a Blue on Part# 276-311

Roll of 18-gauge wire, I got a three color package of solid core but stranded would be better (solid core part# 278-1223)

Snap-in LED mount Part# 276-079

Tap-in clips Part# 640-3052



Installation:
Now that you have all the parts, we will get started.

Figure out where you are going to mount your LED and drill a 1/4" hole.


Solider the two wires to the two leads from the LED (the longer of the two leads is the positive lead The shorter lead is the ground.) Solder the resistor in line with the ground wire (I soldered one end of the resistor to the ground lead on the LED and the other end to the wire) making sure that the wire is long enough to reach from the mounting location to the right side of the passenger seat near where your right foot would be if you were in the passenger seat).


Put one of the snap-in LED mounts into the hole that you made. Next insert the LED from behind, into the snap-in connector (you will feel a little click when it is in all the way).


Run the cable to the ECU location (near the right foot area of the passenger side). Take out the two plastic retainers for the ECU cover and pull off the cover ( it may take some force, but it wont break).


Unplug the two plugs that are closest to you on the bottom of the ECU (there are a total of three plugs, but you don't need to unplug the third). On the furthest plug of the two (the one for my car is Grey), locate the VTEC signal wire (Green with a yellow stripe). Once you find the VTEC wire, attach the positive lead from the LED to it using one of the tap-in clips. If you look under the glove box in the same side as the ECU, you will see a phillips screw, You can strip off some of the ground lead and attach it to this screw. reattach the ECU plugs and put everything back together and test it out

If you did everything correctly the LED should come on when the VTEC engages.

CLICK HERE FOR MOVIE Movie has potty mouth! Viewer discretion(sp?) advised...

ENJOY EVERYONE!
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Old February 12th, 2004, 03:45 PM   #2
 
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nice job,

I'll keep this one in mind for a little S&G if I ever come a across a substantial amount of free time. Now where to affix the LED without a permenant modification... hm...
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correction alex, is typesb00st. zeros, not O. took the cl out today. not to shabby. when the light goes on, its simultaneous to the vtec scream. since i dont have an intake or header, vtec doenst really 'kick'. IMHO

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very cool, ive always wanted to do this....i need those 5 extra horsepower (thats what the people on Ebay say it does)
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very cool, ive always wanted to do this....i need those 5 extra horsepower (thats what the people on Ebay say it does)
funny you say that; the first time i put it on i thought the vtec seemed more powerfull. but then i realized there's no way in hell a light could do that, unless the resistance added to the circuit somehow makes something better lol. damn i didn't even know they had a kit on ebay for this....
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Old February 12th, 2004, 08:32 PM   #6
 
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very nice.. i read the DIY thinking i wouldnt need this and wasnt gonna do it... but watching the video... i think im gonna have to do it now
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Old February 13th, 2004, 01:20 AM   #7
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i've heard about this diy vtec light in superhonda, but people there are saying something bout ruining some sort of solenoid somewhere... i forgot
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Old February 13th, 2004, 12:34 PM   #8
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an LED draws such a small amount of current, i doubt it ruins anything.....
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Old February 13th, 2004, 05:19 PM   #9
 
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when my vtec kicks in my controller says "ON" so i know when it kicks in
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when my vtec kicks in my controller says "ON" so i know when it kicks in
maaaan i want a supercharger
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Old February 13th, 2004, 05:49 PM   #11
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cool beans
is this only for the 6th gen accord v6s?

one more thing, how come u solder the resistor to the ground line (negative)?
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this should be STICKIED since everything else in this section is
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cool beans
is this only for the 6th gen accord v6s?

one more thing, how come u solder the resistor to the ground line (negative)?
this particular video is for 6th gen AV6's, 2nd Gen CL's and 2nd and 3rd Gen TL's...


you need to solder the resistor to the ground line because your car draws power from negative to positive. this is why in car audio, the shorter the ground wire the better, hence quicker response and more power. the resistor must go before the led because it must first 'resist' the incoming current. hope that helps
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What's the point of this mod?
You should already know when VTEC hits, its no surprise!

I'll probably get flamed for this,
but this mod is

It's in the same class as those one wiper conversions!
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It's in the same class as those one wiper conversions!
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okay it's real simple. this mod is something that you can DIY. not once did i ever say it was useful; but it's here because it shows people how to do it. don't wanna do it, that's fine. different strokes for different folks; but i don't go around saying 'oh mesh grilles are in the same class as fly swatters, mesh grilles suck' as an example.
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An interesting mod but IMO it's not worth messing with all those wires for a little light that tells you when Vtec activates.

That one guy in the video is like "mine stays on longer". Well no crap, WOT'ing a 6th gen AV6 will cause Vtec the crossover at 3500 RPM and keep it over the crossover point till 4th gear (not manually shifting from D3 to D4). The CL-S's crossover is at 4800 rpm so this is why the little light didn't stay on that long .



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That one guy in the video is like "mine stays on longer". Well no crap, WOT'ing a 6th gen AV6 will cause Vtec the crossover at 3500 RPM and keep it over the crossover point till 4th gear (not manually shifting from D3 to D4). The CL-S's crossover is at 4800 rpm so this is why the little light didn't stay on that long .
That would be me lol. Anyways, the reason I said that was because he was WOTing it too. And what ticks me off is that his car has so much balls, but is only in VTEC like 30% of the time!!!! As you said, when I floor it, i'm all up in that sht!! But yeah, if you don't like messing with wires, then don't do it hehe. It does indeed tap into an ECU wire, but then again a V-AFC taps into like 6.
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