found this on the "other" forum....pretty sweet....all credit goes to "TITEALTY" from the "other" forum for doing this and the write-up.....
"after i installed my LED door handles everyone asked me for a write up. I didnt have one so made sure to do one on my this project. "my LED front grille emblem". IM me if you have any questions .. hope you like.OK... lets get started.. things you will need...-Dremel rotary tool or equivalent tool-different sized routing bits-epoxy(preferably clear) with mixing tube for easy application (see pic)-masking tape-led strips( $10 off ebay)-your emblem of course-strip of automotive tint 20% 1"x8"-reflective tape(or chrome vinyl)-white vinyl
step 1...drill out the inside of the letters using a rotary tool.. here is a video of me drilling out the "I" in NISSAN.. dont lose the little triangle piece from the letter "A". it'll look weird if you do
step 2...place strip of tint behind the letters on the inside of the emblem.. this step is to give the letters a black stock look while making it transparent.
step 3...tape some tissue paper behind the tint to keep it in place...step 4...lay it it on a flat surface and get your epoxy ready (this picture has the epoxy with the recommended application tube)
step 5...now. this step requires a steady hand.. after replacing the tiny triangle for the letter "A" ,attach the mixing tube to the epoxy container and gently squeeze the epoxy into the letters you drilled out..i recommend discarding the few drops of the epoxy for it may contain bubbles from mixing.(MAKE SURE NOT TO OVERFILL).. let it cure and you have a transparent nissan emblem..sorry for the blurry pix guys.. my camera sucks
step 6...line the inside of the emblem with reflective tape to keep as much of the light inside the emblem as much as possible.. i used chrome vinyl.. make sure not to cover the letters.step 7...lights!... here are a few pix of the LED strips i bought off ebay for $10 for four..
run the lights through the holes where the clips on either side used to go.. now place white vinyl on the grill itself as shown.. this reflects all the light and gives you that crisp solid white glow.. any white material can be used if vinyl isnt available..
now add all four lights on the topside of the lettering.. through trial and error i found that mounting the lights above the letters looks the best..i tried mounting them directly behind and mounting them below the letters. but with both methods the LEDs could be seen.. mounting them above seems to be the best way to hide them.
step 8...make your wires look all pretty.. i added connectors to the ends just incase i need to remove my grille again i could disconnect the wires instead of clipping them. note since i removed the mounting clips on either side of the emblem i zip tied it back into place..it works pretty good. see pic
here are the wires i ran from the dome lights to my LED door handles and now to my lighted emblem
now reassemble and YOU'RE SET!!!!!! ENJOY here is a short video of the finishing product .. i know its really dark but i will update with a better video soon.. tune in next week for a custom amp rack write up.lol
also here is vid of my door handles (for those who havent seen)..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...edded
Modified by bina12834 at 9:55 AM 5/1/2009