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FrankoQ's Avatar DIY -Illuminated sunglass tray
FrankoQ
10-08-2006
If you are switching from the cigarrete tray to the sunglasses tray and want
to keep the little light inside... this is how to do it.

1) This are the instructions to replace the tray:
Click here to read the entire tutorial
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By Yanirgvir on 12-25-2010, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for this great DIY!
Went ahead and replaced the ashtray today. All went well. No dents, no chips and no issues with the wood trim.
If you are not going to use the lighter anymore - cut the metal part that connects all brown wires together - you wont need to worry about how well they are conected and hold together.
Used simple LEGO part to make the spacers - just cut it in half.

All in all - nice play for a cold Saturday...
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By Yanirgvir on 12-25-2010, 06:40 PM
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Sorry - DIY very clear - should have been 5 and not 1...
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By silentassasin on 01-01-2011, 02:08 AM
This I gotta do next! Thank for the write up
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By Tono on 01-27-2011, 08:25 PM
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LED

http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...7&d=1160320603


How i can get the part number of these orange led ?
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By FrankoQ on 06-08-2011, 06:32 PM
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...7&d=1160320603


How i can get the part number of these orange led ?
They come with the cigarette tray. I don't think you can get just the bulbs
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By mujjuman on 06-09-2011, 05:01 AM
Great write up!!
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By E92ML on 06-10-2011, 12:22 PM
Wow great work! I'll try this today
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By CLE-335 on 08-29-2011, 09:18 PM
Looks awesome! Nice writeup!
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By Car54 on 03-09-2012, 09:11 AM
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Does anyone have pictures of the LED's in the front...shining forward?
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By WhiteonWheat on 03-11-2012, 11:18 AM
Hey guys, I have a 2011 e90 LCI without the smokers pkg, so basically all I have is a cubby instead of what's seen here in this DIY.

Does anyone know if I pull out the chubby, I would have wires already put in the car during manufacturing - so that I can do this mod or no?

Please let me know guys and thanks!
-WoW
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By atl530i on 03-11-2012, 09:46 PM
I just did this mod but put the LEDs on the back of the tray so I could not see them, just the glow. I'll take some pics when I get a chance.
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By slicksix on 03-13-2012, 10:55 PM
THANK YOU!!!! This is actually perfect for holding a cell phone
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By Car54 on 03-15-2012, 08:52 AM
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Pics?
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By JimVR4 on 03-15-2012, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by WhiteonWheat View Post
Hey guys, I have a 2011 e90 LCI without the smokers pkg, so basically all I have is a cubby instead of what's seen here in this DIY.

Does anyone know if I pull out the chubby, I would have wires already put in the car during manufacturing - so that I can do this mod or no?

Please let me know guys and thanks!
-WoW
Sorry, no wiring under there if you have the cubby.
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By Car54 on 03-15-2012, 01:50 PM
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I have a sunglass holder here in my hand. Why didn't anyone try to use the two pipes on either side for led lights to attach to?

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By THE TECH on 03-15-2012, 01:59 PM
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I have a sunglass holder here in my hand. Why didn't anyone try to use the two pipes on either side for led lights to attach to?

Definitely a good idea.
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By Car54 on 03-16-2012, 08:45 AM
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Ok, I did this last night.

Everything went good and I ended up using the pipes on the sides. I used a hot glue gun to glue it. I let it cool for about 15 minutes.

I soldered the ground wire to the LED's since it had to be cut off the 12v outlet. I couldn't get the outlet out...but oh well.

Putting the LED's in the side pipes went back into the console just fine. No problems with clearance. The light output has a great feature that I didn't pickup on when doing this. The lights are so far back that you really hardly notice it's lit. That is...when it's empty. The lights hit nothing when it's empty but when there's something in there...you can see the lights hitting it. Less distracting than having a light cast down there at all times.

Another plus for using these pipes is that your drilling is symmetrical. I used a small bit, then a 1/8" bit. Don't push on the drill...at all. Just let it do the work. You could rig something up...like wrapping tape around the bit to stay centered in the pipe...I did it free hand.

I'm happy with the way it came out. Here are some crappy phone pics. Guess I need to take one of the finished product. BRB.


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By Car54 on 03-16-2012, 09:05 AM
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By scofike on 04-04-2012, 03:15 PM
I followed these steps and worked for me! Thanks!
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By hackR10 on 12-05-2012, 08:29 PM
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very cool...i used the hole in the bottom of the unit where the cord holder is...the one in the pix above is approx 1 1/2" from the left edge...i broke off the cord holder - the hole underneath is rectangular and approx 4mmx6mm...i then measured the same 1 1/2" difference on the other side of the tray and used a drill to create another 4mmx6mm rectangular hole...i used a drill and then used a small hand file to make it rectangular...i then used electrical tape to tape the leds to the bottom of the tray centered in the rectangular cut outs, but with the leds toward the front of the tray holes...if you put the leds toward the front of the hole, they will shine up in between the lid and the tray...creates a nice looking backlit look...this way, i don't see little holes of light - but rather backlit...if i get a chance, i'll post some pix of the finished look...R
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By lonestarjeff on 12-09-2012, 11:54 AM
Really nice mod to the glasses tray. Professional work. Just ordered the tray from ECS & I look forward to enhancing it w/ the lights!

Jeff
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By Andre84 on 12-12-2012, 05:35 PM
Nice DIY! Very usefull
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