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Tow mirror light light opinions

Postby Jetmech76 [OP] » Jan 16 2020, 3:15am

About 2 years ago, I reached out to Boost Auto and bought the harness to convert the front facing clearance lights on my oe mirrors to a running/turn signal and also upgraded the lights themselves to the smoked LED strip lights instead of the factory amber dot lights. Today I noticed that the passenger side light is only partially illuminated and it looks to have water intrusion. Back when I installed them, I had to cut the factory connector for those lights and use Boost supplied pigtails to run the Boost lights. Now I don't know which direction I should go. Get a replacement light from Boost and carry on or take everything out and revert back to stock on both sides. I'm a little concerned about the quality of the Boost stuff now and I sure don't want to take my mirrors apart every 2 years. It's probably going to be a pain in the ass to put the factory pigtails back on for the oe lights.
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Postby 19trax9519trax95 is online! » Jan 16 2020, 3:17am

Go to switch back strips. It's fairly straight forward and is minimal wiring, all of which is done in the mirror itself.

Looks way better than the led dots and you can have a white running light and amber turn signals. Or you can do amber and amber. Just depends what you like best.
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Re: Tow mirror light light opinions

Postby Jetmech76 [OP] » Jan 16 2020, 3:24am

I saw that as an option too. It was not when I bought these ones. I like the concept and the look, but again I call the reliability into question. I can say the Boost chrome mirror caps are garbage. I bought those too with the other stuff and they developed spots that I could not remove. Got a replacement set under warranty last year and they too are doing the same thing. The left side has the original caps on it and they are perfect.
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Postby 19trax9519trax95 is online! » Jan 16 2020, 3:30am

The boost ones aren't what I'm talking about.

I mean making your own with quality parts. I used the strips from the retrofit source. It's their profile brand.

I used some smoked lenses to ditch the ugly orange ones. All that needs to be done it take the orange lense off, put the switch back strips in the housing, run the wires out the back, install the new lense and then the lights are done.

Wiring is easy, just mount the little drivers, and you have 3 wires. A ground, power for white and power for amber. The power for white goes to the original wire for the front facing amber lights since they are running lights

The power wire for the amber goes to the turn signal wire for the signal in the glass. And ground I ran to the ground for the original running light ground.

Super easy. Hardest part is getting the mirror apart. And even that's pretty simple.

Of course that's all with OEM mirrors and such. I'm not sure how the boost mirrors differ.
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Postby roorancher » Jan 16 2020, 3:57am

I have the Boost Switchbacks, and really like the look...
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Postby Jetmech76 [OP] » Jan 16 2020, 4:05am

Eric, those look great. I can't believe how bright they are even with a smoked lens. My current set up isn't near that bright. I may have to look into something similar.
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Postby 19trax9519trax95 is online! » Jan 16 2020, 4:10am

The camera makes it look a little exaggerated, but they were definitely bright.

I will for sure be doing it to my 15s mirrors as well.

Just adds a touch of something that you dont see every day.

The boost auto lights just look cheap to me. Kind of odd how they made them so big. I prefer the thinner strips vs the wide, diffused lights like the boost ones have.
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Postby Jetmech76 [OP] » Jan 16 2020, 7:41am

Yeah, they really aren't as great as I was hoping for. With them being a non switch back, you can hardly tell when the lights go to full voltage when the turn signal is on. It's like it goes from a dim amber glow to a slightly less dim amber glow.
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Postby roorancher » Jan 16 2020, 8:59pm

Just FYI, for comparison, here's pictures of the Boost Switchbacks lit up.
And BTW....the mirrors are relatively easy to disassemble. I did it when I switched from black caps to paint to match caps.
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Postby Jetmech76 [OP] » Jan 17 2020, 1:24am

Those are pretty bright. Mine are dimmed down quite a bit with the smoked lens, but still nowhere close to Eric's old truck. The mirrors do come apart easily. The hardest part is either pulling the door panel if you go that route, or pulling the glass out. The first one I took apart 2 years ago, I broke the top glass. I've since figured out a better way to do it.
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