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Morimoto LED Taillight Install

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  1. otoupalik

    otoupalik Formula Junior
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    So we decided to improve the lighting on this one. Tails first (led or hid highs coming next). We loved the look of the Morimoto's and just saw them on a local 355, and that did the trick.

    Install is super easy.

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  2. otoupalik

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  3. Ferrari55whoa

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  4. otoupalik

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  5. Auraraptor

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    Really updates/modernizes the rear. I’m sure it’s a lot brighter too.

    Any issue with fast blinkers?

    Enjoy in good health.
     
  6. otoupalik

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    It does look so good. We went to the dealer right after and it gives 812 vibes.

    way brighter!

    no fast blinking with the resistors.
     
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  7. Auraraptor

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    I can’t wait to see what you do with the fronts next!
     
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  8. tantumaude

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    Amazing!
     
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  9. 308 GTB

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    A nice upgrade!


    Yes, and a good safety feature too.


    I like this upgrade. I'm not a purist when it comes to my 550 and F355 Challenge. Twenty-five year old technology needs upgrading. I upgraded my Challenge car with new two-way adjustable Penske shocks and Hypercoil springs with Eibach helpers amongst some other upgrades.

    As I tracked my 550, it was obvious to me that the brake pedal had to be raises a bit for safer and more effective heel and toe (more correctly, outer sole-inner sole). I accomplished this with a 1 centimeter spacer placed under the brake pedal...


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  10. otoupalik

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    nice spacer, looks clean! Yea, I bet that suspension made a huge difference!

    These are cars, we should enjoy them. =)
     
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  11. NE550

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    @otoupalik Looks great! I agree this is a worthwhile upgrade, and easily reversible back to OEM. Will be interested to see how the headlight mod works out, too.
     
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    Wondered what those Morimotos would look like on a Maranello.
     
  13. Aerosurfer

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    I can see why you like the improved lighting and results, but I still like the look of the original lenses when not illuminated. Perhaps in person looks better
     
  14. otoupalik

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    Yea, imho looks best when not lit. Looks very 812 esque. But that is the joy of modifying cars, not everyone will like changes, and that’s ok! I can’t ever imagine going back to stock after seeing this.
     
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  15. Depreciating Asset

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    That looks great!
     
  16. BarthVader

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    I need new rear lenses and this is not helping me make the logical rational decision of keeping it unmolested.

    But I am having full Fiammenghi setup being put on this week so . . .
     
  17. Auraraptor

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    What happened to your lenses?
     
  18. BarthVader

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    I’m not really sure, but the centers of the reverse lights are bubbled from the inside. I suspect that it was left in reverse and the lights got hot. It was that way when I got it so I’ll never really know.
     
  19. Auraraptor

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    I’ve heard of similar happening on 360s; that frustrating. Decent used rear lights have gotten pricey.
     
  20. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Wonder if the Morimoto guts could be adapted to the original lenses?
     
  21. Auraraptor

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    Scud Ing replaces the bulb holders themselves and some companies make custom inserts but at great cost.
     
  22. otoupalik

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    Do the Morimoto you will look at it and never want to go back. But they are 100% reversible, so you can if you ever need to!

    I am working with morimoto to see about a front led projector retrofit now too.
     
  23. BarthVader

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    What are you doing about the 3rd brake light, if anything? Morimoto is having a sale this week and I’m close to pulling the trigger.
     
  24. Auraraptor

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    Scud Ing offers a LED 3rd light replacement IIRC
     
  25. otoupalik

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    I hadn’t seen any options, if scud has one may get that as I need their flasher module too.

    @BarthVader post pics if you do it!
     

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