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 Post subject: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDATED]
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:48 am 
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EDIT: That's weird my original post was not complete. I edited and it is now showing my full LED light list. It was auto hiding half of my orignal post. Don't know why and I wasn't using BB code. I had to disable bb code and smilies so it would stop doing that. Now my full post is showing. AlsoDo not automatically parse URL.

I looked at this nice guide here

http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Articles/Toyota-RAV4-Common-Problems-Repair-Maintenance-Guides.htm

and decided that it was time to upgrade the RAV4 EV's interior lights and rear lights.. Ok, so I also popped my knee and it is swollen so i can't walk so I have a lot of spare time. Yorkim sounds like a pretty good maker so I am getting all the lights from them so the color can be as consistent as possible.

Dome light and cargo light
https://www.amazon.com/Yorkim-Bright-Interior-Chipsets-Festoon/dp/B00ZKTXJA4

For the map and vanity lights as well as the license plate lights I am getting these 194 bulbs
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VVWTPT1/

For the rear lights I found
https://www.amazon.com/Yorkim-Backup-Reverse-Extremely-Voltage/dp/B01L3M9ORS

But it almost seems that you can use the 194 bulbs for them. The designs look different and I am not sure if I should go with 921 LED bulbs or 194 if the 194 can be used?

I'm also considering on changing the rear turning signal AMBER lights, but I am unsure if these lights are incandescent or LEDs already. Does anyone know? Also, what about the front turning lights? AMBER LEDS? I know the high beams are not LEDS and instead halogen? So I am considering upgrade those too.

once i get everything and installl them I'll take pics of before and after for the results :)


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:51 am 
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The lights really help they are much brighter and super cooler. I actually burned my finger with one of the regular lights as I pulled them off after taking a picture. The LEDs stay cool. The brightness really does make a huge difference at night. The color really is white while the other is yellow

Oh the dome and cargo leds are a bit large for their slots. You can still get them in there, but it is tough and the dome slipped out once after installing. Other than that though the dome and cargo LEDS are omega bright. Much brighter than the 194s

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https://i.imgur.com/Vae9ZuB.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/AB6ZDH2.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/eUoJS7s.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/n4TFyV8.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bugoPFz.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/OcKMT4g.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:19 am 
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I'm tempted by this mod... I like LEDs :)
how did you remove the covers for the map lights?
Is it just pull the plastic cover that triggers the switch? or take down the whole enclosure (both lights + sunglasses holder)


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:14 pm 
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Just look at pauls guide its the first link in my post. He has pics on how to do it. You just pull the glass cover for the light bulb but they have little tooth notches. It is not hard I've never done anything like this before and it went well. Just the cabin and cargo leds are a little large so it will be a little hard to fit but they do fit. The lights are great at night helps when looking for stuff or reading. The dome light and the argo are very bright.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:30 am 
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Paul's guides were very useful.
I was able to put the new LEDs no problem and the interior looks much nicer now. thanks for the tip!
I even used some of the spare bulbs to update our ICE backup suv :)

watching Paul's guide made me wonder... is there an air cabin filter for these cars? I didn't see one upon cursory inspection.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:42 am 
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KurtManz wrote:
... is there an air cabin filter for these cars? I didn't see one upon cursory inspection.



in the large glove box

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:27 am 
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eplantz wrote:
KurtManz wrote:
... is there an air cabin filter for these cars? I didn't see one upon cursory inspection.



in the large glove box


Indeed... I earned an RTFm with that one...
and I'm ordering filters right now... the one in the car is in dire need of replacement.

I found this... we'll see if it works well..
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:40 am 
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Nice find on that aftermarket activated-charcoal cabin filter.

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2018 Model 3 LR AWD, blue
1999 E300 on B100 (sold Sep2018)
http://nissandiesel.dyndns.org


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:05 pm 
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Generally, I like to use OEM parts, but I bought a pair of the Kootek cabin filters to try. The packaging has improved (misspellings removed) and it appears to be a decent quality product. We've had quite a bit of ash falling here (from wildfires in eastern Washington and British Colombia), and I knew I'd have to change mine again. I had last changed mine last Fall, and sure enough when I pulled it out yesterday, there was quite a bit of ash sitting in it, so it was time :)

Visually comparing the OEM 87139-50100 to the Kootek KCF005, the OEM filter has more loose charcoal bits, more pleats, and is darker in appearance which implies more charcoal content. The felt-like end caps seem identical between the two.

I gave $39 for the OEM filter, $13 for a two-pack of the Kooteks.

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2014 Rav4 EV, Shoreline Blue Pearl, #2609, first use 04Jun2014, 49k miles (Aug2017), OpenEVSE 40A. First DU replacement May2018 59k.
2018 Model 3 LR AWD, blue
1999 E300 on B100 (sold Sep2018)
http://nissandiesel.dyndns.org


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading my interior lights to LEDs + Rear Lights [UPDA
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:00 am 
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Thanks for the pointer to the OEM filter Al. I'll keep that link saved.

newbie question: you had to install the Kooteks witht he arrow pointing DOWN, right?
The original filter had an arrow pointing up (with the word up printed), but the dirt was on the top side... which implies air flow goes down...
the Kooteks filter has the arrow pointing on the direction of the air flow.. thus goes down...


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