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OK, I've worked out where the LED for the ignition light would get its +ve and -ve from relatively easily.
Now all I have to do is either find a clear replacement for the switch surround as Jalal suggests, or just organise where to drill a small hole and place the LED into the column cover close by.
Once everything has been hooked up and tested, I'll post a DIY with pics and schematics.

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Kev,

This is what we need for the ignition key ring.

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I also just thought that a flexible thin LED strip stuck to the outer edge of the current key ring would also do the job fine. I just can't find any LED strips that thin on the net, but I'll keep looking.

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Jalal,

If the surround is so easy to remove by hand, what do we need it for anyway ? Certainly not security.
If it were removed, the gap around the keyswitch should let any light inside "escape" as if there were a clear surround fitted (?).

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Jalal,

If the surround is so easy to remove by hand, what do we need it for anyway ? Certainly not security.



It is nothing but a cosmetic item to fill the gap around the ignition chamber.

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If it were removed, the gap around the keyswitch should let any light inside "escape" as if there were a clear surround fitted (?).



That is true, but it'll be a bit of an ugly solution, as the gap will be quite noticeable, however if we find an LED strip similar to those clear LED type tubes to fill that gap, then it'll look OK I think.



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Any chance you could get a surround or two from an Xtrail the next time you visit the wreckers Jalal ?
This would give me spares to practice with as I'm looking at the surround in my hand and I'm thinking maybe some holes around the edge might do it.

I'm also trying to think of some clear plastic bottles, cups or tubes of the correct diameter which we might be able to manufacture our own clear surround from by glueing a larger size over a smaller one (if you understand what I'm trying to say).

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No worries Kev, I will try and get some but I don't know when am going there next.

I can picture the solution you have in mind and I have already located the small size diameter ring when I found a clear plastic cup in the kitchen, now I need to find the one that is just a little bit bigger emoticon

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Jalal,

It is just a rough prototype but what do you think of this ?
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I still have to mount the LEDs in it yet and connect it up but it seems to be promising.

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Wow Kev, Looks nice indeed!

Did you make this or picked it up from another car?

I knew I forgot to check something out when I went to the wreckers emoticon

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I made it Jalal emoticon

Going through a $2 cheapie shop last week and found one of those christmas cups with an inner and outer part filled with plastic snowflake pieces between. It looked like the inner part was the right size so I got one and started cutting it up and stuck two pieces together. A light sanding gives the frosted look.

I'll post up a 'how-to' of pics for you tonight when I download them from the camera. Then I'll post a second part after I wire-up the LEDs and get it working.

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Good stuff Kev, I have also just finished doing this mod under a huge bombardment of insults from my wife after slaughtering 2 of of the cups I found in the kitchen. hahahaha emoticon

Here they're are emoticon

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I have decided to make the ignition cylinder "dust proof" so I only left a small hole for the ignition key in the middle emoticon

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Here how it looks fitted in place

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I found some spare dash globes with their base, so I used 2 of them and painted them in red to illuminate the circle

I glued them in place and there are 2 flat surfaces inside the steering wheel where they sit perfectly

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I got the power from the main light switch arm (red & blue wire)

I also tried using a couple of small LEDs, but they didn't light-up the circle as much as I wanted.

Will take some pics tonight of the new mod in action emoticon

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