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Civic: trunk light led upgrade – Auto Repair Chat

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Oh you know my love for aftermarket stuff! Let's put that to the side and come along as Eric O. installs some AFTERMARKET LED Light strips in the trunk of his Honda Civic so he can see the junk in his trunk! -Enjoy!
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50 thoughts on “Civic: trunk light led upgrade”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clifford Streck says:

    Eric,
    Me thinks you have way to much time on your hands..

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kerzwhile says:

    An easy 15hp gain!!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    I would of soldered each led Strip To the Solder pads At the ends and then only wired 1 black and 1 red wire to the Oem Harness just me though it works either way Good video Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Lmfao can't see my junk in my trunk with my Hondooo 🤣🤣 Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Douglas Cordova says:

    🤣

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Hext you'll have the wheel wells lit and have starlights in the headliner…..like a rolls royce……maybe a multi-color spinning disco ball under the hood.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brad Hall says:

    That after market crap!!!😄

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CanMan says:

    “Aftermarket junk”

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars peacefrog0521 says:

    I did this last fall on my ‘06 Miata. I had leftover non-waterproof LED strips which I’d been putting up in my house. It’s easier to work with than the encapsulated waterproof type, and of course no water ever gets in the trunk, right? 😀

    Mine were Warm White instead of Cool White. I can’t solder to save my life, so I had to resort to vampire clips. But I ran one long strip all the way around the perimeter, with slight bends around the corners. I had several rolls to choose from so I used the one that was most sticky.

    When I hooked it up I was amazed. Opening the trunk now is like that scene in Pulp Fiction when Vincent Vega opens the briefcase. 😀

    Edit: I also tried using one of the waterproof ones on my rear finish panel as another reverse light, as my taillight lenses had been tinted over by the previous owner. The point where the wires attach to the strip (inside the heat shrink) is a weak point. I made the connection ok and it worked when I tested before attaching, but when I attached the strip to the rear panel it got stressed and stopped working. It also didn’t stick well at all, even with alcohol prep on the surface. I taped over the wire ends until I decide to try another strip.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars peacefrog0521 says:

    Eric O + Hondoo Civic = EricTheCarGuy 😀

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars snakediet5991 says:

    I can't see the junk in my trunk on my hondo 😂

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Schrumm says:

    I love aftermarket junk. jk.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy May says:

    When are you installing the remote start??

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Robins says:

    Performance upgrade! WooooooHooooo!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Damon Wagner says:

    Upgrade LED trunk lights!!! Stage II trunk lid torsion bars!! Its going to be one sexy Civic. I can just see you at the grocery store with the trunk lid open and a crowd of ricers standing around to get a look… You definitely need a fart can though

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted Saylor says:

    Eric will soon be selling a Gold Plated "SMA Car Club" Emblem for your hat shelf. Straight 'outta Avoca!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wesley Brabant says:

    Great video Eric. I was thinking I could try this in my 02 Buick Regal ls trunk. The light I have in there is bright, but now it can look cool as well. Nice change up to the videos.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Babb says:

    I know this video is 3 years old, but Dammit Eric, I saw the offset side cutters you received and had to buy them myself. I must have 15 different side cutters, but for some reason needed the ones you got. You are a bad influence. 🙂

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars IRON H34RT221 says:

    Upgrade god!

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars daddyphatsax304 says:

    I found a brand new set of these EXACT lights in the trunk of a car i bought recently. I think they are still in the trash out in the shop if anyone is interested.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Very nice

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vincent Bozzone says:

    Flux helps

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jackie See says:

    I replace the instrument cluster lights in my 03 Tahoe with similar LED strips. It was easy peasy – just taped the lights around the paremeter of the inner cluster and soldered 1 lead to where the OEM lights were soldered. 30 minute job from removing the cluster to reinstalling and the lights are 1000x brighter!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars General Disarray says:

    Did this to my boot/trunk and now it's like that briefcase in Pulp Fiction, you need sunglasses on, even at night, to see in the boot/trunk…🤣🤣🤣

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sheeshalready says:

    Something fun and motivating about having a brand new used car. I acquired my brothers 92 Honda Civic Hatchback. I have been repairing all of the things he suffered for about two years now, one at a time…lol. Now, he LOVES the car again, but it is MINE.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jake c says:

    Was that good mythical morning nod?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Shepherd says:

    time for a painting video?

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Walt P says:

    It's amazing that car manufacturers still use incandescent bulbs. That's 100+ year old technology. They get hot and draw alot of current for a small amount of light. I replaced almost all of my interior bulbs with LEDs. They're brighter and the incandescents drained my battery by accidentally leaving the dome/map lights on. The LEDS use less than 10% of what the incandescents used.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Voinier says:

    What is that folding razor knife you use? I want one!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Valkema says:

    Put the other 2 on the inside of trunk lid and tie into license plate lighting.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Russell White says:

    I thought you did not like aftermarket crap ha ha

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Jones says:

    I thought you did not like After Market Crap
    ..LOL

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Torrance says:

    What is this stupid fascination with coloured lights? Stupid crazy! Plain white is a lot more practical. At least you have not yet gone totally crazy and put them under your wagon — as some really stupid crazies have done. In protest, am not bothering to watch the whole vid.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oklahoma Dave says:

    Put 2nd set on trunk lid behind plate

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars THEDRAGONBOOSTER8 says:

    Like it..

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars akidojlaw537 says:

    Disco lights😎 love it

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Bleuel Does Stuff says:

    Aftermarket stuff lol

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Fry says:

    I want one of those soldering torches, but can't find it in the SMA Amazon Store. Who can tell me what it is called? Thanks.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B. R. says:

    Mr. "I hate aftermarket crap", Lol!!
    I love it! Keep 'em coming!!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars raf says:

    BTDT on somewhat "dangerous" soldering. Get some carbon fiber soldering mat/blanket on amazon. Pretty good stuff.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars raf says:

    Good placement for the initial set of LEDs. Secondary emplacement would be under the forward deck, bit that would involve additional wiring. Important that any lighting not shine in the user's face. On my Miata, I simply replaced the OEM bulb with an LED element–Plug-and-Play, but more expensive. Simpler, though. These OEM trunk-lid-mounted bulbs take a beating, because slamming the trunk lid shut jars the filament of the OEM bulb, breaking it prematurely.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars scott McIntosh says:

    I want them 4 my van ! Thanks Dr. O !!!

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Campos says:

    It looks great

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lok Tom says:

    Now Mr. O have Christmas all year long everytime he open his truck.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Stewart says:

    Use a K/C light,keeps food warm,and plenty illumination, good day

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rjh245 says:

    How much faster was the Honda after that?

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jose Cruz says:

    lot easier to connect to the light oem plug but still pretty good job

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars deno spyridon says:

    I did this but in bright white

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Trey Cook says:

    MightyCivicMods!