installing neon tubes on the exterior

Give your car a soul with these Neon Installation

Some drivers cannot just drive around in a car that everyone else could have. For them, this vehicle should also have a soul, a proof that their owner is as unique as it is itself. This is why they decide on improving it looks by customizing it or adding various gadgets. And nothing says “I’m unique” better than a couple of neon lights installed in a car. Whenever we see such a car it definitely attracts our attention, especially if the color of lights match the paint job in a creative manner. But how to install such wonders in our car?

The procedure is safe as first thing you will do is unplugging the battery, however, if you feel you cannot handle such neat work it is better if you simply take your car to customization shop

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Before we start please do notice that installing neon tubes on the exterior car is going to require some work with wiring as well as an access to a good working spot (a car lift would greatly help). The procedure is safe as first thing you will do is unplugging the battery, however, if you feel you cannot handle such neat work it is better if you simply take your car to customization shop. You’ll have to pay a lot of extra buck, but at least you’ll have neon lights. But if you feel you’re up to a challenge and have some experience with working with cables, you’re good to go.

First of all, you will need to obtain an under car neon light kit. Moreover, you will need additional tools in order to install it. Refer to its manual for that but most certainly you will need a drill capable of drilling in metal, sharp and short knife (or a special cable tool), and a solder together with necessary accessories. Got everything? Good, let’s get to it.

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Neon installation guide

As I have already mentioned, the very first thing to do is to cut off power supply. To do this you’ll need to pull off the battery’s negative cable. Now you’ll need to raise your car either on a lift or with a jack. In the latter case, make sure the lifted side of a car is completely stable and secure. Determine which spot will be the best to install the lights. You’ll have to remember about a couple of things here. First of all, you may wan to put them under the chassis in a way that the tubes themselves cannot be visible from the outside. It is because the law in many states forbids having additional lights in a car. But as long as only the light is visible and not the source of this light itself, you’re safe to go. Secondly, do not pick any of the crucial spots. These include the area near brake, fuel, or electrical lines, hot areas, moving parts, or areas where you would put a jack to lift the vehicle. It’s best to refer to the kit’s manual where an appropriate place of montage should be given.

Most often, the kit will contain four tubes, one for each side of the car. Start installing them one by one. In order to do that, put brackets included in the kit on the tubes and put them onto the chassis. Mark the places where you will be drilling and center-punch them. Once you have the holes, apply some silicon sealant on the holes in order to secure them from rust. When screwing the tubes, just screw to the point where they will be barely holding. You will secure them later. And mind that the cables all point towards the front of the vehicle and that they don’t get trapped under the neon tube.

mount a transformer under the hood in the engine compartment

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Mustang with neon lights

Once you have all four tubes installed, the real fun begins. You will have to mount a transformer under the hood in the engine compartment. Make sure you understand the instructions provided in the kit’s manual. They will tell you exactly how to do that. And since you will be drilling be careful not to destroy anything. Otherwise, you may be up for some costly repairs. Then you will have to connect the transformer to the lighting circuit and this is the part that may demand some play with cables. You may have to strip some wires in order to join them. In this case, once u strip the cables, slip the shrink-wrap tubing on the end of one of these wires, solder them together with a solder gun (remember to apply some silicone sealant), and slide down the tubing onto the soldered cables. Use a heat gun until the tubing tights, sealing the wires. All that is left to do is to connect the transformer to the battery. More specifically, you will have to connect the transformer’s power wire to the positive side of the battery. If you want neon lights to work independently of headlights, you will connect that positive side directly with the neon on/off switch, also included in the kit. Also, you will have to ground the whole system by screwing the transformer’s earth wire into the car’s chassis. And don’t forget that an in-line fuse cannot be attached further than 18 inches from the battery.

A sight like this definitely makes up for all the work you had to put into installing the kit.

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Now you can mount the on/off switch in any convenient place on a dash or in a cabin. And don’t forget to plug the negative cable to your battery again. If you did everything right your car will  amazingly, especially in the dark. A sight like this definitely makes up for all the work you had to put into installing the kit.