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Did not notice the clown shoe...I've owned several in the past...

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what did you use to shape the parts??
Foam in this case but if its a small area without many curves sometimes I'll just spray some adhesive on some cardboard and use that. A bit ghetto but it gets the job done.
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Looks awesome! I would have had some separation where the access panels usually are, but that's just me. The profile picture of the front says it all. I am very impressed with how well it turned out, given that you molded everything front scratch.
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and you dont want to replicate this why? *waves cash like youre a hooker*

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Loving it....because of this im finally going to get started on my busted clam and do something similar, so you created the shape with foam and fiberglassed over it?

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Loving it....because of this im finally going to get started on my busted clam and do something similar, so you created the shape with foam and fiberglassed over it?

another forum member goes into more detail about this:
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Just make sure your materials are compatible. Epoxy's pretty good about not eating away at the foam but other materials can make a real mess out things.

In my case I cut and prepped my work area with a grinder and then stuck a chunk of foam to the inside of the clam with spray adhesive. After that all you've got to do is shape it how you want it.
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is that an elise back hatch on an exige rear clam?
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is that an elise back hatch on an exige rear clam?
Elise hatch on an Elise clam.
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I prefer a one-off elise clam over a stock exige clam.........cough, ahem .....money...
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I prefer a one-off elise clam over a stock exige clam.........cough, ahem .....money...
Question, I'm also doing this with the new 2011 lights but how did you connect the wiring? did you buy, wire harnesses from the dealer?

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No. Searched high and low for the manufacturer & type of plug. The male end of the plug might have a manufacturers name on it somewhere but I know the female end gave no clues. Probably the easiest would be to get the plugs off a parts car.
I did work out the pinout though. I have it written down somewhere if you want it.
Are you replacing the clam or modifying your existing one? How far into the project are you?
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I did work out the pinout though. I have it written down somewhere if you want it.
Are you replacing the clam or modifying your existing one? How far into the project are you?
Man if you could get me the pinout, that would be awesome and I've already got the lights (off ebay for $1000 for the set) and I'm modifying a hit clam and thats almost done. (about 2 weeks left) and then ill be ready to do the wiring.

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Surprisingly I was able to find it pretty quick unfortunately, I must have written it down pretty quick also cause I can't make out what I have going on with pins 6 & 7 and possibly pin 5. I know they have to do with the turn and driving LED's (nothing special just pos & neg leads).
Connect the ones you know are correct first and finish it up testing a ground on the remaining pins. If you can get some used plugs then It should be easy to guess whats what by the wire color & gauge.
If you want the driving lights to dim at night then you could prob accomplish that with a relay that switches when the headlight positive lead is hot.
If you think you need more clarification. I can get my clam off and do my best to fill in the blanks for you.

So heres what I had scribbled on paper.
pin 1. Turn LED - Negative ground
2. Driving LED night (dimmed) + Positive lead
3. Low Beam + (9005)
4. High beam +
5. Driving LED day (bright) + Positive
6. * LED -
7. * LED +
8. High/ Low beam - negative ground
9. (unused)
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Wow thanks for that, that will save me a lot of time. In about two weeks, ill let you know how it goes

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Impressive teamwork gentlemen. Post your results, I really like the 2011 headlamp shape

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+1 on the wiring and pinouts. i plan on doing this to a damaged clam relatively soon

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Hey Man so im almost ready to start working on the clam. And I've got a question did you have any problems when the lights were put into place? As in crash structure being to close or modifying anything on the inside?

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