2004 LED Tail lights?

JMac4506

Active Member
Ok... I think I got the fix for this...
50 watt 6 ohm aluminum chassis resistors mounted parallel to the flashing signal leads.
I just ordered 4 of these. Will let you know when they arrive and I get installed!



https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/141653649066
I have my tail lights all wired and switched to LEDs. Have also gotten the CE light to stay off from the LED lamp issue.
Bit of a pain in the ass and I want to watch it a while before converting the front lights as well.
I had to use 2 of those 50watt resistors on each lamp. (One for turn signal/Brake light and one for the running lights)
My only concern is the resistors got pretty warm, as they should under load. I want to give these a week or so and see if the temperature gets to a point of melting any of the plastic in my tail light assemblies.
So in order to change the light s over AND keep the CE light from coming on, you will need 8 of those resistors.
Will let you know in a week if the heat doesn't seem to be an issue.

Let me know if you need a schematic for this.
 

JMac4506

Active Member
Ok... I think I got the fix for this...
50 watt 6 ohm aluminum chassis resistors mounted parallel to the flashing signal leads.
I just ordered 4 of these. Will let you know when they arrive and I get installed!


https://www.ebay.com/itm/141653649066

Well guys... I HAD LED lights for one day. It seems my resistor heat concern had merit.
In just one evening of driving, start stop traffic, turn signals, waiting at stop lights...
The resistor for the turn signal become so hot it melted into my tail light assembly.
So please DON'T add these to your car unless you run some very long wires and can mount the resistors in a location that does not mind heat!!!!
I cut the resistors out and put the filament lamps back in :(
 

Transporter

Well-Known Member
I bought LED Taillights for my 2003 Expo as well as backup lights and interior lights kit. I did the driver's side interior lights first and the difference in unbelievable! Anyway, I decided to look for LED backup and tail light bulbs for the Tbird. I found something that I believe is very strange, found a set of bulbs and the fitment chart says says it fits 2003 Tbird but not 2002 Tbirds. How can that be? The AutoZone bulb chart says the 2002 and 2003 take the same bulb.
The Link:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-X-6000K-White-3157-3156-24-SMD-LED-Tail-Brake-Stop-Backup-Reverse-Light-Bulbs/263537943601?
 

JW in Dixie

Well-Known Member
Checked the linked bulb for 2004 compatibility: This part is not compatible with 2004 Ford Thunderbird Base Convertible 2-Door 3.9L 242Cu. In. V8 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated.

Will keep searching - sure would like to convert.
 
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