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Old 10-19-2011, 10:10 PM
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Has anyone had experience

installing high beam and turn indicators into little holes in the dash? I bought the three LED lights and want drill the holes just above the two gauges on the dash. I know I won't have more than one chance to do it right. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to drill these little holes without screwing up my dash?
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The step drills make life much easier doing that sort of thing..you may wish to try them on a piece of sheet metal before drilling your dash..Actually they are quite easy to use..

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:54 PM
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The step drills make life much easier doing that sort of thing..you may wish to try them on a piece of sheet metal before drilling your dash..Actually they are quite easy to use..

Sam
I have used the step bits for a long time, just never for a hole 5/16". Do they make them that small? What about some kind of tape around where I'll be drilling to protect the dash?
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drill a small hole and then use a hand reamer Usually on small holes ream a little from front and back. regular drill bits tend to make an oversixe tringular hole in sheet metal. mabe make a drill fixture by having the corect hole size in at least 1/4 inch plate. drill a small pilot hole to use to align the fixture .
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yes the step bits are available in that size..What Tim suggests works well also..depends on tooling available and what you are OK with doing..

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I installed a set in my camaro dash last week. Do those have a nut on back side to hold or are they the push in fit. If they have a nut drill hole the size they suggest if they push in like mine did the hole size they said to use seemed loose to me on test fit panel. I ended going 2 sizes smaller in my drill index and then used a reamer for the fit I wanted.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:39 AM
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No, there are no nuts on the back side, just have to ream the hole tight and use silicone or hot glue to hold.
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Don't use hot glue. Summer time temps get high enough to melt the glue when the car is closed up. Silicone is the ticket.
I used similar LEDs on mine
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X2 on the silicone, works best.
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I've seen a tiny o-ring used on the light to keep it tight.
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I agree Silicone is the best way to go since it adapts well even in extremely high temperatures.I also highly suggest that you try drilling first on some metal sheet you have there since it is quite some work for beginners, you don't want to end up regretting you did the drilling yourself, practice makes perfect, so i suggest you get the "beginner's jitters" off first before you start with your actual car. good luck with that!
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