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CJB's Gaucho Grande

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This is sort of a continuation of THIS thread.

Tore it apart last night.
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Wouldn't it be neat to replace the rear shocks with two 8 inch throw linear actuators? Jack up the rear end with the push of a button?
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Popped an amp meter in the dash...
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Got it ready for the 4W MR-16 headlights
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And made some custom tail/brake lights
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More detail on that later.

I'll go 24v with an LBD-14 for this. Chloe says she wants it to stay yellow. Easy enough. :)


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Tail lights:

Once upon a time, I found some cool rectangle red lens housings outlined in chrome. $1.99 at the surplus store. I picked them up for a 'just in case' kind of thing. Turns out, it's like they were MADE for the Gaucho. There's a recess in the back of the housing that matches perfectly to the bumper. Couldn't have designed them better myself.

During the Escalade project, I picked up some LED replacement turn signal bulbs for a car so I was just going to use those with the red lenses. One of them had 3 leds out though. Crap. I've already modified the housing to fit these bulbs. So... gut it and make my own.

Original bulb
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I have a bag full of Pirhanna LEDs (right side of pic) and two fit nicely in the aluminum case so I decided to use those.

Wire two in series
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Fit test
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Heatshrink, heatshrink, heatshrink.
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Brightness is about the same. Old on the left, new on the right.
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put an 82 ohm resistor on each set. When wiring to the battery, I also used a 470 ohm resistor to make them tail lights. When the brake relay kicks on, it'll bypass that resistor and but them at full brightness.

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Brake Lights
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I think they look pretty good on there.
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Don't you love it when things fall into place? :)

To make sure I understand :oops: - Is 82 Ohm what you came up with calculated from the combined LED Voltage, and 470 Ohm is (roughly) half?
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jparthum wrote:Don't you love it when things fall into place? :)

To make sure I understand :oops: - Is 82 Ohm what you came up with calculated from the combined LED Voltage, and 470 Ohm is (roughly) half?
Calculate?? :lol: :lol: :lol:
I don't CALCULATE. I use the, "ehhh... close enough" method. 8-)

It was either 470, 510, 1K, or 82 ohm. That's the smallest resistors I have. Everything else is in the 'K' range.

I have a 270 here at work I might try, but I want there to be a noticeable difference when the brake lights go on in daylight.
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:lol: Gotcha! ;)

Well it worked out very nicely. :)
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hey, I was wondering how the 4W MR-16 where doing in the gaucho, I have tried two different sets of mr-16 leds, the first set was nice and bright, but they got so hot they started to melt the headlight lenses :? , The second pair, don't get hot at all but they are not that bright :cry:

these were the first lights ... way too hot, in fact one blew out after about a half hour of testing :x
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These are nice and cool... pretty much no heat, but they are not as brights as maybe a set of harbor freight modded headlights.
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Also you have any project updates ? Thanks
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No project updates yet. This weekend I'm going to get going on this one.

The MR-16s are not yet installed in the Gaucho, but have been in service for a while in the Escalade. They are incredibly bright and stay very cool. There should be a link to them in my project page for the Escalade. These are all I will use from now on.

The first picture you posted, I'd expect to get very hot. PLCC-2 LEDs are not known for their thermal efficiency. I use some PLCC-4 LEDs on some parts at work and they get rather warm, but they're operated outdoors with thermally conductive adhesive on a 7" metal heatsink.

The second picture is just a bunch of 5mm LEDs in a big circle. Cool yes, bright no, as you've mentioned.

The ones I'm using are higher power and they did a very good job with the focus of the lenses and thermal management. Yes, they pull about a half-amp, BUT they stay cool and they're as bright (if not brighter) as a 60W bulb. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for functional headlights. I'll get some outdoor night time pictures up once everything is together.
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When I did my sons Gaucho I used the LED lights from Harbour Freight. Honestly they are very very bright. Just his HL will light up my whole backyard.

Sorry to whore, project is looking good.
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wow, thanks for the info, yeah i'm going to be running a separate battery for lights so the drawing of amps I don't see as a problem. I've used the harbor freights as well and yes they are pretty bright, but I was looking for something a little brighter that I could still use with the stock lenses on the Gaucho.
Also CJB how are you planning on securing these lights? Mine are held in by being sandwiched between the lense and the whole I opened up in the grill , which seems to hold the lights just fine but I was wondering if there was something better? Can't wait to see your updates :)
Xtremefour, do you have pics of your light install anywhere?
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ccsurep wrote:
Also CJB how are you planning on securing these lights? Mine are held in by being sandwiched between the lense and the whole I opened up in the grill , which seems to hold the lights just fine but I was wondering if there was something better?
In the Escalade, I used super glue. :lol:
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I'm here. I'm alive. Been landscaping my :o off. Back hurts, hands are shot.

Nevertheless, I got cookin on the gaucho again this evening. (thanks, whiskey) Got the brake pedal installed and figured out what needs painting. T-ball tourney tomorrow, so I'm not sure when I'll get around to paint, but she wants the same colors, so this will be basically a Gaucho restoration. (with a few added goodies) Which is OK, since I have that set of re-pro decals and all.

On a side note, the motors in the Brute Force and Escalade are now in need of repair. The Trail Rider gearboxes are clicky, and the ninja is acting strange. So much for taking time off to work around the house and enjoy the summer. :roll: I'm going to have to take some time off of work just to do the necessary repairs to the ones that are supposed to work. That puts me down to 3 functional rides. YIKES. :shock: At lease the batteries are getting a rest on the charger.
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Gaucho is in paint currently - John Deere Yellow and Fusion red.

It'll look pretty cool I think. I thought about JD yellow and JD green, but that's too close to Packers colors. Here in MN, that's how it'd be taken.

Should look pretty good. I'll get some pics up tonight.
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I'd put up some pics if I could figure out WTH the wife did with the camera... :|
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I can't find mine either - it's been neglected since I got my EVO. :(






Did you check the bedroom? ;)

Be careful uploading! :P
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Good suggestion, J. That coulda been bad. :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Anyway, this has been done for a while now (and riden and dirtied) but here's the pics of the Gaucho Refresh.
Note the red steering wheel back & horn and red shifter.

Carpeted, lit up, separate brake pedal, headlights, tail lights, brake lights. Currently 12v, but easily upped to 18v.
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Looks great I like what you done with the red horn , steering wheel & shifer really fits in well with the dash 8-)
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I like it, looks great. I was waiting for you to update... :)
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Nice :D

I really like the carpet. What did you use?
How did you attach it?
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TerryInLeesburg wrote:Nice :D

I really like the carpet. What did you use?
How did you attach it?
I used some automotive carpet I got to restore a car I already sold. :lol:
The carpet kit came with some spray adhesive.
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I noticed, WHAT THE HECK it is september why is the plow on the polaris?????
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