Introduction: USB LED Hotwheels Car

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Pimp my Hotwheels Car

Step 1: Tools Required

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1. Soldering Iron
2. Hot Glue Gun
3. Rotary Drill (Dremmel)
4. Scalpel Set
5. Pliers
6. Wire Strippers

Step 2: Materials Required

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1. Hotwheels Car.
2. USB Cable with male plug.
3. LED & Resistor (Use the web to match your choice).
4. Wire, 2 Colours.

Step 3: Strip the Wires

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Use the Red (+5v) & Black (Gnd) wires, and cut off the rest.

Step 4: Prepare the LED

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The long leg on the LED is +, so the Resistor should be soldered to this, the shot leg is - or Gnd.
Please ignore the white cable in this Pic it should have been the black one!

Step 5: Solder & Clean Up

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As space is limited inside the car, use a scalpel or file to clean up the solder, unless not like me you are a tidy solderer.

Step 6: Dismantle the Car

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Use a small HSS drill bit in the dremmel to drill out the rivets.

Step 7: Cut Out the Spacr for the LED

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Every car is Different, just be careful not to cut into the interior.

Step 8: Glue in the LED

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Use the hot melt glue to fix the LED in place, using just a little glue at a time, be careful not to glue lower than the Wheels.

Step 9: Ready to Plug In

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Plug in and stand well back!

Step 10: All Done

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Just switch out the lights!


swimmer95 (author)2009-04-01

mine works now i had the wires wrong

Knetjester (author)swimmer952009-04-01

Well done, lets see some pics then ?

L.E.D. hero (author)Knetjester2009-11-04

i got some pics of mine for led hotwheels car check it out
i know you posted this along time ago so idk if u care

L.E.D. hero (author)2009-11-04

Here are mine... i made two. one is a '34 ford an the other is some cheap one that looked cool from target. I used a wire that the ends were stripped and use a 3-volt on it because i was too lazy to find a usb cord. 

(P.S.) macro rocks!

HardCoreHacker (author)2009-05-17

coundt u just put some watch batteries or whatever was in your headlights tut inside the car to power the undercarriage lights?

if so... Could that work while installing into a die-cast car?

MACKattacksnipe (author)2009-05-17

add a memory stick

swimmer95 (author)2009-03-31

mine wont work

Knetjester (author)swimmer952009-03-31

Thats a shame, try harder !

Capt. Fat (author)2009-01-29

is it a flash drive?

Knetjester (author)Capt. Fat2009-02-15

No, just a light.

Capt. Fat (author)Knetjester2009-02-16

oh. =|

hassannaeem101 (author)2009-01-11

have you gone nuts

No, I'm nuts to start with!

klingonprins (author)2008-07-07

is there a way to put in a battery and maybe like a switch, so its portable underglow?

raykholo (author)klingonprins2008-12-05

see: Battery Free, USB Powered LED Torch
just mod it a bit and put in a usb jack instead so u can charge it with a 2 sided usb plug cable...

I have an intractable like you described comming soon.

masterochicken (author)2007-10-08

I have that same hobby knife set. I got it from the 99 cent store.

zero838 (author)masterochicken2008-08-22

i got the same one also for cents but i gave it to my dad and got this one for 5 dollars

99 Cents?, I live in the UK & the knife set cost me 1 Pound, looks like I was ripped off!

how much is a pound to a dollar? like 1pound=2 usd ?


Mr.NHRA (author)2008-08-12

how did you get the body to stay on?

Knetjester (author)Mr.NHRA2008-08-15

Use a hot glue gun, or you could use some tiny self tapping screws, if you have a drill bit small enough to drill out the rivets.

Gh{O}sT (author)Mr.NHRA2008-08-14

probly a tiny bit of glue

Knetjester (author)2008-03-10

Thanks for all the comments, I have more projects on the drawing board. Can anybody identify the Landscape in the last picture? Its in the UK!

pai (author)2008-01-02


ispiti (author)2007-12-04

hey i just bought that, galaxy is it? from target yesterday. sweet

Fastchevyfan (author)2007-10-31

Sweet Custom Lighting!!! I have been customizing Hot Wheels for 10 years, this will make a great new custom idea!!!!

aloknaik (author)Fastchevyfan2007-11-29

what a gr8 idea!!!

DIY Dave (author)2007-10-18


masterochicken (author)2007-10-08

that's male I'm afraid

ok, ok, MALE USB plug!!!

sorry for being a dick I was just bored.

Dragonluvr_05 (author)2007-10-03

I was thinking, I've got an old bluetooth headset lying around I'm sure the battery is small enough to fit inside the car. No need to switch it off, just let the battery die, then recharge. Over all a great Instructable.

power (author)2007-10-02

hey.hotwheels made in Malaysia.where did you live???

Clank (author)power2007-10-02

i lived in Malaysia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wooohhh hooo

xboxteen01 (author)2007-10-02

you could also build a USB flash drive into the car and use it like that, with the drives LED wired into better LEDS. good instructable though

Knetjester (author)xboxteen012007-10-02

Great idea, unfortunately it is 1:25 am (Don't think my family would appreciate me getting out the Dremmel!) or I would get to work on it right now.#

Watch this space!

Darkshot (author)2007-10-02

AWSOME STUFF MAN! and it is a MALE plug not a FEMALE plug it would just be weird to do it with a female but kick butt instructable

D@V1D (author)2007-10-02

Nice! Can you send me one?

blckpythn (author)2007-10-02

i believe that is a Male usb plug, other than that its a pretty cool idea i think making an LED Throwie for this would be more efficient and safe for that matter

Mr. Rig It (author)2007-10-02

LOL What a great imagination I love it!

marc92 (author)2007-10-02

when i first saw the instructable i thought, cool and then i thought to make it into a usb mouse idk if i will do it though

dentsinger (author)2007-10-02

Cool, I love miniatures and dioramas. I would paint the interior, drill a few miniature holes in the dash for dash lighting, add head lamps and brake lights. Cool nonetheless! I'm wondering if there's a way to stash a lithium cell inside to power up the led(s) and add a mini switch somewhere in the undercarriage.

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