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    Default ARC LS tri-rebel build *new finish*

    I hope someone finds this interesting

    I recently acquired a used and buggy first run Arc LS from another member with the intent to fix it up and modernize the engine.

    I decided to go with a tri- rebel star with warm white rebels. 330 lumens at 700ma with a max at 1amp (3100k color). Haven't seen it done yet so I thought it would be unique.

    Carclo triple optic (narrow)

    Tri-flupic (standard UI)

    First thing, take apart the Arc. Wasn't easy! The head is locked with red threadlocker. Took some a little heat and a lot of muscle to break it free. Popped the engine off and cleaned the threads with acetone.

    I fit the tri-star and optic in the head and it fits good with some extra room to make a small heatsink (the triple optic is a little shorter than the original, which is a plus). Basically I will make a bigger threaded retaining ring with a smaller hole for the wires. I just have to wait until I get the tri-flupic board (should be today or tomorrow) so I know exactly how much room I have to make the sink.

    Its not a complicated build at all, the hard part is done: taking the head apart, which I assume is not meant to be..

    before:


    opened up:


    some of the new parts:


    When the flupic arrives I will show you how I'll attach it.
    Last edited by spc; 02-28-2010 at 07:52 PM.

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    If the new optic is shorter, why not shave the emitter off the original driver and epoxy the Endor star on top of it? Is the old driver inefficient, or something?

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    The original board had some issues, and wasn't powerfull enough. Not to mention it fell apart upon removal.. The tri-flupic will give me modes

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Looks set to be a classic build! Very nice for an ARC LS lover like me.

    Will you try to increase the water resistance - as you know the old First Runs were not waterproof like modern lights.

    Can you believe this little light is over eight or nine years old??



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    Yes, I want to waterproof this one. I may try an o-ring in between the optic and the bezel, or maybe a mineral glass lens on top of the optic and then a o-ring between the glass and the bezel. I tried an o-ring in between the bezel and the body and it works, you just see it. If I can find some clear o-rings it may look ok..

    Wow, 8 or 9 years.. Sounds long on paper but I can remember y2k like it was yesterday

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Cool, great idea! Can't wait to see the completion of it!



    Send me your address & I will donate a mineral glass lens for your project that will fit the First Run.
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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Thanks Will! Nice of you, but no need to donate i'll pay ya!

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Quote Originally Posted by spc View Post
    Thanks Will! Nice of you, but no need to donate i'll pay ya!
    No worries, shipped today. Hope you are able to fit it in along with the rest of the light engine components.
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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Awsome Idea,

    I am inspired to try it also!

    Anyone have a host Arc to sell?

    Please keep us updated to your progress.A list of where you sourced your part would be great.

    Keep up the great work.

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    What a great mod...want to see beamshots!

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Now I see why you chose the other Rebel star Great looking build! I can't wait to see the end result.
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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Didn't get any parts today, but still made progress...

    I cut the threads out of the inside of the head. This way, the heatsink will have better transfer to the body.

    Also started to make the heatsink. It is a little long right now, and will need to be shortened. Once I get the board, I will epoxy it to the bottom of the heatsink (with thermal epoxy).





    *Cheers to will, sending me a glass lens, wouldn't take any $ for it

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Any beamshots?

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Quote Originally Posted by toby_pra View Post
    Any beamshots?
    Quote Originally Posted by spc View Post
    Didn't get any parts today, but still made progress...

    Also started to make the heatsink. It is a little long right now, and will need to be shortened. Once I get the board....

    Doesn't sound like it's completed yet.
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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    I wish I had proper machining tools.

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Toby, i'll have lots of beamshots when its done ..

    fyrstormer, its basic stuff, any local machinist shouldn't charge more than 10$ to do that...

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    What a great mod! I was looking at my LS First Run the day before I saw this thread, and I was wondering what could be done with it. I'm going to have to give this mod a shot. Where did you get the star and the optic? Will you be using thermal epoxy between the star and the heat sink?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    You can get stars and optics at luxeonstar.com. Its in Canada, but shipping is quick... I was thinking of just using thermal compound because it all tightens up when you screw down the bezel. But i'll use AA epoxy if I have any left just to make sure it doesn't move.
    Last edited by spc; 02-24-2010 at 03:00 PM.

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Quote Originally Posted by spc View Post
    Toby, i'll have lots of beamshots when its done ..
    Many thanks. Cant wait to see more...

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Got all the parts......

    I cut the heatsink down, wired up the flupic, and epoxied the flupic to the bottom of the sink.

    I epoxied the star to the top of the sink, then hooked the wires up. I used AA for everything, figured since I had it...

    I found an o-ring that fit in the top (and thanks to Darkzero for the glass) put the glass in, put a little thermal compound around the sink and slid the rest in. For the bezel threads I used thermal compound (its the silicone based one so it should be good for water resistance in this area.

    I put an aw rcr123 inside, closed her up and..... It works!! The color is awesome and bright!. I have to figure out the settings of the tri-flupic now. *I'll have beamshots up soon.






    Last edited by spc; 02-25-2010 at 07:32 PM.

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    Buttrock Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    your triop is sooo cute

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Really nice work, now let's see some projected lumens .
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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Awsome work, I really like how it turned out! Glad the lens worked out for you. Seeing that you bored the threads out of the bezel you probably could have fit a larger lens? I sized those taking into account for the inner threads, largest that would fit with the stock inside threads.

    It's dark now...where are the beamshots?!
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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Thanks guys! Was fun to build.

    Will, right a bigger lens would fit, but it wouldn't matter, so slight and the o-ring still covers it good.

    Sorry no time for beamshots tonight, tomorrow I promise . But heres some proof that it works Just a quick photo, I'll get better ones with better color representation tomorrow..

    teaser shot (on low):

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    Buttrock Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Oh, MAN! That's all the teaser I need to see... My LS First Run is being prepped for surgery. Awesome job SPC!

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Now this is classic thinking outside the box old school CPF style modding. It is very nice to see a classic brought back to life and it loks like you will have a very slick little light when finished.

    Bravo SPC.....just out of curiousity how much have you invested in the cost of this project minus the cost of the actual light? I have 5 of these LS versions and while they are all tweeked a little they are nothing like this. I am thinking hard on attempting this mod myself.
    Is that an ARC in your pocket or are you just small like that?

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Robocop
    I am REALLY interested in this mod also.
    Please let me know if you are willing to let go of one of your arcs

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    Thanks again!

    lets see, will cost you about (with shipping):

    1' teflon wire..............less than 1$
    optic and rebel...........about 25$
    machining+heatsink.....about 10$ if you were to go to someone
    AA epoxy..................had extra from previous build
    IMR rcr123 cell...........about 10$
    tri-flupic...................about 43$

    Around 85$ not including the host. Yea, you can buy a cheaper and brighter light- but whats the fun in that Plus its a classic risen from the dead..

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    Jeez! That color is great!
    Good job!

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    Default Re: ARC LS tri-rebel build

    I got the flupic settings all figured out. Its funny when you first read the manual its like hmm looks complicated.. But then once you get it, its so easy

    On low setting, doesn't get warm at all.
    On medium, it gets a little warm, no worries
    On full throttle, it gets a little warmer- Not bad at all! I just left it on full out for about 10 min. and I thought it was going to get hot but it stayed at the warm stage.

    I had what I thought was a nice white q5 d10. This thing makes it look very blue. So much nicer..
    Last edited by spc; 02-26-2010 at 10:22 AM.

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