I bought some knight Rider LED strips but was hoping to modify the board to be used as brake lights/turn signals by either reprogramming the ASIC/replacing the chip/cutting the pins and soldering in an arduino to the pins cut on the board.
It doesn't seem possible to me. All the important stuff will be inside the ASIC and that's the bit you're going to cut out. All the rest is just a PCB with some RGB LEDs attached to it. You'll need to add transistors, etc., and trying to fix them to the PCB will be more trouble than it's worth. It will be less work to start over with a new piece of perf-board.
I say have fun with the scanners and build a whole new gadget from scratch.