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Old 05-16-2007, 08:39 PM   #1
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Legal? But would look so much cleaner

Don't like the look of the ember corner lights being on when the head lights are on. But of course need them to signal turning...

So, thought about rewiring them so they are off when the head lights are on but turn on when I use the turn signal.

But, is it legal in sunny Cali?
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:47 PM   #2
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Parking lights, which are the turn signals dimly on when your headlights are on is required for all cars in US. You can do it by doing the "corner delete mod" do a quick search and you'll find it. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:58 PM   #3
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the "corner delete mod" is your friend
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:02 PM   #4
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is it true that this mod messes up you LCM. thats what i have heard
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:06 PM   #5
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:30 AM   #6
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Great help, thank you!

Funny, I thought I came up with a cool way of doing something new... Should have known better; if it's possible, someone would have tried it!

I saw a question about screwing up some LCM?? What's that and what's the answer on that?
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:58 PM   #7
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Well basically you are tapping your blinkers into your sidemarkers. So when the sidemarkers blink the blinkers blink with it. Because the sidemarkers are not on as parking lights your blinkers are no longer on as well. The resistor is wired across the original blinker wires so you dont get a bulb out warning on your dash.

As far as why it affects your LCM essentially you are pulling much more current through the part of the LCM that deals with the sidemarkers because now you are running sidemarkers and blinkers off that part of the circuit. There have been reports of that circuit going bad, so that is what people mean by damaging the LCM. Every LCM is different and everyone's luck is different.

However, a general consensus has been that if you use LED sidemarker bulbs and LED blinker bulbs you will be safe. The reason being that LEDs use a lot less power, thus the total power used by both is within a safe range to keep the LCM from frying.

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Old 05-17-2007, 04:56 PM   #8
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Cool..

I was planning on using a high resistant (coil ohm) relay anyway, to minmize the draw from the side markers... Maybe over-kill, but I don't want to fry something and pay serious $$ at the stealership to get it fixed.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:04 PM   #9
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check your state laws. Out here in NH the law says NO Blue and rears have to be yellow or red.

I run PIAA superswhite for my corners. Look pretty good with 6000k headlights...

Go to your state's DMV site and look for the law.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:14 PM   #10
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Dont do it, YOUR LCM will get fried, its drawing too much power to power the front and fender signal, dont do it.
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Well basically you are tapping your blinkers into your sidemarkers. So when the sidemarkers blink the blinkers blink with it. Because the sidemarkers are not on as parking lights your blinkers are no longer on as well. The resistor is wired across the original blinker wires so you dont get a bulb out warning on your dash.

As far as why it affects your LCM essentially you are pulling much more current through the part of the LCM that deals with the sidemarkers because now you are running sidemarkers and blinkers off that part of the circuit. There have been reports of that circuit going bad, so that is what people mean by damaging the LCM. Every LCM is different and everyone's luck is different.

However, a general consensus has been that if you use LED sidemarker bulbs and LED blinker bulbs you will be safe. The reason being that LEDs use a lot less power, thus the total power used by both is within a safe range to keep the LCM from frying.

Hope this helps
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:35 PM   #12
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Just use a relay..

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Dont do it, YOUR LCM will get fried, its drawing too much power to power the front and fender signal, dont do it.
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