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Old 11-11-06, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Bumper Light CONSTANT ON MOD DIY

as the title says, this lil simple mod looks great and is simple to do!



IMPORTANT! If you choose to do the blinking+constant.on bumpers then you must wire each side seperately (with two relays) so they will blink independently, or else they will both blink when you signal to just one side.


These are the LOAD RESISTORS I installed to fix the fast blinking result of removing the bumper lights from the factory wiring circuit:

I highly recommend these LEDs, by far the brightest LED towers I've used in our bumpers:

(also available in different colors, you can get these LOAD RESISTORS and 1156 LEDs from www.vleds.com or from ebayer VELOCITYLEDS_1)



By the way, you may opt to use posi-locks (like I did) to connect the wires instead of using a soldering iron)
How posi-locks work:





Here are step by step instructions:
(NOTE: it makes things easier if you remove the front bumper, especially for tucking in the wires, but is not necessary)

You will need the following tools:
-wire cutter and stripper and crimper
-electrical tape
-zip ties
-pliers (for crimping and attaching t-taps)
-cutters (for cutting through zip-ties that hold down the wire harnesses, bcuz you may need more slack to work with when tapping into corner wires)
-long phillips screwdriver to remove corner and bumper lights
-socket wrench and metric sockets


Before you begin, it's a good idea to detach the battery.

1. Find a good spot to locate your relay (somewhere safe from water) (NOTE: the passenger's side corner wires are easier to access than the driver's side bcuz of less clutter so you will want to keep that in mind when locating your relay and measuring the wire lengths)

2. Measure the following lengths of wiring and pre cut them:
-(1 wire) from the relay towards the inline fuse
-(1 wire) from the inline fuse to the positive pole on the battery

-(2 wires) from the relay to the corner wires

-(1 wire) from relay to where the wires will split towards each bumper light
-(2 wires) from the split to each bumper light positive
-(2 wires) from each bumper light negative back to where they will join
-(1 wire) from that joint to a clean bolt on the chassis for the ground


3. Strip the tips off those wires and crimp on the proper connectors. Here you will want to pre-wire everything so you're ready to go, install the inline fuse somewhere you can access..

4. Remove the corner light (whichever you side you choose) by unscrewing the phillips screw that hold the corner light in place, then pop the corner lights out by pulling on the outside edge (it helps to use something flat wrapped in cloth to pry the light out). Unplug the two corner light plugs.

5. Attach the T-Taps onto whichever 2 corner light wires you choose (your bumper lights will light up just like whichever corner light you choose), BLACK IS NEGATIVE, then connect the 2 prewired male ends to the taps and run the wires back to the relay, connecting the female ends to the 85 and 86 terminals (I've read that it does not matter which is which but wiring diagrams show that the positive side goes to the 85.)

6. With the wire with the inline fuse, install a 15A or less fuse, and connect to battery by removing the 10mm nut on the positive battery connection, install the ring connector end of the wiring, and reinstall the nut. Run the wire from the battery connector back to the relay and connect the female end to the 30 terminal on the relay.

7. Remove the bumper lights by unscrewing the phillips screw on the bottom (inside corner), pull out on that corner and remove the bumper lights, unplug the plug. Chop the plug off, removing it from the wires behind it, and tape up the wires making sure they do not come in contact and zip tie them somewhere safe and secure.

8. Run the wiring from the 87 terminal of the relay down to the bumper lights and connect the ends to the positive wire of the plugs.

9. Connect the negative wires on that plug to the prewired setup and run the wiring to a clean grounded bolt; unbolt, install the ring connector, reinstall the bolt.

10. Electrical tape everything to weather proof the wiring, especially the relay. Zip tie the wires down so they're secure and out of the way. Reinstall the bumper lights, corner light, battery, and anything else.

GO TURN ON YOUR LIGHTS AND ADMIRE YOUR NEWLY MODIFIED BUMPER LIGHTS!



If you have any questions, feel free to post them and I will do my best to help!

FYI, california law states that front blinkers must be amber in color (so if ur bumpers are gonna be clears then they better not blink)
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nice write up!



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thx al, im doing what i can to give back to this community..
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as the title says, this lil mod makes ur bumper lights stay on as u switch ur park lights on, and does not blink (if u want it to blink simply tap into the corner blinker wires instead of the inside corner park lights, which i did first but didnt like)
SmokeyLegends, when you connect the lights to corner blinker, did it blinked faster, like it had detected a burnt out bulb ?
I always want to convert my clear corner to always on, like the Day Time Running lights on the my friend's C06 Corvetts.

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What if you tapped into the blinking corner light the same way you did with the parking light? Wouldn't the bumper light then stay on when not blinking but blink when indicated?

Have you had success with drilling a vent hole in the housing unit for the bumper lense?
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TatNg,
yes, it blinked super fast when i tapped into the corner blinker, because the bumper lights are no longer in the blinking circuit, same result if i tapped into the constant on park lights..

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yes, if the bumpers are relayed by the corner blinkers then they will have constant on plus fast blinking
no, i didnt bother to drill vent holes because im now using LEDs, which burn cooler and dont product much heat at all..

in my opinion it looks awesome with the bumper lights constantly on (like the vettes), and i dont mind the fast blinking action (so im not going to bother to install a blinker adjuster)
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load capasiter??? i think thats what u call it i used it when i changed the corners to LED... i dunno if it would work tho. let me know if that will work. maybe a good option to getting bumper fog lights. good write up tho
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thatd be nice to do but personally i dont like the fast blinking, reminds me of ricers. also let us know how the led tower bulbs work for you. i noticed led bulbs for the taillights are hardly if at all noticeable on a sunny day
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How come you didn't like wiring into the blinker? That would have solved the fast blinking issue right?

I'd have to tap into the blinker, because they wouldn't let me pass safety if I wired them to not blink.
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it wouldnt get rid of the fast blink by directly tappn into the corner wires.. buz the bumper lights are disconnected from the blinking circuit, it's better to wire a new circuit to light the bumpers by a relay activated by the corner wires. tapping into the blinking wires without a relay will cause some damage since the bumpers are 21 watt bulbs and the corners are 5 wattd

here in ca the one set of amber corner blinkers are all u need to pass safety
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i installed my LEDs in a few minutes, here are some pics i snapped just now with my cameraphone:


they are definitely bright and noticable in daylight
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Interesting, what color are they?
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theyre white LEDs when viewed by eyes, and in pics you can see a slight blue tint
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Yeah, I would be interested in more pics, because right now my stock lights look brighter.
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