DIY Parking light delete

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  1. Abbz8377

    Abbz8377 Well-Known Member

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    This is an old school mod from back in the day I figured I would give it a shot on the civic and see if it worked.What this will do is eliminate your parking lights and only allow your headlights and fog lights to be on at night. But the lights will come on as they should when you use your directionals. It really cleans up the front of the car without those ugly orange bulbs


    Step 1. Pull back fender liners and remove orange parking light bulbs
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    Step.2 Place a piece of electrical tape over the little metal tab on front and back of the bulb only on one side

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    This can be kinda tricky to do you need to play with the directionals while doing the install. Have your headlights on insert the bulb back into the clip if you did it right the bulb should not be on. To test it hit directional and if you did it correctly it should start blinking and turn off when you turn the directional off. One more important thing is to make sure you push the bulb into the clip with a little extra force so it does not fall into your directional housing trust me it's a huge pain in the a$$ to get that bulb out once it falls in.
     
  2. bill silvis

    bill silvis Well-Known Member

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    Civic si
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    definitely want to try this, i dont really care for those lights to be on all the time
     
  3. Abbz8377

    Abbz8377 Well-Known Member

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    It really cleans the front of the car up I did this on a few other cars. It's just kind of a pain in the *** you need to make sure the tape covers both conducter's on one side of the bulb then test it. And make sure you push the bulb in the clip all the way I had one fall out into the directional housing it was a BITCHH to get out took me like 2 hours.
     
  4. Abbz8377

    Abbz8377 Well-Known Member

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    And it really makes the HID'S and fogs stand out a little more.
     
  5. bill silvis

    bill silvis Well-Known Member

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    now this may sound dumb but what if you dont even put the bulb back in or is that also the turn signal @Abbz8377
     
  6. Abbz8377

    Abbz8377 Well-Known Member

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    You need the bulb its your turn signal what happens is when you place the tape over the bulb it turns it off and when you hit the directional it knows to turn it on.
     
  7. Abbz8377

    Abbz8377 Well-Known Member

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    So at night all you will see is fogs and headlights no bright orange turn signal bulb
     
  8. webby
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    simple and effective mod - nicely done
     
  9. bill silvis

    bill silvis Well-Known Member

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    thats what i was thinking gonna see if i can get it done over the weekend need something to do seeing as someone sold fp right out from under me @Abbz8377
     
  10. Abbz8377

    Abbz8377 Well-Known Member

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    The only hard part is just getting to the bulb everything else is simple and like i said because there is tape on the bulb it needs to be pressed in tightly to the socket or else it will fall into the direction housing that happened to me today I had to rig up an allen wrench wrapped in electrical tape and fish the bulb out.
     
  11. Nix

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    Nicely done man! Clean & straightforward mod.
     
  12. DiogoDC

    DiogoDC Well-Known Member

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    what if i have a second set of bulbs? couldnt i just break off the tabs?
     
  13. Pauly99to17

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    Are there any legal concerns to doing this?
     
  14. DiogoDC

    DiogoDC Well-Known Member

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    Likely not. Pauley we have our DRL. And there is no Canadian law that I'm aware of that says we need amber corners to be on
     
  15. andre12dbsi

    andre12dbsi Well-Known Member

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    Not sure about other provinces or states but in Quebec the motor vehicle inspection guide does mention parking lights. They need to be white or amber. I'm also not sure of the difference between a minor or major defect. The yellow exclamation points are a minor defect. The red stop signs are a major defect. They all need to working to pass though.

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  16. webby
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    I've never heard of anyone being ticketed for not having amber lights running while just driving. The big deal would be them activating while turning.

    US Law -

    Found an article -
    S5.5.7 On each passenger car and motorcycle, and on each multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck, and bus of less than 80 inches overall width: (a) When the parking lamps are activated, the taillamps, license plate lamps, and side marker lamps shall also be activated; and (b) When the headlamps are activated in a steady-burning state, the tail lamps, parking lamps, license plate lamps and side marker lamps shall also be activated.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2004-title49-vol5/pdf/CFR-2004-title49-vol5-sec571-108.pdf
    page 11
     
  17. DiogoDC

    DiogoDC Well-Known Member

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    Yes forward facing lights in Ontario as well need to be amber or clear. Nothing stated about jot having parking lights ON while forward lights are still on. I'd assume if your turn signals are still functional it wouldn't be an issue. I'm doing this mod
     
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  18. Anakin

    Anakin New Member

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    Switchbacks are cool idea. Yes more expensive...but really slick, how they match headlight color and flash amber.
     
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  19. DiogoDC

    DiogoDC Well-Known Member

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    did this mod when i put my projectors back in and so far so good i love the look!
     
  20. fnarmav

    fnarmav Well-Known Member

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    What if you just snip off the metal tab I know they aren't hard to bend and some wire cutters can snip them. Then you won't have any hassle putting them back in. I'm gonna try this tonight.
     

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