Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-04-2019, 06:21 PM   #1
Bus Nut
 
musigenesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 256
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
Better source for LED tail lights?

I'm looking to replace my taillights. Are these good?

https://www.amazon.com/Maxxima-M9008.../dp/B00GJLLK08
https://www.amazon.com/Maxxima-M9008.../dp/B00EQ021UC
https://www.amazon.com/Maxxima-M9008.../dp/B00EQ021IE

Are there cheaper sources? Not sure I want to pay $300 to replace these six lights.

Also, is there anywhere I could find, like, dummy 7" tail lights? I removed my four flasher lights from the top back corners because they were leaking badly and I need to cover up the holes. I don't really want to remove the shields over them because I like the aesthetics of it and kind of want to leave the lights there. But I definitely don't want to pay for new LED lights just to stick them up there unwired.

I might try to reuse the old lights, but the brackets for them are badly rusted (the bus took a couple of dings to the back corners at some point in its past life, and this distorted the sheets around the lights enough that the gaskets didn't seal) and can't be reused. I'm thinking of making replacement brackets out of HDPE board and making the old lights into dummies that way.
musigenesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 06:31 PM   #2
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 125
Year: 1990
Coachwork: Thomas 4 window w/lift
Chassis: G30
Engine: 350 Chevy
Rated Cap: 10K
Don't know the DMV laws in PA, but in NH if there is a light fixture on it, it must function.
You might be able to call them reflectors instead of lights but any seasoned inspector will know otherwise.
You also could put clear lenses on them for flood lights if you can't or don't want to cover the holes?
peteg59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 06:34 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
Sleddgracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: south east BC, close to the Canadian/US border
Posts: 1,008
Chassis: still looking for my bus
Quote:
Originally Posted by peteg59 View Post
Don't know the DMV laws in PA, but in NH if there is a light fixture on it, it must function.
'You might be able to call them reflectors instead of lights but any seasoned inspector will know otherwise.
You also could put clear lenses on them for flood lights if you can't or don't want to cover the holes?
good points
Sleddgracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 06:48 PM   #4
Bus Nut
 
musigenesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 256
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
Quote:
Originally Posted by peteg59 View Post
Don't know the DMV laws in PA, but in NH if there is a light fixture on it, it must function.
You might be able to call them reflectors instead of lights but any seasoned inspector will know otherwise.
You also could put clear lenses on them for flood lights if you can't or don't want to cover the holes?
Do they make 7" reflectors? Something like that would be ideal. Or 7" round floodlights?
musigenesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 06:58 PM   #5
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 125
Year: 1990
Coachwork: Thomas 4 window w/lift
Chassis: G30
Engine: 350 Chevy
Rated Cap: 10K
Quote:
Originally Posted by musigenesis View Post
Do they make 7" reflectors? Something like that would be ideal. Or 7" round floodlights?
Not sure on either, but there are 7" round headlights that could potentially be mounted if you can't find clear lenses to directly replace the amber/red lights?
Your bus manufacturer might be a source for clear lenses?
peteg59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 07:06 PM   #6
Bus Nut
 
musigenesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 256
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
I guess I'm a little confused, actually. I thought the law generally states that the flashers need to be disabled for a school bus to be street-legal. Essentially I'm just disabling the flashers by turning them into dummy lights.
musigenesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 07:07 PM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 20
Found these ones by searching '7 inch bus backup light': https://www.raneystruckparts.com/7-i...xoCaJMQAvD_BwE

Will save you about $20 on the white ones, and a couple bucks each on the red and amber.
indigo_k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 07:18 PM   #8
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 125
Year: 1990
Coachwork: Thomas 4 window w/lift
Chassis: G30
Engine: 350 Chevy
Rated Cap: 10K
Quote:
Originally Posted by musigenesis View Post
I guess I'm a little confused, actually. I thought the law generally states that the flashers need to be disabled for a school bus to be street-legal. Essentially I'm just disabling the flashers by turning them into dummy lights.
Probably checking with a state inspection station in your state will get you an answer?
I'd start there before buying new lights/lenses/etc...
peteg59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 08:02 PM   #9
Bus Nut
 
musigenesis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 256
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
Quote:
Originally Posted by peteg59 View Post
Probably checking with a state inspection station in your state will get you an answer?
I'd start there before buying new lights/lenses/etc...
I'm registering it in Vermont, so it won't be inspected at all unless I need to go to Vermont (which I don't). I guess I'm a bit confused about what I need to do to pass inspection (which won't happen) vs. what happens if I'm pulled over by a state trooper in whatever state I'm in.
musigenesis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 08:26 PM   #10
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,360
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 14
I picked up 8 tail lights for about $27 each locally (Maxxima distributor) from "Airport Trailer" in Gainesville GA. Prepaid, they may have 'em drop shipped to you.
Brad_SwiftFur is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.