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Old 04-02-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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flashing light covers

I am finally starting to do some work on my bus, and one thing that comes first is to remove the flashing lights. i was hoping to replace them with the block off domes that i have seen before. But, i cant seem to source them, and a "search" gave me nothing. so i am hoping that someone will be able to guide me to them.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:13 AM   #2
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i am actually going to check local regulations to see if i can just leave them there. that would be soo much easier. i have to remove the school bus signs, but maybe not that.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:44 PM   #3
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Re: flashing light covers

I've seen a few buses in my area that have left the lights in place, and just painted over them so they are the same color as the bus. I have looked for quick covers for two years and haven't found anything yet. Sounds like a business opportunity for someone with a little ambition...
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:32 PM   #4
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Re: flashing light covers

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I've seen a few buses in my area that have left the lights in place, and just painted over them so they are the same color as the bus. I have looked for quick covers for two years and haven't found anything yet. Sounds like a business opportunity for someone with a little ambition...
How standardized are they? will a bluebird lens fit a thomas etc. if one size fits all (or at least most) it'd probably be doable, if there are too many different sizes and mounting patterns they'd have to be fairly pricey
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:20 PM   #5
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I've seen a few buses in my area that have left the lights in place, and just painted over them so they are the same color as the bus. I have looked for quick covers for two years and haven't found anything yet. Sounds like a business opportunity for someone with a little ambition...
How standardized are they? will a bluebird lens fit a thomas etc. if one size fits all (or at least most) it'd probably be doable, if there are too many different sizes and mounting patterns they'd have to be fairly pricey
I would think they would be standard, since it is not the bus companies that make the lights. as for mounting paterns, even if they are not the same, as long as they are the same diameter, you would just use self tapping sheet metal screws and abit of silicone.
this is just my opinion, and i have been known to be wrong once before...
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:25 PM   #6
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I JUST finished covering my flashing lights - I'm in Maryland. I painted over the red ones, but thought I could keep the amber ones (since thety didn't flash or light up).... so it failed inspection because if you have amber lenses they must be turn signals! DOH! So, for the time being, I removed the light fixtures and replaced them with round tin cutouts painted black (with a bead of silicone for seals). I plan to eventually wire them to the turn signals, OR to some other flashing light display for "party mode" (i.e. paint smiley faces in reverse on them, etc).

There is a junkyard near me that has 3 school busses that have lenses... am toying with the idea of getting a few extra to play with....



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Old 04-22-2009, 10:20 AM   #7
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Re: flashing light covers

according to the local gendarms, if the clearance lights are installed they are expected to work as intended, for a noncommercial vehicle where clearance lights aren't mandatory it's easiest to just remove the lights and caulk the holes closed.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #8
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Re: flashing light covers

I searched for the Federal Requirements - I had once seen a nice diagram I wanted to link to, but I can't find it tonight. The rules are in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108. It's apparently vehicle WIDTH, and not whether it's commercial, that determines what kind of lights you need. The rules apply to cars, trucks, skoolies, and the trailer for your bass boat.

Tables I & II of that standard apply to any vehicle with a body width of 80 inches or more. This is measured not including safety devices such as lights, mirror, stop sign, handles, etc. Identification lamps and clearance lamps are required for this width. It appears if you remove the lights and seal the holes, it's not legal, whether commercial or not. Don't ask the cop on the corner. Ask the one who does DOT inspections. Table I lists the minimum number of devices, Table II tells you where to put them. (Don''t go there.) Tables III & IV are for passenger cars and any other vehicles narrower than 80 inches. ID and clearance lamps are NOT required.

The maximum turn signal height of 83 inches (center line of lamps) might let some short buses get away with overhead turn signals, but they might earn unwanted paperwork for a full-sized skoolie.

The whole of FMVSS 108 seems to be arcane, and the links I found indicate even vehicle manufacturers have trouble understanding if their installations are legal or not. They want the whole regulation re-written. The standard is full of specs on viewing angles, intensities, exceptions, and such.

Anyway, FWIW, here's my summary of the Table I basics and Table II mounting locations for vehicles 80 or more inches in width. Some of these obviously are allowed somewhere in the rules be combined, since we have headlights with both beams, or trailer stop-turn-taillight units with built-in reflectors:

2 high beam headlamps, 2 low beam headlamps, 22 to 54 inches above the road [high beams cannot come on with low beams unless specifically allowed]
2 red tail lamps, 2 red stop lamps, each 15 to 72 inches above the road
2 amber turn signals in front, 2 amber or red turn signal in the rear, each 15 to 83 inches above the road.
1"operating unit" (switch?) and flasher for the turn signals and one of each for a "vehicular hazard warning signal" (4-ways?), locations not specified
1 white rear license plate lamp (top or side of plate, not bottom), 1 white backup lamp on rear
1 red marker and 1 red reflector at the rear of each side, 1 amber marker and 1 amber reflector at the front of each side
1 amber marker and 1 amber reflector on the middle of each side, as close to the halfway point between the front and rear markers and reflectors.
All marker lights at least 15 inches up, all reflectors 15 to 60 inches up
3 amber identification lights at highest practicable point on the front, 3 red identification lights at highest practicable point on the rear
2 amber clearance lights at the widest point in the front, 2 red clearance lights at the widest point in the rear, as near the top as practicable
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Re: flashing light covers

Reading through this discussion I thought I might add something about the upper lights on the skoolies... I have a Thomas Transit Liner & maybe city busses are different as far as the laws & upper light go but mine has 2 upper led lights front & rear & they are setup & used as turn signals. This city bus was from Cape Canaveral Florida originally a Space Shuttle tour bus. Don't know if this helps but I would imagine a skoolie could have upper yellow turn signals also...
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I went with clear lenses in place of the red and amber you can get them from Kansas Truck Equipment 866 948 3849 ask for Todd Bacon or email tbacon@kansastruck.net
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