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Old 08-31-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Anyone modified the flashing safety lights into something cool?

The school district I bought from removed the switch for the flashing safety lights at the top of the bus and painted over them with black so as of now they are useless.

I am interested in turning the lights in the front of the bus into an extra set of off-road lights (e.g. something like this).

Does anyone have any experience with modifying these in any way? Is it safe to remove the alternator-thing that makes them flash instead of staying on permanently? Anyone done anything cool at all with them?
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:33 PM   #2
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Having off-road lights isn't illegal but in some states they must be covered while on the road like California.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:52 PM   #3
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I am thinking of doing the same thing, maybe some LED's round 6'' offroad.
two in the front and two in the back. The back I will put on dimmers. think it will work in theory. It would be nice to have the front ones on some backroads.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:27 AM   #4
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Your better off sealing them up. They allow moisture to get into the forehead of the bus when driving in rain.

6 inch light bars are a better bet if you want light. They surface mount, so there is no water infiltration.

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Old 09-01-2015, 07:20 AM   #5
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Your better off sealing them up. They allow moisture to get into the forehead of the bus when driving in rain.

6 inch light bars are a better bet if you want light. They surface mount, so there is no water infiltration.

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And they can be stealthily mounted in the radiator grill in the front (less police attention).
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:14 AM   #6
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you also dont want lights above if you have a windshield...even with shields the glare is horrible

Most states have light laws governing they must be covered if above xyz (it used to be 54 inches to the center in VA)
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:55 PM   #7
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Yeah, here in WA they must be covered. I think I am going to follow some other threads' advice and use some old sheet metal to cover them up. If anything, I'll do a light bar. like nat__ster recommended. Thanks!

The stock lights on my bus are just so bad lol. They barely provide illumination. I was hoping to have a little extra for darker roads when I am alone.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:03 PM   #8
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Thought about putting in head lights as well. Was going to graft in a couple of 5" round head lights from a two lamp system so I had the adjustment screws for aiming....could use high or low beam bulb.....but as mentioned, keeping the rain out will be tricky....it already has rain/water damage from leaking.

May just fill....
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:06 PM   #9
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We had the paint shop leave the holes on the top of our bus and I'm going to be mounting offroad lights in them: http://www.naturalstatenomads.com/wp.../09/ourbus.jpg

I'm hoping it looks pretty sweet when it's all said and done.
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Thought about putting in head lights as well. Was going to graft in a couple of 5" round head lights from a two lamp system so I had the adjustment screws for aiming....could use high or low beam bulb.....but as mentioned, keeping the rain out will be tricky....it already has rain/water damage from leaking.

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