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Old 12-19-2018, 06:58 PM   #1
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Flashing Lights up top!

Hello all,
Whatís fun, cool or useful to convert these flashing lights to?

I was think flood lights but I was also just think to delete them.

Any ideas you would care to share?

-Shay
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:05 PM   #2
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My front flashers are now covered by one continuous piece of aluminum - don't need 'em, and I hate seeing cheesy-looking individual patches over each light. The rear flashers have now been repurposed as extra high-mount brake lights: their 85W sealed-beam lamps are BRIGHT, so there's no way someone wouldn't be able to see them even in thick fog. These extra brake lights work only when the front foglights (proper Hellas with selective-yellow lamps, not like the useless little toy lights that are considered fog lights here) are switched on; the foglight switch also turns on a very bright Hella red rear foglight, something that again is standard in most European nations but unknown here! When the foglights are on, the extra brake lights come on whenever the brake light circuit powers a relay that used to be for the flip-out Stop sign. One nice thing is that when the foglights are on, the red indicator lamp for the flashers illuminates whenever I apply the brakes, very useful to remind me I still have the foglights switched on.

In thick fog or heavy rain I'm more concerned about some idiot behind me rear-ending me, so anything I can do to improve my visibility is well worth it.

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Old 12-19-2018, 08:10 PM   #3
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Excellent plan!



It still amazes me when some yokel rams a 40' yellow school bus in broad daylight...then claims he didn't see it!
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:49 PM   #4
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Yep, I turned my rear flashers into additional brake lights and turn signals. I removed the original flashers and bought some additional red Weldon brake lights and turn signals from Unity Bus Parts and wired them into the other rear brake/turn signals. I turned the front flashers into additional marker lights. Again I just removed the original flasher lights and purchased some amber Weldon lights and wired them into other marker lights.
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Old 12-20-2018, 09:55 AM   #5
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I replaced my front flashers with 7 inch white reverse lights, and covered the rear ones with individual patches i cut with an angle grinder.
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