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Old 01-28-2019, 01:21 AM   #21
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I repurposed mine. I left the rears as they were, tying the reds into the brake light circuit and the yellows into the turn circuits. On the front, I removed the reds, moved the yellows to the outside positions, tied them into the turn circuits, and put 7" round white lights in the remaining spots in the middle.



Forward facing red lights are prohibited where I am and probably most places.

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Old 01-28-2019, 09:16 AM   #22
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Forward facing white lights up that high are a DOT no-no as well. Technically, they can only be there if they have covers on them when traveling OTR.
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:20 AM   #23
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Forward facing white lights up that high are a DOT no-no as well. Technically, they can only be there if they have covers on them when traveling OTR.
need automatic covers over new blue headlights that can be opened with a switch for giving the oncoming drivers a blast when they refuse to dim their lights -
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:23 PM   #24
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need automatic covers over new blue headlights that can be opened with a switch for giving the oncoming drivers a blast when they refuse to dim their lights -
And on the back to mess with those pesky tailgaters.
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:09 AM   #25
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I have heard back and forth on legality. I guess if the cop wants he will use this as a reason to pull you over. I planned maybe driving lights and Amber's up front and rear being brakes and turn signals. Main reason when pulling the rovey wont be able to see the bus lights and the rover is a little lacking in the taillights dept.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:32 PM   #26
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I bought clear lenses off of Ebay to replace the colored ones. Now, I plan to use them for additional lighting in dark places.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:20 PM   #27
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Check the local laws on having driving lights located above a certain height. Might help you avoid a hassle.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:33 PM   #28
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I believe there may even be some Federal DOT standards that apply to white lights on the front (?)
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:36 AM   #29
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If Im pulling the lights to paint under them...what do I use to reseal? recaulk? when I reinstall them? There seams to be some kind of gasket there. What is it so I can get more? Anybody know?
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:45 AM   #30
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I had hoped to just paint mine over, but the metal backing plates that were part of those lights were badly rusted and unsalvageable. I didn't feel like spending money on new lights just to paint them over, so I bought eight 7" 1/8" steel discs on eBay and riveted them where the original lights were (you can see them on my build thread).

Your screw holes still look solid enough to hold so you wouldn't need to do anything except drill four holes in the steel discs.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:43 AM   #31
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Heck yeah. I think they're also illegal in many places.
I like school buses but I like to get as much of the school stuff off em as I can.
I want to keep mine looking as much like a school bus as I can, except for that ugly yellow. Where is it illegal to have the light fixtures? I unplugged the 8 way flasher the day I got it.
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:15 AM   #32
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Replacement gaskets, cheap.

https://www.unityparts.com/search.ph...ection=product
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:27 PM   #33
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Mark awesome was just about to start looking for some new clearance gaskets.
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Old 10-02-2019, 03:05 PM   #34
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I removed, cleaned and replaced all my lights with new gaskets (from Unity) this summer. Still getting a leak or two so some sealant here and there may be in-store.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:05 AM   #35
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:14 AM   #36
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After adding another door I re-did my lights, awesome 35 watt LEDs for backing up, clear lens over serious (airplane landing lights in this old girl) signal light with SS reflector for rear light, back up camera, LED brake and turn lights with factory turn signals and Airstream license plate lights, and oh ya my 3000# 7' triple fold lift for motorcycles.
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Old 10-31-2019, 03:50 PM   #37
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The day i primed over that yellowwas a great day.
I will never remove my yellow. It is beautiful.
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Old 10-31-2019, 03:54 PM   #38
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White paint makes them look like prison buses. No no no. This bus is for freedom. Knowledge is freedom. Yellow forever. Even if the laws change and I need to paint something, I will make it yellow plaid. I am an educator though, so others may have less emotional connection to the idea of public education and school buses.
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Old 10-31-2019, 04:26 PM   #39
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No matter what color you paint it somehow someone will manage to poke fun at it.
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:52 PM   #40
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I keep seeing mention of removing them because they are illegal. Is it just illegal when they are operational as flashers or all the time? I want to keep mine. Maybe make all the rear red.
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