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Old 03-31-2021, 05:14 PM   #1
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Rewiring Roof Flashers

I'm buying a 2008 Thomas 31-foot rear-engine school bus with a wheel chair lift; it's in great condition. One of my plans is to replace the red front roof flashers with driving lights, and make the amber ones act together with the turn signals. In the rear, I'll leave the red, which will simply be high-mount brake lights, and the amber will be turn signals like the front. I'm wondering if anyone here has done this? I've seen a number of buses with the lights painted over, or just removed. I'd like to keep them, and eliminate the side-to-side flasher. Ideas? Thanks!

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Old 03-31-2021, 05:50 PM   #2
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I did this by using skoolie reverse lights in the front, which were cheap, and all red brake lights in the back. The problem that was reported to me was that the brake lights were obnoxious as hell and kinda blinding the people behind me, so I disconnected them. I donít have trouble being seen!

All I did was wire the original brake light 12v to a 30a automotive relay and all four lights to the output side of the relay to make sure I wasnít overloading anything.

The front lights are on the original switch for the flashers. I think going forward I will make the backs reverse lights too, theyíre good flood lights for outdoor activities and working on the bus as it gets dark.
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