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Even brighter Rear turn signals

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by arvizu9618, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Aug 26, 2011 at 1:02 AM
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    arvizu9618

    arvizu9618 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Our 2nd Gen's require a 3157A bulb in the rear but its only wired to use half of the bulb.

    IOW, the rear didn't come with a 3157 socket.

    I'm going to install a 3157 socket to both rear turns sigs to use all of the bulb.

    Should be ALOT brighter.

    Heat generated shouldn't be a concern since turns aren't on that long.

    Using them as emergency lights is another potential issue.

    Opinions/Concerns?
     
  2. Aug 26, 2011 at 1:07 AM
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    w8n4mud

    w8n4mud There's a mod for that!

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    Should be an interesting mod that I haven't seen attempted. Good luck. Worse case scenario is if you mess them up you can always get the l.e.d. version.
    Sub'd.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    arvizu9618

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    OK, I tackled this project this morning.

    Took about 20 min.

    1. Take off Rear Taillights
    2. Take out Amber Turn Bulbs
    3. Short each side of the bulb with aluminum foil, see pic
    4. Reinstall bulbs and Assy's, Test, enjoy

    Not a huge difference in broad daylight but I can definitely see both filaments lighting up.

    Saved about $13 by not replacing sockets.

    Can't wait to see it at night.

    08262011154[1].jpg
     
  4. Aug 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    Here is an opinion: I think our stock signals are way too bright at night. I can't stand getting stuck at a stop light behind a Tacoma with it's blinker on at night. Ditto for all the late model cars with led tails or brake lights. If you care about the guy stuck behind you at a light, you will wire those up in such a way that the extra filament only comes on if the parking lights are off.
     
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