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TRUE driving lights

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mmatheny, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Oct 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    mmatheny

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    Is there a way to get TRUE driving lights (low beams at a lower power) on the '08 Taco? I see that apparently a certain package in Canada comes with them.
     
  2. Oct 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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  3. Oct 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    I got the impression he was looking for something like the Chevy's do where the day time running lights are run separately from the low beams. The DTRL mod sort of does this but to do it correctly would require a pretty strong knowledge of your truck's electrical system.

    You could hardwire your low beams so they come on every time you turn the truck off (no tail lights). This would only take a relay, some wiring and a couple splices.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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    That's what I'm doing now, but the clock goes into NIGHT mode and is hard to see in the bright daylight! Yeah, what I was looking for is the true driving lights, where on my Lexus, the lows are lit at a lower voltage during the day (there is no separate front driving light in the headlight area.)
     
  5. Oct 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    One guy added those 7 LED driving lights, completely separate from the headlights. With some fancy wiring, they could be wired as a true driving light. The day time running light that comes on some trucks is the turn signal bulb. There's a relay that be be added or modified so this acts as a true running light where it's the only bulb on and your lights will not dim in the cab. Otherwise, our trucks really aren't designed for it.
     
  6. Oct 25, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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    I do the same- but I agree that it is very hard to see the clock in daylight. My Tacoma has the Canadian configuration, so the marker lights next to the grille come on as daytime running lights. I don't feel these are bright enough to increase safety very much. Also, they are really close together- makes the truck appear farther away than it is. I run with full headlights on- I want it to look like my truck is really close!
     
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