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Turn signal mod for 1st gens with tube bumpers.

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Matic, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Nov 21, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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    Matic

    Matic [OP] Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    Some of you may have found that the only way to install turn signals after you have mounted your tube bumper is to either weld tabs onto the bumper and use the stock turn signals or mount an aftermarket pair somewhere else.
    Here is my mod for using the stock turn signal "socket" modded into an aftermarket pair of $10 fog lites.

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    Turn signal just zip tied in place. It's held up pretty good for the last few months but now it's time to find a permanent spot.

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    Here is a set of $10 fog lites that I bought from the local 4x4 shop in the clearance bin.

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    The stock turn signal which we will be cutting the "socket" and some of the reflector out of.

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    The $10 fog lites dissambled to remove the metal reflector. We will be using a dremel and carbide bit to open the hole both in the metal reflector and plastic housing to accomodate the bulb and socket.

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    Dremel goodness

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    Carbide bit will pretty much eat thru anything.

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    Here we are cutting just enough from the metal in order to let the bulb pass thru. The stock socket will be mounted in the plastic outer housing and not in this metal reflector.

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    Dremeled and sanded to remove any burrs.

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    Checking for clearance, clarence.

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    We have marked where we want to cut and remove. I left myself some extra just incase. Basically we need just enough of the socket and about a 2 inch square of reflector from the inside. The reason for this is that the square reflector that we cut will somewhat act like a "locking" mechanism on the inside of the housing and wont let the "socket" turn once installed.

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    perfect

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    Ok. So here we have put the metal reflector from the fog lites back into the housing and centered it. We drilled a small hole in the plastic housing as our center point for routing out the "socket" hole for placement.

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    With the dremel we were able to cut the rear hole so precise that I had to force it into the hole in the housing. Very tight and the square reflector helps hold it into position.

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    Hole is cut, socket is in. Bulb and metal reflector checked for clearance.

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    Glass housing on.

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    Add a bit of silicone to keep the weather out.

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    I cracked one of the glass covers when trying to pry it away from the housing so I had to run over to the 4x4 shop and get another pair. All in all I have $20 and about 4 hrs of labor involved aside from mounting them.

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    There is a hole on either side of the flat metal brace just to the left of the radiator mounts on either side. They will require minor dremelling but should work perfect.

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    Caught in mid flash. The mounting bracket/bolt on the bottom of the housings rotate 75% so the bolts are actually directed back into the flat metal brace.

    I will try and get them mounted up tonight or tommorow and finish up with a few more pics. Hope this helps anyone who would like to mount some aftermarket signals without welding new tabs on there bumper. Thanks!
     
  2. Nov 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    EL TACOROJO

    EL TACOROJO SNAPPIN NECKS AND CASHIN CHECKS.

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    dam brother that looks good as hell
     
  3. Nov 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM
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    th3bigk0

    th3bigk0 GETTN IT

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    nice job man
     
  4. Nov 25, 2010 at 6:37 AM
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    trd7

    trd7 4wd tacoma

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    nice write up man +rep!
     
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