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Old 01-26-2003, 06:36 PM   #1
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New project time..

Once spring comes I've been thinking about spraying my headlight covers with nightshades to give them a solid black look opposed to the "smoke" look. I think with all the solid black accents on my car, this mod would look awesome, however with the tint on there I'm sure my parking and turn signal lights will be completely blacked out. They are definetely dimmed with the covers on, but not enough to where you cant still see the turn signals shining through, however like I said I'm sure they will be completely covered after the nightshades. I dont want to **** anyone off or get myself into an accident, so I was thinking about possibly using some relays and maybe effectivly turning my fog lights into turn signals when the headlight covers are on (activated via an internal switch). I'm thinking I'll have to install 2 relays, one for each fog light, which when activated, will cause my fog lights to blink along with the covered up turn signals. I dont think anyones done this before, so I will probably do a write up when I do it, but I was wondering if anyone else with a factory service manual might be able to help me plan this out (kinda like doulble checking my wiring before I do it, so I dont fry or blow anything up! ) I know Jeff is very knowledgeable with wiring and schematics, so maybe he could help.

Also, how did we ever make out with the Performance / Normal **** button thing for those of us who dont have it? Did anyone find a way to make it work??

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Use diodes to protect both circuits against backfeeding. Other than that, your idea will work.

Performance shift allows the shift points to be where a non-buttoned car normally is. It doesn't raise the shift points, only allows them to be where yours are. Normal mode LIMITS the shifts, and would be better defined as 'economy'.
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I had a similar idea. I was going to get headlight covers and paint them the same color as the car. But to get around having to take them off, I was planning on cutting circles where all the bulbs are. This would give the apearance of a sporty"er" type headlight. But from what I have heard the covers are very hard to cut, and the reduction of vision would probably substantial (but my blazer 3200 driving lights might keep up )
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Good idea! I do have a suggestion if you are going to take that route however.. When I used to work at Advance Auto, my friend had a souped up '98 Dodge Dakota and wanted to do the same thing (paint them to match the vehcile). I'm not sure if you can get them for the Bonneville, but worth looking into, what we did was order clear headlight overs (they were made by lund, instead of smoke, you order clear). We then painted the BACK of them white, the color of his truck 2-3 coats. When everything was dry and done, they turned out SWEET, and the front still had the nice clear gloss look of the OE clear cover (no screwing around with clear coat, etc.. Anyways, moral to my story, if your going to paint them the same color as your car, it might be worth looking into getting clear ones. Maybe I should take my own advice and rather than screw around with nightshades on the smoked covers, just get clear ones (if avail) and paint them flat black from the back. Hmmm...
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Well... the easiest way I can think of is to run a 2 position switch ( with 3 pairs of prong ). Wire the center prong to your Foglights, and the top to either your normal fog lights power wires, and the bottom tap into your turn signal wires. Therefore when you have it in one position, the fog lights act normally and when you flick it down.. it gets its power through the the turn signal wires therefore acting like turn signals.
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You might run into light monitor problems, and you need to isolate the 2 lights since they like to come on together. That'* where the diodes come in.
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Well, that would work, but not really what I was thinking.. I want the fog lights to operate as normal, wether they are in "headlight cover on" or "Headlight cover off" mode. The only difference I want when the headlight covers are on, is that they blink. Once I turn the corner, make the lane change / etc... I want them to come back on as normal. I dont really want to have to flip a switch every time I use my turn signals, but it would work, your right.
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If you wanted you could remove the lights for the turn signals and mod the fog lights to house 2 lights and have the turn signal lights use bright lolored lights
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what about running some yellow fogs behind the center grill? Maybe run them to the flasher under the dash? Just an idea...
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Putting anything inside the grille is a gamble. Airflow. I noticed the improvement by going with smaller diameter driving lights. These cars are at the bare minimum for radiator airflow already.
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