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Old 09-24-2009, 02:05 AM   #1
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DRL (Now fog lights too) always on

Here is my RS package DIY to not only make the DRLs work as DRLs, but to come on with the park lights too.

I have shrunk the pictures, if you want the original large ones, let me know.

It does require stripping and splicing wires to the factory wiring harness in the front bumper.

This is my idea, and it may or may not be perfect, if you see improvment areas, be my guest. I've run with this for 3 days now, with no problems.
Yet, as always, perform and use at your own risk.
The way I wired it, you can easily disconnect the whole harness if something happens, without ruining the main vehicle harness.

Parts required:
Two (2) 12volt Zener Diode (I got from radio shack for $1.50) (Pic 1)
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1. Either remove the front bumper (there are other threads with instructions),
or drive the front wheels onto ramps (Some people remove the right wheel too),
and partially remove and gain access through the right wheel well liner to the area behind the front bumper.
2. Locate the wiring harness connector you had to disconnect to remove the bumper, above the right DRL. (Pic 2)
3. Pull the connector out of its tab, and pull it enough out of the bumper to work with. Unwrap the electrical tape. (Pic 3)
4. Cut slits and then strip the outer wire coating, being carefull not to cut the actual wire.
Do this to the purple, brown, light blue, and dark blue wires. I made my first slits all in a row. (Pic 3)
5. Then strip towards the bumper on the purple and brown wires, enough to solder one end of the diode in. Then strip towards you, on the two blue wires.
6. Using the beautiful wiring diagram I scribbled in the field, (Pic 4), install the diodes in place.
The direction of the diode is critical. If you notice, on one end of the diode, there is a black bar.
As in the wiring diagram, in the right upper corner, power flows from blank to bar. It does not flow the other way.
7. Connect and wrap the blank end of the diode around the purple wire, pointing towards you (Pic 5)
8. Solder the diode into place (Pic 6)
9. Wrap the soldered end with electrical tape, ensuring all exposed wire and diode is wrapped. (Pic 7)
10. Connect and wrap the other end of the diode around the exposed light blue wire. (Pic 7)
11. Solder diode on (Pic 8) and tape it up too (Pic 9)
12. Now straighten the two wires and your new diode out, and tape it together (Pic 10)
13. Now do the same thing to the brown and dark blue wires.
Ensuring the blank diode end is on the brown wire(Pics 11-15)
14. Now tape all wires up together, just as it was from the factory (Pic 16)
15. Now place the connector and wiring harness back in place, it their tabs, just as it was from the factory. (Pic 17)
16. Now reinstall the bumper

And walla!! If done correctly, your driving lights will come on as they normally did, and when you turn your park lights, headlights, or even high beams on, your new fog lights will also turn on!
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:07 AM   #2
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Here is the finished project of this DIY, I am still in the process and design of the rest of it.....
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:54 AM   #3
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very detailed writeup! thank you for the pics, i will be doing this mod for sure
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:00 AM   #4
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Very nice. Did you blur out your fingerprints? lol
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:38 AM   #5
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ok. if i'm reading this correctly, the fogs now come on when you turn your park lights (halos) on? I would prefer that my halos come on with my DRL's since they come on all the time. So my basic electrical knowledge is telling me that if I reverse the diodes, I will get what I want.. correct?
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:23 AM   #6
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Hmmm...will that work? Don't the DRLs go off when the halos are on?
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:36 AM   #7
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Hmmm...will that work? Don't the DRLs go off when the halos are on?
Yes, but if the DRLs are on, by reversing the diodes, they should power the halos. At least that's what I'm thinking. Now that may feed power to the rest of the parking light circuit so it may require some additional mods. I guess what I'm looking for is I want my halos to come on in place of my fogs since they come on all the time.
just thinking out loud..
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:35 AM   #8
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Very nice. Did you blur out your fingerprints? lol
Yes, I did, with my dirty fingers, you could see the fingerprint perfectly, so I thought about it, and blotted them out

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ok. if i'm reading this correctly, the fogs now come on when you turn your park lights (halos) on? I would prefer that my halos come on with my DRL's since they come on all the time. So my basic electrical knowledge is telling me that if I reverse the diodes, I will get what I want.. correct?
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If you reverse the diode, then it will only power the front side marker lights with the DRLs.

In order to halo only on with the DRL, you'll need to do some splicing and diode in to the main wiring harness, just out of the main power module. I dont know any wiring diagrams for it, so I dont know which wires that would be.

Although, there are halo fuses...... you could probably run a wire from a DRL into the fuses, then in theory it would power the halo when the DRLs are on..... Dont know for sure, havent messed with that......
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:38 PM   #9
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:14 PM   #10
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Nice DIY writeup. I'm gonna try it this weekend!

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Old 09-26-2009, 11:20 PM   #11
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:11 PM   #12
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Nice job that will be my next mod , Thanks for the info
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:06 AM   #13
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Although, there are halo fuses...... you could probably run a wire from a DRL into the fuses, then in theory it would power the halo when the DRLs are on..... Dont know for sure, havent messed with that......
I was wrong, looked into it today, and there are not halo fuses. You'd have to find the wires to the halo.
The good thing, you can connect the DRL wires to the halo wires without any diodes, and each will power the other on.
Halo's on with DRL, DRL on with halo's (and therefore park lights, headlights)
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:42 AM   #14
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Quick question can you tell me how to run a hot switch to manually actuate the foglamps? If you can thank you!
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:17 AM   #15
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I love the idea but the yellow fogs with the HIDs just isn't doing it. I will wait till I get the LEDs put into the fogs. As soon as someone local and reliable like Vizualize can situate the housing issues for the RS fogs.
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He has already switched out the yellow fogs with a matching bulb color. Currently (as far as I know) one way to do that would be to replace the RS bulb housings with one from a Non-RS model. These will accept 5202 bulbs...so you could use the 5202 socket and insert an LED bulb. (I'm not sure if they make an HID bulb to fit the 5202 socket or not)

Or, if your OK with LED, just wait for AACstyle to finish their version of an LED bulb that will fit the RS housing! (check out this page for more info on that!)
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:41 AM   #17
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Yeah, I put LED bulbs in my RS housings, here is the link:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...t=43252&page=2

I dont want xenon HID fog lights, the RS headlights are plenty bright enough as it is.
These LEDs provide the look of them, without blinding people.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:57 AM   #18
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Very nice. Did you blur out your fingerprints? lol
Wow... paranoid much? HAHA... anyway that looks awesome. Great job! I want to do it too. Guess I will add it to the list! Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:49 AM   #19
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:54 PM   #20
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Soon as AAC makes a LED for us RS guys this is getting done. Thanks for the write up much props!!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:07 PM   #21
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in order to do this job, is it really necessary to remove the front bumper? or is there any other way?
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:21 PM   #22
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Drl

not necessary but it is easier. Take the passenger wheel off and then take the inner fender plastic out. Then look for the connector. It is hard to do but can be done. Make sure you cover the lower bumper facia before soldering.
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Just to make sure I'm understanding this correctly after doing this mod the "fog" lights are always on right?
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:54 AM   #24
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Just to make sure I'm understanding this correctly after doing this mod the "fog" lights are always on right?
yup.. unless you turn them off..
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Any particular reason for the zeners instead of regular?
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