OFF-ROAD LIGHTING Black out mirror turn signal switchback mod

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Recently ordered some turn signals from eBay to see how they opened up. Pretty easy actually, just used a razor knife to cut through the epoxy all the way around the perimeter.

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I initially used a 4" generic strip that I found on eBay and was very disappointed in the brightness after adding 2 coats of Nite-Shades


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You can see how dim the signal came out -


So after I installed them I decided to split the OEM signals. Stripped the chrome with Easy Off...
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Decided the strip showed through too much so I repainted the chrome area black (from the inside)

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Once I powered the light up I realized these strips were way brighter. Since I didn't like the white showing through, I went ahead and put a single coat of Nite-Shades on.

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Sorry no pictures of the wiring, I cut the OEM connector from the signal and used that for ground and turn signal, picked up a pink wire in the window switch harness for DRL signal, and the teal illumination wire in the switch for low power DRL.
 

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This is awesome. Today I was thinking of how ugly mine are... This may be too advanced for me but I might have to try at some point.
 

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Thanks! If you just want to black them out and use a turn signal it's actually fairly simple. The DRL wasn't that difficult either but it does require fishing the wires through the mirror and tapping into the proper door switch wires.

I couldn't believe how easy it was to cut open the signals, I was nervous at first but it was really simple and hard to mess up.
 

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I slowly removing all the chrome so I'm sure I'll try at some point, lol...
 

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The DRL turns on automatically with the front DRL’s?
 

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They actually just come on when the truck is on, the DRLs essentially do the same so I didn't see any reason to run a bunch of extra wire. There are only a couple of times when the truck is on and the front DRLs aren't.
 

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Great job with these!
 

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They actually just come on when the truck is on, the DRLs essentially do the same so I didn't see any reason to run a bunch of extra wire. There are only a couple of times when the truck is on and the front DRLs aren't.
That makes sense. Unless you need at go full stealth mode at night.
 

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That makes sense. Unless you need at go full stealth mode at night.
Hah, that's something I haven't thought about in quite a while. Hopefully I don't find myself in any situations that require stealth mode.
 

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Very well done! We've been wanting to do a group buy on these for a while but the interest always ends up in people falling through on the deal.
Thanks! Can't say I'm surprised, I posted these on an FB group and got a ton of people commenting that they wanted to buy a set but never got a PM from a single buyer.
 
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