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2010 Taurus DRL’s Added!

August 21, 2010


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We have owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Dodge Nitro R/T, and two Ford Explorers “Eddie Bauer “Editions, and ALL did not come with Daytime Running Lamps and ALL did not offer factory kits or a optional “factory flash” to turn them on. (except if you moved to Canada). Using an aftermarket kit that required splicing I installed this important safety feature, on all the above. When I ordered our 2010 Taurus Limited I found that again the same issue, and was determined to try something new and ordered the Factory wiring diagrams to seek a better install. I quickly determined it was not going to be, so I used Google to search for a solution. For those that suggest adding these lights is a waste of time you may be correct, however I have pulled out in front of cars that usually are dark or blend into the road color and do not stand out. (no accidents). I can only think that any vehicles with some front lights on in daylight will bring more notice to them being in the roadway approaching. Will this fact keep someone from pulling out in-front-of –you, Positively Not! See there are Jerks that will do that anyway, but at least you know they saw you! As far as turning your headlamps on all the time when driving, that will work, but when driving two cars I sometimes forget which vehicle with DRLs, and the one without. I want DRLs on all the time while driving!

RESULTS

Using the Search Engine for “LED Daytime Running Lamps”, I was amazed to find several companies listings that I had not seen in years past. I found and ordered (IJDMtoy) a set of inexpensive 20” pair Audi style A5 Q7 48 light flexible strips to try out. I have posted pictures below. How durable are they? Well like anything these days who knows but they are made in Japan not China for a change, and state “over 50000 hour life”. I really like them and so does my Wife. If they go bad I may upgrade to a more expensive light or tryout 6 light ones within a housing that could be mounted in the grille openings, being only about ½ inch height. (U67)

INSTALL

Well I ran into an issue from the start since these lights do not come with a mounting tape, but after contacting the Company I bought Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape 4011 and before mounting I checked out these lamps for working order. Well neither worked and with another e-mail to the Company they suggested (no instructions came with these lamps) to reverse the wiring and they worked! For some reason what I thought was the ground copper wire MUST be the power wire? Having applied this tape, cutting it to fit the back of these lamps I removed the front top radiator/grille plastic cover and ran the wiring from the end of each lamp into there and proceeded to push these lamps, removing the red cover. Starting from the inside working toward the sides I used a small pry bar (or a flat blade screwdriver) pushing these lights directly into to small opening below the headlamp lens and the bumper. Fit perfectly and looks like they are inside. I had planned to mount directly to the bottom of the headlamp lens if they had not fit, but in this location they are very well protected.

I then connected lead wires to all four light wires with water proof connectors, and anchored with tie strips before re-installing top cover. There are few metal ground points in the front of this vehicle so I terminated at the left front fender with an unused bolt. (PICTURE) To find a power point for these lights only when the engine was running became another issue, but using a fuse tap ( Bussmann ATM Fuse add-a-circuit # BP HHH-RP) allowed this install with no splicing of any Factory wiring. I used the fuse number F46 for power on the engine Power Distribution Box, since it is only “Hot” when engine is running. If you use this kit you need to purchase an additional mini type ATM fuse since this fuse tap require two (one for the original use and one for the new accessory). A first in my DRL installs with great results. (PICTURES & PRODUCT USED BELOW)
 

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Re added Pictures since Photobucket deleted them!

Remove Cover from Battery Junction Box


Note that light lead wires are ran up power lead cable and secured so cover can be reinstalled with no restrictions. Also note placement of ground cables on fender lip and Fuse Tap location.


Engine OFF


Engine OFF (no lights on)
 

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Looks good! I see listed on their site, 20" LED DRL. Are these the ones you used? Yours look shorter than 20"
 

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Looks good! I see listed on their site, 20" LED DRL. Are these the ones you used? Yours look shorter than 20"
NO 20" they are! Good Luck...
 

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Very nice

Looks good. Do you wish they had been a little longer to go all the way to the end? They do look sharp at night also. But I know the idea was for daylight. Very sharp. May try this. Does this void the warranty?

I really like the Cinnamon. I have the Red. How do you keep it so clean. Waht cleaning products do you use to keep that just from the dealership shine?
 

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I like that !! I bought two strips today. I want mine to turn on whenever the park lamps or headlights are turned on. I see what you have done in the pics. Where are you getting your power from ? The junc. box under the hood. Or do you have them run to the park light wires..........?? Thanks
 

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I like that !! I bought two strips today. I want mine to turn on whenever the park lamps or headlights are turned on. I see what you have done in the pics. Where are you getting your power from ? The junc. box under the hood. Or do you have them run to the park light wires..........?? Thanks
Re-read my post and you will see
but using a fuse tap ( Bussmann ATM Fuse add-a-circuit # BP HHH-RP) allowed this install with no splicing of any Factory wiring.
I have the lights setup to be on as long as the engine is running (running lamps). As far as working on a 02 don't see why not, but not sure where the fuse panel is that year. From past experiences and winter weather I would not recommend any splicing of wires outside of the engine compartment. Good Luck!
 

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Thanks for posting these "how-to"! Just ordered a set for my car and going to pick up the other parts for the install tomorrow! Been considering this mod for ages, your thread convinced me to go for it! Thanks!
 

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Does this void the warranty?

I really like the Cinnamon. I have the Red. How do you keep it so clean. Waht cleaning products do you use to keep that just from the dealership shine?
No it will not void the warranty. And I have one word for you as far as cleaning and shiny. Adam's Polishes! Actually 2 words. It's a lot of work and time to keep a car looking shiny, almost a daily chore. If you want more info PM me and I can give you some tips. Sorry to hi-jack your thread for this post. Promise I will post pictures once I receive mine and get them installed!
 

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Rick, just saw that you said you need 2 ATM mini fuses. Not sure I understand what you mean by that. I haven't looked into the fuse block yet but if you have a chance to explain why you need 2 I sure would appreciate it. Thanks.
 

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Picked up all needed parts at Advance Auto today, now just waiting for the LED's to arrive...will post photos of mine once they are installed, although with the weather predictions of Sandy to spend some time over Pennsylvania it may be some time before it is nice enough to get them installed. Again, thanks for doing this instructional thread, never would have attempted this without it!:thumb: This place rocks!
 

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Rick, just saw that you said you need 2 ATM mini fuses. Not sure I understand what you mean by that. I haven't looked into the fuse block yet but if you have a chance to explain why you need 2 I sure would appreciate it. Thanks.
Depending on where and how you hook your lights up to the fuse tap to your fuse block, you may only need one but I used two of the same size.
If you use this kit you need to purchase an additional mini type ATM fuse since this fuse tap require two (one for the original use and one for the new accessory).
 

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Depending on where and how you hook your lights up to the fuse tap to your fuse block, you may only need one but I used two of the same size.
If you use this kit you need to purchase an additional mini type ATM fuse since this fuse tap require two (one for the original use and one for the new accessory).
Thanks for the explanation, after actually seeing the tap, I know understand how it works. I will probably follow your example and use the same one that you did as long as there is nothing different from the Limited to the SHO, but I would think it will be the same.
 

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2010 Taurus DRL’s Added!

August 21, 2010


HISTORY

We have owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee clicking here Limited, Dodge Nitro R/T, and two Ford Explorers “Eddie Bauer “Editions, and ALL did not come with Daytime Running Lamps and ALL did not offer factory kits or a optional “factory flash” to turn them on. (except if you moved to Canada). Using an aftermarket kit that required splicing I installed this important safety feature, on all the above. When I ordered our 2010 Taurus Limited I found that again the same issue, and was determined to try something new and ordered the Factory wiring diagrams to seek a better install. I quickly determined it was not going to be, so I used Google to search for a solution. For those that suggest adding these lights is a waste of time you may be correct, however I have pulled out in front of cars that usually are dark or blend into the road color and do not stand out. (no accidents). I can only think that any vehicles with some front lights on in daylight will bring more notice to them being in the roadway approaching. Will this fact keep someone from pulling out in-front-of –you, Positively Not! See there are Jerks that will do that anyway, but at least you know they saw you! As far as turning your headlamps on all the time when driving, that will work, but when driving two cars I sometimes forget which vehicle with DRLs, and the one without. I want DRLs on all the time while driving!

RESULTS

Using the Search Engine for “LED Daytime Running Lamps”, I was amazed to find several companies listings that I had not seen in years past. I found and ordered (IJDMtoy) a set of inexpensive 20” pair Audi style A5 Q7 48 light flexible strips to try out. I have posted pictures below. How durable are they? Well like anything these days who knows but they are made in Japan not China for a change, and state “over 50000 hour life”. I really like them and so does my Wife. If they go bad I may upgrade to a more expensive light or tryout 6 light ones within a housing that could be mounted in the grille openings, being only about ½ inch height. (U67)

INSTALL

Well I ran into an issue from the start since these lights do not come with a mounting tape, but after contacting the Company I bought Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape 4011 and before mounting I checked out these lamps for working order. Well neither worked and with another e-mail to the Company they suggested (no instructions came with these lamps) to reverse the wiring and they worked! For some reason what I thought was the ground copper wire MUST be the power wire? Having applied this tape, cutting it to fit the back of these lamps I removed the front top radiator/grille plastic cover and ran the wiring from the end of each lamp into there and proceeded to push these lamps, removing the red cover. Starting from the inside working toward the sides I used a small pry bar (or a flat blade screwdriver) pushing these lights directly into to small opening below the headlamp lens and the bumper. Fit perfectly and looks like they are inside. I had planned to mount directly to the bottom of the headlamp lens if they had not fit, but in this location they are very well protected.

I then connected lead wires to all four light wires with water proof connectors, and anchored with tie strips before re-installing top cover. There are few metal ground points in the front of this vehicle so I terminated at the left front fender with an unused bolt. (PICTURE) To find a power point for these lights only when the engine was running became another issue, but using a fuse tap ( Bussmann ATM Fuse add-a-circuit # BP HHH-RP) allowed this install with no splicing of any Factory wiring. I used the fuse number F46 for power on the engine Power Distribution Box, since it is only “Hot” when engine is running. If you use this kit you need to purchase an additional mini type ATM fuse since this fuse tap require two (one for the original use and one for the new accessory). A first in my DRL installs with great results. (PICTURES & PRODUCT USED BELOW)


How expensive they are?
 

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The LED's are about $20.00 with shipping charge included. The add-a-circuit is another 6 or 7 dollars.
 

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Again, thanks for posting this how-to it really was helpful, I decided to go with the Audi A5 R8 20" strip with 21 LED's. These are much thinner then the ones you chose to use, but I like the fact that they were thinner and self-adhesive, so I attached them to the bottom of the headlamp housing. Here is a photo of the finally result:
 

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That's gorgeous man!
 
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