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Old 11-22-2012, 11:59 AM
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DRL (Daytime Running Lights)

I am doing a projector retrofit on my '08 Harley. I am adding the LED angel eyes into the projectors, and a 6" strip of LED's on top of the yellow reflector that I'm painting black.I plan on using those LED's and the Angel Eyes as Daytime Running Lights. I was looking for advice on how you think I should wire up the DRL's. I understand that I can go to Ford and have them turn on the DRL option with a programmer, but then I'm not sure which lights would light up. I also don't like the fact that I can't turn them off. I was thinking of wiring them up to an upfitter switch, since the switches are only powered on when the ignition is on. That switch would just stay in the ON position at all times, unless I wanted to turn off the DRL's. Does anybody see an issue with this? And if I do it that way, do I have to run a wire from the DRL into the switch in the cab, or is there a wire under the hood I can tap that goes into the upfitter switch so I don't have to run from the engine bay into the cab, and back out.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:16 PM
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I believe it says where the wires are in the owners manual. But yeah if you wire it to the up fitter and just leave it on, that would work just fine and that way you never have to worry about leaving them on either.


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To wire up to an upfitter switch is simple. There are pigtail wires in theengine bay on the drivers side firewall. Just wire the power wire for the lights to there then run the ground to the battery or any other ground area. To make the switch work you must then wire the pigtail for the switch to the pigtail for te pass through wires. They will all be labeled on the wire looms under the dash. As for putting the lights on a switch, that is a good idea, but if you want day time running lights, why wouldnt you want them on all of the time? If you want them on all the time, just find a keyed power source under the dash and attach your power to that wire, or the fuse.
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To wire up to an upfitter switch is simple. There are pigtail wires in theengine bay on the drivers side firewall. Just wire the power wire for the lights to there then run the ground to the battery or any other ground area. To make the switch work you must then wire the pigtail for the switch to the pigtail for te pass through wires. They will all be labeled on the wire looms under the dash. As for putting the lights on a switch, that is a good idea, but if you want day time running lights, why wouldnt you want them on all of the time? If you want them on all the time, just find a keyed power source under the dash and attach your power to that wire, or the fuse.
If I were to park somewhere at night and idle then I want the ability to shut them off. Thanks for your help, I'll update once I get this project finished.
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I don't know for sure, but I had an s10 that the running lights were on all the time, and the only way to shut them off was to set the parking brake. Try that maybe? Worth a shot!


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If I were to park somewhere at night and idle then I want the ability to shut them off. Thanks for your help, I'll update once I get this project finished.
Didnt even think of that. Maybe there is a way to tap into power somewhere so that they would only be activated when the truck was in gear?
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:19 AM
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My 08 has the daytime running lights energized by the dealer. When truck is in park, lights are off.
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My 08 has the daytime running lights energized by the dealer.
That must be a long extension cord.
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That must be a long extension cord.
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My 08 has the daytime running lights energized by the dealer. When truck is in park, lights are off.
Which bulbs light up for your DRL's? Parking lights?
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