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Old 03-18-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Diode wiring with all running lights

Hi All,
I am setting up a 2008 HHR for my toad. I would like to have side the marker lights and tail light work while towing the HHR. Where would be a good place to connect the running light diode and wiring? Thanks. Dave
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:51 PM   #2
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I have a '06 HHR and installed a light kit I got from Blue OX. Works great as long as the coach lights work, it works. The instructions were easy to follow, but the HHR doesn't leave much room to work in the tail light access areas. Good luck and happy motoring.


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Old 03-22-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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thelastplace: I am also going to be setting up a HHR soon. Did you install the additional lamp sockets in the stock light assembly or did you ty into the existing lamps?
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
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thelastplace: I am also going to be setting up a HHR soon. Did you install the additional lamp sockets in the stock light assembly or did you ty into the existing lamps?
I am going with the diode/direct wire option. I've been told that there is probably not enough room in the taillight housing to add a second bulb. I will be wiring the HHR maybe this weekend.

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:42 AM   #5
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From what I have seen looking at the HHR tail lights I think you are right. I will probably go direct connect with diodes also.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:07 PM   #6
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The kit from Blue OX is a diode setup using the existing lights. And you are right, there is no room in there for more lights. There's barely room for the diodes,


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Thanks; good to have first hand knowledge.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:58 PM   #8
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I have wired 5 towed autos. The first was with added light sockets. Because the bulb is not at the correct point, the brilliance is less than desireable. The other four, I used Roadmaster's diodes and Brite Light kit. Works great and no problems in over 180,000 miles of towing. Their web site has complete wiring diagrams that are in pdf format to download.

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Old 03-25-2011, 10:46 PM   #9
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Did the wiring on the HHR today with the diode system. The hardest part was routing the wires. If you pull the connectors off of the taillights and work with the wires that way it is an easy job. I decided to solder extensions To the wires to get a little more working room. All worked out very well. Now I need to work on a braking system.
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