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Old 09-01-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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Toad Tail Lights - -Help

I am getting ready to rig my 2011 Buick Lacrosse to be toad ready. The problem I am having is how to rig up the rear lights. The lights are factory LED and there is no room to put in a separate bulb to connect to the RV. Also, the Buick has a diagnostic setup that if I put diodes in the harness it will send false signals that there is a burnt bulb. So, that setup is out.

I removed the rear tail light and inspected it. I notice that in the white lens section there is plenty of room to drill and install a light bulb. When I flashed the amber signal, it lighted up the whole space in amber color. I am thinking that if I put a red light bulb in that area, it will work to signal the people following the toad.

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1. Is this doable, workable, and is it legal?
2. Where can I find red bulbs to install in the lens?

Thanks in Advance for your help.
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Ebay has lots of choices of LED red bulbs in many base styles. I'd look for one that has tail and brake light (turn signal) functions. (1157 base)
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Why not just buy the diode wiring kit for the car. That's what I did with my Malibu. It included the required diodes, the wires required to run front to rear of the car and the necessary extension to reach the RV. It was a nice kit and works well. You do have to cut the wires, but I prefer that than cutting holes in the tail lights, which are not cheap if you have to replace one.
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Buy a wireless TowMate light bar and slap that on the roof. Done.
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Buy a wireless TowMate light bar and slap that on the roof. Done.
Just installed one on my 2000 Chieftain. I got the $200 version off EBay for the price and the feature of having a rechargeable battery. The color is butt ugly, but I'm gonna cover it with vinyl pinstriping the match the toad.
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Mine is black.
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