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3 minutes ago, Jimson666 said:

Anyone local to Burton fitted the DRL lights done this hack that could help me out?

What do you need help with chap?

happy to talk you through it?

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1 hour ago, Jimson666 said:

I was reading the hack just a bit nervous about doing it tbh 

It’s actually fairly straightforward. 

1. Remove light switch. Dead easy  

2. Disconnect plug. Dead easy. 

3. Remove wires from the holder. Dead fiddly, managed to snap a piece of plastic. No big deal. 

4. Cut diode to size. Dead easy. 

5. Re-cut diode cause you didn’t do Step 4 properly. Dead easy. 

6. Push diode into existing wires. Dead easy. 

7. Do steps 3, then 2, then 1. Dead easy. 

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7 hours ago, Jimson666 said:

I was reading the hack just a bit nervous about doing it tbh 

And that's fair I was too....but seriously its an absolute piece of cake. The hardest part is removing the cover of the plug, cut the cable tie off and have a fine flat blade screwdriver to hand. 

6 hours ago, chanlon1 said:

It’s actually fairly straightforward. 

1. Remove light switch. Dead easy  

2. Disconnect plug. Dead easy. 

3. Remove wires from the holder. Dead fiddly, managed to snap a piece of plastic. No big deal. 

4. Cut diode to size. Dead easy. 

5. Re-cut diode cause you didn’t do Step 4 properly. Dead easy. 

6. Push diode into existing wires. Dead easy. 

7. Do steps 3, then 2, then 1. Dead easy. 

Exactly this......including step 5 :):D

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Just done this mod. Very easy. Worked first time. Took 5 mins.

I have 9 diodes left over if anybody wants a few?

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5 hours ago, Jason986S said:

Just done this mod. Very easy. Worked first time. Took 5 mins.

I have 9 diodes left over if anybody wants a few?

Thanks @Jason986S 👍

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On 3/12/2019 at 12:31 AM, chanlon1 said:

It’s actually fairly straightforward. 

1. Remove light switch. Dead easy  

2. Disconnect plug. Dead easy. 

3. Remove wires from the holder. Dead fiddly, managed to snap a piece of plastic. No big deal. 

4. Cut diode to size. Dead easy. 

5. Re-cut diode cause you didn’t do Step 4 properly. Dead easy. 

6. Push diode into existing wires. Dead easy. 

7. Do steps 3, then 2, then 1. Dead easy. 

When I did mine I didn't even bother with step 3 just pushed the diode in alongside the wires and it works fine. I did require step 5 though 😁

Dave

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7 hours ago, Jason986S said:

Just done this mod. Very easy. Worked first time. Took 5 mins.

I have 9 diodes left over if anybody wants a few?

Yes please if you don't mind. Happy to paypal you the post + cost of diode!

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11 hours ago, Dubdubz said:

Yes please if you don't mind. Happy to paypal you the post + cost of diode!

Just PM me your address and i’ll pop a couple in an envelope for you tomorrow. Don’t worry about paying, they cost me about 15p each and I’m happy to help.

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On 4/8/2019 at 9:31 AM, Jason986S said:

Just PM me your address and i’ll pop a couple in an envelope for you tomorrow. Don’t worry about paying, they cost me about 15p each and I’m happy to help.

Do you have any left please bud?

Cheers,

Paul

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6 minutes ago, PaulP-MK said:

Do you have any left please bud?

Cheers,

Paul

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F301773374367

probably easier to order a pack. I promised  @Dubdubz a couple 2 weeks ago and it completely slipped my mind (embarrassingly)

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We must have at least quadrupled diode sales between us! I ordered 10 only to find 4 kindly sent foc with the DRL's I bought. 

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On 2/6/2015 at 11:08 AM, drago.d said:

Finally managed to copy the text from the PDF into a post.

Anyway, here it is:



UKTINPOL 2 hack: DRL's for 987 Boxster

(Taken and edited from http://www.6speedonl...-lights-15.html)



I completed the Utkinpol II DRL hack using these tips and pictures...



(1) DIODE

Bought it from Maplins: item code QL73Q (1N4001S 1A Silicon Diode/Rectifier) £0.49 each

(2) REMOVE LIGHT SWITCH

I removed the light switch by pushing in the light switch while in the OFF position, and turning gently clockwise until it clicked. Then the switch just slides out. Unplug the Light switch from

the wiring harness and plug.

TIP: Be careful... The rubbery paint on the circular trim piece that seats the light switch

is extremely delicate. Even slightly scraping it with the wire harness could cause it to peel. I suggest placing or taping an index card there so you don't accidentally remove your paint. Do not put tape on the trim paint itself, however.

(3) REMOVE THE WIRE PLUG

TIP: No need to cut the black wire-tie. Here's what I did...

Instead of cutting the wire-tie, I was able raise the release clip (see picture 1), insert a small screwdriver in the slot next to the clip, and slide the plug out of the plug cover.

The yellow/white and red/yellow wires are clearly visible once the plug is out.

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(4) PREPARE DIODE

TIP: No need for shrink tubing or wire tape. Here's what I did...

The diode can fit nicely inside the plug cover. Bend the wire leads 90 degrees, close to the diode, as shown in picture 2. This will be just wide enough for the diode to fit between the yellow/white and the red/yellow wires on the plug. Cut the diode leads to a length of about 1/2"; should be long enough to reach up to the windowed metal "triangles" shown in picture 3.

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(5) INSERT DIODE

Slide the diode leads into the plug, along the yellow/white and the red/yellow wires. The cathode (the side of the diode with the silver band) must be inserted along the red/yellow wire. Again, picture 3 shows how this should look.

TIP: The diode side with the silver band goes with red/yellow wire.

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(6) REPLACE PLUG COVER & REINSTALL SWITCH

Slide the plug with the diode back into the plug cover, and snap in place. Reconnect the plug

and wire harness to the light switch. Then, insert the switch into the circular trim piece on the dash, gently push in the light switch and turn counter-clockwise.

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(7) MY EXPERIENCE

It works, and the car looks as though these lights were intended to operate like this. Certainly no more distracting or attention grabbing than some of the VW OEM setups (or plenty of other brands not using LEDs as DRLs).

I did the hack sometime around the end of August 2014; so far no battery drain issues, no issues from other road users including the boys in blue, and no error messages or the like.

With the ignition on and the light switch in the Home position the fogs now come on on their own i.e. no dipped head lamps or sidelights (either front or rear). The fog light symbol on the light switch surround illuminates to remind you they are on, and if you wish to switch them off you just have to turn the switch to Off.

When you turn the side lights or head lights on, the fog "DRLs" go out so the car only has the lights on you would normally expect.

The "Home" lighting functions remain exactly as normal, too.

It was a surprisingly easy and quick mod; maybe 10 minutes, tops. Reversal would be just as easy and quick, too. No soldering or cutting of wires required!

Just done this mod, how simple, with great results, Ive fitted the LED aftermarket whole light units! This now saves me switching them on!! Love it.

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2 hours ago, Kjb1 said:

Just done this mod, how simple, with great results, Ive fitted the LED aftermarket whole light units! This now saves me switching them on!! Love it.

Such a cheap and worth while modification. It really is a simple 5 minute job too. Literally. 

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I love the look now...especially with the LED Fogs in there too

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