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CaifanSC
09-12-2014, 01:19 AM
Does anyone know if all US cars came with the harness and connector for the Canadian Daytime Running Lights (DLRs)?

I wanted to do a little project with the lighting and if I can tap into this circuit it would be much better...but it depends on weather this would be plug and play.

Also, curious to see if the same DLR module is used for both generation SC's.

Any help appreciated!

Les Borda
09-12-2014, 11:01 AM
I hate to say yes, because all vehicles manufactured for Canada from 1990 and up had to have DRL's. From a cost perspective it makes no sense not to have the harness in place. They put it in a most PIA inaccessible place. Under the left front fender well and you have to pull the liner down or out, ,my 99 Taurus is the same. If I'm not mistaken it became an option on later model Tbirds.

CaifanSC
09-12-2014, 11:50 AM
I hate to say yes, because all vehicles manufactured for Canada from 1990 and up had to have DRL's. From a cost perspective it makes no sense not to have the harness in place. They put it in a most PIA inaccessible place. Under the left front fender well and you have to pull the liner down or out, ,my 99 Taurus is the same. If I'm not mistaken it became an option on later model Tbirds.

Les, how often do those OEM DLR modules go out? Initially I purchased the kit below and was just going to use that. I like the fact that it's OEM and it seems quite simple to install. Going by the PN its a 96+ item. However, if the wiring is all there already, I can probably just do a little bit of re-routing. My goal is to have the parking lamps/fog lights come on as DLRs instead of the headlamps. I would still like to control those manually or with the auto lamp feature (also being added :)). I also gotta find out if it's the same module used for both generation SC's.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f226/Caifanito/_571_zps7ea7373e.jpg (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/Caifanito/media/_571_zps7ea7373e.jpg.html)

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Les Borda
09-12-2014, 10:35 PM
Very nice kit, all the things you could possibly need. Generally speaking I see 90-91's with the factory DRL still working. They should last a long time.

jludorf
09-13-2014, 12:03 AM
I think they are the same but I can look under my 90 tomorrow and compare with my 94 when I look for the mats. I can throw one in with the mats if we end up making a deal.

John

CaifanSC
09-13-2014, 11:24 AM
awesome! thank you gents for the help.

RalphP
09-13-2014, 05:18 PM
If there's another Canadian with a Gen1 with DRLs who's parting his or hers out, I'd LOVE to have the factory plug-in DRL module.

I have the socket with the 'Murikan "We don't need no steenkin' lights in the daytime!" shorting plug now. I'd rather have DRLs.

RwP

CaifanSC
09-13-2014, 05:59 PM
If there's another Canadian with a Gen1 with DRLs who's parting his or hers out, I'd LOVE to have the factory plug-in DRL module.

I have the socket with the 'Murikan "We don't need no steenkin' lights in the daytime!" shorting plug now. I'd rather have DRLs.

RwP


I was reading in another post that a member used a Standard brand replacement with success...not sure if you can get it from places like Autozone or Advanced here in the US, but I was checking ebay and this is the cheapest I found it for. The ebay link shows this module for both gens but I would trust the answer of a fellow member rather than ebay.

Ralph...do you happen to have a picture of the connector?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Daytime-Running-Light-Relay-Techsmart-Standard-F03001-/261565354267?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Model%3AThunderbird&hash=item3ce682911b&vxp=mtr

KMT
09-13-2014, 06:34 PM
Amazon has it $53.75 feee ship - also RockAuto $47.79 + ship: https://www.rockauto.com/dbphp/x,catalog,154,partnum,F03001,d,STANDARD_MOTOR_PROD UCTS_F03001.html

Don't forget to grab a discount code if RA.

RalphP
09-14-2014, 12:23 AM
RockAuto doesn't list the P/N for me, since I have a 'Murikan "We don't need no steenkin' DuRLS!" car ... But I really appreciate that link!

I'm not in the car right now, but I'll try to remember to get a pic of the connector.

RwP

Les Borda
09-14-2014, 08:49 PM
Check with Ryan Harris in Brantford Ontario Canada, long time SC friend and worked many hours on these cars together.

ryanharris700@hotmail.com

He is selling off a ton of stuff from gutted Supercoupes I am sure he has a DRL or 2 or 3 :D

CaifanSC
09-14-2014, 09:04 PM
This wouldn't happen to be the connector, is it?

I was fiddling with the 94 today and saw this while I was under the car looking behind the drivers side fog lamp.

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Les Borda
09-14-2014, 09:11 PM
That could very well be it, I don't think anything else would go there. That is exactly what it looks like on a Ford Explorer, a few pics show it down below the headlight bucket.


KMT how did you find stuff on rockauto without doing a year and vehicle search? I've have no idea how you do that but it sure could come in handy at times.

DAMN I can't even ask on the TCCOA where the DRL is located on a 95 Bird, I don't go there enough to start a thread. Google search has been useless except that one pic from an Explorer that looks an awful lot like the picture you provided.

KMT
09-15-2014, 12:26 AM
Les:

Hit the google machine for: ford daytime running lamp module rockauto

...trick seems to look for 'lamp' instead of 'light'.

Ken

RalphP
09-15-2014, 08:49 AM
CaifanSC - yep, that's the connector my car has (a 1991 Cougar).

Les - Thanks for the email address. I'll be emailing him this evening or tomorrow (bit busy today.)

RwP

CaifanSC
09-15-2014, 09:48 AM
CaifanSC - yep, that's the connector my car has (a 1991 Cougar).

Les - Thanks for the email address. I'll be emailing him this evening or tomorrow (bit busy today.)

RwP

Excellent!

Would still love to see how it's mounted just to make sure I have it in the factory spot...I'm assuming I'll need one of those clip things so the mounting bolt threads into it.

Les Borda
09-15-2014, 07:19 PM
I just posted this in the Taurus forum because my DRL has been dead for years. I HOPE the Birds are not like this.

You don't even WISH to know where this DRL module is, never mind getting it out. All the simple things you read to get it out WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had to drop the cowl from underneath the one attached to the bumper, remove a couple of screw from the fender liner. 2 screws that hold down this plastic cover flap which you cannot see especially when you're my size. Then it gets better where is the bolt that holds this thing in you ask? On top of the DRL module facing the fender, cannot see it, cannot reach it.

One BIG AZZ Snap On screwdriver under the DRL and at this point I didn't give a rats, pry it till it snapped where the bolt is.Luckily this one is plastic covered, if it was metal I'd still be under my car.

Believe me it is NOT going back in this way.

For those that wish DRL's the plug is there with a dummy cover over it to protect the connections from corroding.

I hope the TBirds are a little more sane as to where they located the DRL and or the connector with the dummy plug in it.