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Old 09-12-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question Are these factory tail lights setup?

Hi,
While cleaning trunk I noticed that all slots in the tail lamps are in use, I thought the center? ones were for rear fog lights. Looking closely I don't think the factory ever used yellow and red electrical tape.

I don't know what is the standard tail light setup but I took pictures so you can compare.

Any comments?

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Parking lights on (just took picture of the left lamp but both work the same way):


Parking lights + Brakes on (left and rear):

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Old 09-13-2010, 08:11 AM   #2
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yes,, pretty sure mine operates the same way.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:57 PM   #3
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Coming from the UK, i'm pretty sure the innermost bulb is used for the rear fog lights which is the case for Euro spec models.

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Old 09-13-2010, 08:03 PM   #4
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Subaru has used such colored tape.

There was a picture posted by a chap in Iceland that shows the foglamps as the outers, the parking lamps as the centers, and the brakes as the inners. This is because the law states that the fog-lamp cannot be next to a stop-lamp. Even here in the U.S. there are some states that specifically allow for the use of a rear fog-lamp and the law is also the same. Thus having a rear fog-lamp in the center would be incorrect since it would be next to a stop-lamp.

Since we are here in the U.S., the lamps are typically wired as outer: park/brake; center: park only; inner: brake only. The center socket typically has a third wire that is not attached to anything. This would be the "high-side" for the brakes.

Oh, and to answer your original question: yes, that is the factory USDM set-up.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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Awesome, thanks for your comments!
I checked the users manual and it matches exactly how the tail lights are setup so yes, it confirms your comments that is factory correct.

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