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Old 01-17-2005, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default JDM Sidemarkers... a few questions-

i know that a funky hole must be drilled and all that jazz, but would i be able to splice the sidemarker wire and run both the stock and the JDM sidemarker, or would the impedance drop to an unacceptable level and possibly blow the bulbs? or would they both just be real dim?

i had planned on just making the wires to the stock sidemarker longer and using the exact same plug on the JDM sidemarkers, with the front ones just not hooked up... and then splice the wire into the turn signal so they blink...
what would be the ideal way to wire them up?
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Old 01-17-2005, 03:58 AM   #2
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i know that a funky hole must be drilled and all that jazz, but would i be able to splice the sidemarker wire and run both the stock and the JDM sidemarker, or would the impedance drop to an unacceptable level and possibly blow the bulbs? or would they both just be real dim?

i had planned on just making the wires to the stock sidemarker longer and using the exact same plug on the JDM sidemarkers, with the front ones just not hooked up... and then splice the wire into the turn signal so they blink...
what would be the ideal way to wire them up?
It will be fine. I just spliced into the stock turn signal wires and have no problems for close to 20K miles.
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:25 PM   #3
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http://www.imprezawrxsti.com/postnuk...ewtopic&t=4815

All the install info you will ever need..
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Old 01-17-2005, 03:26 PM   #4
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in that thread they talk about using a "hand nibbler" which seems to be some sort of hand tool that cuts through sheet metal... have any of you used this opposed to a dremel, and if so would you recommend it?
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Old 01-18-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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I have used a nibbler for other small sheet metal projects before and I think you could do a better job with it than a dremel. It is much easier to cut a straight line with the nibbler.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:53 PM   #6
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i ended up using a file, after someone from the subaru dealership drilled a small hole. it took forever, but worked. the only PITA was the cold cold weather i was out in while doing my 2 hours of filing.

i just used the stock sidemarker plug and extended the wires, i found it near impossible without spade clips to hook the wires into the JDM's plug, and if i need to i can just rewire the stock sidemarker.
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:41 PM   #7
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since it's hard to find a template, here's a bump with the link to 4MLA1FN's template

http://www.speerschong.com/ron/sti/s...r-template.pdf

i just got a dremel, so i'm broke but at least i'll be able to do the other side now.
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:43 PM   #8
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Found the best way was to drill holes around the perimeter and just connect with the dremel.
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It was really easy with the nibbler. I picked one up at CrapShack (aka Radio Shack) for about $10. All you do is drill a hole big enough to git the head of the nibbler in, and then go to town. I was able to cut the hole so close that I never even picked up the Dremmel. I just hit the edges with a small file to knock off the burrs and then put a coat or two of touch up paint on the raw metal edges. Be VERY careful with a Dremmel if you go that route. You could easily lose your grip and put a nice racing stripe down the side of the fender.

25K miles later and I still love mine!!
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Old 04-21-2005, 12:10 AM   #10
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yeah i got the Dremel 2850 and the Tungsten Carbide Cutter tip. it worked pretty well for me, until it caught and i wasn't controlling it enough.

i didn't get a racing stripe, but there is a nice little comma shaped scratch right above it. i'm going to have to use some touchup paint. it honestly doesn't look that bad though.
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