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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-02-2015, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Change Reverse Lights to Brake Lights

For entertainment, I have been thinking about getting rid of the white on the reverse lights (changing it to red), and then hooking them up to act like the brake and turn signal lights. I think it would look much better and would clean up the back end of the car. My reverse lights have been out for a while because I just haven't had time to change the sensor, so not having them doesn't bother me.
What would be the easiest way to do this?

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And looking into maybe changing 3rd brake light to reverse if i need it.
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That would look cool. You could put those led reverse lights on the bottom of the bumper
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you should be able to make this work if you tied in your reverse lights into your turn signal wires, but you would have to get your sensor working or they wont act as reverse lights ever again, unless this is your goal, in which case its as simple as running wires from your brake lights to your reverse lights.
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And thats what I thought would work, but it almost sounded too simple.

But I have thought about running the 3rd brake light as the reverse light and getting a clear lens in that, but I would need to fix the sensor to even test that part.

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I wouldn't even try to screw around with the CHMSL - which has been government-mandated since 1986. It also is too high up to be an effective reverse light anyway.

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I wouldn't even try to screw around with the CHMSL - which has been government-mandated since 1986. It also is too high up to be an effective reverse light anyway.
Valid point. If the g5 coupe rear bumper fit, that would be an option since it has the lights mounted to it. Could mount a couple leds low in the back, but that would be hard to make look clean/mount.

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You can mount the G5 rear bumper but you have to change your tail lights to the G5 as well and the trunk lid. I guess you wouldn't have to change your trunk of but it would look strange with both G5 tails and the cobalt reverse lights. I thought it would be cool to get a salvage G5 bumper and have the entire license plate/reverse lights area cut out and swap that section onto a cobalt bumper. It'd require a shop with plastic welding know-how and a fresh paint job on the modified bumper cover. Then you'd have the low mounted G5 reverse lights with the cobalt coupe dual tails. Then you'd be free to convert the trunk mounted reverse lights to full function tails.


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It might even be easier to see how the g5 lights are mounted into the bumper and then try and mount them the same way into my bumper. I can plastic weld, and i know a couple people who could paint it, but thats a ton of work.

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