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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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My DRL mod with pics

Greetings all! Just purchased a new 2012 Mazda 3 i Touring, and I'm shipping it to England (Air Force). Unfortunately for me, I found out AFTER I purchased the car that they are requiring daytime running lights. I really like the look of the little ones that fit in the upper corner of the "smile" but I don't have that kind of money right now with everything we're saving up for. So, I found a nice alternative at the local PepBoys and thought I would give it a try.
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The kit came with two 4-LED lights, 2 mounting brackets, 1 control module, 4 screws, some zip-ties, and a splice.
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Here are some pics I took while doing the mod because I know everyone would want them! Here are the steps I took also.
First, I removed the front bumper, which was not too bad.
Next, I had to figure out where I was going to mount the lights. I finally decided on the mid part of the grill where there are plastic fairings behind the grill.
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I made a template out of cardboard so I would drill the holes out correctly, then I proceeded to cut the plastic grill section that the lights would fit through.
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Pics with the grill cut out and holes for the bolts.
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I had to get 4 M5 bolts as the kit didn't come with them. You are able to mount the lights without the brackets if you mount them from the back side. Here is a pic of the light mounted in the grill.



Here is a pic of the screws from behind the grill


I routed the wires behind the bumper and through the hole at the top on the drivers side where the wires for the fan go through.

I installed the control module on the small relay cover directly in front of the main fuse box. Since there was only one relay in there, I mounted it with the screws on the side that was empty.

I routed the wires that connect to the battery through the hole on the bottom of the battery tray, secured them and connected them to the + and - terminals.

There is an orange wire from the control module that you splice in to the marker light wire. On the drivers side, I found the plug leading to the lights, and pulled it apart. The wire color was actually the orange wire, so I spliced behind the plug (NOT on the harness connected to the light assembly).

I connected the lights to the control unit, checked them, and they worked great! Just secured all the extra wire, bolted the bumper back on, and now I have DRL's on the Mazda!


If you have any questions about my install, let me know.
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I got the same Phillips DRL's..

I unhooked the Orange wire so they work w/ the headlights on also!


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Looking good man

Clean job and nice write up

Like the location of the lights as well
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ultimica06 - I had to hook up the orange wire because the requirements in the UK are that the DRL's must go out when the headlights come on. I would check your state regs for that also, depending on if you have an inspection in your state or not.

Thank you 222speed3! They mounted very nicely to that fairing behind the grill.
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I really like the look of the little ones that fit in the upper corner
I think your DRLs look very good! Which are those little ones you are talking about?
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wow! great write up man. everything came out mint.


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