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#1 howards11

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 04:19 PM

I own a 2000 Forester L. I purchased it this past May. It's just a great car.
It does not have daytime running lights. Is there any way to "activate" them or install them on this vehicle ?
Thanks in advance for your help.


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#2 Hocrest

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 06:51 PM

Just leave the headlights on. They turn off withthe key so you don't have to worry about draining ths battery.
In all the time in my Soob's since 1988 my headlights have been on about 98% of my driving time.

#3 99obw

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 07:23 PM

We leave our headlights on too. You are much less likely to get hit head on. The bulbs seem to burn out much faster though, so I always keep a spare in the car.

#4 Hocrest

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 08:00 PM

Another benefit is that now in Pennsylvania you can be fined for not having your headlights on in a construction zone.

And since half of PA is under construction it is much better to just leave them on.

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 10:06 PM

We've had DRL in Canada since the late 80's. I was driving well before that and I always drove with the low beams on. It was just something that I decided to do.

As pointed out, the lights are switched with the ignition on Subaru's, so you don't have to worry about leaving them on.

When it became law here, I recall reading one guys comment. "We've always had DRL's... we just use to call them low beams." ;)

You might want to try the Eaglite bulbs. You can get them from midnightmoose. I've been getting "extremely" long life from them... and I'm even using higher wattage bulbs. (Note, I wouldn't recommend that if you are going to leave your lights on all the time.)

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 11:14 AM

I second Commuter, the eaglite bulbs are EXCELLENT(two years and 40k miles with DRL and still going strong with highere wattage) and midnightmoose :banana: is a great company, I have only been impressed with their service.:cool:

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:51 PM

You could still think about getting DRL installed instead of leaving your headlights on all the time.

The advantages:

- DRL lights the high beams at a lower power, so your headlights don't wear out as quickly.

- Some insurance companies give you reduced rates if you have DRL verifiably installed (they won't if you just tell them you leave your lights on all the time).

Good luck...

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 01:03 PM

I have a 95 Legacy LS and I used to drive with the lights on at all times. One day one of the headlites stopped working and I found that both plastic connectors were burned from the excess heat. The replacement cost from Subaru was about 400.00. I did a quick fix and only use the lights when needed. These lights are not running lights, they are not designed to be on all times and you do not get an insurance discount since they are not considered running lights.

The great feature is that when the key is off, the lights go off.

#9 radiomacher

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 01:44 PM

Make that a third advantage to having DRL installed.

#10 Sweet82

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 03:14 PM

I have a 92 Camry with the same type of setup. I leave the lights on. I have never replaced a headlight yet. If I do, its a small price to pay for the added visibility.

I do the samething with my Forester and so far no bulb replacements;)

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#11 howards11

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:06 PM

Does anyone know where I could purchase a DRL kit for the Forester ?

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#12 omreb

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Posted 21 September 2003 - 02:20 AM

I needed a DRL installed for a 98 Forester. I bought the Hamsar 45020 for around $40 Canadian and my mechanic installed it. He said it would not work according to the directions ( blew a fuse, or else sent out pulses) but he managed to get it to work . It does not shut off when the emergency brake is on, but it passed muster for the Canadian Federal Inspection. http://www.hamsar.com/drl.htm




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