I like what you did! I have a Classica and there are wires going to the driver's side light. Was that wiring on yours? Do you think that is just the fog light harness with nothing actually plugged into it?They aren't used in North America. Which doesn't mean you can't mod them.
The panel comes out easily with 6 screws and the removal of the reverse bulb. It becomes obvious where the panel is meant to be drilled ( 7/8" bit) and then a little careful sculping with a dremel tool and you can insert a type 7440 bulb socket. I used Philips red led bulbs and wired them in by tapping off the existing drivers side brake light. Camera phone shifts the colour a bit. They are actually very red.
Good thing they didn't. The number of Americans that drive with their fog lights on for appearance would mean a rather absurd number of people being blinded by rear fog lights.Just FYI, those lower red lights are the rear fog lights for European cars. Fiat does not carry over this function on cars sold here.
I had them on my Volvo c30. They had a separate switch for the rear fog lights for that very reason.That is what BMW told me! Basically we are to stupid for such a feature.
i have cursory looked into wiring one of these modules. here is the first hiccup i saw. the wiring for the left brake light seems to come down the left side of the car and the right side taillight wiring seems to come down the right side of the car. so i guess i need to look into this closer but it would seem you can't just jump in the and control all of the in the rear section of the vehicle. i need to looking into if you can instead wire in at the brake switch or is this not a direct feed to lights but rather feeds to a computer? need to look into this more.There is another thread on this, worth a look. Some good ideas.
3. Adding a motorcycle brake light flash kit, so they flash a few times at first when you hit your brakes and then stay on. Using the #1 approach. Nice safety feature!
Inline Flash option: Something like this
Crap! Now you have me rethinking about my wiring. I was contemplating adding the quick flash unit to my lower valance install, but I like your suggestion of flashing the center mount light too!. SO instead of pulling the feed from the drivers side brake light I will change it to get the +12v feed from the center mount brake light. I could install the flasher unit inline with the CHMSL and tap off the output to feed the valance brake lights as well.Might be better to tap into the CHMSL feed before it enters the decklid on the driver's side and flash the CHMSL and (if adding LEDs to the lower red lights by the reverse light), flash those as well, rather than the primary brake lights.
Can you verify if you tapped into the brown wire? Thanks!!On mine, there was a pair of wires going to the reverse light in the middle and a second connector, (with two wires) but it wasn't connected to anything. I did not check to see if it was somehow connected to the fog light circuit, but that is a possibility. For my newly installed brake lights I ran the wiring up through the grommets in the bottom of the trunk and over to the driver's side tailight. The connector for the taillight had 4 wires, brake+, tail light+ and turn signal+ as well as the ground. I believe i tied in to the light brown wire which if I recall correctly was the brake+, and the black which was the ground. Sorry, I am on the road right now and can't verify the color codes. The wires are a really light guage but as long as you are using LED bulbs, it should not be a problem.