Clear Turn Signals
Clearing your front turn signals will
give your car a much cleaner appearance. The general modification
process is similar for most vehicles. The install normally involves
removal of the turn signal units and may also require the use of a
heat gun to remove the factory orange turn signal lenses.
Please allow about 3 hours to
complete this mod.
|Our modification takes
place on a 1997 Ford Probe GT. This vehicle offers a great
demonstration as the process is very easy to follow and translate to
just about any other vehicle.
starting the installation be sure to have all the necessary tools and
supplies ready to go.
Tools and materials:
1) Heat Gun
2) 8mm Socket
3) 10mm Socket
4) 12mm Socket
5) 14mm Socket
|6) #2 Philips Screwdriver
7) (2) Clear 1156 Light Bulbs
8) Electric Tape
9) Satin Clear Coat Spray Paint
modification is not very hard and should be able to be completed within
a few hours time as long as you have all the materials necessary.
Getting the lamp housings out of the front bumper requires that the
entire front valence is removed from the car. Also make sure that you
have a set of clear bulbs ready to install in place of the orange ones.
The clear replacement bulbs needed are standard #1156 bulbs available at
most gas stations or automotive stores.
How-to: Clear Front Turn Signals
|The first step
is to make sure that you have your car parked on a fairly level
service. Prefferably on cement or something besides a gravel driveway.
Try to make it so that the front of the car is in an area where it would
be easy to find any screws that might fall off the bumper after removing
Now that you car is in place,
the first thing to do is begin loosening the inner fender well in front
of each front tire. Also remove the pop-fastener at the top of the
fender well. Under the plastic near the top of the well is a brass
Phillips head screw that holds the corner of the valence to the fender.
Remove this screw.
Follow the fender well plastic under
the front valence and continue removing bolts and plastic screw
fasteners so that the splashguard ends on either side of the valence can
hang down. Under those flaps are short metal braces that attach to the
bottom of the valence. Remove the nuts/bolts that connect it to the
Unplug the wiring from the fog lamps
Remove the screw type fasteners holding
the valence to the car (above/to side of fog lamps)
Now moving topside, you must remove the
front factory intake duct. At the same time, loosen the nut on the
bracket directly next to the intake duct (body colour).
After that the plastic cover under the
hood latch (runs across from headlight to headlight) must be removed
(7 screw type fasteners).
After the plastic cover is gone, remove the bolt from the bracket that
attaches to the front valence (directly next to the hood latch). Also
at this time, completely remove the bolts from the radiator brackets
on both sides (silver brackets directly next to headlight).
remaining restrants should be clips on each side of the valence (see
photo for location). The valence snaps on/off these. A good push
towards the front of the car should free the valence from the clips.
Be careful not to push too
After the valence has been loosened from both clips, slide it forward
enough to reach the bulb sockets in the corner lamp housings. Remove
the sockets from both housings (4 bulbs altogether).
valence free of the car, remove the housings by removing the four
Phillips-head screws that are holding them in (left).
Remove the 2 screws from the housing.
Get out a chair and heat gun and go slowly around the edges of the
housing with the gun. After a while, the plastic will start to become
gooey. Begin pulling the gray backing away from the clear lens. You
will need to unsnap the tabs in order to do this (below).
|After you have separated
the housing, turn the heat gun on the orange reflector on the inside of
the lens. Once the reflector becomes pliable , grab a pair of pliers
and pull it off the lens.
After the orange piece is gone you will have a crystal clear lens in its
place. Since there is nothing reflective inside the housing behind it,
it shows the bulb in plain view. To some, this is almost nearly as ugly
as the orange lens. To help hide the bulb inside of the housing, take a
can of "Satin" clear coat and dust the inside of the lens (after masking
off the rest of the dispersion patterned part) until it has a nice
||In the photo
to the left you can see the original lens beside the altered one. The
clear lens doesnt have the satin applied to it yet. It is easy to see
how the bulb would stick out like a sore thumb.
After you have removed the orange and frosted the lens (if you wish),
grab the heat gun again and reheat the edges.
Push the lens and housing back together. Re install the two screws.
Repeat the same procedure for the opposite side.
|After both are
done, screw the housings back into the valence. Set the valence on the
front of the car. Remove the orange bulbs from the sockets and replace
them with the clear ones you previously purchased. Install the sockets
into the housings. Re-attach the valence to the car. Dont forget that
the valence needs to slip straight onto the car in order to catch the
clips. At the same time, it must line up with the various brackets and
boltholes in the front of the car, therefore it is much easier to have
one person on each side.
Put everything back together!! If you dont have any screws or nuts left
CONGRATULATIONS!! YOUR DONE!
how it looks!