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Old 01-16-2010, 08:29 AM   #1
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Turning off DRL's

Does anybody have any friends or hookups at a dealer or someone with a GT1 to help me turn off my DRL's? I called BMW on ogilvie/Ottawa and they said they wont do it because it's the law. I just dont want to have all my lights on all the time because of the retro fitted HID's. I can use fogs as daylights or put in some AE's.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:01 PM   #2
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Cars only need to be sold new with DRLs. There is no law saying(that I know of) that you have to have them after a sale.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:02 PM   #3
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Forgot to mention. I have all the BMW software now. I just haven't tested it because my car at the bodyshop getting fixed.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:09 PM   #4
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Forgot to mention. I have all the BMW software now. I just haven't tested it because my car at the bodyshop getting fixed.
What interface and what software are you using?
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:12 PM   #5
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I have INPA, CarSoft and BMW scanner. Haven't tested any yet.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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Just as a follow up the only time that lights are required are "one-half hour before sunset to one half-hour after sunrise" and "at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions"
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:24 PM   #7
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I have INPA, CarSoft and BMW scanner. Haven't tested any yet.
If you have carsoft clone tool you can just toss that thing in the garbage .
INPA should work just fine. let me know your findings
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:10 PM   #8
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I have carsoft working no problem. I've had that for a while. Can't really do much with it except read and clear code. The BMW specific ones are helpful though. And the live data is nice too.

I have another interfaces thats supposed to work with INPA. I really want to activate my OBC on my e46 so I hope it works.

Not sure when I'm going to be getting my car back though.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:28 PM   #9
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INPA will take care of the OBC no problem
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:48 AM   #10
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Just as a follow up the only time that lights are required are "one-half hour before sunset to one half-hour after sunrise" and "at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions"
Where do you read this because all cars build after 1989 require DRL's to be on at all times. If your car is pre-1989, you can get away with it given that you follow the above rules.

All cars sold in Canada have to have DRL's to pass safety
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:35 PM   #11
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The HTA doesn't contain anything specific to DRL, but does leave room for a police officer to determine the car's suitability for the road including its compliance with a safety. So they could pull you over, require you to get a safety for which you'd need DRLs activated again.

Ironic that police cars don't have DRLs.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #12
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here is the act


62. (1) When on a highway at any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 metres or less, every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle shall carry three lighted lamps in a conspicuous position, one on each side of the front of the vehicle which shall display a white or amber light only, and one on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red light only. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 62 (1).
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:58 PM   #13
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That's right, but read this section:

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/sta...08_e.htm#s82s2

Every police officer and every officer appointed for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act may require the driver of any motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle to stop, move the vehicle to a safe location as directed by the police officer or officer and submit the vehicle, together with its equipment and any vehicle drawn by it, to the examinations and tests that the police officer or officer may consider expedient. 1999, c. 12, Sched. R, s. 14.

Basically an officer has the power to remove a vehicle from the road any vehicle he/she deems contravenes the Act or regulations. If they know you need DRL for safety (they do) then this applies.

Whether they *will* apply it or not, I'm not sure, since turning off DRL is not a common thing. If you do it so you can run your angel eyes in the daytime, then your vehicle still complies with safety standards (for the most part) so you should be safe.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:33 PM   #14
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I personally like the angel eyes during the day. It would be cool if you could find a study on effects of DRLS on the alternator & battery life aside from the safety thing.
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Yeah, all the new 335i's, etc, use angel eyes only as they're DRL. I don't think it would make too much difference to the power usage though.
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