Nice work! I really want to get these for when I buy the cruze! Any word on a company making these plug in play for the american cruze in the future?
I searched all over the web for info on these things, finally just pulled the plug.
1. its the wifes car, she wanted them. and yes I think they look great.
2. I don't care what a seller tells you, these lights are not plug and play. yes the pix on line show a plug attached, and yes it comes that way, and NO the plugs do not fit american cruze. and no they don't make adaptors.
3. yes you will have to tap into the existing wiring in your car,
4. yes you will have to run additional wiring. our lights have brake/turn/running/back up lights on the corners and only running lights in the trunk lights. the new lights have brake/turn/running in corners and brake/backup/running in the trunk lights.
5. I spliced into the existing wiring to retain factory plugs and to keep factory plugs on old lights so that I can sell them.
6. yes you will have to remove all of the panels in the trunk including the trunk lid panel.
7. total time from dis-assembly to back on the road doing all work by myself. 7 hrs. most of the time spent metering out the wires to find out what light they went to, and writing down color codes, including the new lights, which come with NO instruction.
8. color codes. as best as I can see, I'm old and so are my eyes. don't take my word for it, just meter them out yourself, but here goes,
new LED lights. corners - blk-grnd / red-brake / yellow-turn /green-running
trunk - blk-grnd / red-brake / yellow-backup / green-running
cruze wiring. yellow striped-brake / left side purple striped-running / right side gray striped-running /
blue striped-turn / green striped-reverse / blue striped-flasher / there are two black bround wires on each plug you only need to tap into one of them for the ground.
this is a simple do it yourself job. it is just time intensive. be patient. put down protection around the trunk, protect your paint, you might find yourself in some akward positions. set all of your push tabs and screws in a container. set your panels in the house, take your time and have fun.
2012 Cruze LTZ RS. de-badged, there was a little slot in the trunk after removing the bowtie. it is used for allingment, my wife found this cross in the jewlery section of Michaels Crafts store. put it on using 3m automotive trim tape, same stuff the factory uses, avail at NAPA auto or on line. painted trunk chrome strip with black chrome wheel paint, painted lower valance and chrome strip with dupli-color plastic paint gloss black. window tint. and front bowtie and steering wheel bowtie vinyl blackout. next up, black out front grill and install LED Fog lights, really who in the **** puts round fog lights in a modern car, yuk. just my 2 cents.
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BMC is where I bought mine, I called them when I got the lights unboxed. yea, they told me they are working on it. Don't hold your breath.
Update, the lights are working as expected, no problems. the wife has actually had two drivers follow her into parking lots, just to ask what and where she got her lights, one guy told her he would pay me to wire some for him, no thanks, got too many other projects working. someone actually asked her when did BMW change their body style, she had to explain its not a BMW its a Cruze LOL. I have been working in the Fires down in San Diego and haven't had time to be on here in awhile, so still haven't got the fog lights installed, or more pix. but I'm home now and gonna do the fog lights, and brake calliper covers today, hope to have some pix up soon. wife wants to go to 20's on the wheels, so stay tuned. as for the post asking about the led bulbs, LED (light emitting diode) not a bulb, they dont burn out and in all of my past vehicles I have never had one go bad, not to say they couldn't . by the way, tint windows on the black car is bad a**
stay tuned for more. and thanks for all the comments
I'd be interested too!I bought these and built wiring harnesses for them. I didn't modify the cars stock wiring in any way. You can purchase stock harness clips from Delphi or you can buy the factory harnesses (I did this). It took me about 60 minutes to take the trunk apart, 30 minutes to remove/reinstall the lights, and 40 minutes to put the trunk back together. I spent about 3 hours mapping out wires and building the harnesses. I will put a complete guide up for anyone interested.