DIY 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 lense.
This is a project to DIY your factory supplied lights into clear light, but many popular models will have them available to purchase on eBay, etc. It'll take about 3 hours to complete this mod, so buying them might be your prefered option.
Our modification takes place on a 1997 Ford Probe. This vehicle offers a great demonstration as the process is very easy to follow and translate to just about any other vehicle. Before starting, finding out how to remove the lights is a good idea. Some vehicles (such as our Probe) require the front bumper removed, others (Ford Aspire & Honda CRX) dont.
Before starting the installation be sure to have all the necessary tools and supplies ready to go.
Required Tools and materials:
1) Heat Gun
2) 8mm Socket
3) 10mm Socket
4) 12mm Socket
5) 14mm Socket
6) #2 Philips Screwdriver
7) (2) ORANGE 1156 Light Bulbs
8) Electric Tape
9) Satin Clear Coat Spray Paint
This 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 bulbs ready to install in place of the clear ones. The replacement bulbs needed are standard #1156 bulbs available at most gas stations or automotive stores.
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 valence.
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).
The only 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 hard!!!
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).
With the 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 frosty appearance.
In the photo you can see the original lens beside the altered one. The clear lens doesnt have the satin applied to it yet.
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 (reverse the removal proceedure) and you're done.
BEFORE versus AFTER