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Importing a JDM car - question on DRLs

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Importing a JDM car - question on DRLs

Hi all,

Importing a Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear into BC, and am a little bit confused as to the DRL requirements in BC. Obviously the "common" thing to do is to buy the $50 DRL module in Canadian Tire and have it installed for $150 or so, but I'm trying to see if I can do it cheaper. Does anyone know the actual requirements for DRLs? Does it have to be the headlamps, or can it be the fog lights? Or better yet, can I get some LED bars and tape them onto the bumper? LEDs are easier to wire in than redoing the headlight circuits...

Thanks for any help!
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Has to be on automatically and cannot be turned off.
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Just be happy it's only $200 to add DRL, and that they're ignoring the part that you need headlights that are aimed for LHD roads. Which don't exist for the Delica. I just love when RHD cars shine their headlights into oncoming traffic...
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vkizzle wrote: Has to be on automatically and cannot be turned off.
No, I get that, that wasn’t the question though - the question is whether it must be the low beam bulbs, can it be fogs, or can it be literally ANY light.
derass wrote: Just be happy it's only $200 to add DRL, and that they're ignoring the part that you need headlights that are aimed for LHD roads. Which don't exist for the Delica. I just love when RHD cars shine their headlights into oncoming traffic...
Yup. Agree, which is why I spent weeks looking for hens teeth — err — I mean LHD headlights for the Delica. They DO exist, they’re IMPOSSIBLE to find, but I got them - and not for $500 per side like the egregious Vancouver area importers charge, but for a much more reasonable $50 per side - shipped. So I won’t be one of those people you mention. :)
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Pseudo Nim wrote: No, I get that, that wasn’t the question though - the question is whether it must be the low beam bulbs, can it be fogs, or can it be literally ANY light.



Yup. Agree, which is why I spent weeks looking for hens teeth — err — I mean LHD headlights for the Delica. They DO exist, they’re IMPOSSIBLE to find, but I got them - and not for $500 per side like the egregious Vancouver area importers charge, but for a much more reasonable $50 per side - shipped. So I won’t be one of those people you mention. :)
Yes, it can be fogs.
There are many makes and models in Canada that uses fogs as DRL from the factory.
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Do they have to be one of the OEM lights or would two small LED bars attached to front and wired to one of the ignition switched fuse work?
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Pseudo Nim wrote: Hi all,

Importing a Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear into BC, and am a little bit confused as to the DRL requirements in BC. Obviously the "common" thing to do is to buy the $50 DRL module in Canadian Tire and have it installed for $150 or so, but I'm trying to see if I can do it cheaper. Does anyone know the actual requirements for DRLs? Does it have to be the headlamps, or can it be the fog lights? Or better yet, can I get some LED bars and tape them onto the bumper? LEDs are easier to wire in than redoing the headlight circuits...

Thanks for any help!
DRL`s work off of the high beam side of your headlight bulb. Just pay Canadian Tire and be done with it. You dont want to cheap out and get pulled over by a bored cop because your DRH`s aren't correct.
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jzmtl wrote: Do they have to be one of the OEM lights or would two small LED bars attached to front and wired to one of the ignition switched fuse work?
LED accent lighting are also becoming common as DRLs on modern vehicles... should be good.
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Please correct me if I'm wrong but I believe JDM imports have to be 15+ years old and as such they are not subject to RIV rules and I do not believe you have to add DRL (although I would really recommend them).

FWIW, I've imported newer cars from the US and wired the fogs to be DRLs and had no issues. The TC rules on DRLs are super vague and I suspect you won't find a mechanic that knows them anyway.
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jzmtl wrote: Do they have to be one of the OEM lights or would two small LED bars attached to front and wired to one of the ignition switched fuse work?
I've done this on a US import and it passed the RIV inspection and Ontario Safety (I'm not sure if it's actually part of an Ontario Safety but I remember the mechanic saying the DRLs passed)

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