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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

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Im sure it's the same as the 2011, I just pulled the fuses from under the hood for mine as many others have as well. Just do a search or look in the manual to see which fuses they are. Its the two bigger black fuses in the smaller fuse box forget the exact numbers.
Now that some time has passed, the two fuses .. since you pulled them, turned off DRL's any negative impact? (i.e you got a check engine light or anything?)
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:02 AM
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

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Now that some time has passed, the two fuses .. since you pulled them, turned off DRL's any negative impact? (i.e you got a check engine light or anything?)

There is no way of teling without a scan tool, because CAN based cars or I should say car today can store certain DTC codes for chassis parts that don't trigger a CEL but the service tech will see codes for various systems in the car.
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

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Now that some time has passed, the two fuses .. since you pulled them, turned off DRL's any negative impact? (i.e you got a check engine light or anything?)
Nothing that I can see/tell. On the day I took delivery of the vehicle, earlier that day I asked service to turn the DRL's off. When I picked up the vehicle, that was one of the first things I checked, and of course they were still activated. My salesman then took the vehicle and me around to service and brought out the tech and he explained to me that he cannot turn the DRL's off on the 2012's, it's the law. I mentioned removing the 2 fuses under the hood. He said that will work but it will set a code. BUT he said if the fuses were inserted back, then the code would erase. I don't know if he was just bs'ing (I know he was full of it about it being a law) or he knew for sure.

I just don't think he bothered to take the time to hook the vehicle to their computer to even see if he could turn them off.

All I know is I don't have those ridiculous DRL's illuminated.
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

OK. just don't see the need still. They make you more visible, there are State laws, not Federal, that say they need to be on as I recall, and never heard the light pasty thing but as long as you wash it shouldn't be much of an issue. That said, personal preference and if you are maxing your alternator with bass and see lights dimming with the thumps for example I could see that being a reason maybe. I was an installer for a few years. And if you don't feel like changing the bulbs when they wear out. Whatever, love mine.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:44 AM
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

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Here is a reason why some people would want to turn off their DRL's

Thank GOD my laredo does not have them because I would disable them anyway.
  • They add uneeded load to your electrical system
  • They cause unecessary heat to your light housing and headlight lenses which ages these crappy poly carbonate lenses that most cars have nowadays.
  • With added heat on the lenses, particles adhere to the lense surface easier which accelerates them looking cloudy overtime.
This is another reason to wash you car more often because this cloudiness less to less visibility at night due to low light output.


I looked at a Limited that was one of the first our local jeep dealer sold last year they lense already look pasty.
This last sentence pretty much contradicts what you stated above. If the lenses already looked pasty, it's not due to the DRL running all the time if the jeep is brand new. I was always told that the cloudiness/hazy that forms over time is caused from high humidity in the air and I that the issue is more common in the south due to the long seasons of high humidity.

With that said, I may do away with mine, but what bothers me more is the fact they go off with the blinker...i know this is to distinguish the flashing, but it drives me nuts as it looks like I have a blown bulb when sitting at an intersection.
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

FYI, there is no law in the US that requires DRL's to be used. Not at the federal level or state level. There are still cars made today that don't have them, such as mine. Most states do require the use of headlights if your wipers are on however.

On a side note, our 2011 Charger R/T Max can either have DRL's on or off. It's a setting in the EVIC. Why it wasn't done the same way with Jeeps is beyond me.
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

FYI -

With all the controversy and "why in the world you disable the DRL's" dialog in this thread....thought I would get back to those who are looking to 86 the friggin things.

I just got my 2012 WK2 and simply removed the bulbs from the DRL lamp.

I know this sounds painfully simple, impossible yada yada. But the wires to the dedicated DRL bulb/housing (the one with the funny little Jeep grill on it) has two wires; red & white. Power and ground. No "I am burned out" sensor.

They are a pain to get to, driver side is really tough.

Basically twist lock and bulb housing comes out. Take the bulb out. Twist back in. No EVIC messages or warnings.

My plan is to intercept those wires on the bulb socket side (very accessible) and see if I can put an super bright LED replacement bulb and a factory looking switch to toggle them when I want it. I may even go into the housing and see if I can put a tasteful halo ring in there to upscale the lighting package (ala BMW).

Fyi, Audi and everyone is going back to LED powered accent rings in 2012+ and no more dots. Copycat Hyundai caught up and has ruined it for everyone.

My only complaint on the WK2 lighting is that when you put HID's on a vehicle everything needs to either be bright LEDs or HID....markers, parking, tail, stop.

Case and point: The fog lights. Those yellowish lamps are not "amber fog lamps" they are old school incandescent bulbs like the DRLs that just dribble yellow out and mismatch with the clean HID heat signature. Those are going to 4" HIDs in a week or so.

Anyway good luck. Cheers!
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:56 PM
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

It's no big deal, you just pull the two relays (they are not fuses) and the lights go out. Nothing else is affected. Throw them in the glove box in case the forum headlight police show up.
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

Why wouldn't the dealer just turn them off? They did on my 330. I am going to ask next week when I go in.
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Why wouldn't the dealer just turn them off? They did on my 330. I am going to ask next week when I go in.
Let us know what your dealer says. Although I bet they will say they can't do it.
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

The reason the polycarbonite lens get cloudy over time is not moisture, heat, or the headlights. Its the UV rays from our friend the Sun. These lens not only get cloudy, but also get small spider cracking and will become brittle over time. Don't know about other states but in Maryland, its the law to have DLRs or your headlights on anytime you have on your windshield wipers on. Isin't government controlling our lives wonderful?
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Re: Turn Off DRL's on 2012 Overland

Pertaining to StarScan, it appears on WK2's from 2011 and forward, you cannot disable DRL's (even by changing country code) or allow the fog lamps to burn when the high beam headlight are selected via StarScan. Myself and a dealer tech spent a good amout of time first trying to enable video in motion (430-RBZ head unit) with no progress. We then moved onto attempting the drl and fog operation mods...no dice on that either. Once we tried to enable the fog/high beam mode, a message popped up which basically told us to F-off. Oh well... Can't say we didn't put forth a good effort though. On the brighter side of things, we're going to meet up in a week or so to make another attempt with a different approach.
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