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Side Marker Light Installation DIY

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Volvo Repair Database Side Marker Light Installation DIY

Post by matthew1 »

Get the Side Markers You Always Wished Your Volvo Had
Some P80 Volvos have side markers (most S70, V70, XC70, C70), some are pre-wired but have no lights (some 850, S70, V70, XC70, C70), and some have nothing (my 850, most [all?] 850s).

For those who have Volvo side badges but always wanted side marker lights, here's how to DIY.

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What To Do
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Open the hood.

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Undo the spring to your corner lamps.

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Release the wiring harness to the corner lamp and pull it out so you can work on it.

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Wiring harness up close.

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Splice into grey wire and green/blue wire (your wires' colors may differ) with several meters/yards (measure it out) of 18-ish gauge wire. My wire gauge is a little too big, but it shouldn't be a problem.

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There's the mess I made. Actually, it's functional but ugly. After splicing with those timesaving splicers, I wrapped the splices in self-fusing tape. They should be durable and protected from the elements.

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Attach the wires to a coathanger and thread them down the inside of the fender. I'll have a better photo of where to start them up soon.

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Pop out your badge and weasel those wires right up to the hole. You might need another coathanger to grab the fist coathanger, to pull it in.

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Wire your corner light harness to the wires, and plug in to your side marker lights.

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Test.

What You Need
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Various electrical and wiring doodads.

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Corner light harness (I found mine here in the MVS Classifieds) and side markers from a P80 car that had them, or buy them new from an MVS Sponsor.

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More various electrical and wiring doodads.

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An example of the nifty splicer bits that make jobs like this easier.

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Here are the correct wire harnesses you need. These are the open door warning light harnesses.

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That cool self-fusing tape.
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Post by matthew1 »

Correction!

The harnesses you need to buy/scavenge/steal is the open door warning light harness, not corner lamp.
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Post by rspi »

That's pretty much how I did it. I fed the wires through the finder from in front of the front wheel, up to the hinge area, then diwn to the hole in the finder where the light goes.
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Post by byeboy »

I used an electrical "fishing tape", (Harbor Freight), cut the hooked end off, taped two wires to it, and fed it through the emblem/side marker hole, and just kept feeding until it pushed out over the wheel well and down. Then simply grabbed the wires, then spliced them into the appropriate ones from the corner lights.
Now , that adhesive is a mess! I got most of it off, but I have tried Xylene (dissolved my paint, so very little), Paint thinner, Acetone, Goo-Off...its still there, but I figured it might weather off n this Texas sun! The markers cover 1/3 of it, so it probably only bugs me.

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I scrounged it all off of a 99 C70 for $1.50. Couldn't be happier! really had to work with a credit card and goo gone to get all the adhesive crap off, then waxed the paint in that area and it looks perfect. I feel safe with the result, and they look cool with the prancing moose I have above them (Vs. pointing to the beat up VOLVO scripts)
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Post by jrobles007 »

I know this is an old post...On my base 94 850 I found that it was already wired to accept the side markers. The wiring is held in place by a grommet probably to keep it from rattling. It looks like the wiring is going behind the dash but it is just held in place by the rubber grommets. You can see the wiring when you open the door and look into the fender. The wiring is located just behind the wiring that leads into the door. You can wiggle it free with your finger then fish it out with a coat hanger. The picture bellow shows it. It is the gray plug with two wires.
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Post by E Showell »

And are you running these wires in front of or behind the fender liner? If behind how/where do you get through to the outside?
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Post by jrobles007 »

No need to run the wire as the connector works with your existing signal lights, if yours is pre-wired. Just remove the Volvo badges on the fender, clean up the leftover adhesive and install the side marker lights. I used some later model Vovlo fender lights found in the wrecking yard. Every 850 I have seen in the wrecking yard are pre-wired to accept side marker lights. Not to say that all of them came pre-wired there might be some real early models not wired. Look real closely as your V70 is likely pre-wired. The connector is gonna look like it belongs to something until you remove it. I had torn apart my dash several times and realized that there were no incoming wires from the direction those connectors were facing.
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Post by E Showell »

No chance my V70 is prewired for side markers.
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Post by E Showell »

Still no answer to my original question as to whether the wires are running back to the fender behind, i.e., engine side of the fender liner, or outside, i.e., tire side, of the fender liner.
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'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (sold)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
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'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic
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'06 V70 FWD Auto (totalled)
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