I do not consider myself a "criminal", but freely admit to occasionally exceeding speed limits. I believe most people here, if not all, would fall into a similar category. If you crash, and the black box shows you were going over the speed limit, and the insurance company refuses to pay on the claim, is that an acceptable evolution of this technology?
Informative link, thanks for sending it. After reading the excerpt below, though, I wonder what the law is in the states that have not yet enacted legislation governing EDR's. In December 2015, the federal Driver Privacy Act of 2015 was enacted. It places limitations on data retrieval from EDRs and provides that information collected belongs to the owner or lessee of the vehicle.
A recent event has drawn attention to the EDR, aka the "black box". 1) Can insurance companies use it to deny claims? 2) Can law enforcement use it to prosecute? 3) Can an owner remove it, without penalty? 4) Do rules vary from state to state?
UPDATE: To say that the GTR Ultra LED bulbs are a significant improvement would be the understatement of the century! Brightness is about 100 times better than the factory halogens, and nighttime driving is now both comfortable and safe.
Truck details are to the left of this sentence... From what I've read, "blinding other drivers" only occurs when a headlight system is incorrectly modified. That's another reason I'm hiring technician's with experience. The shop labor charge includes some dismantling on the passenger's side, accurate re-alignment, and the lifetime warranty on the bulbs. Worth it, to me, but your MMV.
Thanks a ton for the detailed reply. I'm having this done at a shop, so I will make sure they properly aim the LED's after installation. I'm anxious for this to be done, as the OEM halogens truly are garbage!
After poring through the various options for a headlight improvement, one thing became certain...I'm not going to tackle this myself! So, I found an audio shop in Richmond who, interestingly, also specializes in lighting...specifically headlight modifications. The guy I spoke with sounded familiar with the GM problem during these years, and explained the fix they use: GTR Ultra 2 LED bulbs, $200 for a pair and $95 labor. I don't mind the price, considering it my punishment for not doing it myself, but I'm wondering if this will give me a dramatic headlight improvement. Has anybody tried this modification and, if so, are you happy with the results?
Looking for more sidewall/comfort, I'm leaning towards 275/60/20's to replace the OEM 22's. Michelin Defenders, being .4" skinnier, .9" taller, and 1.5" more sidewall. I considered Michelin LTX's in a 285/55 size, but I don't need an A/T tire, plus they were pricier. The taller 275/60's will read 1 mph low at 35, and 2 mph low at 70. Dealer says they can't re-calibrate the speedo...I say WTF? ? Am I on the right track? Anybody with a similar swap? Thanks in advance...
All great replies, thanks for the education and information. I priced the plugs and wires at about $130, and I've got "a guy" that will likely give me a reasonable labor quote. The carbon flush is a different story. I'll ask what method the shop uses, and probably spring for it. Then I'll start using an additive going forward. Thanks again!
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