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Floor or column headlight dimmer?

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Old 07-15-2014, 08:23 PM
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Floor or column headlight dimmer?

I posted on FB about a mod I was doing to get my dimmer switch off the floor and was shocked by how many people said I was nuts to do it. What does this forum think, is the floor or the column a better spot?
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:29 PM
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Floor! Keeps both hand on wheel. Easy part to replace if needed. Plus when I hit my dimmer on other vehicles half the time I also turn the turn signal on or turn my wipers on when I don't want to.
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I prefer column, but not the ones that move the turn signal switch where it stays in a different position depending on beam choice. My favorites are the ones that are a click pulling the turn signal switch back.

I dislike floor ones, to many other things for your feet to do(clutch), too easy to hit it unintentionally, and harder to flash quickly.
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Yea, convenience is nice, but the floor dimmer just has some nostalgia that the newer tucks lose when its all about comfort. I vote keep the floor.
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Yea, convenience is nice, but the floor dimmer just has some nostalgia that the newer tucks lose when its all about comfort. I vote keep the floor.
By that logic we shouldn't modify our trucks at all on anything.
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Here is my problem with the floor dimmer.

Often corroded from snow and mud getting tracked in.
Floor mat wedges underneath stopping it from clicking.
Running down the highway with cruise on I don't want to have to move my foot for every car.
Can be hard to feel with heavy boots.
Unnatural compared to modern cars (a lot of us have a newer DD we switch back and forth to).
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I agree with all of that,
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the only thing i didn't like about the dimmer on the floor was while shifting and if you met a car,you had to slide it into neutral quick,let off the clutch and swing your foot over to hit the dimmer so you didn't blind the guy for too long and then find a half decent gear to get rolling again.hopefully another car didn't come if you switched back to high beams while your still picking up speed lol.good memories.
if she was an auto,id go with the floor.but all cars and trucks have moved from those a long time ago of course,so if you've got a small car you run too,you might find yourself ghost dimming on the floor lol.
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Yea, let's just get rid of all the things that made some of these old girls special to us at some point or another, like wing/vent windows, and floor vents. Oh ****, they already did that. I didn't say that the comforts and advances weren't for the better, just that some of those old features and quirks hold a nostalgia that the new, quiet, plush trucks just can't provide, period.

Ghost Dimming. God its been sooooo long since I did that, but as soon as you said it, LOL
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I'll bite, what's ghost dimming?
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obviously someone who's never dealt with the transition between floor and column dimmers, and until you experience it, all you'll do is throw around semi-bashing, put-down comments until then.
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obviously someone who's never dealt with the transition between floor and column dimmers, and until you experience it, all you'll do is throw around semi-bashing, put-down comments until then.
Huh? You make no since?

Semi-bashing? I'm a truck driver.
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WOW, ok. For the ones who have never experienced it when your DD had the floor dimmer, and you were driving a newer column dimmer, you kept tapping your foot to dim the lights, and would sometimes do it 3 or 4 times trying to find that dam dimmer, thinking it got buried under the floor mat AGAIN, until you remembered it was on the column and you felt like a dumb azz. LOL
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WOW, ok. For the ones who have never experienced it when your DD had the floor dimmer, and you were driving a newer column dimmer, you kept tapping your foot to dim the lights, and would sometimes do it 3 or 4 times trying to find that dam dimmer, thinking it got buried under the floor mat AGAIN, until you remembered it was on the column and you felt like a dumb azz. LOL
OK, I do that on my way home in my personal truck(auto) after leaving my work truck looking for the clutch pedal and shifter. I guess you'd say I ghost clutch.
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Here is my problem with the floor dimmer.

Often corroded from snow and mud getting tracked in.
Floor mat wedges underneath stopping it from clicking.
Running down the highway with cruise on I don't want to have to move my foot for every car.
Can be hard to feel with heavy boots.
Unnatural compared to modern cars (a lot of us have a newer DD we switch back and forth to).
Agreed with all the above and when shifting it gets to be a pain.

if it was on the floor, I would leave it. I would NOT move it
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