Danger is my middle name

Question of the Day: What is the main difference between the photos below?

Before

After

On Sunday afternoon, the mod, as in modification, bug bit me again.  I purchased a red hazard switch from Subaru Genuine Parts a few months ago, but never got around to installing it.  Late last week, I contemplated installing the switch and finally decided I would attempt to do it last weekend.  What held me back so long was the concern that I would break or scratch an interior trim piece in the process.

What’s the big deal about a red hazard switch?  It’s a JDM item.  That’s what!  JDM stands for “Japanese Domestic Market.”  If you don’t understand the JDM craze, you won’t understand why something this retrofit is cool.  The red hazard switch made its first appearance on the Japanese 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S203.  Since then, Subaru limited its use to the Japanese STi/STI models until the 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited was released in North America.  Because of that model’s introduction, the switch became readily available on this side of the Pacific.

To retrofit the new red hazard switch, here are the methods to the madness:

  1. Remove the upper cupholder.  On USDM (United States Domestic Market) MY2002-2004 Imprezas, the cupholder is located under the right center A/C vent.  To remove it, one must open the cupholder, unscrew and remove the two screws that secure it, and carefully extract the cupholder from the dash.
  2. Pull out the upper vent assembly.  This was the trickiest step because the lower left corner of the assembly didn’t want to come out.  I was really afraid I was going to break something.  It got to a point where I stopped what I was doing to return to the computer to make sure I was following my friend’s directions properly.  After rereading what I already knew, I was determined to get the vent assembly out!  I finally finagled the assembly out after a few more minutes.  It would be smooth sailing from that point forward.
  3. Disconnect the wiring harness from the hazard switch.  All I had to do here was unplug the wiring harness from the switch.  Doing this releases the entire assembly into one’s hand(s).
  4. Pop the hazard switch out of the vent assembly.  To free the hazard switch from the vent assembly, its top and bottom need to be unlatched from the vent assembly.  I unlatched the top with a finger and the bottom using a small flathead screwdriver.  The screwdriver isn’t absolutely necessary but made the task easier.  Once free, the hazard switch will come out from the front of the vent assembly.
  5. Press the new hazard switch into the vent assembly.  Just push the new switch into the hole where the old one was located until you hear and feel a faint “click.”
  6. Plug the wiring harness into the new hazard switch.
  7. Re-insert the vent assembly.
  8. Re-install the cupholder.

Now, I and everyone who rides in my car will clearly know which button is the “panic” button!



On Friday night and Saturday, I attended the Passion L.A. regional conference.  God really convicted me of how much I live for me instead of living for Him, His name and fame, and His glory.  There isn’t much more to say.  The song that came to my mind Friday night was “Much of You” by Steven Curtis Chapman from his All Things New album (©2004 Sparrow Records).

Much of You

How could I stand here
And watch the sun rise
Follow the mountains
Where they touch the sky
Ponder the vastness
And the depths of the sea
And think for a moment
The point of it all was to make much of me
Cause I’m just a whisper
And You are the thunder and

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to give You the praise
That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy
I want to make much of Your cross
I give You my life
Take it and let it be used
To make much of You

And how can I kneel here
And think of the cross
The thorns and the whip and the nails and the spear
The infinite cost
To purchase my pardon
And bear all my shame
To think I have anything worth boasting in except for Your name
Cause I am a sinner
And You are the Savior

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to give You the praise
That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy
I want to make much of Your cross
I give You my life
Take it and let it be used

To make much of You

This is Your love, oh God
Not to make much of me
But to send Your own son
So that we could make much of You

For all eternity

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to give You the praise
That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy
I want to make much of Your cross
I give You my life
Take it and let it be used
To make much of You

I want to make much of You
Much of You, Jesus

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About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

8 responses to “Danger is my middle name”

  1. heyjuke says :

    i’ve bought a number of stuff that i’ve been hesitant to install due to fear but mostly just a lot of procrastination, hence leaving them languishing for months, and one of them I had installed on the Matrix just a month before its demise; I still have a few others that I’m either selling or keeping to install elsewhere later on

  2. banilla777 says :

    its JDM, yo. lol. do the steering wheel too!

  3. Anonymous says :

    that has set you back another 6 months living with your folks.

  4. go2parades says :

    haha…I love the comment of the person before me….
    I told you that this should NOT be a car post!!!…don’t listen…and why would you need your panic button so red?…is it because people will be in danger and panic when they ride with you??…hmm…interesting….

  5. DEAD_ED_WALKING says :

    I like the look of the red button

  6. Anonymous says :

    Cool, now that the red hazard switch is cheaper, I might get one too 🙂 BTW, I just watched the Edmunds Evo X vs. 08 STI video. When they test on the Streets of Willow, is it the full track with or without the blowpass?

  7. IExcelsisDeo says :

    I’ll keep that in mind if I ever need to write an estimate to replace a hazard switch.It was good to be worshiping with you that Friday, my brother. God’s presence was indeed felt that weekend.

  8. spagetystwauce says :

    its a raw image. gotta love DSLRs right? 😀

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