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#680299 - 14/07/13 08:45 PM Yet ANOTHER fog light question! LOL!
Spoonman75 Offline
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Registered: 29/06/13
Posts: 8
Loc: Missouri, USA
OK folks,

I have my '01 X-Terra and its front bumper was replaced when I purchased it. It would APPEAR that the metal bumper and the plastic bumper faring (more specifically) have space for fog lights. Right now they have the look of just nifty little 'air intakes' because there are no fog lights on the vehicle. I looked under there though and I see the original electrical harness plugs for the fog lights. So I gets to thinking: "Hey why don't I install some KC day-lighter fog lamps or something on the front of this thing?" So my question(S) to you all are as follows:

1.) Would you install the fog lights in the area provided in the bumper OR is this just a total hassle and I should just mount those bad dudes on the bumper proper?? How would I go about doing that? And waht is the BEST installation method?
2.) Do you recommend the OEM kit over the KC day-lighter (or other 3rd party) option and can I drop those in there "plug and play" since the wire harness ends are just sitting right there?
3.) Will these be ready to go since I DO have a fog lights switch on my control signal lever in the vehicle??
4.) If I use the space provided in the bumper faring - do I have to modify the installation 'recesses' to be able to fit and attach the lights?

OK, so those are my questions - so what say all of you? Is this even worth it? (well duh right?) and how would a 'pro' go about doing this so my X doesn't look like a total trash heap after I'm done with it?

P.S. - Does anyone recommend a system that has TONS of Candle-power? I HATE wimpy fog lights!!!
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#680301 - 15/07/13 05:45 PM Re: Yet ANOTHER fog light question! LOL! [Re: Spoonman75]
Gonzo-2 Offline

Registered: 23/06/09
Posts: 518
Loc: Lansing, Michigan
OK. I'll take a stab at this.

Most, if not all of the earlier 1st Gens, IIRC, came wired for fog lights. That is, the wiring harness was there, just not the lights or the switch on the steering column. However, you say that you have the switch. That would lead me to believe that the truck had fogs originally. (You could chase down the code in the VIN to find out, but that's really not needed anyway. Just turn the switch on and see if there's power going to the connectors. Remember too that the fogs won't work without the parking lights on at a minimum. Low beams maybe. Don't remember for sure.)

Anyway, if it had them originally, the next question is wattage. The OEM fogs on the '01's were only 35 watts. '02's and later they switched to 55w. So now we talk math. 35w x 2=70w. Divide that by 12 and you'll come up with about 6 amps. If you had 55W fogs, it would be (110/12) or 9A. I point this out because I don't know if they used heavier gauge wire for the bigger bulbs or lighter gauge wiring for the smaller ones. Maybe, maybe not. But you'll need to check BEFORE you add higher wattage bulbs.

That being said, if things check out and you decide to use the stock wiring, all you'll need to do is mount the lights and wire them into the stock wiring. Easy-peasy.

Now where to mount them. If you want them USABLE (that is, something bigger than 35w each), you do want them low. Otherwise they essentially turn into driving lights. So the stock location is good. But, I don't think you're going to fit KC's in the stock location without some "modification".

My '03 has stock fogs, but I've also added driving lights on the front. Those were easy and another possibility for you. If you look at the bottom of the grill, where the fascia meets the bumper, there are 2 3/4" bolts holding the fascia on. Take those out and mount your fogs (or driving lights) upside down through the holes. You may need to enlarge the hole just slightly. This is good for two reasons. They will be mounted low and because they then sit behind the bumper, they are also protected from bumps. The downside is that they are mounted upside down. You won't notice it unless you really look, but being upside down, if they aren't sealed well, water can collect behind the lenses when it rains. Mine do, but it drains out. (And an added small hole would solve the problem altogether.)

If you find that the stock wiring won't handle the wattage you want, you can still use the switch and the relay, assuming again that you have the relay as well with the switch. Just replace the wiring from the relay to the stock connectors behind the bumper. The trigger wiring to the relay carries very little current and should be fine for what you want to do.

Hope this helps!

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#680362 - 01/08/13 06:23 PM Re: Yet ANOTHER fog light question! LOL! [Re: Gonzo-2]
Spoonman75 Offline
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Registered: 29/06/13
Posts: 8
Loc: Missouri, USA
Thank you Gonzo,

I appreciate the good advice and I will definitely heed your words. I figure I'll get the stock ones off EBAY or something and then either mount in the locations provided or get 3rd party ones and mount up-side down like you suggest and put in a drain hole. I'll also be sure to use wattage that you recommend due to the fusing as well and the wire harness limitations. I will also look for those bolt holes on the plastic part of the bumper and see if those can't be used for this purpose like you suggest. I'll have to take a look for them to see what you mean exactly.

Thanks again!


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