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Old 02-02-2014, 10:16 AM   #1
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HOW TO: LED Foglights

Here are LED Foglights from Tuff Led on amazon. They are very high quality and boy are they bright. I wanted to fit them in my stock foglight holes like this guy did http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...ur-stocks.html, however I wanted more of a plug and play approach which requires no mutilation to stock components. I bought them from this amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Tuff-LED-Light...ights+2+X+4%22 .



Step 1: As you can see, the mounting tab on the bottom of the foglight will not allow it to fit into the stock foglight hole.




I used a hand held saw and cut right throught he lightweight aluminum like so. I held them in a vice with a towel over the lense to prevent breakage.


I ran them over my grinding wheel to smooth the cut out a bit.


Here is the piece that came off.



Step 2: The cutting will leave you with some bare aluminum So i used some black duplicolor touchup paint i had laying around to paint the aluminum. It came out pretty well.



Here is one done and painted and the other with the tab still on.



Now both are cut and painted. You can see the tabs that were cut off beside them




Step 3: The next thing to do is wire the foglights. I bought a pack of two h10 extensions on amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and cut them in half.


I used the female ends and soldered them to the wires of the foglight. Red to red and black to black.


make sure you don't make the cord too long like I did at first because the Male end on your truck reaches all the way up to the foglight, no need for the extra wiring. Here they are on my first attempt... too long but still functional.

I cut them again, shorter this time, stripped the wires, soldered, heatshrinked, wrapped in electrical tape, and then put a wire tube around it to maintain the professional look.



Step 4: Next step is to unplug your stock foglights and test the connection of the new foglight. Make sure they work before proceeding any further.


Step 5: Put your foglight in the hole (wire coming out of the bottom of the foglight towards bottom) and make a mark on each side of the foglight housing where the two stock holes are in the foglight hole. These holes are the two tabs that you press on the stock foglight to get it out.


Step 6: Take your foglights back to the workbench and drill the two holes that you marked on each. Only drill through the outermost shroud. Don't drill all the way through or anything like that.



Step 7: Thread a zip tie through each hole, the thick head end of the zip tie sticking out of the hole you drilled a half inch. Put them into your stock foglight holes and zip tie them in. You can see here how it is done. The circled parts are the zip ties:



The skinny end of the zip tie will come out of the fog light shroud and over to the back of the foglight hole near the connection then wrap around and zip into the thick head of the zip tie where the hole is.
I will post pics soon of what it looks like all done on my truck. Like i said, the beauty of this mod is that nothing is hardwired onto your truck and you can remove these and install your stock fogs again in about 2 minutes flat. No mutilation of your truck required.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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Here are pics as promised. They are probably 3 times as bright as my stock fogs. Now I just need to get some lifetime Led bulbs for my headlights then I'm good 2 go.



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Cool mod man. I've been having this idea for a while but never got around to it. One question thought... How the heck do you aim them?
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How bright are they. I read some of the amazon reviews and am kinda skeptical because there are so many 5 stars. So many I think most may be fake.
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Cool mod man. I've been having this idea for a while but never got around to it. One question thought... How the heck do you aim them?
I haven't aimed mine. The only way to really aim them would be to put a shim on the back of the unit against the stock hole to aim it lower. They cut throught the fog really well, they are just so bright that you don't want to have them on in front of oncoming traffic. Fog is never that bad here in FL so I did it mainly for looks.
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How bright are they. I read some of the amazon reviews and am kinda skeptical because there are so many 5 stars. So many I think most may be fake.
They are wayyy brighter than I expected. Probably twice as bright as my stock high beams
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They are wayyy brighter than I expected. Probably twice as bright as my stock high beams
Sweet thanks reason I asked is because there are 126 reviews for the product, 109 are 5 stars. Will have to do this sometime.
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how many people flash you from this? seems like it would be way too bright for oncoming traffic since the beam can't be aimed or adjusted.
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This looks cool but would a spot pattern be preferable to the flood pattern for a fog light? I don't know the answer, I'm asking.
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Crazy, I just bought a pair of LED lights today for my bumper and I was going to use the existing fog light wires but couldn't figure out what kind of connector it was. Thanks for the amazon link!
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photo of the lights 20-30ft from the wall.
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OP what is the actual diameter of the lights?
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photo of the lights 20-30ft from the wall.
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OP what is the actual diameter of the lights?
The lights are 4" in diameter.
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Wow nice truck. I love the grille! It's cool to see someone doing this. My instructions and pictures paid off!
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The light output looks great, but they are not fog lights anymore, are they? Driving lights/ flood light perhaps since fog lights are wide (cornering) beams and not long distance.

Thanks for the write up and photos. I was considering HIDs for these weak factory fog 35 watt halogen bulbs just to improve the actual fog cutting and wide beam cornering advantage.
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