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No factory fog lights, Down to; Diode Dynamics vs. Baja Designs ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Pearson, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. Sep 14, 2021 at 9:05 PM
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    Pearson

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    My truck does not have factory fog lights but does have the place where they would go. What are the best aftermarket offerings?

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    Diode Dynamics vs. Baja Designs.



    These two names keep coming up over and over and over when I asked the question of quality. Again I would like for whatever I choose to fit into the factory location with factory-like controls etc. Bright and with the longest throw as possible.

    What is your opinion, from one brand to the other? Does one stand out over the other quality-wise? If both are on par in this regard is one brighter or a better value?

    And too; I offer my thanks to the member who made the suggestion, and me aware of my ability to simply modify and add to a thread in place of starting a new one for related topics.
     
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  2. Sep 14, 2021 at 9:13 PM
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    Your truck might be prewired.
    If so, you need the switch, lights, relay and fuse.
    It will cost more than aftermarket, but it will be factory.

    Crawl under and look where the fog lights would be, see if the connector is there.
     
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    Really no preference whether factory or not. Whatever is better built etc. I guess what I mean by factory is, I want it to look like it came that way from the factory. I'll crawl under tomorrow and have a look. There is a place with a blank in place where they go.
     
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    The search function is your friend:

    The LED SAE J583 Fog Pod & Fog Light Review | Tacoma World
     
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    Excellent resource, Thank You! Just seeing this I am excited to see what all it covers etc.. Is there a brand and model that is known as the benchmark once everything is said and done?
     
  7. Sep 15, 2021 at 5:38 AM
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    My 2013 base 4x4 was not pre-wired but had the openings in the bumper. I picked up some OEM 2nd gen fogs here on the forum and made my own wiring harness. Very easy if you have basic wiring knowledge. The cost to make my own was probably more expensive than buying a ready made one, but I used fully tinned marine wire, blue sea waterproof fuses and an OEM relay. I eventually plan to get some led pods like diode dynamics, but the oem ones were a cheap way to get started.
     
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  8. Sep 15, 2021 at 5:48 AM
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    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    Diode Dynamics.

    Which model and color you pick will be based on where you live and how you will be using the lights.
     
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    Yup. Diode Dynamics.
     
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    Yes all the scattered beam light, and for sure way more thermal output than the housing can handle lol
     
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    Don't waste your money on OEM fog lights. I just upgraded to the Diode Dynamics SS3 Sport yellow fog lights and it is a night and day difference. Now when I turn on the fog lights you can actually tell that they came on.
     
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    We live way out in Deer and pigville Texas. I want all the light I can get when I flip the switch.
     
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    Fog lights are not driving lights. The position is meant to allow you to see better in foul weather. It's why fogs only come on with low beams in an OE setting.

    You should consider a 3 step process IMHO.

    Diode Dynamics fogs for actual foul weather.

    An upgrade to your OE headlights per this thread https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/

    If you find you need more rural running light after that, a light bar in the grill (Diode Dynamics has those too) would be next.
     
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    :deadhorse: Diode dynamics
     
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