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post #1 of 8 Old 12-04-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Fog light flicker no more

So here is my write up on eliminating the flicker from installing LED lights into the fog light location using the steering column activation. This is how I did it and wired it. I have not seen any other write ups that have pictures of how it was done, so here is my attempt at it. I'm sure I may get bashed for shitty solder joints, the globs, not pretty, but it worked for me and I by no means am an expect at soldering. If someone see's issues (other than shitty solder joints), please let me know the issue so I can attempt to fix it. Again, this is how I did it and with the optest, the flicker did go away.

First, you will need this capacitor - Note: this capacitor is not water/weather proofed at all. You can get this one, or one of the same spec's that is weather proof.

Then, solder your stock fog light positive wire (should be white) to the positive wire of the fog light (red). Do the same for the negative wire (black on stock) and red with black stripe, or black on fog light. Once that is done, slide heat shrink over the solder joint far enough back up the wires so it won't heat up and shrink on you on the next step (can use electrical tape to keep the wires nice and tight).

Next - use a heat sink (helping hands work great) and attach to the capacitor. Then take your positive, or negative wires (doesn't matter which you do first) and solder them to the lead of the capacitor. NOTE: The Striped side is the negative side of the capacitor. If not wired correctly, it can cause damage to capacitor or wiring. Once the wires are soldered to the leads of the capacitor, slide the heat shrink down over the leads and apply heat.

To "weather proof", I used electrical tape over the heat shrink and on the wires and double backed over. Then I applied silicon over the electrical tape. Over that, I used the electrical conduit and then applied 2 more layers of electrical tape over the conduit.
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I did the same mod myself for a pair of riigid duallys worked out all right with no codes thrown
adhesive lined heat shrink tubing waterproofs well and lends a OEM appearance to the wiring harness
as the OP states the proper polarity is important get it wrong and the cap will go POP
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Have you watched for a while? I put a "Canbus Canceller" Capacitor inline. At first I thought it stopped the flicker; however, instead of getting dim flashes every few seconds you get a bright flash every 4-5 minutes. I assume the bigger the capacitor the bigger the delay.


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I have not seen any issues what so ever. drove through 6+ hours of rain and snow and I have not seen any issues what so ever. My "weather proofing" has far exceeded my expectations so far.

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FYI - I didn't notice my issue while driving. I only noticed when sitting in my driveway and I noticed them strobe against the garage door.


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Well, you have the solution to fix it. I didn't really notice it either, but I do know it can be considered illegal in some states, so i wanted it fixed. And it's working for me.

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Did you do one on both ends of the fog light harness or only one side?
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Did you do one on both ends of the fog light harness or only one side?

not buttin'-in or anything, but there are two capacitors displayed in his fist image & I think the fogs are on different circuits ( I may be wrong on that but everything else is 'split in half' on the freakin' JKs ,like the taillights..) so it'd makes sense he performed this upon each fog light....just my deduction,but let's let OP confirm that...


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