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post #1 of 28 Old 01-15-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Easy Fog light upgrade...

Well I got bored today and decided to do a little upgrade to the factory fog lights that I have been reading about...

AutoZone sells "Pilot Driving Lights" for 39.00 part no# 203W, they are a great fit into the stock housing!! I removed the stock lights and housings and removed the stock fogs from the housings and replaced them with the Pilots.....then clipped the factory plugs off and crimped new ends onto the wires and finished the install......

I was really surprised to see how much brighter they were...



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So these are 35w lights?


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So these are 35w lights?
55 watts
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I tried hooking up 55w lights a few years ago and the CANBUS kept shutting them down because it was higher than the 35w stockers. Wonder why it's working for you?


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I tried hooking up 55w lights a few years ago and the CANBUS kept shutting them down because it was higher than the 35w stockers. Wonder why it's working for you?
My jeep is a 2010 model, maybe there is a difference in the electrical systems..???
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2010 is 24v while 07-09 is 12v from my understanding

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2010 is 24v while 07-09 is 12v from my understanding
My 2010 is definitely 12v

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My 2010 is definitely 12v
They are a 12 v system......a jeep tech told me that some 55watt light just aggravates the canbus and it will shut them down, he also said that it will drive 55 watt light just fine, but reccomended nothing bigger on the stock system
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They are a 12 v system......a jeep tech told me that some 55watt light just aggravates the canbus and it will shut them down, he also said that it will drive 55 watt light just fine, but reccomended nothing bigger on the stock system
Would running an HID set up that's wired directly to the battery and only tap into the fogs work better? That way your only using the factory harness as a switch to turn off/on?


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Would running an HID set up that's wired directly to the battery and only tap into the fogs work better? That way your only using the factory harness as a switch to turn off/on?


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If your planning on running more than 55 watts I would wire it like you described .....
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cool! thanks for the write up
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do you have any pics of how they fit in the old housings
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take a picture of them at night
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Thanks for the info! This is a necessary upgrade

What color were the wire connections?

I.e. pilot white to factory:
Pilot black wire to factory:
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When I changed my front bumper on my 2010 I mounted a set of 55w 12 volt lights to the bumper and used the stock fog light wiring. No codes. Then one day I was changing the tune on the Jeep with my superchip tuner and there was a code for over current on the fogs. I removed the lights, cleared the code and turned on the fogs without no load on them and the code still pops up. So I put in a relay and new fogs and said oh well. I still see the code on the superchip tuner. Lights work great.
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My 2010 is definitely 12v
then its the reverse. i get it confused. They changed the harness, bulbs, blah blah for the 2010 from what im reading here.

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do you have any pics of how they fit in the old housings
They push right in, then take the supplied screws and insert them, presto...


Night time pics will follow this evening, finishing up a winch install

Just keep the white to white on wiring and you will be fine..
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Fogs just by thenselves..



Just headlights



Both...

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Are the lights still holding up with no trouble from the computer?

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Do you still have the factory ends?
Im working with a DDM hid kit and factory fogs and need to buy some sockets. . .

Ill still owe you some $ and a paint code.

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Do you still have the factory ends?
Im working with a DDM hid kit and factory fogs and need to buy some sockets. . .

Ill still owe you some $ and a paint code.
Nope, I tossed them bro.......

When ever your ready just ship me the part and I'll get it painted and returned to you...
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Do you still have the factory ends?
Im working with a DDM hid kit and factory fogs and need to buy some sockets. . .

Ill still owe you some $ and a paint code.
I have my factory ends still.. Clipped the wires kinda close tho. PM if interested in them.
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Does anyone know if they make these lights in a fog instead of a driving? I'm planning on a new bumper that will have mounts for the factory lights, so these should work, but it also has light tabs, so I want to put a good set of driving lights up higher, and use the bimper mounts for a set of fogs, where we live, it's good to have fogs.

If not, anyone have any luck fitting a pair of fogs in the stock bumper?

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