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post #13 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-24-2018, 05:13 PM
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Putting LEDs in the fogs requires you to look at the size of the bulb compared to stock/standard bulb (unless you want to do surgery on the fog light housing). Thereís a center shield which limits the length. A few people went with bulbs which fit precisely. I went the surgery route.


Is it simple to take the housing apart? Basic bake and separate? I want to remove the center shield.
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Is it simple to take the housing apart? Basic bake and separate? I want to remove the center shield.
Unfortunately, no. (well, I couldn't see a way to separate the housing). I used slender pliers (and a few other tool attempts) and created a '180 degrees' screwdriver to get at the center shield screw through the bulb mounting hole. The center shield is a very soft metal and bends relatively easily.

EDIT: An image of the crude tools I used to get the center piece out.



Resultant LED in the fog light housing.


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Unfortunately, no. (well, I couldn't see a way to separate the housing). I used slender pliers (and a few other tool attempts) and created a '180 degrees' screwdriver to get at the center shield screw through the bulb mounting hole. The center shield is a very soft metal and bends relatively easily.

EDIT: An image of the crude tools I used to get the center piece out.



Resultant LED in the fog light housing.



Can you remove the housing through the fender or must the bumper come off?

Iíll give a shot. I wonder if I can drill the back side the screw out then fill with epoxy.
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Can you remove the housing through the fender or must the bumper come off?

Iíll give a shot. I wonder if I can drill the back side the screw out then fill with epoxy.
You can remove the light from inside the fender; just remove the fender liner (might be able to do it just pushing the liner out of the way, but taking an extra 5-10 minutes will make it easier).

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You can remove the light from inside the fender; just remove the fender liner (might be able to do it just pushing the liner out of the way, but taking an extra 5-10 minutes will make it easier).


Thanks! Iíll give it a shot and try your method first.
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You can remove the light from inside the fender; just remove the fender liner (might be able to do it just pushing the liner out of the way, but taking an extra 5-10 minutes will make it easier).


I was able to wiggle the shield back and forth until it broke at the screw. I just left the screw in. Looks much better!

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Adjusted white balance using my dashboard as reference. Now this is way closer to what you would see in person.


I am not sure but based on the odometer reading of these pictures, one was taken at 59831 miles with the standard halogens and 59775 with the led upgrades? did he change out the bulbs back to the halogens for a before and after picture. because if not the latter of the pictures (highest mileage) should have been the upgraded bulbs which appear to be dimmer...

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I am not sure but based on the odometer reading of these pictures, one was taken at 59831 miles with the standard halogens and 59775 with the led upgrades? did he change out the bulbs back to the halogens for a before and after picture. because if not the latter of the pictures (highest mileage) should have been the upgraded bulbs which appear to be dimmer...
Yes I changed back to the halogens for the first picture. The second picture is with the LED bulb. The second picture was taken before the first picture. I have since switched back to the LEDs because the halogens were unbearably dim.

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