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Fog lamp Question

This is a discussion on Fog lamp Question within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; I purchased a set of fog lamps, but have not installed them yet because the instructions include a warning that ...

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    Cool Fog lamp Question

    I purchased a set of fog lamps, but have not installed them yet because the instructions include a warning that they get extremly hot.....don't mount too close to anything that will burn or melt etc.
    They are called Cyber White (tm) and they have this cool LED outer ring that you can set to one of seven differant colors. They are the same size as the OEM lamps. Has anyone used these and did the front cover burst into flames or melt right off or anything? I want to install these after I get the bumper cover refinished (tangled with a Beemer rear wheel and lost).

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    Check this out and see if it helps you. Good luck. http://www.metalreviewcentre.com/foglight.htm.

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    Thanks for the link, but the web page isn't responding.

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    Just tryed it myself..lemme check on it. I have this much of it..please not I did not write this..I just copied it so you could see it.

    Fog/driving light upgrade complete! Write-up on installation inside:
    Some of you guys may be familiar with the lighting upgrades in progress on my Firehawk. I have a HID-powered projector upgrade in the works right now, and yesterday I just completed the driving light upgrade. I'm very surprised that more people haven't done this upgrade yet... it's cheap, easy, and yields great results. Here's my write-up on the installation of Blazer's BlazerTech 2200 fog or 3200 driving lights on a Trans Am:

    The BlazerTech upgrade is popular among Grand Prix owners. Pontiac uses the same fog light unit in those cars as found in the Trans Am and Formula. As many of you know, the stock fog units are a joke and serve a cosmetic purpose only. They're constructed of plastic and use a weak 37.5W bulb. Those who have upgraded to the 50W bulb usually discover that the plastic housing melts from the increased heat.

    Blazer produces the fog lights in the F-body; their aftermarket brand offers a unit with similar dimensions to the stock units. The BlazerTech 2200 is a fog light with a glare shield, wide beam dispersion and strict beam cutoff. The lens has a coating which produces a yellow-tinted light. The BlazerTech 3200 is a driving light; it does not have a glare shield and features a blue-tinted lens for a "whiter" look. Both units are constructed of aluminum with a glass lens, use replaceable 55W H3 bulbs, and come with mounting hardware and a wiring kit with relay and switch. I purchased mine on eBay for roughly $40 + shipping. A local Wal-Mart also sells a similar-packaged light for $40.

    This is what the BlazerTech 3300 driving light looks like in its packaging.

    This is a picture of the 2200 fog light. Notice the glare shield and dichroic lens coating. The dimensions of both models are the same.

    To install the lights, you first need to remove the three plastic anchor pins at the bottom of the front bumper cover. Push the flap back; it may help to hold it back with a block of wood or a heavy object.

    Remove the two 10mm bolts which hold the fog light bracket to the front bumper reinforcement bar. After these bolts are removed, push the assembly forward to allow access to the light bulb. Remove the light bulb by twisting it out, then push the bulb and harness into the front bumper reinforcement bar to get it out of the way. Pull the light assembly back against the reinforcement bar, then push gently out on the front bumper cover to allow the fog light to seperate from the round opening in the bumper. Pull the fog light assembly down and out of the car.

    With the fog light out, remove the adjusting screw and spring from the bracket, then remove the plastic hinge pins by firmly pushing on the inner button of the retaining pin. The inner pin will push out and allow you to remove the expanding pin from the bracket. This will seperate the plastic fog light from the bracket.

    Assmeble the BlazerTech unit as shown. I used the supplied lock washers on the inside of the brackets, on the screw head end while tightening the nut. Tighten the brackets firmly, but allow the bracket to move with pressure. You won't have access to these nuts when the fog light is in the car, and you may have to adjust them later.

    Remove this metal clip from the factory fog light bracket by inserting a small flathead screwdriver and prying up on the spring-loaded clip.

    Bend the adjustment tab of the bracket down like this. I used a large crescent wrench, but a bench vise may work best.

    Assemble the BlazerTech light bracket to the bent tab of the factory fog light bracket as shown. Notice that the BlazerTech adjusting bracket fits over the top of the bent tab. This will center the light in the bracket. I used a low-profile machine screw and nut with lockwasher to secure the two brackets together. If you bent the adjusting tab enough, the BlazerTech light will fit snugly in the factory bracket without excess play or rotation.

    Cut the factory fog light bulb from the connector base and secure the BlazerTech wires to the connector using female spade connectors. I had to bend mine quite a bit to get them to fit snugly. Wrap these connectors in electrical tape afterward. Make sure you pay attention to polarity! I had them wrong in this picture. Looking at the connector base of the cut bulb, the positive side is on the left with the locking tab facing down. If you don't get the polarity right, the fog light will ground out on the bumper reinforcement bar once assembled, and it will blow the 20A tail lamp fuse found on the driver's side of the dash.

    I cleaned up the wiring harness by using some of the split loom that came with the BlazerTech harness. Tape this up well and you shouldn't have to worry about corrosion or arcing later on.

    Install the new fog lights/brackets into the car by pushing the assembly through the front fog light opening of the bumper. You'll want to connect the harness before bolting the bracket to the car, and make sure you push any excess wire into the opening in the reinforcement bar. Tighten the brackets in with those 10mm bolts you removed earlier and secure the bottom of the fascia with the three anchor pins you removed earlier.

    Adjust the driving lights against a garage wall. Make sure they're in a safe position, not blinding oncoming drivers. Also be sure they're not too loose in the brackets. If everything went together smoothly, they should look like this in the front bumper:

    The lights center pretty well with the openings in the front bumper cover and make for a great-looking upgrade.

    Powered on, these things emit a bright white light and are much more powerful than the weak factory cosmetic units. I'll probably upgrade the bulbs in mine later. I am very pleased with the results and the minimal cost for the upgrade was very worthwhile! Feel free to E-mail or PM me if you have any questions regarding lighting upgrades.
    Last edited by Walking-Dead; 02-18-2006 at 08:28 PM.

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    Thanks a lot, Walking-Dead. I paid 59.99 for my kit at Pep Boys. I guess they are a little pricey because of the multi-colored outer ring. Hope they are worth it. I may install them tomorrow. I'll post the results later.

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    Started installing the the lamps today, but only got as far as removing the stock lamps. The brackets that came with the A/M lamps won't work. The way they are designed, there is no way to mount them to the reinf bar and I can't mount the new lenes in the stock brkts either. So what I'm going to do tomorrow is cut off half of the stock brkts and weld them to the A/M brkts. They should fit perfectly then, but damn! It's always something, ya know? Seems like nothing ever installs easy.

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