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Old 07-17-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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DIY: 02-04 Ebay Foglights. NO SWITCH HARNESS NEEDED!

After looking at all of the problems members were having with wiring the Ebay fog light kits, I decided to do a full write up on how to install your fogs without that stupid switch harness that doesn't seem to have the proper connections on it. This install will make it so your fogs turn on and off with your parking lights.

Disclaimer: This is meant as a guide to help you. I am not responsible for any damage done to your car by you or anyones else that works on it using this guide.

Tools/Parts needed:

- Ebay Fog light Kit
- Relay (Can be purchased at any Car Audio store)
- Wire Crimpers
- 1 ft. each of Red, Yellow, Black, and Green wire.
- T-Taps
- 5 Female Spade connectors
- 1 Male Spade connector
- Drill with 1/4 in. Drill bit
- Airsaw or Dremel (Any cutting tool you feel comfortable make precise cuts into your bumper with)
- Painter's tape (Blue or Green variant)
- Zip Ties
- Phillips head Screwdriver


First step is to remove your bumper




Next. Lay out the ebay harness that connects to the fog light bulbs as shown in the picture. The brown plug should be on the driver's side while the ring connector should be on the passenger's side.


Run the plugs of the harness down below your headlights. I ran the harness across the radiator support. There is another harness under it you can Zip Tie the Fog Light harness to.
Driver Side

Passenger Side


Now that the harness is ran. Connect the ground ring connector to the10mm ground bolt with the dirty X under it.


Now comes the relay



Wire your relay up just like this one. The numbers of each pin should be stamped in the plastic of the relay. We used 4 female spade connectors for the connections.


Your relay pack should now look like this.


Now it's time to hook up the relay.

Connect the Yellow wire to the positive terminal on your battery. NOTE* It's a good idea to put a fuse inline between the battery and the relay. We didn't have one at time of install but have put one on since.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:28 AM   #2
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Now. Connect the black wire to the Negative Terminal of the battery.


T-Tap or T Splice the Red/Yellow wire going to your corner light. Connect the red wire from the relay to the corner light wire. NOTE* The other wire in photo is the power wire from JDM sidemarkers. Don't worry about that wire.


Now use a female spade connector to connect the green wire to the fog light harness' brown plug.


Wiring up the relay is now finished. You can zip tie all the wires to make everything look clean.


Next up is the scary part. Cutting your bumper.

You can use templates. I couldn't get them to print out to the right size so we just eyed it. Definatly don't try that if you're inexperienced with cutting. There are templates on this site you just have to find them.


First. Tape off the area that is going to be cut.


We used a Matco Airsaw to do the cutting. You'll need an air compressor to use this tool though. Be sure to cut in bursts or else the plastic on the bumper will melt. That goes for dremels too.


Like I said we eyed it. We cut out the black part first and then just modified the opening as need for clearance.


The fog kit we used had plastic support brackets on the inside of the bend. So notches had to be cut to accomodate


First. Drill holes you can use to start your cut from


Then use your cutting tool to make the notches.




Make sure you test fit before moving on. The fog light should fit flush or almost flush.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:37 AM   #3
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Put on the fog light and mark the holes for the screws with a sharpie. And drill out the holes.




Slide the clips that come with the kit into place. NOTE* The slots that the clips slide into will have to be modified for the clips to fit.


YOUR'RE ALMOST DONE!!!

Now it's time to put the front bumper back on and secure it with the clips and screws. Pull the fog light plugs through the new fog light holes.


Now install the fogs and secure them with the supplied screws. And you're done!! Turn those bad boys on!




Big thanks to Justin and Chan of Project Empire for the help with the install and an additional props to Justin for helping with the photoshop. Also thanks to CRSX and Project Empire member Peter (Partiboi) for letting us use his car for the DIY.

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Old 07-17-2008, 07:21 AM   #4
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Great write up! If only this was written when I installed mine 3 weeks ago.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:27 AM   #5
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What steps would you need to take if you wanted to use a switch to turn on the fog lights instead of using the parking light switch?
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:08 AM   #6
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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Wow. One of the best DIY guides I have ever seen. Should be a sticky.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #8
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:56 AM   #9
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Nice write up! I'm stealing my dad's fogs of fhis RSX though. baaha.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:51 PM   #10
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What steps would you need to take if you wanted to use a switch to turn on the fog lights instead of using the parking light switch?
Instead of running the red wire to the parking light. Run it to your ACC wire or your IGNTION wire under your dash. But put a switch between the Relay and the ACC or IGN wire. Make sure you fuse any power wires.

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Old 07-17-2008, 04:59 PM   #11
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this is an awesome write up. great job
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:02 AM   #12
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Thanks fellas. Not too bad for my first DIY huh?
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nice write up man. exactly the same way i have mine wired up
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nice write up man. exactly the same way i have mine wired up
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bump, bump it up. for a great writeup on my car .
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so if i have jdm side markers spliced into the parking light a long with the fogs i dont need to change anything right? it wont be overpowering or anything like that?
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so if i have jdm side markers spliced into the parking light a long with the fogs i dont need to change anything right? it wont be overpowering or anything like that?
No, you'll be ok. The relay is pulling most of the power from the battery. The wire from the corner light is just a signal input for the relay telling it to switch on and power the fogs. I have the exact same set up on my 04 DC5 and I've had no problems. If it really worries you though just put a fuse between the relay and the parking light wire. Then in the small chance that something does go wrong, the fuse will pop and the wires and bulbs will be saved.
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great write up timfor my fogs
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Awesome job. I had fog lights done this way on my DA, but decided to add a switch for those "keep it on a down low" situations. Fog lights attract too much attention sometimes.
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Great write up, much easier than the install manual suggests, haha.

I've had mine wired up for about a month, but every now and then they turn off due to a faulty connection with the wire tap and the parking light. does this ever happen to you?
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Awesome write up!!! Just what I've been looking for!
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Peedums, with your permission I'd like to link this to my DIY fog thread. Great idea to fix all the problems we've been having nowadays with the ebay kits.
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Peedums, with your permission I'd like to link this to my DIY fog thread. Great idea to fix all the problems we've been having nowadays with the ebay kits.
Thanks, yeah you can link it. No prob.
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Great write up, much easier than the install manual suggests, haha.

I've had mine wired up for about a month, but every now and then they turn off due to a faulty connection with the wire tap and the parking light. does this ever happen to you?

No I haven't had this problem. You can always t-splice the wire and solder the wire for a better connection.
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