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LED Fog Lights Tear Down

Since I got an early '14 model before the LED foglights were an option, I've been looking for a cheap LED set to pick up. Finally found a set for relatively cheap off of E-Bay, used of course.

And since I can't leave well enough alone, especially since I want to know what's inside, I opened them up. I plan on painting everything white. The pics:



































This picture shows all the parts. It's ridiculous- the topmost black bezel is the one that goes over the lens itself. Under that is the lens, and the next black bezel attaches to the inside of the lens, and covers the same area. And further, I tried mocking it up without those two black bezels, and it looks the same. Think I'm going to ditch those two bezels. It also looks like it they affect output, so I'm still going to experiment with that.

I do like the output of these - nice thin, flat line, and they look wide. Definitely way better than the halogen fog lights. I'll grab some output pics of them later.

Also, the electrical connector in the rear is not a direct plug and play from the halogen fog lights. I found the connector though, and still debating if I want to order it, or just wire something up myself. I only found the connector in China, so if I order it, won't be here for a while.

More pics to come after I do some painting.
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And painted. Inside shroud/base got a flat white, and outside "inner" shroud got gloss white











Will be letting them cure for a couple of days before re-assembling.
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Good and bad news. The Good - all sealed up and ready to install:











With the outside black bezel on. I left this black to see if I like it.





Don't like it, I'm just going to leave off the outside bezel





I had this waterproof 4-pin connector laying around, so I wired this up to the fog light.



After soldering the wires on, I layered the inside with liquid tape.



After the inner layed dried, I then used the liquid tape to form a seal at the connector, as well as the harness connectors.









Time for install!





What do you mean the halogen and LED fog lights are different shapes??? What?!!



Sigh - I thought the fog lamps were the exact same shapes, so no need for a new bezel. Wrong. New bezels on their way. I'm getting really fast at taking off the bumper.
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Some other notes:

If someone is looking for an awesome DRL, you could modify these fogs to do it. If you take off and leave off the plastic lens

(this one)


The light distribution becomes much wider - and was really bright as a DRL. They would be easily noticeable in the daytime, but would easily blind traffic at night, so would have to be wired to turn off with the headlights.
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Got the new fog light bezel in a couple of days ago. Also got some SWP paint in a spray can in today - going to color match the black shroud to SWP, and leave the chrome piece chrome - for now. May change it to black at some point, we'll see how it looks.

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I was reading through is now waiting for the bad news and LOL'd when I got to the bad news. That sucks, glad you got new bezels! Let see this installed
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I was reading through is now waiting for the bad news and LOL'd when I got to the bad news. That sucks, glad you got new bezels! Let see this installed
Getting there!

Gotta say the color match to SWP is dead on. I got two stage paint from automotivetouchup, and when the basecoat went on I thought, hmm, seems a little light. Then the pearl midcoat, and wow - dead match right down to the pearl effect. Ended up doing the outside foglight bezels as well.




This was probably the nicest paint job I've ever done, and then, of course, disaster. A moth lands on my drying paint.



Zoomed in here, you can see some of the aftermath. I tried to fix it best I could with some light sanding and re-spray, but decided this was good enough. The perils of painting in an open garage at night.



Hopefully can install this weekend!
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If you don't mind telling us, where did you end up finding the bezels?
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