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post #1 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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98 ZJ Fog Light replacement options

Yesterday I pulled the bumper cover from the front of my ZJ to repaint it. Today I look out and discover that some *** hat has smashed one of my fog lights for me. Obviously since it is easier to replace while the bumper is off I want to get replacements before this weekend. I have looked online and the OEM replacements are kind of expensive, not to mention the fact that I might not be able to get them by this weekend. I was wondering if anyone has ever replaced the OEM lights with after market ones? It looks like if I get a set around the same size (5.75" x 2.75") that I should be able to bolt them to the factory bracket and tie into the factory harness. Does anyone have experience with this? brand and model of light and any pictures would be helpful also. Thanks in advance.


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post #2 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 01:13 PM
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I once had some rally lights in there I cut the pig tails from the factory one that broke and wired the rally square ones to the pig tail. Then I saved up for the factory ones and mounted the rally to a bar.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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I once had some rally lights in there I cut the pig tails from the factory one that broke and wired the rally square ones to the pig tail. Then I saved up for the factory ones and mounted the rally to a bar.
That was my thought as well. Were you able to bolt them to the factory mounting bracket?

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 03:22 PM
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Not sure what you consider expensive, but I replaced both mine on my '97 with ones from rockauto
a couple years ago. They came with bulbs, brackets, and correct connectors for about $30 each.
Don't remember the branding for sure but I think they were Depo or TYC.
So far no rust and fitment was perfect.
I did the headlights a couple months ago with TYCs, again no problems.
Nice to be able to see at night again and it looks a lot better too.




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post #5 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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I was able to find some Pilot driving lights at Autozone that worked well. They are almost the same size as the factory lights and mounted to the factory brackets. I spliced into the factory wiring harness. All in all it took me about 20 minutes to install them since the bumper cover was already off. here is a pci of them installed and the bumper back on. Sorry no pics of the install, it was cold and windy so I just wanted to get it done.




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post #6 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 01:19 PM
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wow that is cool
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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wow that is cool
Thanks, and as a bonus the light output from them is better than the factory lights. between them and the Hella's I can actually see at night which is NOT the norm for ZJ's

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 03:16 PM
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Great solution! I might steal your idea. I installed an hid kit in my factory fogs...(nothing but problems with hid's) So I went to switch back to normal bulbs only to realize I either lost or threw out the factory plugs
How much those run? They look nice!
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 04:54 PM
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