Thanks to Dotcom for planting this seed. :beerchug:
The paint on the tube fenders is drying. It's time to take care of the front turn signals before the tube fender install. The parts and supplies needed to the do this mod are:
55077885AB Left Parking Lamp Assembly, JK ($26.25 from local dealer)
55077884AB Right Parking Lamp Assembly, JK ($26.25 from local dealer)
3" diameter hole saw
Hole saw mandrel
1/2" variable speed power drill
Silicon sealant, black
Dremel with grinding stone
Liquid courage (optional of course)
The JK parking lamps
Identify and mark a suitable install location on your grill. The lamp housing is over 3" deep, so be sure to check the clearance behind the grill before drilling. The area directly below the headlight is clear. If you go too low you will run into interference issues.
Mask the cutting area on the grill and use the 3" hole saw as a template to mark the hole locations. Be sure to measure for symmetry.
You will need some horsepower to drive the hole saw. I tried my trusty 3/8" Makita at first but it wouldn't cut it. Now I'm the proud owner of a cheap but effective B&D 7-amp 1/2" drill...$50 well spent.
Drink a beer if you need it. There is no going back from here. Drill a 3/16" pilot hole in the center of the 3" marking. Push the mandrel bit through and start with the hole saw. You will want to wear gloves and eye protection. I added ear plugs after the first 3 seconds.
The lamp housing is 3" in diameter at the rear. The draft increases the diameter to about 3-3/16" at the front bezel. The housing also has three ribs at the flange. I cut the ribs off with a hot knife and then filed the plastic smooth.
Test fit the lamp in the grill cut-out after removing the plastic ribs. I wanted a tight interference fit, but this was impossible. I took a Dremel with a grinding stone and ground around the circumference of the 3" hole until I knew the lamp would fit in the grill with a good strong push. Be careful with the Dremel and move it slow. I hurried and my Dremel skipped and dragged across my grill a bit. Time for some touch-up paint.
Lay a bead of black silicon around the back of the lamp bezel and around the circumference of the grill cut-out. This should protect the bare steel from moisture. The super tight interference fit guarantees the lamp housing will never fall out. Using some force, I pushed the lamp into the grill cut-out until the bezel mated with the front surface of the grill. I then took a wet rag and wiped up the excess silicon.
The final product. Plug the factory TJ turn signal connectors into the back of the JK lamps and it is done. Yay, beer time!