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Unread 07-21-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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Factory Fog Light Upgrade

I'm in the market for replacing my front bumper and I would like to build something simple that looks like the fabtech bumper. Nice skid plate with some coverage on the top and a winch mount.

In turn, this means I will not have a place for my factory fog lights. I would like to keep my Factory Fog light switch to turn on some new PIAA fog lights.

With that in mind, would I have any issues hooking the new lights up to the factory wiring?

I have done some research and found that the new lights I would like are 12V 85watts.

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Unread 07-21-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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I have been wondering about this too...
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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
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Use the stock wiring harness to activate a relay. Wire the lights up to a direct power source. Your canbus won't care a thing about it. Stock lights are around 55Watts. And I'm sure the bump in wattage will make the computer thing bad things have happened.


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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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Use the stock wiring harness to activate a relay. Wire the lights up to a direct power source. Your canbus won't care a thing about it. Stock lights are around 55Watts. And I'm sure the bump in wattage will make the computer thing bad things have happened.


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That sounds like russian to me
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My 07 Sahara had factory lights and fogs. I upgraded with Rugged Ridge's Bumper for factory fogs. Mine has been all good.
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It is really not as hard as it sounds. You already have the factory switch on the stalk. You use a wire kit that comes with the lights but don't use their switch.
The Jeep will still think it is turning on the fogs. Cut the right front fog light plug that is under the bumper, and attach it to the supplied relay. Now when you switch on the fogs, the power that would have gone to your lights, goes to the relay instead. The wire kit will go direct to the battery and when the relay switches (with factory power), it will pull the power from the battery and send the higher wattage to the new lights. You are essentially just using the factory light wire as a switch.


Not sure if I can post a pic from my gallery, but there is one shot of the piaa's mounted in a bumper the day I did it. It is the only shot I have at work.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 08:52 AM   #7
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It is really not as hard as it sounds. You already have the factory switch on the stalk. You use a wire kit that comes with the lights but don't use their switch.
The Jeep will still think it is turning on the fogs. Cut the right front fog light plug that is under the bumper, and attach it to the supplied relay. Now when you switch on the fogs, the power that would have gone to your lights, goes to the relay instead. The wire kit will go direct to the battery and when the relay switches (with factory power), it will pull the power from the battery and send the higher wattage to the new lights. You are essentially just using the factory light wire as a switch.


Not sure if I can post a pic from my gallery, but there is one shot of the piaa's mounted in a bumper the day I did it. It is the only shot I have at work.
That makes sense. I was hoping I could just buy the lights and slap them in. Probably not the best idea.

I'll get the whole kit and wire it up just as you described. Sounds simple.

Thanks for all the input!!
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Unread 07-22-2010, 09:38 AM   #8
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That sounds like russian to me
Instead of wiring strait to the lights (the jump from 55 watts to 85 watts may make the computer think something is wrong), the wires that went to the lights should go to a relay first. With the relay powered strait from the battery, there should be no problem.
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That sounds like russian to me
Heheh...Da.
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