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First: A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE PIONEERS BEFORE ME!

Thats everyone who posted anything, like the factory installation manual, to those who figured out the rewire for the JDM switch into the USDM wiring, so THANK YOU!

Some of you have probably seen it on other sights, but here is the post from beginning to end, enjoy:

Alright, here we go kids, hold on tight! I've had a little time to work on this and there is a lot more "engineering" than I had anticipated.
So here is the "write-up". I hope someone else is inspired by this and maybe finds easier way to do things, but this is what I've done so far:

The great unveiling...they are E36 fog lights (a.k.a. BMW 3-series). This is the DEPO set w/ wiring/relays/etc. HOWEVER, do not let this fool you,
their wiring harness does not include the wiring to plug into the back of the fog lights! Yeah, how stupid is that?!




Bumper cut outs for fogs:




Channel chop of the rear of the fogs:






Pic of test fitment (as seen before):



Brackets I'm using:



Modification of those brackets for mounting:



Modification of fascia (with a hammer) for plug fitment:




Now, they are mounted to the metal bumper (not the plastic bumper cover). Actually mounted to the brackets that mount the bumper to the car.
Maybe the following pics will explain better. The brackets are the same as pictured above, just had my bro well in a gusset for extra support.

Driver's side

Through where the turn signal is (dremel bit my bumper, but notice it notched out at the bottom of the fog light?)

Passenger side

Up close


Front pic, not wire yet, still trying to figure out the stock relay rework so I can use them w/ or w/out headlights/brights. If anyone has a nice writeup on that, it would be great!


Drumroll please........the finale.
First: A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE PIONEERS BEFORE ME!

Thats everyone who posted anything, like the factory installation manual, to those who figured out the rewire for the JDM switch into the USDM wiring, so THANK YOU!

These are currently wired in "stock". Only turn on with low beams, turn off with high beams. I've got the rework write-up saved and may do that sometime, but I'm just pumped they're in, they work, and they look beautiful if I do say so myself.

Without further blah blah blah, here's the pics with commentary.

YAY! I'm giddy like a schoolgirl right now, so stoked how they turned out!



This is the light pattern they threw down...with no adjustment...can you believe it? Woot!




Few pics...car is not exactly clean, but hey, I've never claimed perfection





BONUS PICS! (notice the LED tails!)




Thanks for your support folks, I tried to cover it all, but if I left questions let me know.

K​
 

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Those look great. Kudos on getting them to work.
 

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I'm your huckleberry
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Looks good man. Looks like the bumper was shaped perfectly for the fogs. Btw, what wheels are those? They remind me of the Mugen M7's.
Thanks guys! (er...guy/gal) Wheels are R-1 Racing GTR-6's (Volk knock offs), there was just a set for sale in Okla City for $675 w/ good tires.
I really wanted to p/u another set to get bronzed...but got a kiddo on the way, so that kinda takes priority! lol
 

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Great job man !!! quick question ... those bmw fogs you got, those are the aftermarkets that you find on ebay for like 30 dollars or original ones? if they are the aftermarkets are they made of glass or plastic ? can they hold the temp and power or regular 35w HID ? thanks
 

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Good work! These look great, fit great, very nice projection! Very clean install! I guess the same thing can be done with the OEM e36's.

Hey what switch are you using? Did you wind up going with the JDM switch?


I also remember back in the day seeing pics of few Ludes that had similar type fogs installed. The funny thing is some people were calling this Turkish fogs or some crap like that.
 
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