This morning, I finally got the chance to get to work on this and as promised, here is the writeup and results!
Here's what I did...
First, I ordered the JW Speaker 6145 fog lights from Xenon Depot
Then I ordered this harness
(but I ended up just using the 5202 connector part, more on this later):
Here is the unboxing of the fog light assembly:
Okay, enough drooling over the quality, materials, and engineering (which is second-to-none). Let's get to installing these suckas'...
As others mentioned, you don't necessarily have to jack the vehicle up but I am sure it would help immensely. I have the RRO leveling kit
on mine and didn't need to jack it up but a couple of times it was a bit of a tight fit, especially on the passenger side.
FYI, I found that the passenger side much easier to work on than the driver side due to having to work around the windshield washer fluid tank location.
So here's the tools I used:
- 10mm socket
- 7mm socket
- Soldering iron & solder
- Heat shrink tubing
- Wire strippers/cutters
- Red Bull (optional, but fun to have)
Plus...you will also be thankful to have something like this, now and for other things in the future. I use this thing all the time and it really made this job tons easier.
Start by turning the wheel/tire so the front of it is pointed away from the side you are working on. It will make your life much easier.
Undo the bolt with the 10mm socket and twist the fastener 90 degrees to remove as shown in this image (passenger side shown):
Move the inner fender well splash guard out of the way, bungee it back if necessary. Watch out for dirt and crap falling in your eyes.
Disconnect the harness from the factory fog light assembly and using the 7mm socket, remove the 3 screws that hold the assembly in place. You can see one screw is already undone (see arrow in the image below - the view you see is looking up from under the vehicle).
Now here's what I found out about the harness and such...
I ended up deciding to cut the 5202 connector off the harnesses that I bought and splice it to the JW Speaker fog light wiring because he H11 connector from the harness didn't fit quite right with the connector on the JW Speaker unit. There were enough differences that made me not feel comfortable with using it. However, the 5202 connector was a decent enough fit.
Once I cut the 5202 connector off, I had to test the polarity to make sure I would be splicing it in correctly. I attached the 5202 connector to the factory harness and then pulled it through the front of the fog light bezel hole like shown below. I made sure the wires were not touching each other
and turned the light switch on.
Then I touched the wires of the 5202 harness with the wires on the fog light unit to verify (Again, if you do this, make sure you don't let the two factory wires touch each other!)
The polarities were reversed on both
of the harnesses that I bought.
Once I determined which wire on the JW Speaker fog light worked with which wire on the connector, I soldered them together.
A word about soldering for those who haven't done it...
I know some of you guys are looking for a true "plug and play" solution, but it seems the jury is still out on whether one even exists. If you have never soldered before, it is easy. Head over to your local Harbor Freight or whatever hardware store and get a basic soldering iron and some soldering wire. Then watch this video:
See? Super easy and almost kinda fun. Even though we live in a predominantly "plug and play" world these days, having this skill and equipment around the house and garage can come in handy. No heat gun for the heat shrink tubing? Use a hair dryer (but Harbor Freight has a good heat gun for cheap as well).
I can assure you, this is a much better way to go than just twisting the wires together and wrapping with electrical tape. That will eventually fail on you. Soldering is the right way to go.
Here's is one all done (note that in this angle, it appears that all wires are soldered together, they are soldered and heat shrinked separately as they should be):
Once all soldered up, simply reinstall by putting the JW Speaker fog light in place where the OEM one was, putting the three screws back on, and plugging the harness back in.
Do one final test to make sure they still work.
In broad daylight...YIKES!
Repeat for the other side, of course. All good? Wait until dark to adjust!
(I went inside...goofed around for a while...watched the Detroit Lions blow it, etc.)
I went back outside, moved the Jeep back from my garage 25', measured the height of the center of the fog lights, and measured up the same height on the garage door. I turned the adjustment screws on back of the fog lights until the beam cutoff line was in the right place. I then put the 10mm bolts and plastic fasteners back in place on both sides and called it done.
NOW FOR THE RESULTS!
Factory fog lights at 25' (taken a few nights ago)
JW Speaker 6145 Fog Lights at 25' (taken tonight at approximately the same time as the previous photo - sorry for the rain on the windshield on this one)
It is tough to take photos in the dark with an iPhone, but it is without question that the JW Speaker lights are incredibly bright and the materials are top-notch, even/especially compared to OEM.
I am pretty glad that I got them. However, now it makes the headlights look sorta...bleh
. I have been kicking around getting some LED headlight units. Maybe that is my next step.
If you have been thinking about getting these do it. They are definitely worth it. I am going to SEMA in a couple of weeks, I will see if I can find the JW Speaker booth and talk to them.
Until then, feel free to ask any questions.