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Todd3.6 09-29-2012 11:47 AM

OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
Hella makes a 90mm fog light that uses an H7 halogen bulb.
Model HL68142
The housing attaches to any vertical surface.
I've crawled under the front and took some measurements.
They would require drilling some new holes in the mounting flange to match up to the mounting screws present on the GK...
AND
Depending on how far the front lens protrudes from the mounting flange, it might require a spacer block (to set the flange back so the lens doesn't stick out too far).

So they would fit and the OEM wiring would support the 55 watt bulb (need a minimum of 20 gauge wire to support 55 watt).

The question is...
Would the 55 watt halogen put out too much heat and melt the bumper cover?

Looking for opinions/thoughts.
I've made sure it fits, but haven't had time to really put into investigating how much heat the new light would put out. It has an aluminum housing and a glass lens.

FAUEE 09-29-2012 12:12 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
There's also HID projector fog lights that you could fit in there. IMO, If I was going to go to all the trouble of installing new fog housings, they'd be HID projectors.

Todd3.6 09-29-2012 12:39 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FAUEE (Post 690222)
There's also HID projector fog lights that you could fit in there. IMO, If I was going to go to all the trouble of installing new fog housings, they'd be HID projectors.

Manufacturer and model?
The Hella lights I mention would be very easy to bolt in (besides drilling some extra holes in the light flange to match the OEM mount points). I searched for a couple hours and all I could find are the 'bolt under the bumper' type lights that were either too small or too large.

Oh, and my personal preference for 'driving/fog' lights is halogen. The slight yellow tint of a halogen bulb works better in snow/fog/rain. That's why all OEMs with HID headlights still use halogens for the driving/fog lights.

Found this listing on Amazon (nice pic):
http://www.amazon.com/Hella-90mm-Fre.../dp/B000FOIXIW

Looks like there is enough separation between the housing and the flange to allow heat dissipation without melting the bumper.

DirtyDuc83 09-29-2012 08:44 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
interested in this retrofit. Subbed.

bclemons 09-30-2012 07:36 AM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
I've put a pair of mini H1's in for fogs on my Jeep and love them. I purchased them from "the retrofit source" It was a pretty simple change and the light is wonderful. I'm out of town for a week so it will be a while before I can take pictures.

jorsr 09-30-2012 10:14 AM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
May be stupid question but whats the difference between the original fog lights and the mini H1 's

NJ Salo 09-30-2012 12:15 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
Im interested as well

Todd3.6 10-01-2012 08:50 AM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
Found a NEW (to me) product.
No heat issues!
Though they are double the Hella fogs.

PIAA 530 LED Fog Lamp Kit (Amazon link):
PIAA 73530 530 LED Fog Lamp Kit with Two 3W LED Bulbs : Amazon.com : Automotive

Now I just need to persuade the wife-unit to part with some money!

These look like they would attach right to the OEM brackets (dump the U shape brackets they come with).

Jeep_addicted 10-01-2012 04:01 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
I am considering these but I have to take some measurement and email them to see how much they are going for.


New LED lighting modules Fog, Drive assist and DRL - YouTube

bclemons 10-01-2012 06:01 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
The mini H1's are a full blown projector. Similar to the factory headlights but without the big shroud. I fit them into the Jeep mounts for the fogs and made another adjusting screw for the projectors. As soon as I get back I'll get some pictures. The whole thing took about two hours to do. Really pretty simple once you see it. The only things you will need are a 1 1/2inch 10-32 screw and a 10-32 tap for the adjustment screw.
They are not cheep though. The projectors are $120 for the pair and then hid lights are about another $120 or so. The light they put out are like your headlights but 24 inches off the ground.
Look at the headlight projector DIY thread and these are what I used.

IRISH 10-01-2012 06:19 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bclemons (Post 690503)
I've put a pair of mini H1's in for fogs on my Jeep and love them. I purchased them from "the retrofit source" It was a pretty simple change and the light is wonderful. I'm out of town for a week so it will be a while before I can take pictures.

Looking forward to seeing the pics

Todd3.6 10-01-2012 06:42 PM

Re: OEM Fog Light replacement idea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeep_addicted (Post 691037)
I am considering these but I have to take some measurement and email them to see how much they are going for.

FYI.
Looks like TMTuning is dead (site referenced in the video).
Quick Google search shows that they have been having financial problems since June (VWVortex forums).

That's a shame, they looked promising.

I'm pretty much settled on the PIAA lights, but might have to wait a couple weeks for the family budget to allow the purchase. I don't like that the PIAA lights are 6000 kelvin light color, but so far I haven't found anything better for a good price.

There are some motorcycle LED lights out there, but WOW are they expensive (or too much, not a fog light).


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