Installation Time: Afternoon
February 25, 2012
Raxiom Smoked Fog Light - opinion from an ADD type person
Having bought Halo lights for my other car, I wasn't expecting much.. dim halos, bad instructions, etc.. I thought these were priced a little high and I was hoping, in this case, price meant quality and decided to buy them.
I must say, I am exteemely glad I did! Price did mean quality here. These are what I would expect and have never gotten from an aftermarket light.
1) Does not leak. Unlike lights I have bought in the past, I did not have to silicone them. I know this is going to the extreme cause my car will never see rain but, with the bumper off, I hooked these up and dumped water over them. Nothing got in.
2) The halos are extremely bright. They can be seen from distance and look like true quality work you would expect from a professional.
3.) These served my purpose well, get halos and make the lens dark enough to blend in with the grill. I debated deleting these lights entirely but these lights gave me far more joy.
4) Fitment was perfect. Once the bumper was off, it was as simple as, take 4 screws out, hold new light in place, put 4 screws back in and then wire up the halos.
The only negative is, with smoked or blacked out lights, there will be some light loss. Thus, reducing your nighttime viewing area. I knew that going in so I didn't mind. Combined with the Halo smoked headlights I bought from AM, it's still brighter than my last car at stock full blast.
I did not take any pictures during the install process but, if you get these, or head lights or, with 20 inch rims, side marker lights be prepared to take the bumper off.
I realize the thought of taking the bumper off your car can be pretty scary but, it really is an easy job. Just time consuming.
Just jack the car up (make sure to pull your E-Brake for safety first) and then put a jack stand in for safety. Take the wheels off and set them aside. To get the splash guard off, take out the three screws in the lower right corner (or left if on the drivers side) and then the 5 plastic push pin style things in the splash guard. Turn them til they pop out and then use your hand to pull them out at the base. Now, you can see all the fun stuff you were never intended to see behind your bumper. Disconnect all your light connections and take out the 3 nuts with a 10mm socket and pull the bracket they were attached to off.
At this point, you bumper is pretty much off. All thats left is a few screw underneath and two 10mm nuts under the hood. Once they are off, pull the bumper out slowly and disconnect the upper fog lights. then just set the bumper on the ground.
These foglights, as stated earlier, require a 4 screw removal, light replacement and then put the 4 screws back in. To wire them, I used a straight blade on the turn signal wires and stripped about a 1 inch area of sheathing off. Drivers side in my car was white and black and passenger side was brown and black. Black to black and then the other two. Black always goes to black.. its a ground. I then used a saudering iron to fuse the wires together and wrapped it up with electrical tape. Test the lights and put it all back together.
If I had to find a negative to factory light installs, they always give you a clamp style fastener thats supposed to splice into the both wires and make a connection. They never work. Just suader them. I bought that thing for about 5 bucks at home depot and some welding wire and have used it about 4 times and I feel like a pro at it. Very easy to use and my kids love wathcing me melt metal and make smoke..lol
If you dont feel comfortable doing that, then just cut it all, twist together and lock it in and tape it at the very least.