Installation Time: Afternoon
December 17, 2014
Great lights with some easy-to-fix flaws
These halo fog lights do provide a more aggressive look, and they look great doing it! Great product I would recommend to anyone who likes the "halo" look.
There are, however, two flaws in the design, one major, and one minor.
Major flaw: Once you've installed these (if you follow the installation to the letter) you will be unable to remove your bumper without cutting some wires. The vampire clips these use are not easily removed.
Minor flaw: The break in the halo is at the bottom of the light (where it is visible) instead of at the top where it would be hidden by the grill.
I've found that you can fix both of these issues.
Fixing the Major Flaw is fairly straight forward by adding some connectors between the CCFL transformer and the light covers themselves. (I've done this, and it worked out great, and my bumper is completely removable)
Fixing the Minor Flaw is a little more difficult. You *can* mount these lights upside down (with the CCFL break hidden at the top). You have to modify the mounting bracket a little. You have to hollow out the adjustment brace (plastic piece that 2 of the 5 LED mount holes mount to) and remove some spacing material. You also have to remove an adjustment stop on the top of the mounting bracket. Doing this, you'll have to increase the length of the Transformer to CCFL wires to handle the increased distance between the transformer mount point and the tops of the light housings.
I also diverged from the install guide and wired this up to the same circuit with the wiper relay to provide power to the lights when the parking lights are off.
Following the provided install guide, and all by yourself, you can get this done in an hour or so. If you want to fix the flaws listed above, it'll take a little more time (few hours to a day). Advice: get another pair of hands to help and learn to solder.