Finally, I have some updates for you guys!
I picked up a Spec-D brand fog light kit from CARiD
, and an OEM Fog Light switch from chutoyy. I went with Spec-D just because they had a decent reputation, a good price, and the design I liked best. The chrome eyebrow wasn't in the picture on the website, but I love how it looks. It really accents the grill trim and body lines. A pleasant surprise, for sure!
I opted to go through the bumper to install the lights, since the help I enlisted already had experience removing the bumper on Mazdas. I helped with the clips, but he went under the car and unscrewed everything. There were A LOT of screws. We actually broke a clip; it was the very last clip on the right side (looking at the car). It was screwed in, but we didn't know, since the other side didn't have a screw. Nothing a little silicone and duct tape couldn't fix, though.
My friend did the hard work, and I installed the light switch in the meantime. There weren't really enough steps to warrant taking pictures, but these two manuals told me everything I needed to know: 1 2
Bumper off (looks like someone gritting their teeth, haha):
Here are a couple of shots installed before buttoning up the car:
I also got around to plugging those nasty bumper holes! I used the plugs that came with my CS Plate Relocation Kit and picked up an OEM Liquid Silver Paint Pen from the dealership. I paid about $12 for the pen, compared to the $40 for pre-painted plugs. I also had to drill the holes bigger, but I did a much cleaner job than what was there. Once the holes were cleaned, I used some clear silicone calk to seal the plugs in the holes. Here are a few pictures of the completed job:
This was a great learning experience, and I definitely needed a set of fogs. There were a few nights and storms I wish I had them in the past, so I pulled the trigger. The dealership quoted me for $550, parts and labor. I ended up spending $72 on the fogs, $20 on the stalk, and $25 on some pizza for labor. DIY saved me some serious money. Here's a very cool picture of the finished product:
(look at the lighting on that emblem!!)
These will probably be my last mods for a while. I may buy the stainless steel pedal covers, but I am still undecided. For now, I will spend my time researching wheels and tires for tax season. I already own a set of coilovers, and will install them in the spring.