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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-22-2004, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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I have asked this before and gotten no response, and search revealed nothing.

I want to legally improve my 6i non-sport's visability. I was driving on a foggy, rainy night through the fields of Ohio the other night and I swear it was as if I had no lights on at all. I have no integrated fogs, and I have Osram Silverstars in the lowbeams, which definitely help the cause. My plan is to possibly purchase OEM Mazda lower fogs and stick another pair of Osrams in them.

My question is, has anyone on here installed the OEM lower fogs on a non-sport? I know most of you guys have sports packages with the integrateds, but perhaps someone could shed some light on the subject (pun intended)? How much work is involved? How much of a benefit are the lower fogs? Will I be able to tell a major difference? Those Osrams are pretty damn bright; I would think another pair would help the cause and still be legal. It's gotta be a decent improvement to justify $190 for the kit.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. I know that HID's would help the most, but I'm worried about the East Cleveland cops. They'll pull you over for a dirty license plate. Thanks a lot.

BTW, if I do go for the fogs, I'll be sure to hook it up with a walkthru.


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I installed the lower fogs about three months ago. It was pretty easy. the only thing that i worried about was taking off the entire bumper, as it turns out, that wasnt hard at all.

if you have basic skills with cars you should have no problem with this install. The wiring was not too bad, and the instructions were sufficiant.

After installing the fogs I was a little dissappointed that they were not as bright as I had hoped. They only light up the area right in front of the car and to the sides. But i guess that is what fog lights do, right? But they do look nice.

I say go a head and do it... not to difficult and worth the time.
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Did you do the factory mazda ones or the replica ebay ones? They're like half the price....


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I bought the factory ones....perfect fit, clear in instructions. I didnt mind paying more to know that the lights would fit good. You could save some money on Ebay, however, you run the risk of having problems with them.
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Very true, any pics of 'em so I can see what I'd be gaining by spending the extra cash? I certainly agree that if the extra money means better fit and quality look and function, it's probably worth it.


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[attachmentid=886]The fitting is really tight.... probably cant see it though b/c of the bright snow
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With the snow it is hard to get any detail out of the pic....the only thing i don't like is that the houseing for the fog light is black... i don't have the skill to paint it silver
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Looking real good. Lots of snow, I don't envy that! Good looks functionality and legal! I want 'em. Damn winter, I'll freeze my ass off trying to put 'em in now. How long did it take you? Does the front bumper have to come off, or can you reach in from underneath?


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it probably took about 2 hrs to complete... and yes, the bumper needs to come off to do it. Its really not that bad, just take out a handful of screws and the whole bumper just slides off.
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Question

Do you have any fitting instruction leaflet that you can share.

I got a pair of these on ebay but no instructions at all.

Any help would be appreciated

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