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Finally got around to wiring up my fog lights for the sport bumper.

Took the bumper off to install them, also for an extra measure, sealed the frame of fogs which touch the bumber with silicon selant (weatherproof) around the inside edges. Did this because the fitment left some small gaps which I didn't want causing problems later with dirt and water coming in, and/or vibrations causing them to move up and down.

I wired it a little differently than everyone else.

Basically, I wanted it to turn on only when the parking lights where on, and turn off as soon as the headlights were turned on.
This works great for us Canadians that need daytime running lights (DRL) and have HIDs. During the day I just leave my parking lights on (which turns on the lower fogs), and at night I turn on the headlights (which turns off the lower fogs).
Also, it gets around the legality issues of having too many lights turned on at once.

I already had the integrated fogs wired up so that I could turn them on, off independent of the main headlights, so if I want I can turn on the integrated fogs during daytime use as well if I feel like it.

Here are some pics:

Wiring diagram of how I hooked it up:
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Pic of the relay box:
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Everything off:
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Parking lights on (lower fogs turn on):
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Review of the sport bumper fogs
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Cons:
Quality is crappy, beam pattern is out of balance, location not adjustable.
Worthless light bulbs burnt out after first use. Do yourself a favor, replace them with decent H3 bulbs cause its a real PITA to change them after you've re-attached your bumper.
Wire mesh crappy, you could push them in with your finger, and the black paint is chipping off. Do yourself a favor, find some real paint before installing them cause its a PIA after you've installed them.
Pretty much worthless as usable fog lights, you can't tell if the are on from the inside.
Weird beam pattern, noticable halos on the ground rather than nice spread out light like most fogs.

Pros:
Does reasonably fit well into the fog light opening area, as long as you seal it with some silicon sealant to prevent it from shifting (just a precautionary measure).
Perfect as glorified parking lights as use for daytime running lights, saving your HIDs life.
Cosmetic looks with rest of the car are great, two thumbs up.


Overall, would I buy it again. yeah, just because it looks so good overall with the rest of the headlight assembly, and the fact that I can use it as DRL.
But at $140 was probably a bit steep, maybe wait till it becomes cheaper.
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Pics Continued...

Integrated Fogs + Lower Fogs:
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Crappy beam patterns:
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Closeups of the fogs:
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Thanks for the review, Spidy. Looks great on silver! I was contemplating whether to get some myself and will probably wait since it's not urgent. Currently waiting for my HIDs to arrive
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HIDS are nice, I have them too

But I have a couple of tips for you:

a) disable your DRL or it'll be bad for the HIDs.

b) make sure when you wire up your hids you seal up any holes you make into the dust cap! i made the mistake of letting dust get into the lens casing, and if you do, it looks crappy cause dust forms on the inside of your front headlight lens and it looks majorly annoying. getting dust out is almost impossible once in.




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how would you go about sealing the dust cap?


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On mine, I sealed it with all weather silicon sealant... you can get that stuff at any hardware store.

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Since I first did this review, I am revisiting it as the passenger side of the crappy bulbs that came with the fog light set just died. Pure crap.

Any how, I took it apart and have a cautionary warning to all others who bought this fog light set.

First off, it almost looks like this could be a fire hazard, so be forewarned / diligent in checking your fogs after some usage. Go take it apart if you've had it on for a long time and do some maintenance on it.

Here is what happened to the internal housings after 1 month of usage:
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And on a cosmetic side, the crappy grill is starting to peel its paint:
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So based upon this long term ( err, 1 month) usage, I have to down grade my recommendation to not recommended. Or at least keep an eye on your fogs. At their current pace, I don't see them lasting much more than a couple of years if that.

For those who have been asking, they are the ones available on Ebay and here on this topic http://forum.mazda6club.com/index.php?showtopic=33867

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That's strange. I haven't heard anything about this until now. So you bought it off ebay or heronew?
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The problem has been reported before.

http://forum.mazda6club.com/index.ph...ic=36016&st=16

Got it from Heronew - they're the same ones being sold on ebay.



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good post i didnt see this originally .

yeah i also mentioned how crappy they were when i first bought them . then i cracked a lens so i never got to install them and i refused to waste money on buying a replacement fog light , since they are total crap and asking too much for a replacement . to tell you the truth i dont think they should be sold anymore unless they totaly change the foglights used for these , it could be a hazard waiting to happen . i wouldnt recommend them at all .

eventually i m gonna find forgs that i can adapt there but ill have to do some major work on the bezel itself . i goto try somthing at least to recoupe some of the money wasted on these

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