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Old 09-04-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default 2006 Impreza Fog Lights: Tale of Woe

Hi All,

I am just picked up a Fog Light kit for my '06 Impreza. I think they sent me the right Fog Light.

In the instructions the fog light part number reads 84501 FE140 for the passenger side light the part I got was a Koito 114-20782R. Now I don't know if these are the same but the connectors won't fit. Does anyone know if that is the right part?

Here is a more detailed story of how the day went:

I read all the instructions and started to get to work.

First Problem (minor):
I got to the point where I needed to get access to the connectors.
The instructions didn't really explain that connections were plugged into some sort of holder which you needed to unbolt before you could detach them.
It took me a while to figure out what I needed to do (me being slow and all)

Second Problem(major):
I got the connections free and it looks like the next steps are very easy but
I was unable to get the connectors to connect to fog lights properly. I tried for 2 hours to get it to connect, no luck. So I came back in and checked the part number for the fog light. I then thought maybe I have the wrong one.

It got dark so I just put everything back together I plugged the connectors into the holder things. I put the power back to the battery I hope nothing will get shorted since I did add the fog lights button and relay.

Anyway if anyone could point me in a direction it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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Take some pictures of the lamps and the rear covers to the lamps. I want to see what they look like.

For now, and respectfully, here is a basic write-up:

The OEM foglamp plugs are held in place, behind the bumper cover, by a blue colored piece of plastic tape that is approximately 1/4" wide; both sides.

These plug into the back covers to the OEM foglamps.

The back covers to the OEM foglamps should have an o-ring on it to effectively seal it to the lamp housing.

The bulb inside the lamp is held in place by a dual spring-wire. Do not touch the glass of the bulb, otherwise you must clean it with rubbing alcohol.

The bulb plugs into the inside of the back cover as does a ground wire that is affixed to the inside of the rear of the lamp assembly.

The relay goes into the third slot up from the bottom, in the relay block that is to the right of the fuse block that is behind the driver's side lower dash cover.

The fuse should already be in place. If not, it is a 15amp (blue) mini-blade fuse. The position should be indicated by a label that should be affixed to the rear of the coin-box that is located at the lower left-hand corner of the driver's side lower dash cover.

The OEM connector for the OEM foglamp switch should be held in place by a piece of blue plastic tape that is approximately 1/4" wide.

If you did not purchase an OEM foglamp kit then more-than-likely, this is your problem. Meaning that the kit you have is either for another model or is missing the correct parts.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:18 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot Big-E.
I think I took off some other electrical component and tried to connect it to the Fog Lights. I will try again in the morning and i will take some pictures.

I saw the blue tape on the driver side but I didn't see it on the passenger side and from the instructions it looked like it was farther up. So I assumed that wasn't the connector I should connect too.
I am an Idiot.

I bought my kit from Genuine Subaru Parts so it is an OEM kit.


Thanks Again and Thank You so much for responding so quickly.
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:33 AM   #4
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Not a problem.

There is a sensor on either side of the frame, behind the bumper cover. Those are called "Front Sub Sensors" and are related to the active restraint system (air-bags).

Look at this pic of my car. Look at the Oswald Performance bumper-beam. Look at the top rail of it and then look left until you come to a bolt. Just to the left of that bolt is a black sensor with a yellow label on it. If I'm right, I believe that this is what you unplugged.

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Old 09-05-2010, 02:02 AM   #5
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Yes that is what I unplugged.
I have attached everything back.

After I fix this I should write a post called What not to do.

Thanks
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What's that bumper beam for? And you have a funny hatted banana sticker on your hood
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:22 PM   #7
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Hey Big-E,

Well I guess there is no need to post images as you have pointed out the exact thing that I disconnected.

The Good news is I got the fog lights working.

Thanks so much for your help.
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Hey Big-E,

Well I guess there is no need to post images as you have pointed out the exact thing that I disconnected.

The Good news is I got the fog lights working.

Thanks so much for your help.
You are very welcome and I'm glad that everything worked out for you.

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What's that bumper beam for? And you have a funny hatted banana sticker on your hood
The bumper beam shaves about 20-pounds off the front of the car. By doing so, there is less mass out front to put energy into to swing around.

The sticker is a Mr. Peanut sticker that I've had lying around for about 20-years.
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