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Old 09-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Independent fog lights mod in Impreza WRX STi 08+

So i have been looking for a long time at many different threads that people have started and many diys later i came across a legacy forum where a local fellow has done independent foglight mod, so credit goes to him. Problem with all diys for this mod is that people are not taking clear enough pictures for people to understand what is actually going on, so ill try to be different and use as many pictures as i can in explaining the steps.

This method is a great way to do this mod because it does not require cutting splicing any wires, so this should not void the warranty. And if you dont liek it it can be removed in 5 minutes.

Lets begin with the warning, Dont do it if you dont like it or dont know how to do anything basic in electrical wiring. I am not repsonsible if you fry your cars electronics doing this. Use this at your own risk or just for educational purposes.

Now lets Start
Step 1; Disconnect the negative terminal form the battery, open the latch where you can see the fuses, from there press agaist the side panel or the clips on the panel form the inside to pop it off. Then undue 1 screw at the top and one at the bottom. you can see in the picture the only visible screws.

Step 2: after removing the screws pop loose the panel thats held by the 2 screws (to give you easier access to the fuse and relay box.
Step 3: take off the bottom panel from the steering wheel column w 1 screw and just pop it off downwards.

Step 4
Beside the fuse box there is a relay box, the fuse you need to pull out is the bottom right one. when you pull it out it looks like this

Step 5
Making the wiring
I used regular speaker wires i believe it was 16 gauge but you can use anything thinner since theres not many amps or volts flowing through the wires.
Pictures explain better then words, so here we go create 6 separate wires as follows;




Step 6
Connect the wiring in the following way to the relay, here you will see the aproximate length to cut the wires (always have a little extra just in case)

Step 7
Under the steering wheel column, pull out the the following plug (its under the left stack)
Note this is an after picture, pull out the one i put yellow tape on

After you pull it out, it looks like this
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Step 8
Connect the long wire from the relay to the 3rd pin from the bottom right (yellow/purplish color)


Connect the short wire from the relay to the bottom right fuse in the fusebox

Step 9
Then get the last wire that you didnt to connect to anythign yet and tap in the to the back of the 2nd pin (black wire) and run that wire to the any metal piece to ground it.

This is where i grounded mine

Step 10
Finally connect the 2 wires from the relay in to slots they initially would of went to if you put the relay back in the relay slot.
Sorry no picture of me plugging them in but its simple
here is the end result of the wiring, tape the wires so they dont move just in case.

Step 11
Place the relay anywhere you want, i chose to put in on the fuse panel lid like so

Step 12
Close everything back up in reverse order, make sure all connections are good, double check. connect the negative terminal of the battery and Voila!



Hope it works for you guys, enjoy
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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nice write-up.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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Unless I forgot how to count, or I'm not seeing something, step 5 says 6 wires, I only count 5...

Otherwise excellent detail.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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Very cool. I imagine the GD's are fairly similar. I might give this a try. Thank you.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:25 PM   #6
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I meant to fix that lol, i noticed when i was on like step 8-9 and didnt correct it. Will be fixed now
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #7
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Dont take my word for it, but i believe its same as previous generation Impreza/wrx/sti, legacy is a bit different because their relay box is somewhat reversed lol + different colors for the wires under the stalk
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:56 PM   #8
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Question.... Do your fogs turn off when the key is pulled like the headlights?
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:17 AM   #9
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Question.... Do your fogs turn off when the key is pulled like the headlights?
with that wiring, fogs only turn on when the key is turned to ACC or car is turned on. so obvriously when the key is out, everything turns off automatically just like the headlights etc etc.

To change it from the ACC position, you can tap into illumnation i believe in the fuse box instead of the one i suggested.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:48 PM   #10
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Good write up.. took a couple of rereads but I get it now
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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If you have a GD, check out this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2037622
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:56 PM   #12
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Step 8
Connect the long wire from the relay to the 3rd pin from the bottom right (yellow/purplish color)


Step 9
Then get the last wire that you didnt to connect to anythign yet and tap in the to the back of the 2nd pin (black wire) and run that wire to the any metal piece to ground it.

This is where i grounded mine

Step 10
Finally connect the 2 wires from the relay in to slots they initially would of went to if you put the relay back in the relay slot.
Sorry no picture of me plugging them in but its simple
here is the end result of the wiring, tape the wires so they dont move just in case.

Step 11
Place the relay anywhere you want, i chose to put in on the fuse panel lid like so

Step 12
Close everything back up in reverse order, make sure all connections are good, double check. connect the negative terminal of the battery and Voila!



Hope it works for you guys, enjoy
just to clarify for i attempt this tomorrow afternoon


for the OP you need 4 wires for the relay with 4 ends with the female connector, 2 other ends are male connectors and then 2 solder'd wires for the other two?


then use the two soldered wires aka the longer wires and plug them in the electrical connector? what about the two male connectors?
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #13
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just to clarify for i attempt this tomorrow afternoon


for the OP you need 4 wires for the relay with 4 ends with the female connector, 2 other ends are male connectors and then 2 solder'd wires for the other two?


then use the two soldered wires aka the longer wires and plug them in the electrical connector? what about the two male connectors?
The male connectors go in to the relay slot where you took out the relay, the female go on the tips of the male parts of the relay you pulled out

regarding the wiring, do exacly as i have in the pictures, i cant really explain any easier then that which is why i took as many pictures as i could.
Form the relay 2 wires go in the relay slot, long one goes underneeth the stalk, short one goes to tap in the power form fuse box

Ill be around the computer tomorrow, so ill have a look here n there and try to answer any questions you may have
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:25 PM   #14
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Good write up.. took a couple of rereads but I get it now
Good luck! take extra precautions like unplugging the battery and so on, and post back the results!

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If you have a GD, check out this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2037622
Thank you, i was under impression that it was different, i guess they changed the fuseboxes in the newer generation subarus.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:00 PM   #15
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The male connectors go in to the relay slot where you took out the relay, the female go on the tips of the male parts of the relay you pulled out

regarding the wiring, do exacly as i have in the pictures, i cant really explain any easier then that which is why i took as many pictures as i could.
Form the relay 2 wires go in the relay slot, long one goes underneeth the stalk, short one goes to tap in the power form fuse box

Ill be around the computer tomorrow, so ill have a look here n there and try to answer any questions you may have

for the other stripped wire you have it go from the relay to the plug for the ground? aka step 9..


so plug the male plugs into the original relay spot.
take one stripped wire and attach it to the harness
take the other stripped wire from the relay to a ground spot? or attach it somewhere in the harness? and thats it?
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:23 AM   #16
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No! Be careful, Pay close attention to what i said,
i have explained that long wire form the relay in the picture goes to the back of the harness under the stalk. (stripped)
The short one goes in to the fusebox (stripped)
The 2 wires w male connections go in the relaybox

Then the extra wire you have thats has both stripped sides, one side goes under the stalk in to the black wire, the other side goes to ground wherever you want.

Good luck, if you dont understand, please reread as many times as you need, look at pictures analyse them, study them, then proceed with the mod. Good luck
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:59 PM   #17
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i still dont get it lmao. i rather not **** it up il just pay a shop.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #18
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wise choice if your not conformable with it
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #19
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yeah lol. i did it in my old car no problem but eh. you local to jersey? =P
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #20
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what fogs did u use?
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #21
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sorry man im in your neighbour country - Canada.

Fogs = OEM, this can be done with aftermarket fogs that you can plug in to the oem harness by the fog housing, only thing you will need to buy really is the relay and left stalk. this could save you some money and perhaps get better foglights to begin with as oem dont really work that well as to their effectiveness and if glass is broken its expensive to replace vs aftermarket solution.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #22
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wish whoever installed the aftermarket fog lights on my wrx before i bought it read this looks like and electric tape ad wires running everywhere im still trying to track down where all the rest of the wires they ran go lol
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #23
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kiriller what foglights are those? I'm thinking about getting yellows but havent decided on bulbs or vinyls.

Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #24
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How are you guys connecting the stripped wires to the fuse panel and the connector under the steering column, solder or are they just pinched? How about the ground end on the chassis?

Thanks
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:12 PM   #25
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Not sure what happened with mine but maybe this will help someone else if they run into the same issue...
I couldn't get it to work. So I started trouble shooting. I figured my ground wasn't getting a good enough connection so I pulled it out to check it and the fogs came on.
Which makes sense because why would you ground a wire that is already grounded?
Oh well. It works. It was a good write up nonetheless. Kudos to you sir.
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