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Old 12-18-2004, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question '04 TS Fogs - Aftermarket w/ Minimum Tinkering?

I'd like to add a set of fogs in the stock location, but would prefer not to drill /dremel / cut if possible. Any suggestions under $200 would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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Given the conditions you stipulate, minimum tinkering and around 200 dollars , your best bet is stock fog lights. Any after market lights require wiring and become a bit more complicated if you intend to use the stalk switch to turn them on.
If you insist on after market at a lower cost this is a possibility.
http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/hella/micro_de.jsp

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Old 12-19-2004, 01:45 PM   #3
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I agree with brunetmj regarding aftermarket fogs not meeting your "minimum tinkering" requirement if you want them to be wired like the oem fogs.

The good news is that the USDM oem projector fogs are not as desirable knowing that the previous models as well as the current JDM models use the larger reflector fogs which are subjectively viewed as being more appealing. With this in mind, you may be able to find a set that someone is trying to get rid of for a reasonable price, perhaps below your $200 quota.

Note: Fwiw, I do not share the general opinion that the larger reflector fogs are more desirable than the compact projectors. Given the same wattage and size, 2nd generation projector units have about 52% output efficiency compared to 45% in most reflector units [ref: http://faq.auto.light.tripod.com/hl-systems.htm]. In addition, the design allows for a built-in shield which provides a sharp cutoff very useful for foglights. Imho, that makes projector fogs superior to the reflectors. The MicroDE suggested above is a projector type. Bigger is not always better.

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Old 12-19-2004, 11:00 PM   #4
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Any after market lights require wiring and become a bit more complicated if you intend to use the stalk switch to turn them on.
If you insist on after market at a lower cost this is a possibility.
http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/hella/micro_de.jsp
Actually, I'm not worried about using the stalk, and would have no problem picking up a stock switch for use in the standard location. Basically, I'm looking to avoid changing things since I'm not the most handy person in the world, have a small set of basic tools, and don't often have access to a garage.

Thanks brunetmj and satrya for your suggestions.

EDIT: One more thing.... brunetmj - I saw in a few of your earlier posts that you had some trouble with the the Micro DEs. Did you go back to the stock?

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