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Old 11-13-2003, 08:42 PM   #5
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05 FXT/01 OB/97 OB


Ridinlow is running driving patterns in his stock locations, I'm running amber fog patterns. the housings are exactly the same, and the lens assemblies are cheap too. I caught a massive rock when I wasn't paying attention, it cracked my Hella, and a replacemeent was like $24, so they're cheaper in the ling run, too.

On to the install.
Cliff notes: L bracket, 2 slots on the horizontal to align it and hold it, and a big hole on the vertical for the bolt on the Hella moutnig bracket. The biggest change, and IMO what makes them fit so well, is that I mounted them upside down.

Remove the headlights, grille, and stock foglights. Look down from the top to where the foglight recess is, and you'll see the gray plastic shelf that extends back about 3" from the bumper face. It's a continuation of the gray protrusion on the front of the car, if that makes sense.

All I did was take a ~3.5 inch piece of 3/16 aluminum flat stock (about an inch wide) and drill/countersink 2 small holes on one side, and a big (1/2 inch maybe) hole on the other leg of it. The arm with 2 holes sits on top of that gray plastic shelf, and the end with the big hole hangs down (you should be able to see it from the front of the bumper). I kinda put in an undrilled bracket and moved it around till it looked right, so just experiment. This is the only time you'll be able to change how deep the lights mont, unles you make slots on the top instead of holes.

The Hellas have a pivoting mounting bolt on the bottom of the light case; it can either stick straight up, or out the back at a 90 degree angle (or anywhere in between.) I flipped the lights upside down, so the bolt was at the top, and put it through the big hole in the bracket I made. Tighten it down a bit, and the light should fit pretty snug in the hole (read: wouldn't move much even if it wasn't bolted in .

The nice part about the aluminum bracket is that once you have it tightened down all the way, it's ductile enough that you can tweak it to fine-tune the lights (you'll still want to do the major aiming using the Hella bracket, but because you can fit a ratchet over the bolt going in through where the headlight is, it's easy to do.)

Snug everything up, and you should be in business; let me know if you need more help or anyhting
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