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Old 05-25-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Fog light panels for larger fog lights (2011+)

I am creating this thread to see if I can gain some input for larger fog lights on the 2011, 2012, and 2013's. I know there are a ton of people interested in larger fog lights since the stock ones are on the small side.

The main reason why companies are not releasing these panels is because the bumper needs to be cut. I did a little R&D myself and found that the bumper cover will definitely need to be cut. I figure a 4.5" diameter fog light will be a pretty good size so I grabbed a 4.5" grinding wheel and mocked it up. The other issue I came across is that the steel bumper also doesn't give you much room. A 4.5" fog light will be a VERY tight fit, even if it does fit. I have attached a photo showing where the bumper sits behind the bumper cover. The blue tape signifies the bumper. The fog light will have to sit in the bottom left of the panel for it to fit, hence why the stock fog lights sit there.

Now I know a lot of people are willing to cut their bumper cover, but are they actually willing to cut a little off a little bit of the steel bumper? You would only need to cut a couple inches off the side, basically where the blue tape is. This will give us a ton of clearance for larger fog lights.

I am planning on making a few prototypes for myself, and I would love some input from you guys. Hopefully I can get these dialed in to where I can go into production.

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interested to see the outcome. I want some fog lights but don't wanna sell out $400 for OEM which doesn't even work that well.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:36 PM   #3
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So I did a little mock up with some cheap 4" fog lights from pepboys. I'm not sure if I will be able to go much bigger if I want to maintain the "vent" on the side. I am planning on making the passenger side vent functional for a cold air intake.

As you can see in the pics, I cut out the bumper cover and you can see the bumper behind it. I then cut out part of the bumper to give me clearance. I made a ghetto bracket to hold the light. My next step is molding a panel for it to look good.




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Old 05-26-2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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What are you going to do for a shroud?
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:25 PM   #5
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I've been trying to source a similar driving lamp bezel / kit:

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Old 05-26-2013, 11:34 PM   #6
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^^^^Holy **** I want that!!! Quoting and putting in the ht autos thread.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:51 AM   #7
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What are you going to do for a shroud?
I will be molding a panel so everything looks nice.

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I've been trying to source a similar driving lamp bezel / kit:

I'm planning on mine turning out similar to these, but a little different.

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^^^^Holy **** I want that!!! Quoting and putting in the ht autos thread.
Good luck getting HT Autos to make these. There's already been a ton of people trying to get them to do it. I wouldn't be making this thread if they were going to make some.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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I started fitting some custom panels and even though things are going slow, it's making some progress. I'm only working on one side of the panel, but one I get this side dialed in, I will then move onto the vents.


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Old 05-31-2013, 01:02 PM   #9
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any progress?
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:58 PM   #10
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I'm leaning away from trying to custom mold them into my current ones. I juet don't think they will turn out that well.

So I'd like to draw them up on solidworks but I really don't know how to take dimensions of the current panels since there's so many curves. I have a buddy that has a Faro Arm so I will be able to reverse engineer the panel and get it into a 3d model in my computer. I will then be able to modify them exactly how I want them. I have a few connections with companies with 3d printers so I will the have them print me out the panels. The fitment will be absolutely perfect then.

Next step after that would be to custom make the brackets to mount the fogs, which will be very easy.

Hopefully I will have the solidworks drawings done by Sunday and I will give you guys an update there.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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Excited to see the results. Please keep us updated!
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:01 PM   #12
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^^^^Holy **** I want that!!! Quoting and putting in the ht autos thread.
Yeah I posted the exact same picture in their thread in September of last year and it's what got all the GR people riled up. HTA already said they will not do it since it is not a drop in replacement and requires cutting.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=801

To OP, looks good, I just don't think I can cut into the bumper beam like that. Keep it up though, interested in the results.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:49 AM   #13
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:21 AM   #14
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:09 AM   #15
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Also interested for more and possible DIY?
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:19 PM   #16
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anyone know what's goin on with this if the OP made them?
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:39 PM   #17
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I have been super busy the past few months, mainly with my last semester at PSU for Mech Engineering. I will be making more progress on these hopefully soon since I have some new connections with some molding companies!
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I have been super busy the past few months, mainly with my last semester at PSU for Mech Engineering. I will be making more progress on these hopefully soon since I have some new connections with some molding companies!
sounds good, I really want bigger fogs I like the OEM ones but I'd like something different
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:56 PM   #19
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I've given this a lot of thought as well. I don't think the lights need to be inset so far back. I think the outside of the light could even stick out from the surface of the panel, like this:

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Old 01-04-2014, 09:58 PM   #20
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can't wait for the finished product
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:34 PM   #21
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Large fogs would look nice up front but I would never cut my actual bumper. The plastic covers are no prob but the steel bumper is there for your safety. No thanks. If the lights could mount farther out to accommodate deeper sockets or even find some slim design fogs that would be way better IMO. Thumbs up for taking initiative and trying it yourself though.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:22 PM   #22
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Obtrusive light bars are the other option:
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:20 AM   #23
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From the picture in post#1, and considering the option of fabricating a mold that allows the foglight to be mounted ahead of the bumper beam (pst #19), looks like it would be possible to consider a hybrid.

For example, get an even larger donor housing, say, a 7":


And plan to cut the upper half of the 7" housing. The 7" glass lens remains uncut, and sits on a mold ahead of the bumper beam. Everything else behind it will be cut as necessary to fit the available space.

Then, retrofit a good projector foglights like the Hella Micro DE halogen fogs, fusion fogs, or QX45 fogs.
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:00 AM   #24
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Finally back for another update. I have designed some fog light "adapters" if you want to call them that. You will need to cut an oval in your current fog light covers for this piece to fit it. Even with the curves of the cover, I managed to design it so the adapter will sit flush. This will allow you to either pop it in, or you can mold it into your cover. I will be having a friend make me a prototype on his 3d printer to see how the design turns out. Also, as you can see in the design, I made a lip on the adapter that will cover up your cuts. The current adapters are for 4" fogs, but I am hoping I can bump it up to 4.5" or 5", but I'm not sure if that will be able to happen.

Let me know if you guys have any suggestions or recommendations!



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Old 01-31-2014, 02:06 AM   #25
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cant wait for the final product!
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