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Old 11-16-2003, 05:15 AM   #1
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Default has anyone removed the bulb cover from OEM Fog ?

Has anyone removed the cover in front of the bulb from the OEM fog light? If this is possible, it wold make it more of a driving light possibly. Alot of the aftermarket lights do not have the cover. I'm curios if anyone has done it and if it worked better than before.
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Old 11-16-2003, 10:35 AM   #2
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Iirc, there was at least a thread where a GC8 owner trimmed the shrouds that hide the bulbs from plain view. It does look "brighter", mainly because direct light from the filament is visible. If you intend to use it as a driving light, it would probably blind oncoming traffic, as the light pattern is no longer the way it was designed to be. It would probably make a nice off-road light.
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Old 11-17-2003, 05:40 PM   #3
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I did one. I heated it in the oven at 250 deg. then slowly pryed teh glass out. Then removed the cover. Then heated it back up. Put it together then, heated it again. It should work as a driving light. The pattern of the reflector is similar to other lights. I will try it tonight.
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Old 11-17-2003, 07:21 PM   #4
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you would be better served by putting in a Hella 500 driving light and a 100W bulb. You would also piss less people off in the process.
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Old 11-17-2003, 07:23 PM   #5
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I did this awhile back, yes it looks brighter when you look directly at the light, but i never noticed much of an increase on the road. I guess right in front and maybe a little bit to the sides light output was increased, but that increase does not help. The fogs lens seems to me to be aimed downward and outward, which makes sense becasuse it is designed to do just that. However maybe there is a way to change the lens around and increase light output and use it as more of a driving light, i just never looked into that option.
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:14 AM   #6
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I put them in, adjusted them up a hare. Mine were in the ground as it was. Theyare brighter off the the sides. Still throws a fog light pattern. No people have been pissed off yet. I will test using a buddy to pass me from an on-comming lane to get his opinion.

Has to all you haters. I have hella 500 driving lamps on a 97 Dodge Dakota 4wd. They were aimed out about 20 or 30 feet. Now they are bright and I have had some problems with other drivers. I don't like the pattern. Its like a frigging pencil beam it would be worse if it was only inches off the ground. These were shooting from above my bumper.
Unless I bought hella 500 fogs I fear all the other lights are to bright. (except maybe PIAA Pro XT fogs) At this height. It's not rocket science. Why do you think they mount the rally lights above the bumper? I driving light or pencil beam is not light much of the road ( as in width) when is low to the ground. All you get is 2 bright small circles, and if you aim them up is whan you piss off people. Any of you people 4 wheel? In the dark, off road. No city lights or street lamps. It's dark. And thats when you know if you bought the right lights. Cause ther more out there than straight ahead way down the road.

What I did to mine is not far off from a Hella FF1000. Look at some of the other lights out there. No cuts in the glass, same as ours except the cover which I removed. The Hella 500 driving do have some cuts in the glass, but Its reflector doesn't have any.
At the height of our fog lights, if your afraid of pissng some one off you'd better get fogs. Hella 500 fog or PIAA 80 Pro XT. The rest are driving lights or pencil beams.
My Hella 500 driving are not much of a wider beam than KC daylighters. And thats aiming from way above our hoods.

I'm curuios, what makes SOME of you guys specialists? Number of posts? Hang out on this thing all the time and post about anything? Do some you even work on your own cars with out help? I hope that some of you are mechanics by trade (as in for a living ASE) or REAL car stereo and alarm installers. Not some shade tree who has worked on a few cars, all being the same type.
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