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    i would say no because compared to the usdm fogs the jdm fogs are huge. i have mine and i just took everything apart yesterday and found out that the usdm brackets wont work. your best bet is to either customize the jdm one.... or custom make a braket which shouldnt be too bad.

    -any one in the northern va area who would be ale to help me put these in ?? i dont have all the cutting tools needed haha

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Great thread!
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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Nice info OP! I will be using this next week when I install JDM projector fogs. I wonder what it is like seeing the road in the dark!
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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    my install was a success, only took a whole Day and alot of hand cutting but i modded the jdm bracket and just bolted it to my front bumper support. the front fogs holes need to be cut to the max to be able to comfortably fit the fogs.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    saved for later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectLGT97
    Can you swap the USDM GT bracket with the JDM projector bracket...?
    No you can't the fogs brackets are two completely different sizes with the JDM being huge compared to the USDM fog. WIth the size difference comes the hole size difference and are between the holes that the bracket mounts onto the fogs. If you want to modify even more of the brackets than you already have to, then it can be done. Anything can be if you really want to, its just not efficient in this case to getting the job done.




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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    question the projection part is a h3 bulb right?

    will a h3 HID fit or do you need a H3c?
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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Some pics with the lights on
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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Just got done with this on my 98GT; these instructions were in valuable. Everything noted was accurate including the time. Nice write-up.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    How hard would it be to drill the USDM bracket bolt hole pattern into the JDM bracket? It would seem to be much easier than drilling the bumper beam.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    easier?
    the bumper beam is plastic.
    the bracket is steel.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Ahh, didn't know that.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Can someone provide some insight into how to align and mount the lights?


    I have read everything there is to read on the subject and just want some tips on how to hold the lights up to the bumper and then decide where to drill...

    Am I looking for the back of the bracked to be square with the car? Am I supposed to hook them up and point them until they are straight?

    I noticed that the first picture in the mounting section is not showing up... anybody know what this pictured showed?
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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Quote Originally Posted by 1-3-2-4
    question the projection part is a h3 bulb right?

    will a h3 HID fit or do you need a H3c?
    I would not suggest it, the projector housings have been known to melt with HID's. Osram makes some excellent halogen bulbs for these though

    If anyone is interested in a circuit that allows the secondary "turn assist" lights to work like the JDM cars, i have worked with some people to design a simple solution that cost less than $50 https://sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=21561

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Thanks for the writeup! This would've been a PITA without it! Took some time getting the placement right for the mounting holes on the bumper support but man does it look good. Can't wait to try it out tonight. I think i'm gonna get some hyper yellow bulbs does anyone have any recommendations?

    FYI... I already had factory fogs so wiring was easy. I just spliced both hot wires together into the factory harness and I'm gtg, i'm not worried about the extra draw from the "turn assist" bulbs.

    I've got a factory fog switch that came with the jdm fog lights if anyone wants it. I'll post an ad in the classifieds soon if i don't hear anything from this thread.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Ok... So after having the lights installed for a while i've had some issues. The car has acted like it didn't want to start, and then started. I didn't check the battery level before, but now it reads 12.46 i'm going to charge it tonight and see if it goes down again. Could the larger wattage JDM Fogs (because of turn assist lamps) be causing some sort of battery drain? Or did i wire it wrong?

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    How would I go about wiring my new jdm fogs to my old usdm fog switch/harness? I'm not very educated in wiring ^_^

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    Anyone made custom brackets for these? Ive done this once modding the jdm brackets but my current install leaves me without the jdm brackets to work with. I just could use some measurements for the bolt holes where it bolts to the bumper beam and the actual foglight bolt holes. Im not quite sure how I can determine mounting holes so they sit right in there. Any help on custom brackets would be awesome.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    I made use of the JDM brackets, and one of the factory USDM fog light holes. I don't know if all the bumpers have the 4 holes per side, but mine does. And from looking at the junkyard Outbacks, 2 are for Outbacks, and 2 are for GTs.

    First, I moved one of the nut inserts over to the inside most hole. This gives you a point to mount to on both sides, so they they are identical.


    I notched the bumper beam out a bit(you have to get right up to the metal, and it doesn't hurt to file off just a touch of the metal). Just like as mentioned earlier in the thread. I also shaved a bit off the bottom lip of the bumper beam.

    I did NO cutting to the JDM bracket at all. I flattened the top, so it wasn't angled. And reversed the hook. Once that was done, I drilled a hole on the outermost area I could, and moved my other nut insert there. I had enough room all around, to put all 4 bolts back in to the fog light.








    It took a fair amount of cutting of the bumper cover to get it to fit. I think this method makes the lights sit a bit more forward, but I'm not unhappy with the result. It certainly fills up the fog light cavity. When it was done, I had to align the lights down a bit from where they were. Which leads me to believe I ended up with the brackets pointed slightly upwards. But aiming wasn't hard to accomplish.

    Wiring the projector was simple, as the wire colors are identical on the USDM GT and JDM GT fog lights. Aux turn is obviously not there. And though I haven't poked my DMM up under the dash, I would imagine there is a constant 12V signal powering the turn relay that could be tapped into to power another non-clicking relay, one per side, to power these aux turn lamps.

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    Re: DIY: JDM foglight install

    This is a very good write up - I am doing the mod on my 1999 Legacy L *30th Anniversary* so I got all the GT body bits... Point of reference is I did the initial cuts but after that I had to firm up the cuts *probably didn't get a good line from measurements* after I reattached the bumper to get the lights to go in... I just know after I used the dremel the lights would not slide in the holes... hence I have to grind off more of the necessary material...

    Be careful with those bumper plugs... mine were full of all the mud and dirt roads I've rallied on over the years so I ended up breaking a few since they would not release... I'll post pics after I finish the job and document my HID install for these and my JDM Headlights...
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    I have the JDM fogs and brackets as well as the USDM fogs and brackets. Has anyone found a better way of mounting these things? This is a great and informative thread but considering this thread is about 6 or so years old a lot of the pictures are missing. The mounting process seems cumbersome and instructions on the wiring is a bit vague.

    Any helpful tips would be appreciated!

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