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Old 04-06-06, 07:35 AM   #41
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Sorry for the delayed response, my subscription setup apparently isn't sending me emails anymore :-/

I adjusted the factory foglights a couple of weeks ago, and WOW what a difference it made. They throw a lot more useful light now. Add to that the fact that the USDM foglights are already projectors, and I may just stick with the stockers. I still want to get out some night and look at the beam pattern of the foglights by themselves (I'll cover up the headlights with a piece of cardboard or somesuch). If the beam pattern is half decent I will probably leave the USDM foglights in and be done with it.

In other news, I put the stock rims and V-Lim back on the car last weekend. As much as I liked the winter tires, I forgot just how incredibly grippy the stockers are. They're incredible! And loud, and harsh, but oh well.
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Old 04-06-06, 09:36 AM   #42
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I adjusted the factory foglights a couple of weeks ago, and WOW what a difference it made. They throw a lot more useful light now.
Did you adjust the foglights up or down? I have the USDM fog lights too.
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Old 04-06-06, 03:44 PM   #43
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I adjusted them up. It's easy as pie; just pop off the surround and there's the adjusting screw, big as life.

I couldn't find any information on the factory approved method of adjusting them, so I made up my own. I found some level ground and a vertical surface. Then I used a string and one of those little levels that hooks onto a string, and stretched the string from the lamp over to the wall and made a mark. I set the lights just a hair below level at 10 feet; I figured they're already pretty close to the ground so there isn't much value in aiming them down very much. I haven't run them in actual fog yet so I can't tell you whether they toss too much light back at the driver at that height, but I doubt they will.
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Old 04-06-06, 04:00 PM   #44
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I adjusted them up. It's easy as pie; just pop off the surround and there's the adjusting screw, big as life.
Turn the screws to the left on both?
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Old 04-06-06, 06:30 PM   #45
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sti added for effect..................
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Old 04-06-06, 10:09 PM   #46
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Awesome car.. Glad to see another PA member. We really should organize a meet sometime soon.
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Old 04-07-06, 05:41 AM   #47
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rasetsu, I honestly do not remember which way I turned them. I *think* clockwise turns raised the level but I would not swear to it. If you have the lights on and aimed at a wall it will become immediately evident which way does what.

Ese, that's a very nice procedure (FAR more complicated than the '04 / '05 headlight aiming process) but it says zilch about the foglights. And the added effect should be a CGM '05.
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Old 04-08-06, 12:10 PM   #48
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I've seen rear foglights on other cars and they work, significantly increasing visibility as you come up behind them in crummy weather. So since my car already has them, I figured it was time to make them work too.

My inspiration was this thread on nabisco, which adds an entire new circuit for the rear foglights including switch and relay. I kept it simple and just ran a wire from the back of the car to the front, then tapped into the white/black wire on the front foglight relay. My rear foglight is on when my front foglights are on, end of story. I also chose to connect only the driver's side lamp, but I ran the wire across the back anyway just in case I change my mind later.

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  • connecting to the taillight assembly: pull the center bulb (on '04/'05 cars) and unwrap the electrical tape around the wires to expose the white/black wire
  • taillights only
  • taillights + foglight
  • taillights + foglight + brakelights
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Old 04-08-06, 12:15 PM   #49
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I seriously dont see it
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Looks good Dave. Thinking about doing that as well. Especially with this crummy rain today. Figures we both switch back to summer livery and it is cold, rainy, and even a little snowy just after.

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