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Old 09-01-2012, 06:19 PM
xMorBidAnGelx xMorBidAnGelx is offline
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Default XL Fog/Driving Light Install

Ever think of installing fog or driving lights on your XL and replacing those awfull plastic covers? Well I have officially done it. I couldn't find anyone that had done it before so I figured I would give it a try. First I went to Walmart (I know this isn't the best place to buy decent lights but I needed a cheap assurance that this would work before I jumped into it) and bought a 3-1/2" set of driving lights called "Burners". They where only $20 and came with all of the wiring and a switch. I also bought some quick connects & electrical tape. I returned home and removed the plastic voids by hand by unscrewing the 3 nuts on the back and pulling the plastic voids out. Luckily, the mount on the burners fits perfectly with the existing hole pattern. I removed the main headlight and using a voltage meter, found the wire controlling the marker light. There are 3 total wires that make up this harness. One is for the headlight, one is the turnsignal, and the other is the marker. I quick connected the new driving light wires to the marker light which makes the driving lights come on every time the markers are on. Some may want to run it to a switch so that they can turn them on and off but I did not. After that I re-mounted the lights. Since I was anxious to get these puppies in, I simply mounted the lights to the existing holes using three 70-18 bolts. After a few miles of night time driving I realized that there was not enough support on the plastic bumper and that although tight to the bumper, the lights where shaking too much (I think you have all seen the young kids that ride around with shaking aftermarket fogs). This looks horrible and can also be a distraction to the driver and other drivers. The simplest solution was to get a thin guage metal and make a bracket. I used a 1/8" piece of sttel that was layin around with the dimension of 13" x 6". I planned to mount it to the existing 3 bolts that are holding the finder guard on. I bent the plate to create a 6" x 7" (combined is 13") angle that was 6" wide. After drilling the plate out to match the 3 holes, I also drilled out the steel to match the 3 holes in the light mount and the ligth bracket. Please note that on my truck 2 of the bolts holding the finder guard are silver and are the bolts holding the finder guard on. The other on is black and is not long enough to hold what it is holding and the newly fabricated bracket. For this hole, I made it big enough so that the plate would go on top of it and the silver bolts would actually hold the plate on. After bolting it all back up, I have very little shake and the lights give it a beefy look. See the pics below. I have a 2011 so I am not sure if the other years are different but go out there and have some fun!!!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:05 PM
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Default Re: XL Fog/Driving Light Install

Maybe a pic of that plate you made and how you mounted it? I plan to do this to my 2011 one day. Looks good!
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:03 AM
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Ya. Sorry. It was dark when I took the pics. I will get you guys something later today. Thanks for the comment.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:49 PM
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Here is a pic of the custom bracket.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:49 PM
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I'd run the lights through a relay. you may only blow a fuse but melted wiring is not a fun repair.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:57 AM
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Or, you do as I did, and run the factory fogs thru the factory switch using a ford factory relay in the factory fuse box.
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