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Old 01-24-2010, 02:38 PM   #1
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what is the largest wattage i can run through my factory fog light wiring?

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Old 01-24-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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According to the parts manual they came with 55w so I would say no more than that w/o relays.

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Old 01-24-2010, 07:45 PM   #3
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Why would you want a larger watt bulb in a stock fog light? I bought 5 Hella 500FF's, 2 have the stock 55 watt bulb and the other 3 have 100 watt bulbs. The Hella 500FF come in either driving or fog lights. I didn't go with the fogs as the (55 watt) driving lights properly positioned work perfectly. The 100 watters are throw a lot of driving light out.......way out there.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:06 PM   #4
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I use 100w headlight H4's and 100w Hella's. Just received my 130w h4's. Its dark out here and everyone in suv's run with their factory fog/driving lights on so I want them to know to shut them off.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:57 PM   #5
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i run a lot of back roads and deer are at the all time high around my area. Any more you never see just 2 or 3 crossing any more, there are always at least 5+. it would be nice to be able to see before they are too close for comfort.
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*cough*....the FACTORY wiring is ONLY going to put out the watts it was intended for the stock lights.

Just because you put "100w" bulbs in the factory housing or directly wire aftermarket lights to the stock wiring. Will not send any more power to the lights.

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That's not the way it works. If you put in 100W bulbs, then you will draw 100W through the system. Now that's not saying the wiring, relays, and fuses will support the additional current, but essentially power is pulled, not pushed.
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That's not the way it works. If you put in 100W bulbs, then you will draw 100W through the system. Now that's not saying the wiring, relays, and fuses will support the additional current, but essentially power is pulled, not pushed.
+1. then u just hope the fuse goes before the wiring.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:53 PM   #9
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Or put HID's in them;-)
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hid's cost too much for a quality set up. im thinking about going with kc daylighters. I have a couple housings that need a little tlc. i went onto their website and i think i can repair both housings for about 75 bucks.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:38 PM   #11
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55w silverstar bulbs made the stock fog lights brighter. I would have gambled on the 65w, but I couldn't find them
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i broke one of the factory lights
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That's not the way it works. If you put in 100W bulbs, then you will draw 100W through the system. Now that's not saying the wiring, relays, and fuses will support the additional current, but essentially power is pulled, not pushed.
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+1. then u just hope the fuse goes before the wiring.
Correct it was late and I just got off a double shift.
Brain and keyboard not working together them.

What I was trying to put out there is the stock wiring is not designed to run larger watted than 55w. Learn this years ago the hard way. Melted wiring is not something you want.
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i broke one of the factory lights
KC actually makes a fog light designed to plug into the factory wiring. They are better than stock but for the price I'd rather buy a set of KC's or IPF with a harness and switch.
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Understand the brain keyboard disconnect.

Agree, stock wiring was not designed for the extra load. It may take it, it might not, why push it. It's easy to run a new and proper sized wiring setup for additional lighting especially when it's all there in most lighting packages.
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Understand the brain keyboard disconnect.

Agree, stock wiring was not designed for the extra load. It may take it, it might not, why push it. It's easy to run a new and proper sized wiring setup for additional lighting especially when it's all there in most lighting packages.
If you are just replacing stock ones. I really like reusing the stock switch (via relay)...but if you are adding more lights, separate switches would be wise.

And that's also assuming the stock switch hasn't died.
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My H3 (fog light) HiD's were only $60. Cheap kits work good to... I didnt see any difference between my $300 H7 kit for my bike and My $60 kit....
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:48 PM   #18
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could i run a relay off of the stock switch? that would be a nice install if it is not too hard.

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