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Old 01-20-2014, 06:35 AM   #1
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JK: Fog Light Removal

The search feature didn't offer much, so what's the easiest route to take in terms of gaining access when removing and replacing the stock fog lights?

I've seen a video on youtube that specifies removing the air dam thingy under the bumper, but can you also get there by removing the grille and the plastic piece that sits on top between the grille and bumper?

I've got some Inspired fogs on the way, and it's too damn cold up here to be messing around unnecessarily.....

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:49 AM   #2
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Removing the air dam would be the easier way to go.

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Old 01-20-2014, 07:07 AM   #3
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X2, it's a half dozen push pins. Just insert a flathead screwdriver in from the side of center piece, pull up half an inch and whole pin should release.
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Are you replacing the bulbs only - or the whole assembly? When I replaced my stock assemblies with the VisionX kit - I couldn't find any gaps big enough to actually remove the OE fog light assemblies out from the vehicle. I had to take the bumper off (which is easier than you might think) in order to change them.

If you're doing just bulbs - then pull the 6 body panel clip thingys out of the air dam and just reach up and twist the bulbs out.

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You will see it is easier to remove bumper to install the inspired s. Just 4 bolts on each side and it's off. We installed on a friends with bumper on and eventually pulled it off to make install easier. U have to push them flush against bumper then tighten down the sides.
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You will see it is easier to remove bumper to install the inspired s. Just 4 bolts on each side and it's off. We installed on a friends with bumper on and eventually pulled it off to make install easier. U have to push them flush against bumper then tighten down the sides.
Good to know - might be more of a project than I thought in the arctic cold.....
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Take the plastic skidplate off as stated. On top of bumper remove the piece of plastic in between grill and bumper slide it out of the way. Then you can reach right in and switch out your foglights. I installed a set of JW 6145 last week on my wife's 13jku.
You do not need to take off the bumper.
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that piece of plastic between the bumper and grille can be harder to remove than the whole bumper FYI (thanks to those wonderfully useless Phillips head plastic screws)
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that piece of plastic between the bumper and grille can be harder to remove than the whole bumper FYI (thanks to those wonderfully useless Phillips head plastic screws)
Just stating the way I did it and had no issues. I agree the screws are not the best design they are not hard to remove if you take your time and do it gently. I guess I was just lucky huh.
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Is there a trick for removing those damn screws they just spin?
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I had to resort to a trim removal tool and brute force to remove the piece between the grille and bumper.

Not sure why they chose to use an allegedly removable fastener that really can't be removed, mine just spun when I tried to unscrew them.
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Here is the method I use to remove the plastic screws. Using a Philips head and a flat head gently turn the plastic screw while carefully prying upward with the flat head. Once you strip the head completely out with the Philips head, pry a little hard with the flat head until you can get a grip on something with a good pair of pliers. Once you can grip it with the pliers, rip the effers out and throw them away.
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I have a 13 also. Once the wires are removed from the bulb do you just turn the bulb out or is there a trick. I have an aftermarket bumper so access isn't terrible but I don't want to crack anything when I try and replace the bulbs.
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