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Old 10-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Windshield fog light mounts?

I just grabbed some KC fog light mounts and bought some Piia fogs now I mounted them to the brackets and I'm dying to put them on but first I have 2 questions, 1st did anyone have trouble breaking loose the windshield bolts an should I pb blast them first? 2nd I rly want to know what people did to hide the wiring... Should I put them behind the fog light bracket and run it straight in thru my door and behind the dash or did people go down into the hood or thru the windshield seal I have no idea how to hide the wiring and keep it clean looking and not have branches and shit grab it when off-roading...

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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Not sure about the wiring as I do not have windshield mounted lights yet. I have replaced the windsheild brackets though, and the some of the torx heads were difficult to remove. I would recomend getting some penetrating oil or something similar and letting it sit for a little bit, at least an hour or so maybe. I ended up having to buy an air impact wrench to get them out...I wish you better luck than I had!

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Definitely get some penetrating oil and let it sit I blasted them with PB blaster but had no luck. I stripped 4 and the the other 2 just wouldn't budge I did get 2 out though. I spent half a day with an easy out kit getting those torx out. I wish you better luck. I ran all my wiring through the cowl real simple, got some conduit on it and looks somewhat clean let me know if you want pictures.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:08 AM   #4
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I actually just mounted my lights a couple days ago. The problem with the windshield bolts is they are thread locked and painted over... and then if it's an older Jeep, most likely rusted too. PB Blaster and penetrating oil will work for the rust but do nothing for the thread locker. Try heating the bolt up with a torch (CAREFULLY!) to melt the thread locker from the inside.

As for wiring, I cut the connectors off my KC light and bought a spool of 14ga wire to extend the connector under the cowl. I also heat shrinked the wires for a cleaner look and ran the shrinked wires behind my windshield hinges (you can see only about 20mm of wire.) I mounted all the wiring and relay under the cowl right next to the wiper motor. I ran the switch wires through the grommet that the wiper controls go through and drilled a 6mm hole just behind the engine bay seal to route the 2 wires to the battery.

I will take a pic of it completed in a bit.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:28 PM   #5
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When you remove your cowl, you'll see a large (1.5") grommet that all your wiper wire go through. I cut a small hole next the the wires and fed the switch wires through that. When you remove the panel under your steering column, you'll see straight through on the top left (above clutch pedal) its pretty easy access. I could fit my whole hand up there to grab the wires.

Here, right above the battery, I drilled a 6mm hole through the tab that holds the engine bay seal. Then fed the wires behind the seal.

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Old 10-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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I did just the same but uses the black wire loom that you can pick up at walmart for 3 dollars to cover the wires and make a cleaner effect.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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I just grabbed some KC fog light mounts and bought some Piia fogs now I mounted them to the brackets and I'm dying to put them on but first I have 2 questions, 1st did anyone have trouble breaking loose the windshield bolts an should I pb blast them first? 2nd I rly want to know what people did to hide the wiring... Should I put them behind the fog light bracket and run it straight in thru my door and behind the dash or did people go down into the hood or thru the windshield seal I have no idea how to hide the wiring and keep it clean looking and not have branches and shit grab it when off-roading...
As far as the Torx bolts go, I've had nothing but good luck using a heat gun for about a minute, then using a breaker bar giving it a solid, clean turn. Came right out with no issues whatsoever. Worth a shot
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As for wiring, I folded the windshield part-way down so there was a gap between the tub and the windshield frame to run the wires through. From there I went into the dash and ran everything into the driver side foot well for connecting. Sorry I don't have any pictures. I hope my description was clear.

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Old 10-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I was considering adding two windshield lights as spotlights, but California Law, I believe, prohibits it for me. I have eight front lights already, and eight is the legal limit even for offroading. I have 2 front lights, 2 fog lights, and 4 lights on my light bar.
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The windshield bolts are held on with loc-tite from the factory so PB blaster won't help. Just make sure you are using the right size bit and don't get too excited.

I also just folded down the windshield and ran the wires in that gap. After I dealt with the windshield bolts, I didn't want to have to deal with the cowl. And no the wires aren't pinched so bad they cause damage. Just use some common sense when running them and you'll be fine.

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