1. Welcome to 4Runners.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all 4Runner discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other 4Runner owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Installing HID in fog lights...

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by PandaXIX, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Sep 4, 2020 at 7:47 PM
    #61
    HornedOwl

    HornedOwl New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2020
    Member:
    #16449
    Messages:
    31
    Gender:
    Male
    Washington State
    You won't be disappointed.
     
    glwood54 likes this.
  2. Sep 7, 2020 at 10:23 AM
    #62
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks
    Tory, would you happen to have some closeup photos of how the SS3 fogs sit in the housings? I'm just wondering what the finished product looks like up close, and what to expect after the installation.

    If not, no biggie.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2020 at 11:02 AM
    #63
    mynameistory

    mynameistory New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2017
    Member:
    #5208
    Messages:
    629
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tory
    Vehicle:
    The same 4Runner everyone has
    You're probably asking about the bezel gap at the top and bottom. It's normal. Consider that you need a gap in order to make the light adjustable. The stock lights have a domed lens that serves to fill this gap, but these lights have no use for that with their one piece optics.

    [​IMG]

    Don't forget to aim them correctly. Park 25' from a wall on flat ground. Measure from ground to center of fog light (let's say it's 18"). Place a piece of tape on the wall 4" lower (in this example, it will be 14"). That's where you place the top edge of your fog light cutoff.
     
    Snickel Fritz and 4runningMan like this.
  4. Sep 7, 2020 at 12:20 PM
    #64
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks
    Thanks for the aiming info.

    I wouldn't think a small gap would make much of a difference. I looked at my oem fogs, and there are places around the perimeter of the light where there are larger gaps than elsewhere around the light also. The oem light does not sit flush up against the housing either.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2020 at 9:36 PM
    #65
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks
    Received the DD SS3 fogs today. I have to say, these are some seriously well made light fixtures. You can see the outstanding design elements, plus the quality of the materials is very high. I can't wait to install these puppies. After checking out the mounting brackets, I now understand all the tips for aiming these - there's a fair amount of adjustability...

    If they work as well as they look out of the box, I'd say they're worth every penny.

    Next up - H9s in low beams.
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2020
    Snickel Fritz and HornedOwl like this.
  6. Sep 14, 2020 at 10:16 PM
    #66
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks
    Here's an aiming question - why couldn't one just mark on a wall at a shorter distance where the upper cutoff is for the oem fogs, then just match that with the SS3 cutoff?
     
  7. Sep 14, 2020 at 10:22 PM
    #67
    4runningMan

    4runningMan New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2018
    Member:
    #7255
    Messages:
    1,503
    New Mexico
    How are you guys installing the SS3’s on the passenger side? Going up from underneath or in through the tire well?
     
  8. Sep 14, 2020 at 10:43 PM
    #68
    mynameistory

    mynameistory New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2017
    Member:
    #5208
    Messages:
    629
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tory
    Vehicle:
    The same 4Runner everyone has
    Yes, you can do that as well. Just can't move the truck when you're doing the install. Also keep in mind that your light aim changes with lift, tires, load, etc. I like to load my truck with weight before aiming everything, because I'm usually loaded up with family, dogs, gear, etc. when I'm on long and lonely highways. It means I'm aimed a bit short for daily use but I spend most of my nights near streetlights anyway.

    Undo a few fasteners for the wheelwell plastic in the front, then you can reach everything under the truck. You'll need to remove that funky splashguard over the passenger fog. I'm told it will fit over aftermarket fog lights, but I gave up as its such a bear to get back on. I'll revisit soon.
     
    Snickel Fritz and 4runningMan like this.
  9. Sep 15, 2020 at 6:45 AM
    #69
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks
    In reference to both questions - say you have a good place to do the 25' aiming method, not too far from the install location. If you leave the wheel well liner screws out, can you access the aiming bolts once the lights are mounted on the truck? I read your suggestion to tighten those pretty snug, then just move the lights up or down to aim, I just was wondering if those bolts can be reached at all once mounted on the truck...

    I'm off work this Thursday, and plan to install these & the H9 bulbs then. I'll figure it out then, it's just nice to have as much information as possible going in.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2020 at 10:11 AM
    #70
    4runningMan

    4runningMan New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2018
    Member:
    #7255
    Messages:
    1,503
    New Mexico
    I think the splash guard is there so you don’t spill on the fog light when filling the windshield washer fluid from above. So, if you’re careful when pouring fluid, the splash guard probably isn’t necessary.

    I’d also be using dielectric grease on fog connections due to the possibility of them getting wet.
     
    Snickel Fritz and mynameistory like this.
  11. Sep 15, 2020 at 4:22 PM
    #71
    mynameistory

    mynameistory New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2017
    Member:
    #5208
    Messages:
    629
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tory
    Vehicle:
    The same 4Runner everyone has
    Don't bother. The best place to aim them is up front anyway. If they had retained the factory aiming screws it would be worth it for the incremental accuracy, but going back and forth between aiming and tightening would just be a pain. Also tightening the screws might rotate the light and mess up your aim anyway. I just tightened mine up very firmly, almost to where I couldn't move them. They haven't budged in 10K miles.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Sep 15, 2020 at 7:36 PM
    #72
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks
    I realized after I posted last that the spot where I plan to install these will allow me to position the truck 25' from my work shed. I can simply park it there, do the install, then aim them correctly when it gets dark enough. I'll just leave it there 'til I'm done.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2020 at 1:47 PM
    #73
    glwood54

    glwood54 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2019
    Member:
    #10964
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Albuquerque, NM
    Vehicle:
    2019 OR, KDSS, RSG sliders, Eibach struts/shocks, 265/70 Falken Wildpeaks

Products Discussed in

To Top