More light is better, right?
Well we wanted some more light, deer have a nasty habit of popping out of nowhere and onto the road and we'd like to see them before they're directly in front of us. So bring on the Hella 500 fog lights. They can be run along with the regular headlights and therefore make it easier for us to see, especially the sides of the road.
First you need to decide where you want to install them. I wanted them as far apart as possible, without blocking any of the existing lighting. I took the small mounts that come in the Hella 500 kit placed them on the bumper where I wanted to install them and marked around them, I also marked the holes to be drilled. I then drilled small pilot holes.Now mark a straight line towards the rear of the vehicle on the left and right side of each bracket template. You will be cutting this out, to enable you to slide the bumper cover off and on with ease. The lights were mounting to the metal bumper under the bumper cover. Next I removed the bumper cover, this is held on with a bunch of little plastic pop pin pieces. This tool from Kinglake is great at popping the pins out.
With the bumper cover off I used a dremel ( a jigsaw would also work ) to cut the strips out of the bumper. I now have a bumper with 2 notches in it.
Back to the steel bumper, enlarge the drill holes to accept the bolts that are included in the kit. Spray the fresh metal with some metal paint and wait to dry. Once dry install the light brackets on the bumper.
To have better access for the wiring, I removed my grill also, to do this you have to remove your sidelights and Marker lights. Those come out with a screwdriver and and the grill has nut screws that also need to be removed. Once off, put aside .(We used this opportunity to paint the grill black as we aren't fond of chrome.)
While the grill was off, we noticed some rust starting from the paint being chipped by road grit. I got the wire wheel out and got rid of the loose/bad paint and rust. I then sprayed with self etching primer, paint and covered that in a couple of layers of truck bed coating.
Now you have access to run the wiring in the kit from the mounting location through any of the available holes to the side of the radiator and towards your battery. There's instructions in the kit to tell you how to wire it up so I won't repeat them. I will however tell you I tapped into the side lights for power to the relay to provide power to the fogs. The side lights come on as DRL's ( driving lights ) so that combined with the switch by the dash, enables me to control them any time the side lights are on. You will have to drill a hole in your firewall though to get the power to the dash mounted switch. Make sure you use a rubber grommet to protect the wire. I drilled through behind my brake pedal, there's a big blank area in the engine compartment there. You can see it by unbolting the fuse box and moving it to the side.
My switch was a dud, the light in it didn't work, so I bought this nice fog lamp switch and installed on the top right of where the radio, a/c and heater controls are.
Once you've run your wires, mount your lights on the brackets, connect them to the wiring. Test the lights to make sure they work, if so, you can reinstall the bumper cover and grill.
Unfortunately my phone crashed with a lot of my pictures on, so here's a few of the lights installed.