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How to: HID Fog Lights

Items Needed:

H3 HID Kit
Universal Fog Light Wiring Harness
Quick Connect Terminals
Dremel & Sanding Drum
Socket and Wrench set

This write-up assumes that you know how to remove and replace the fog light bulbs, housings and wiring. If you need more details on how to do this please let me know and I'll add that to this post.

First, disconnect the negative battery cable, remove the stock fog light bulb and disconnect the stock wiring (you can remove the stock wiring but i just kept mine intact just in case I decide to go back to halogens.

Next, connect the universal fog light wiring harness. Here's the one that I got:



Just follow the diagram, it's pretty straightforward. I used the wiring harness because the stock fog light wiring only supplies 35W to both fog lights, which is only enough to power one ballast.

Here's how I ran the wires:



Across the radiator (yellow highlighted wire)



Next, connect the HID ballasts to the wiring harness. I had to use quick connect terminals because the H3 HID kit terminals wouldn't fit the wiring harness.

Here's what I used:



Next remove the fog light housings from the car. There should be 2 12mm bolts mounting them to the body. You can do this next step without taking out the housings and jacking up the car, which is what I did the first time, but it'd make the process much easier.
Remove the access door from the housing, you'll need a phillips head screwdriver.

After removing the access door, you need to bore out the hole for the wires since the HID connectors can't fit through the stock holes. I used a dremel with a cutting wheel but a sanding drum will work better. You don't need to bore out too much, just enough for the connectors to go through. When you're done it should look like this:







Next, install the HID bulb in the housing, it'll be a bit of a squeeze.

Then pull the wires through the access door one at a time.

Here's how mine looked:


That black piece is a rubber piece that's connected to most HID bulbs I've seen (I'm not sure it comes with all of them). I pulled the wires tight through the access door to minimize dirt water and debris getting into the housing. I've never had a problem with water getting into the housing, it's rained a few times, and even snowed and I've had no problems. If you want to make sure that nothing gets in, I suggest using silicone sealant to "glue" the black piece to the access door.

Next, install the ballasts. the good thing about our cars is there's a nice little niche under the headlights that can hold 2 ballasts.



Here's my drivers side, the left ballast is for my low beams and the right is for the fogs. As you can see, I used zip ties and 2-sided tape to mount the ballasts, which has survived 2 autocross events



Here's my passenger side, the left ballast is for the low beams and the right is for the fogs as well (the bolt is mounting it to my car). Be careful when mounting on this side because there is a gaping hole where my fog light ballast is, I actually ended up dropping a ballast on the road because it got loose and I dumped it down this gaping hole.

When mounting the ballasts make sure that there's enough slack to reach the bulb connectors.

After making sure all connections and ballasts are secure, you're ready to go.






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Awesome write up... Thanks
What temp are those HIDs again?? 3500K?
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Awesome write up... Thanks
What temp are those HIDs again?? 3500K?
no problem, dude, just lemme know if i'm missing something or if u need help\more info
they're 3000k hids

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for sure... when i do mine i'll be sure to take some pic too... i'll take note of any differences... but thanks a bunch... now just got to get some new fogs and i'll be good to get started...
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Thank you for the write up.

Copied to 2g appearance FAQ
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for sure... when i do mine i'll be sure to take some pic too... i'll take note of any differences... but thanks a bunch... now just got to get some new fogs and i'll be good to get started...
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yeah post up pix and any issues u run into, ill try to help ya
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Wall shots headlights off would be nice Good writeup otherwise.
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now what kit did you go with? great right up.. now if only i had fogs. lol

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Wall shots headlights off would be nice Good writeup otherwise.
Oh crap ur right ! I'll have that asap.

thingsthatfly: i have an ebay kit, it says xentec on the ballasts, i was actually replacing a ballast when i did the write up. Ebay kits are a hit or miss imo.

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Question Fog Light Globe replacement

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My son just bought a 1993 MX6. His car and my fix-it toy - i get to repair all the little things neglected by previous owner. Have done most things but I can't for the life of me see how to replace a blown fog light globe without removing the bumper. Manual says there are three screws to remove at the front but the light is tight into the bumper and I can't even see any screws from the front. Can you please tell me an easy way to change the bulb?

Also I can't find the button to make the radio aerial go up and down - Is there a trick? The car now has a very nice stereo unit and the old one is still there but I can't even get it to turn on, I wondered if the aerial is controlled by the old radio cassette player.
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Hi,
My son just bought a 1993 MX6. His car and my fix-it toy - i get to repair all the little things neglected by previous owner. Have done most things but I can't for the life of me see how to replace a blown fog light globe without removing the bumper. Manual says there are three screws to remove at the front but the light is tight into the bumper and I can't even see any screws from the front. Can you please tell me an easy way to change the bulb?

Also I can't find the button to make the radio aerial go up and down - Is there a trick? The car now has a very nice stereo unit and the old one is still there but I can't even get it to turn on, I wondered if the aerial is controlled by the old radio cassette player.
To take the fog light off jack the front of the car up. Obviously make sure it is safely supported. Lie on your back under the front bumper and look up at the bottom of the fog lights. There will be three screws on each one. Removing them will give you access to the bulb in the fog lights. If you run into trouble, follow the steps below.

A lot of the time those screws will be stripped, making it impossible to remove the burnt out bulb. If this is the case there are two small nuts (10mm) that hold each fog light on. They are back behind the frame of the car. You will be able to feel them with your fingers. Unscrew these and unplug the wires that go to the fogs. Now you will be able to pull the whole fog assembly off the car. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Once you get the fogs off, use a screwdriver and a pair of pliers to strip and remove each screw that won't come out. This will give you access to the bulbs. Replace the bulbs. Your nest step is to make the screws hold again. I usually take a nut that can fit into the now stripped plastic holes and hot melt glue it into the hole. While the glue is still hot I will screw in a bolt that will thread into the nut. When everything is cool, remove the bolt and you should have a fixed set of fogs.

Reinstall them and enjoy.

The power antenna extends and retracts automatically when you turn the radio on and off. I would just double check the wiring behind the new stereo to see that everything was wired correctly. With a proper wiring harness available at your local auto store everything should work fine. If it is wired correctly or already has a harness the chances are that your antenna is broken. You can find replacement antennas on ebay or you could probably get one through Mazda if you want one that will last a while.

Welcome to the forums. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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So i have me sacrificial fogs... and i'm just waiting on the HID's (in the mail)... i'm going to start a complete set up hopefully the end of this week or beginning of next...

Sanding/HID's with Blinker MOD...

WOOT... i'll keep ya posted.. and do up a little walkthrough of my own..

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So i have me sacrificial fogs... and i'm just waiting on the HID's (in the mail)... i'm going to start a complete set up hopefully the end of this week or beginning of next...

Sanding/HID's with Blinker MOD...

WOOT... i'll keep ya posted.. and do up a little walkthrough of my own..
sounds awesome !!! i always wanted to do the blinker mod but with the stock turn signal fitting in my corner slot i have no need for it. post plenty of pics !!!

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Wall shots headlights off would be nice Good writeup otherwise.
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oh crap i forgot about this thread !

i'll have those pics up by the weekend for sure

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