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Old 02-17-2016, 02:40 PM   #1
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Wrench Retro-fitting factory fog lights

I'm working on retro-fitting some OEM fog lights into my 07 Ion 2.

I've got the lights, bulbs, and replacement lower-grille coming (less than $100 total on eBay, and they gave me a $20 off coupon!). Now I'm working on the switch and harness.

For the harness, I'm going to buy one of the generic HID-relay kits all over eBay for $5-10; they include a relay and bulb connectors too.

I really want to use a factory-looking switch that fits well, but the OEM switch for these things seems to be $50+ on eBay. I don't know what's so special about it, but the much more common switch GM used on the Cobalt (and many others) is $10 and looks to be the same diameter, though the mounting looks different.

Any experience or suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 02-17-2016, 03:00 PM   #2
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... or should I just forget about the dedicated in-car switch and tie the relay straight into the parking lights?

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Old 02-18-2016, 01:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: Retro-fitting factory fog lights

I have no answers but just wanted to say that I'm very interested in doing this for my 2005. I'd be interested to see/hear about the finished project.

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Old 02-19-2016, 03:24 PM   #4
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Cool! I'll take photos as I can.

My shopping list so far:
ebay:
  • $50 - Saturn GM OEM 03-07 Ion-Grille-Lower 22684300
  • $6 - Xenon HID Conversion Kit Relay Wiring Harness H8 H9 H11
  • $50 - 05-07 4 door sedan Saturn Ion fog lights:
  • LEFT SIDE GM CATALOG NUMBER 15258859
  • RIGHT SIDE GM CATALOG NUMBER 15258858

amazon (or ebay):
  • $23 - Generic 35W AC HID Ballast (x2)
  • $13 - 3000K Yellow HID 35W H11 bulb (x2)

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Old 03-18-2016, 10:48 PM   #5
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I had to return the bulbs, as I should have ordered 880-sized bulbs.

Here's all the parts test-fitted and powered on - the HID 3000k bulbs seemed a bit green on first ignition, but warmed up quickly and are decently warm. Not exactly "golden", but were very good-looking for $11.
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:24 PM   #6
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I had to return the bulbs, as I should have ordered 880-sized bulbs.

Here's all the parts test-fitted and powered on - the HID 3000k bulbs seemed a bit green on first ignition, but warmed up quickly and are decently warm. Not exactly "golden", but were very good-looking for $11.
Have you looked in a junk yard for all of the parts? That's what I'd do, unless you have a coupe. The coupe parts, at least in my experience, are hard to find.

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Old 03-19-2016, 05:12 AM   #7
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Default Re: Retro-fitting factory fog lights

my ion originally did not come with the fogs also, and was able to get the lens and bumper grill insert at a local pull-a-part for next to nothing.
i then also ordered the HID wire harness.

as for power, i added a generic toggle switch in place where the OEM would go, and then for a power source, i spliced off of the positive of the rear power outlet, since that outlet turned off with the car, and i would not have to worry about them staying on with the car off, and then of course grounding onto the chassis.

my HIDs however are the 6000k bulbs, with 35w ballasts.
another thing too, which i didnt notice until after i bought the lens was that the little chrome piece that covers the bulb inside the lens are missing, so my fogs act like mini high beams.
i cant open them to paint them black either since they appear to be permanently glued shut, so baking them will do nothing.

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Old 03-20-2016, 02:29 AM   #8
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Have you looked in a junk yard for all of the parts?
Yeah, I didn't find any local wrecks with fog lights... that would have been ideal, and should be the first thing to check for anyone wanting to do this.

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my ion originally did not come with the fogs also, and was able to get the lens and bumper grill insert at a local pull-a-part for next to nothing.

as for power, i added a generic toggle switch in place where the OEM would go, and then for a power source, i spliced off of the positive of the rear power outlet, since that outlet turned off with the car, and i would not have to worry about them staying on with the car off, and then of course grounding onto the chassis.

my HIDs however are the 6000k bulbs, with 35w ballasts.
another thing too, which i didnt notice until after i bought the lens was that the little chrome piece that covers the bulb inside the lens are missing, so my fogs act like mini high beams.
i cant open them to paint them black either since they appear to be permanently glued shut, so baking them will do nothing.
Good suggestion on the power source - I often use my lighter outlet for fast-charging RC car/plane batteries or running an inverter, but with 35w ballasts I guess I should still be under 15A.

I'm not sure what you mean about the bulbs/lenses though - mine didn't have anything covering the top of the bulbs either.

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Old 04-10-2016, 10:18 PM   #9
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I can't help but jump in as I am doing the same thing on my coupe.

From what I read, the switch is just a signal to the BCM. It doesn't actually do anything with the Fog lights themselves, just tell the BCM you wan them turned on or off. The switch itself is a momentary contact switch, the BCM remembers if the fogs were on or off last time the care was driven, and returned them to that state when the headlights are turned on. That being said, the factory switch would need a logic ciruit to control a relay for the fogs, and the BCM would need to be programmed to use the fog switch for factory like operation. I am planning on putting a locking push button switch in place of the hole where the factory one would go.

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Old 04-11-2016, 06:47 PM   #10
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From what I read, the switch is just a signal to the BCM. It doesn't actually do anything with the Fog lights themselves, just tell the BCM you wan them turned on or off.
Thanks for sharing that info! I tried to dig up info on the factory switch myself, but didn't find much of anything.

I'm probably going to just tie my relay into the parking lights for now. With bulbs as cheap as these are, I don't mind them being on all the time.

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