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First, I do not want to take any credit for this. synjohn did this first as far as I know. I got him to email them to me after he posted.

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Here is what he sent me:

Step 1.
Remove grill assembly which is 5 or 6 plastic screws from top and the you
have to feel around the bottom of of grill and there is 3 squeeze clips to
get the bottom edge of grill off.

Removing Grille

Step 2
Remove bumper cover which consists of 4 bolts underneath radiator area. 5
screws each side that attach plastic inner fender to bumper.
Thes go from top front of inner fender to underneath bumper on front side.
There is also 1 hidden screw at the back edge of bumper in the fender well
that you have to move the inner fender well out of the way to see.

Removing Bumper

Step 3.

This is where the fun begins. When you look at the light hole in the bumper
you will first want to cut thru with a keyhole type saw around the edge.
This is were I really should have taken a picture. The cut should be where
the removable cap sits. The whole will be the same size as the cap is. Once
you look at it you will probably understand a little better. Also the
tapered part is your guide.

Step 4
Cut around the line with a dremel tool and cut-off wheel along the line that
is molded in the back side as in picture (dremel cut). I did this from the
back side and found the dremel to be perfect for this. Step 3 cut is going
to follow the inside edge of the ring flush to the tabs going front to back.
The picture is the first side I did and found it to be easiear to do that
cut first and then the dremel cut.(hindsight)



Step 5
Finish off smooth off the hole with the dremel and a grinder bit or a little
sand paper. See picture (finished cut) You should now have a whole the exact
size of the piaa 540 minus the rock guard.



Step 6 picture (bracket)

Brackets are made from 1" 12gauge steel stock from ace hardware or home
depot. It is not shown in picture but I added 2 shorter pieces of same
material as a spacer between bumper and bracket to get a little more
clearance. The will be half the height of the one light is bolted too. Drill
hole for light in bracket. I think it was 3/8 but not sure. Drill 2 holes
for the small bolts that bolt to the bumper through all three pieces
together. Use a larger drill than needed to give yourself a little room for
adjustment.



Step 7 Mounted picture

Hang bumper back on truck. No need to screw all on but at least the two
bolts on the bottom of radiator and get the clips on top to hold it.
Now just place the light in from the back side to mark the real bumper were
you need to drill the 2 holes. I used a number 8 20 one inch bolt and nuts
for these. You will need needle nose pliers to get the bolt thru the hole as
fingers do not fit. Also buy a couple extra in case one falls down in there.
Now you can bolt the light up loosely and re install the bumper completely.
You can do all the fine tune adjustments from the tire side now.



Step 8
Put grill back in and enjoy.

As a side note you can get easy access to adjust later or replace bulb or
lens by just removing the 5 screws that hold inner plastic fender to bumper
and reaching in from behind. A 2 minute job.

I plan on doing this myself, but I will not have the the lamps, X, or tools until December.
 

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Thanks for the plug. I will try to update and get some better pics taken. The wife and I managed to take a stick thru the inner fender well backing out of a mud pit and ran it right thru the bumper and of course the piaa on the passenger side. We are deciding if we should just schrock it or stock it on the front bumper. I guess Jim's lead time will have some say in that. If i go back to stock I will take much better photos and notes on the cut process at that time.
 

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Well installed these on my truck today. I decided to use the factory foglight switch so i tied into the factory wiring. I went to the stealerhip to get the new stalk and the stupid parts guy told me it would not work. He said fog lights could not be added to the xterra. The only way to get them on a nissan was to buy them on the car. I told him i was pretty sure he was wrong and he told me that Engineers from Nissan had told him it was not possible. WTF where do they find these people?
 

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you should get it set up and then go and show him how. There are lots of us that have done it!!
 

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Given that the NY parts guy isn't a liar and he spoke with the engineers at Nissan, my WY parts guy is smarter and more creative than the engineers at Nissan.
I asked him for a fog light kit, he left the counter for less than a minute, and returned with a complete kit, including the stubby stalk, which he said could be on my X and functional in less than an hour...and it was.
Have your NY parts guy call Steve(in Parts) at Halladay Nissan in Cheyenne, WY if he'd like a little expert advice.
 

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the switch came in and worked perfectly. Suprise, suprise, I will be stopping by the Nissan Dealer tonight.
 

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this was a great how to... I have always wanted to do this but with the new fab bumper getting done....
 

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Well installed these on my truck today. I decided to use the factory foglight switch so i tied into the factory wiring. I went to the stealerhip to get the new stalk and the stupid parts guy told me it would not work. He said fog lights could not be added to the xterra. The only way to get them on a nissan was to buy them on the car. I told him i was pretty sure he was wrong and he told me that Engineers from Nissan had told him it was not possible. WTF where do they find these people?
How much was the stalk?
 

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Thanks for the great instructions. mine turned out great. however, i live on a cobble stone road and my lights shake as if they were loose. but i have them as tight as possible (did you have problems like that?) im thiking it may be that i didnt make the hole big enough got the light and the bumper hits it on the bumpy road


 
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