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I have been annoyed from day one not being able to turn the Fog Lights 'ON' independently of the Headlights. I tried the Fuse Tap Mod and popped a Fuse a week later. Wiring it up this way allows complete control of the Fogs while still utilizing the Factory Stalk and avoids overloading other Circuits. This Mod can be found at Club Frontier and throughout this Forum, links provided below. I really liked the idea of it, but it was missing something all of us love, pictures. I will spare you the heavy reading side of things which has all ready been done in the link I posted below.

PURPOSE:
I did the Fog Light Bypass Mod this way to allow me to have complete independent control of the Fog Lights while still utilizing the Factory Stalk.

LINKS:
Club Frontier
weaponzero

ALTERNATIVE VERSION LINKS:
Irongrave

TOOLS/MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Three 5' sections of 18 or 20 Gauge Wire. Actually a lot more then you will probably need but it's easier to cut excess off then add extra.
- Solder Gun and Heat Shrink.
- Electrical Tape, 3M is worth the extra money, so don't cheap out.
- Posi-Lock or similar to join the two sections of wire together.
- Razor Blade and Coat Hanger to pull wire from IDPM through passenger side Grommet.
- 1 Ring Terminal to Ground one of the Wires, your choice, to a suitable Ground location.

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NEXT: Once you have the Panel off remove the Stalk;


NEXT: Remove Screws that hold Stalk Cover on;




NEXT: Clip Wires and Solder 5' extensions onto Factory Wires;





NEXT: Modify Stalk Cover and reinstall;



NEXT: Reinstall Stalk and route Wires as shown;





NEXT: Remove IDPM Cover, flip it over, and pull Relay;


Factory Relay;


Solder Jumper Wire;




NEXT: Reinstall Relay with Jumper Wire Soldered to it and Route Wire out the bottom through hole provided by Nissan;



NEXT: Reinstall IDPM, route through Firewall, "I chose the Passenger Side Grommet, just above my Power Cable", Dress your Wiring, reinstall Cover;


Route the Wire from the IDPM to one of the Jumper Wires off of the Stalk, Ground the other Wire from the Stalk, and enjoy. As I stated earlier there have been plenty of well written 'How-to' threads about this, just not nearly as many pictures as I would have liked to see.
 
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Nice job with the pictures ... so can you clarify what you're doing here? Does this change the fog light relay's trigger from one that's only available when the low beams are on, to one that's available whenever?

What I like about that M.O. over the 'fuse-tap hard wire' method, is that you maintain full control over fog light power; and don't *require* that they be on when the parking lights are on.
 

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^ Thanks, I suppose the point of a mod is alwayse helpful. LOL.
 

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yes its much better and the other howto had pics in a folder with no step by step layout. thanks man! how are the sliders coming along?
 

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so do you route the 5' cable from the stalk thru the grommet into the ipdm?
Yep, you route one from the relay to one of the two extensions you made from the stalk, the other gets grounded at your place of choice. I soldered a 5' wore to the relay and the stalk, then used a Posiloc connector to join the two.


Updated from the Situation Room
 

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I know the supplies are few, but, wire Gauge and amounts needed? Loom? Did you ground in the cab or the engine bay? Does this method allow completely independent operation of the fogs regardless of key, or other lights being on? And do they turn off after 5 min like the other lights ( i like this option)?
 

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That looks like a lot of work lol... I would like to do this but I'm not exactly electrical inclined.
 

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Awesome write up. What is the total time for getting this done and cost?
Thanks. Took me about 1 hour to take everything apart, solder, and put everything back together. The total cost if you had zero tools or spare wire would be under $10.00, otherwise nothing but some spare time. :)
 

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does this run all of the power for the fogs through the fog light switch on the stalk? if so, i'd bet that it is not long for this world.
Not trying to be a complete ass but did you read anything I typed. I simply provided a bypass ground to the relay which triggers the BCM to tell the foglights to turn on or off.
 
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