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Fog/Driving lights bypass help.

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Chris Harrach, March 19, 2012.

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  1. Chris Harrach

    Chris Harrach Active Member

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    Good Morning all.
    I know subject this has been gone over once before, but an update on this information would be helpful. I would like to know if anyone has RECENTLY done the bypass of their fog/driving lights relay, that allows the fog/driving lights to come on independently of the headlights. There was a very extensive 9 page thread on this, but the info was confusing as the participants all had different Explorers (Year, model, 2 dr or 4 door, etc....) and some of them wanted the lights to come on with the parking lights, and some wanted them to come on alone as daytime running lights. I have a 1997 EB Explorer, and I've located the relay under the air filter housing. What I'd like to know is if anyone has a similar Explorer to mine, and done this mod? Pictures and a clear cut way to do this, would be of immense help. (Knowing which wires to cut/splice and their respective colors, etc....) . Thanks in advance.:salute:

    Chris Harrach.
     
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  3. yavapaires

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    I have a 96, I installed aftermarket fog lights. I just ran a wire fron a key on hot wire in the console to a seperate switch, then to the lights. I didn't fool with the factory wiring. Now I have NO PROBLEM.
     
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    This has been brought up before. For some reason my 99's fog lights came wired independently so I can turn them on with the parking lights. I'm not sure why some models do not have it like this.
     
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    Apparently Ford made the 99 models & up with independent fogs. The thing that had me confused on the earlier 9 page thread that covered this subject was that none of the participants seemed to come to a concensus as to what was the best way to do this modification. It seems that the wiring colors were different on various year models.
     
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    I have a 2000 and the fog lights only come on wiht the headlights, so it doesn't seem to be 99 and up...
     
  8. Chris Harrach

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    :confused:Hmmmm...... The mystery continues it seems. I would really like to do this modification without doing any damage to the vehicle. I dont want to cut and splice something that's going to cause a problem in another area (headlights out on either side, parking lights out, etc...). Thats why I'd like to know what color wires need cutting & splicing.
     
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    You may want to check the motor vehicle laws in your state. In SC the driving lights may not be on with the high beams. I don't think it's enforced, but it is a law.....and the way my luck runs I'd get that one pissed off cop that pulls me over.
     
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    Fog/Dri bypass hlpving lights

    I know what you mean about the pissed off or "having a bad day" cop. Ive seen them here in Georgia. But I'm not trying to run the fog/driving lights with the high beams. Im more interested in just being able to turn them on independently from the headlights. Either with the side/parking lights, or without. However, this is a modification I'll have to keep on hold for a minute, as Im in the process of switching out my rack & pinion unit. (that is, as soon as the rain stops) :salute:
     

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