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07-27-2009, 08:35 PM #11
It will work without overloading because the actual power in such a setup is coming through the switch, which if done properly is an independent circuit wired to the battery. If you wire your switch properly with a fuse, even if something goes wrong, you will only blow the fuse on your independent fog light circuit. All the relay does in this setup is ensure that the lights can only run while the low beam healights are on. To ensure you don't blow out the relay, it needs to be a continuous duty relay designed for such uses.
If you want even more assurance, you could use a double-relay setup. This would use the above-mentioned relay, and then a second where the coil is energized by the first one's output. The power in on the second would come from a fused connection from the battery, and the output would go to the lights. This way, it is a direct circuit between the battery and lights, without the full draw of the lights running through the fuse.
Another safe way (and what I did) is to buy an aftermarket fog light kit. I have had no problems with it. The connectors could be altered to wire to factory lights instead of the aftermarket ones and the relay installed inline. Everything else you need is already in one of these kits.
While a lack of factory kits can make it difficult, and not wanting to mess with wiring is understandable, if you are persistent and careful, it can be made to work safely and legally.
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07-27-2009, 09:14 PM #12
Thats all greek to me. I can smell the wires burnin' and see smoke and I haven't even touched the truck yet.
07-27-2009, 09:47 PM #13
If you ever feel so inclined, feel free to ask for help... I can even make you pictures. I learned the basics of wiring (all you need for fog lights) from doing stuff myself. Before my fog lights, all I did was intsall a new stereo (and thats just matching wire colors). Now, im looking at more advanced things - ive put in an amp, led lights in my whole dash, auto-dimming mirror, overhead console, etc. You learn it over time - you just have to take a chance. My next project will be a switch and relay to use the radio without the key in and without backfeeding the factory accessory power with the switched power. This should be an easy thing also, as long as you are comfortable doing it. After that, I will be installing LED accent lights throughout the interior and exterior. Once you take the leap and start one projeect, you will start to be comfortable with wiring.
07-27-2009, 10:06 PM #14
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if your 06 is anything like mine, than it should already be prewired. All i did to put mine in was get the kit from GM, put in the new factory switch, install the new valance, mount the lights to the bumper and plug in the lights. They came right on.Jake
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07-27-2009, 10:09 PM #15
pmf, thanks for clearing it up for me, you have been alot of help, im still waiting for a pic of factory fogs, but i did climb under my truck today and took a picture, it does look like the mount is their, but idk if this is it or not
07-27-2009, 10:23 PM #16
I could be wrong (its been a while since i did my fogs) but I think that is the mount. I thought about switching the lights in mine from the aftermarkets to the stock housings, but I am happy with mine. They (surprisingly) look like they belong, and in the center spot, I directly mounted them to the frame, so I think they are more sturdy than the mounts on the stock headlights, but the stock ones would look more integrated and fill the space better.
08-02-2009, 04:05 PM #17
Hey 5speed. I crawled under my 06 Slverado. Couldn't get a good picture with my cell phone camera. The upper support in your picture has 2 holes. The body of the fog light bolts in those. The rest of it is stabilized by sitting in the hole. Look up above that and you should see an octopus cable. Runs all across the front of the truck. There should be an extra cable taped up or tucked in. It has a black head with blue insert. It's a 2 wire connector. Typical snap lock style. That powers the fog lights.2006 Chevy Silverado, 5.3L, Z71, Extended Cab. Tow Mule.
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08-03-2009, 05:46 PM #18
03-09-2010, 06:16 PM #19
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Ok Guys, here's what I did , I have an 06 silverado w/t...plain Jane yes...I bought the "o.e.m." kit off ebay came with both lights wiring harness already loomed ,relay and new switch for dash...it was pretty easy to install and looks like it came from factory. they work perfect..sooo, whoever told couldnt be done is totally wrong!! anything is possible...good luck..
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