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Eco Cruze Fog Light Install--Warning: Lots of pics!!

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I wanted to properly document how I did the installation of fog lights on my Cruze. Please understand that this is NOT a "how to" thread, and if you decide to follow these steps you are doing so at your own risk. By that I mean you risk voiding your warranty, you risk your safety and that of your vehicle.

The tools I used included at phillips head screw driver, a small flat head screw driver, a 10mm socket, rachet, extension, a T-20 torx, a small fork (you'll see), needle nose pliers,

Anyways on to the pictures.


This is what comes in the box from the dealer. I paid $200 for the kit. It comes with worthless instructions, the replacement insert panels, zip ties, new wiring harness, new switch and lights:



The first thing I did was to remove the negative pole off the battery. I would not want to be zapped or damage any components.

Next I undid the top fasteners for the front end. I know some folks have talked about doing it from the bottom, but I was ok with taking the nose off the car.



Using a small flat head screw driver, I was very careful to pull on the tabs.
Next I undid the 3 torx screws on either fender.



Then it was on to the bottom of the car. This is where the fork came in handy as these tabs did not want to move easily and I did not want to damage them.



Next I chose to deviate from the instructions and leave the flapper attached to the car. I saw no sense in taking the whole thing off.


This next part was the most difficult as the nose of the car is clipped on the the fenders. It was not easy getting it out, but with patience and a lot of care this finally came loose.



After unhooking all the wiring to the side lights, the temp sensor and to flapper motor (I wish I would had a helper for this); finally, the front end came off the car.
Next it was time to take off the factory inserts. I used the phillips head screw driver to do the job.



After removing the inserts from the factory, I inserted the ones from the kit, and screwed them in with the screws that were on the car.




I then next installed the fog light assembly that came in the kit after removing all protective coverings. I used the screws that came in the kit with the fog lights. There was no drilling necessary.



The last thing was to remove the temp sensor from the old panels and move it to the new ones. I was extremely careful as the tabs are very fragile!




This is how the nose of the car looked after having all the bits installed.



I then moved on to do the electrical connections by accessing this box on the driver's side of the car.




I was very careful on only loosen up these 3 bolts with the 10mm socket and rachet.




Once the screws were loose, I used a small, long flat head screw driver to pry the panel off the harness holder.



Once the panel was off, I focused on the harness at hand.



I removed the harness, flipped it over and after reading the worthless instructions, I inserted the wire where it belonged. I did this by using a pair of needle nose pliers to guide it in, then finished with a very small flat head screw driver to push it all the way in.




I knew the wire was all the way in by seeing that there was not metal exposed on the connector.




Next I routed the harness around the radiator and under headlights to get the wires where they needed to be. I also secured the ground wire to the nut on the front of the vehicle. I used the zip ties provided in the kit to make it all nice and neat.




Here's the pax side of the car all done.




Here's the driver's side all done and ready for the front clip.




I then installed the front clip in the reverse of the removal, playing close attention not to scratch anything. I then moved on to the fog light switch in the cabin.
The instructions told me to remove all these panels etc. But he only thing I had to do was to remove the fuse panel cover and gently push from behind.



It came right out. I had to be careful to push back the red tab in order to remove the connector. There are different color tabs in all the connectors, I just had to remember to push them back before trying to remove the connectors.




And finally got the new switch in.




Here's is a couple of pictures of the finished product. As you can see, the car has also had it's windows tinted. The whole job took me about 2 hours by myself (including the time to stop to take all these pictures). Had I had a second hand, it could have been done in less than an hour.





I think it gives the car a much better look. Anyways, hope you all enjoyed.
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Hey thanks "silvercruze"

Did the install of my fog lights, your pics were worth a thousand words.
Also did my install without removing the bumper assy. The only tight spot was installing the outer lamp mounting screw on each side. That's were a flat ratchet type screwdriver bit holder came in handy. only had to remove the body splash cover to access everything. Oh and I had the "little grey mouse" up on ramps.
 

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Thanks again silvercruze! I did my fog light install yesterday and this post was a much better help than the kit's instructions. My only real snag was getting the fuse panel to come apart, i was scared to have any pins pull out but after lots of wiggling it came apart.

Thanks Dave for bring up the gray fuse pin locks!

I now have 6000K HID's in my headlights and fog lights, wow what a difference from stock!
 

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So did you get the programming done for the Dash Cluster? My kits instructions say it needs programming, but i would like to just do the install myself, and program it later.
I think folks here said they didn't need programming after all.
 

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It won't fit the RS model bumpers.. but why would you want to put this on an RS anyway, they get those fancy chrome accented Fog Lamp Bezels.
 

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ordered my light set, got it in two days, found the pics to be a big help for the relay/fuse box, when reinstalling the bottom part of the bumper i noticed the rubber air dam had been installed wrong from the factory there are tangs that fit into the bottom of bumper and between the inner fender, mine was intalled so the head of the screw was in contact with the rubber air dam. and as a result it was smashed out of shape but with a little bit of effort it went together the way it should, really makes a differance in appearance and a big difference in seeing the road at night, now too program it or not?
 

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Thanks for this info. I'm completing the purchase of a new eco at this time and going to have them do the install. Great job BTW.
 

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I just got finished with mine. I have to say it is a lot easier with actual pictures, the instructions weren't as bad as some people were leading, but they were still pretty bad.

I also took the liberty of taking pictures of the wiring as it leaves the engine bay (from under the headlights) to the fog lights. If anyone needs them I will be happy to post.

Edit: Also the GM instructions called for removal of the headlights, and drilling. Neither of these two steps were required in my car.
 
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