asinclair
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Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:32 pm

I am one of the few (there's like 6 of us, right?) SV owners out there and want to add fog lights (preferably LED). I have covers where the fog lights would be, and no switch on the dashboard.

As a car hobbyist, I am quite capable of running wires, adding relays, etc. but have never done anything like this on the Leaf.

Specifically, I am looking for help on identifying where to buy a proper dash switch and led fog lights/mounts. Also help on identifying how to properly wire them all together would be very appreciated as well.
Leaf SOLD 2/2015, now driving Mercedes B Class
Cayenne Red 2011 Leaf SV, no QC, purchased
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kmp647
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:21 am

Good news is if you use LED you may not need a relay at all

here is the set I may try on my SL to replace the poor stock fogs

http://www.shopatron.com/products/produ ... 5370/353.0

I found them on ebay for $125.00 shipped!
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asinclair
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:06 pm

$125 seems to be a steal for these...thanks for the lead on the correct size for the lights, etc. This kit may be a great solution for me. Thanks again.
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kevin672
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:21 pm

asinclair wrote:I am one of the few (there's like 6 of us, right?) SV owners out there and want to add fog lights (preferably LED). I have covers where the fog lights would be, and no switch on the dashboard.

As a car hobbyist, I am quite capable of running wires, adding relays, etc. but have never done anything like this on the Leaf.

Specifically, I am looking for help on identifying where to buy a proper dash switch and led fog lights/mounts. Also help on identifying how to properly wire them all together would be very appreciated as well.


On the SL the fog light switch is on the turn signal stick, just inside of the regular headlight switch. Do you have that on the SV? If so you might not need to install a switch in the dashboard.

kmp647
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:26 am

Be careful , I ordered these but have not installed them yet!
they list 3.5" as the diameter and the stock bumper may need some slight modification to fit

I would add a switch to an empty switch bank left of the steering column.
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kmp647
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:45 pm

I can now report that these LP530 PIAA LED fog lights are a perfect fit for the leaf

If you have an SL you can remove your stock fogs and reuse the bracket to mount the new lights

I lit them up just to test and the pattern and color is very nice

I will post a pic once I have them installed permanently

If you have an SV it will be an ok install too , no rely required as they draw only 8 watts
2012 SL Leaf
order 07/28/2011
took delivery 11/11/11
47,000 miles 10 bars 211 gids
Turned back into Nissan 12/31/14 @ 50,000 miles
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asinclair
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:08 pm

kmp647 wrote:I can now report that these LP530 PIAA LED fog lights are a perfect fit for the leaf

If you have an SL you can remove your stock fogs and reuse the bracket to mount the new lights

I lit them up just to test and the pattern and color is very nice

I will post a pic once I have them installed permanently

If you have an SV it will be an ok install too , no rely required as they draw only 8 watts


Excellent news! I am going to try and source a Nissan switch from the dealer to fit in the dashboard...may take me a few weeks but I will post what I find...
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kmp647
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:52 pm

I have the stock fogs if anyone would like them

No brackets

Lights and bulbs only

Led PIAA 5370 are very nice
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:22 am

Any updates on this? Those two "nipples" where the fog lights should be are the most annoying regret of getting an SV for me, at least in the absence of L3 charging stations.

I was wondering about just putting in some "decorative" fog lights, little blue-ish LED lights that come on with the low beam headlights to avoid the need for adding some kind of switch. We rarely get fog here, and it has never been clear to me that fog lights do squat anyway... seriously, when there is heavy fog how does anything help?
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ceejones
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Re: Adding Fog Lights to an SV model

Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:36 am

The PIAA led Fog Lights make an attractive addition to the front of an SV, much better than the black plugs. I wired mine as Daytime Running Lights (per GEEK EVs post) because they take so little power. I aimed them carefully so as not to blind anyone. I think they add to my visibility (being seen by others).

The procedure is easy. I raised the car on one front corner with a floor jack and a little wooden adapter described in these pages. I removed Front Under Cover per EXT-21 in the shop manual (just 5 bolts and about 6 push pins, easy). The black plastic hole covers come loose with one more bolt each. The PIAA light fits right in and can peek out the front like a real SL.

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I cut the black plug out with a Dremel tool, leaving a little edge around for trim. Work in progress is shown. You could cut it all out, so the chrome on the light but no black shows out front.

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I formed a flat aluminum piece to fit inside the upper leg of the factory plastic piece and added a slight bend to reach to the PIAA bracket. The front hole in my bracket takes the original bolt that retains the black plastic piece to the car. I used one bolt to attach the PIAA bracket to mine. I didn't push the light all the way forward into the plastic piece so there was room for adjustment.

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Before you button up the Front Under Cover, lower the car back down and aim the little guys per the PIAA instructions (a hair lower than horizontal). Snug bolts will still allow a little movement. Button it up and enjoy.
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