Joined: 06 Sep 2006
Location: Golden, Colorado
|Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:51 pm Post subject: PROJECT - Adding Rear Fog light in E30
I am working on a project to add a rear fog light in an E30 with early tails.
I thought it would be useful to post the reasons and outcome here in case anyone else was thinking about doing this.
Might be you have been scared more than once by some 'three ton tessie' getting too close for comfort behind you in bad weather, maybe it gets foggy alot where you are, maybe you just like the notion of having a brighter profile on the road... All good reasons.
The project is in Providence, Rhode Island. It's a US version, so there is an empty spot in both tails used in other versions for rear fogs.
If you look in the bulb carrier on your tails, early or late versions, you'll see an inscription (on a label, or molded into the cover): 'NSL' which stands for NebelSchlussLicht, German for rear fog light. In US cars, it will have a line through this, or say 'Ohne NSL' which means 'Without Rear Fog Light'.
You will also see an empty spot where no bulb or contacts are present, next to the turn signal (early) or under the reverse light (late). Here is where the fog light would be if it were another National Version.
Anyway, the project scope is to add a single rear fog on the driver (left) side, and wire it into a European fog light switch being added in the dash in place of the US switch.
Because it's what I do, I am pushing to expand the scope to add another tail light as well, on each side of the car. I'll update the post as things develop, and let you see the results after installation.
"Thanks for watching"
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