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Might be getting an '09 EX-L that has no foglights. I suspect asking a retrofit from the dealer would be costly. Any Ody owners have aftermarket ones ?

If so,

  • What types are compatible with an Ody ?
  • Approx. cost of the FLs themselves, and the labor ?
  • Any extra material/pieces needed in the retrofitting ?
  • Who do you get to do the retrofit from (ie: body shop/performance tuning shop ?)

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What if you order the OEM Fog Light Kit from a reputable online seller like College Hills Honda, then shop around in your area as to which Honda dealer can install your fogs at a reasonable price? That's what I did when I bought the rear spoiler for my wife's CR-V, then had a Honda dealer who quoted me with the lowest price install it.
 

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I ordered my 09 fogs from Bernardi $232 + $15 shipping then installed it myself took 4.5 hrs and saved $230 labor charge.
 

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I bought an OEM set on Ebay for $170 and printed the installation directions from Bernardi Honda. It was a bit more involved than I figured it would be, but I got it done. The front bumper comes off and you have to get messy with the grease in the underside of the fuse box. The Honda kit is nice and the wiring harnesses are already made for the van.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Genu...ptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

There's enough work to do already without having to make the aftermarket wiring compatible with the existing Honda wiring structure.

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While the OEM stuff is way overpriced, I'd still be going in that direction. The integrated look and OEM wiring make for a cleaner install. Outside of professionally customized vehicle, I've never seen an aftermarket road light setup that look good to me, at least on late model vehicles. And, $169 on ebay looks like a good deal.
 

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Thanks all.

If I end up getting that '09, I'll start looking for an OEM set (preferably cheaper than dealer pricing) and simply have my (Saab) mechanic slap it in. He charges $70/hr and is amazingly fast at what he does.
 

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Here is my how-to on the install of OEM knockoff foglights. Got them on ebay. The fogs themselves are really good quality, but the wiring harness needs lot of custom work to make it look good. I have had it for 1.5 years and no problem with the fogs cracking or leaking.

2008 Honda Odyssey Aftermarket Fog Install
 

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Here is my how-to on the install of OEM knockoff foglights. Got them on ebay. The fogs themselves are really good quality, but the wiring harness needs lot of custom work to make it look good. I have had it for 1.5 years and no problem with the fogs cracking or leaking.

2008 Honda Odyssey Aftermarket Fog Install
I read your writeup, nice work. Crazy that the kit doesn't come with any directions. I like how the aux lighting finishes the look of the front end. I hate how manufacturers just put blank offs where a light should be, it looks very...well...unfinished.
 

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Here is my how-to on the install of OEM knockoff foglights. Got them on ebay. The fogs themselves are really good quality, but the wiring harness needs lot of custom work to make it look good. I have had it for 1.5 years and no problem with the fogs cracking or leaking.

2008 Honda Odyssey Aftermarket Fog Install
V. cool !

Is the foglight switch a dash button or on the stalk ? Is it already there or do OEM and aftermarket kits come with the switch ?
 

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The fog switch I got with the aftermarket kit was wrong size (think it fits an accord). I think these type of kits are pieced together by the manufacturer, where they pull the lights, wiring harness, switch and throw it in a box. All the aftermarket kits will use a square fog switch (not a stalk switch). Bottom line is if you are good at wiring, you can go with the aftermarket kit and save a bunch of money. If you are not adventurous, then stick with the Honda kits.
 

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I'd go with the OEM version. I've looked at both kits (like the projector style better, but not offered for pre-08) and the Honda kit looks best. As far as I can tell the non-OEM kit is down with a blown relay as I read it?

Stick with what works even if it is a tad more expensive. Less headaches in the long run.
 

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+1 for OEM kit.
 

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While the OEM stuff is way overpriced, I'd still be going in that direction. The integrated look and OEM wiring make for a cleaner install. Outside of professionally customized vehicle, I've never seen an aftermarket road light setup that look good to me, at least on late model vehicles. And, $169 on ebay looks like a good deal.
I stand by my original statement.:tongue:
 

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I have an '08 Touring with HID's in the low beams and fogs.... OEM fogs are not all that great.

If it were me I would first upgrade you lows to HID's ($175 through XD)

OEM fogs with halogens are next to useless,..... so my opinion is that the fogs are really only worth while with HID.... which makes OEM fog lights closer to $500.... and at that point, I would rather spend that $ on HID + Projectors for the Low Beams.

But that is just me.
 

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I have an '08 Touring with HID's in the low beams and fogs.... OEM fogs are not all that great.

If it were me I would first upgrade you lows to HID's ($175 through XD)

OEM fogs with halogens are next to useless,..... so my opinion is that the fogs are really only worth while with HID.... which makes OEM fog lights closer to $500.... and at that point, I would rather spend that $ on HID + Projectors for the Low Beams.

But that is just me.
No offense, but there are some cheap reliable HID kits that are out there that doesn't even cost 50 bucks. Like VVME for example on eBay. If I remember correctly, it costs about 40 bucks with free shipping for a single beam kit on eBay.
 
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