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LED ?ions, one easy, one not so much...

Recently got a 2010 Mazda3 iTouring, on previous cars I've used superbrightleds and recommend them unconditionally. Questions:

1. Am I to understand that there is no flasher unit, as traditionally defined, on this car? I'm not a fan of wiring resistors--not a fan of using a wire cutter at all :-(

2. The car came off the boat with fog lights, which was rare and a reason why I bought this particular car. Upon driving it, I was disappointed to see that they don't do any good! I can only see a slight difference.

The owners manual unequivocally reads that changing the bulbs by the owner is not recommended. Is there a reason for this? I've read threads describing how to add factory fogs to a 3 that didn't have them, and I wasn't enthused about tackling it and that's why I was glad to see a 3i with them already. But if it's simple enough to change them, then I might reconsider.

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I can;t think of any good reason as to why you cant switch bulbs. That being said going any hotter can melt the plastic lens. Maybe switch to a LED type?
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I can;t think of any good reason as to why you cant switch bulbs. That being said going any hotter can melt the plastic lens. Maybe switch to a LED type?
My idea was to switch to LEDs, but I was worried about clearances. The headlights require integral fans to keep the bulb cool and it's kinda tight up there :-)
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Fog lights are mostly useless, they're for looks more than anything on most cars I think.
Are you changing the lights for a lighting performance upgrade or for a aesthetic upgrade?
LEDs won't be better performance. HIDs will give better performance, but in fog I bet they would actually be counter productive because the light would be in the right place, but also all the wrong places as well.
From everything I've read, yes, you will need to wire a resistor in. It's not that big a deal though....


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With my 2.5 iGT, and all I have learned with changing my fog light bulbs, I am at the point where HID's would be the next step.
http://www.mazda3forums.com/673-2010...ght-bulbs.html

The 100w yellow bulbs I am using, with the ring cut out of my stock lenses, really made a different in seeing the fog light beam when driving, but there is additional heat felt from the outside. When we come up to those tanker trucks like we always do, we just gotta check ourselves out, right?




Maybe they don't recommend you replacing the bulbs because the glass might be touched? There are a lot of aftermarket HID Fog Systems for the 3, and it would be interesting to hear what direction members have gone. I'd like to do this as well, and be done with my fog lights. Brighter and less heat. Maybe start with some of the site supporters for this upgrade? http://www.carid.com/2010-mazda-3-fog-lights/


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