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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-09-2016, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Jury-Rig Fogs Always ON in my 2011 Mazda 3

I need to force my fogs always on in my 2011 Mazda 3 because it's an import to Canada following my recent move.

The only modification I need to do is get DRL's.
The modification is sub $200 at Canadian Tire, but I don't really trust those guys messing with my car, and I don't want to have to go back in and modify things when they give me some kind of mod that permanently dims my instrument panel (I've heard that's what happens).

There is a kit I can purchase that I've heard has fairly nebulous instructions... but I'm very new to automotive wiring, I've done soldering and crimping and all that kind of stuff before, but not on a car.

So, till I save up for a nice DRL kit, I want to jury-rig my fogs to always-on. Just completely bypass the switch. Ideally I'd like to just move my fogs to an always-on fuse location. I'd like it to be minimally invasive. I'd be happy as a clam with a wiring diagram, or some pictures, etc.

I know what you're all thinking. There are 100 topics about doing this already, but all of those topics seem to have dead links and/or dead pictures. If there's a particularly good one that I haven't found can you point me there? What other years would be similar to my 2011?
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I'd talk to a Mazda dealership if I were in your shoes. Why? It is my understanding all U.S. spec 2011 Mazda3s already have built in DRLs; they just need to be activated by the dealership.

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May just be as simple as adding a relay.

Sent from the wrong side of the tracks.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-09-2016, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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According to my local Mazda dealer the 2011 does not have a built in DRL circuit.

They're charging $300 to install a kit. I'm guessing it's the Hamsar kit, which I've heard isn't the greatest.
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According to my local Mazda dealer the 2011 does not have a built in DRL circuit.

They're charging $300 to install a kit. I'm guessing it's the Hamsar kit, which I've heard isn't the greatest.
Hmmm, I'm thinking I'd ask a different dealership.

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Hmmm, I'm thinking I'd ask a different dealership.
Ok, I asked a different dealership in a neighboring State.

They explained that DRL started being equipped in 2012, 2011 doesn't have it, so there's not activation I can do for it.
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Well that's annoying.

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