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Old 02-19-2007
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Driving Lights/ Not Fogs or off road lights

Just curious as to what is available for 02 XLT 2wd trucks, Do I need to replace the lower valance or is there something available to fit.
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just check out these.....cheap and very easy to do....total bolt on application.

http://www.jusnesmodified.com/store/...roducts_id=189
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driving lights are not meant to be down low . the beam pattern is very narrow and are considered illegal if wired up wrong (must only be able to work with the high beams) this is why all vehicles have fog lamps in the lower valence. (fogs are wired up to work with the low beams) if you still want driving lights and are willing to risk it (some states that require a yearly inspection will ask you to turn on your low beams and then the driving lights, to see if they come on) if they do, your going to fail. and the old "the switch doesn't work, won't fool the inspectors, either) go with fog lamps, or wire the driving lights correctly.
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well kinda off of what edgeaholic was talking about.....driving lights are best mounted higher up. they are designed to project the light a far distance ahead in a sharp pattern. mounting them lower on the truck (valence for example) will prohibit them from reaching their distance potential. on top of that, it is not legal to drive with "driving lights" on. now, i've never in my years heard of a legal way to wire them and an illegal way to wire them, but they cannot be turned on while on the road. as it is, they really won't do as much good for you on the road as "fog lights" would. fog lights have a shorter throw, but a wider dispersment of light helping you to see better all around you as opposed to a mile down the road.

i personally do not wire aftermarket auxillary lights with my high or low beams. i wire them independently from the headlights all together. the benefit of having them, is the ability to turn them on whenever you want/need.

i digress. back on topic, if you're mounting lights down low in a valence and want to use them during daily night driving, you want fog lights.
if you want driving lights, mount them on top of the bumper at least, or behind the grille. another common place for DLs is on a roof mounted light bar or roll bar.
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