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Product Review/Install Guide: TRS Morimoto LED Fog Lights for 9th Gen Coupes!

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These are Morimoto XB LED Fog "Type-S" lights from Theretrofitsource.com (MSRP $175). Coupon code "ToyotaNation" brings them to $150.

After a thread last week in which a member wanted to retrofit HID projectors into his coupe fogs, my suggestion was to go with TRS XB "Type-S" Fogs. In all fairness I hadn't personally used them myself, so I figured "what the hell" and decided to be the forum guinea pig.

Now I'm an old-practical guy. For the most part fogs are more of an aesthetic item and often so underpowered that they're of little benefit. So why did I drop money on these? Well these aren't your typical fog lights. I read tons of great reviews on other boards like the Focus ST one which included output shots that were incredibly impressive. These aren't underpowered, at all! In fact, they're 2400 Lumens combined! Meaning, they're pretty much auxiliary driving lights. In addition, they're 5000k which comes very close to matching the look of my 4300K 4G TL HID retrofit in my car. Did I mention they also have a sharp cutoff? That's something you don't get at all with LED, HID, or halogen bulbs in the stock housing.

The XB Fogs come in two models, a "Type-S" and "Type-T". The S & T designation are for Subaru and Toyota, however, each are cross-compatible with many other vehicles. In our case the "S" not only fits many Subarus but also the 9th Gen Accord Coupe, as well as many other Hondas. I actually have a 2015 Subaru WRX on order and these same lights will not only fit my 9th Gen Accord Coupe but also the incoming WRX!

Initial Impressions:
Very nice! TRS is known for quality components, and their house brand "Morimoto" is known to be an excellent value. The XB LED Fogs use "3W Philips Luxeon-T 5000K LED's to produce around 1200 lumens per side for a total of 2400 on the ground." 2400 lumes is a ton of light!

Install:
It really can't get much easier. Pretty sure from walking into my garage to being done took all of 15 minutes, and that was with taking pictures and my time. These are adjustable for aiming as well, though I'll have to wait until dark for that. On my garage wall they seem to be pretty close to spot on without adjustment.

I have pics of the install but honestly it's so simple it likely doesn't warrant them.

Tools Required:
Phillips screwdriver. Yup, that's it.

Procedure:
1. In the top inside corner of each fog housing is one screw, this is all that is needed to remove the fog housing.
2. Once removed simply unscrew 2 more philips screws and unclip the wiring harness.
3. Now you will notice there is a tiny bit of trimming to do on one post of the fog housing, for the TRS Fog light, to sit flush. I did this with just a regular razor blade, it was super easy.
4. Now you'll notice the power wires are not inserted into the connector just yet, this is because the fog lights are polarity specific meaning the wires need to be in the right spot, simply insert them into the car power plug and check to see if they come on. If they don't swap positions and check again.
5. Once you have the polarity right slip the wires into the provided TRS plug, they'll lock into place.
6. Installation is reverse of removal.

It honestly does not get much simpler than that!

Conclusion: To me they seem worth the price and are simply the best option for a fog light upgrade. Retrofits are often too; messy, expensive, irreversible, time consuming, etc. This is hands down the way to go!

And of course here are the pics, night time or driving ones will come later:

The Fogs





Installed:




Now look closely and you'll see the separation line between the HIDs and the fogs, they fill in greatly and really make a significant difference with a perfect cutoff just like the HIDs! The light will be lower and wider, illuminating the sides of the road and foreground far more than the low beams can.




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���������������� so it's basically plug n play?? Will you take pics of the mounting part

Thanks to you, I may have to spend more money on mods!


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���������������� so it's basically plug n play?? Will you take pics of the mounting part

Thanks to you, I may have to spend more money on mods!
Yes, essentially plug and play! 15 minutes start to finish.

They mount just like the stock ones on the 4 posts using 2 screws.


And this is where I trimmed the one post (Super easy):

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Awesome! Now the fog lights can become useful. Do you have TRS 35w 5k HIDs in your low beam too? Do the color of light match?

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Awesome! Now the fog lights can become useful. Do you have TRS 35w 5k HIDs in your low beam too? Do the color of light match?
Low beams are 4th Gen TL Projectors, Osram Xenarc D2S 4300k bulbs, and Morimoto 35W ballasts. I bought everything for my HID low beam from TheRetrofitSource as well! They have 4G TL package deals for the 9th Gen Sedans and Coupes.

They're not a 100% match as the LEDs are 5000k, but CBI bulbs or some of the Phillips D2S bulbs that have more of a 5000k color, or generic 5000k HID bulbs should be spot on. Still it's not that much of a difference from my 4300k in person.

You can also order these with Yellow LaminX film from TRS, if you want the yellow look.

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Just wish there was a way to install them into a sedan. Our foglights are pretty much aesthetic
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Excellent review. Gonna put this on the wish list.
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thanks for the info. ordered mine tonite.
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wow thank you so much for doing this! the thread you read last week was mine.

they look great. May just have to save up and get it done after all!
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Bump for Zackb911 for a great product review!

I just placed my order but won't be getting these for another week. Still I'm convinced that I won't be disappointed thanks to this review.!
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Adding more content to this. I bought this when TRS gave out Labor Day sale coupon. The COLOR of the light matches PERFECTLY with the OEM DRL LEDs and TRS 5k 25w HIDs! I bought some $3 bulbs from eBay and they were blue compared to the HIDs and DRL LEDs. I am picky when It comes to automotive lighting color matching because I don't like a bunch of different shades of white(or looks blue).

This is basically Plug N' Play. The level of difficulty from 1(easy) - 10(hard) is a 1(one). The only thing you need to do is trim a small bit of the plastic mounting tab.
I used my iPhone 5 for pics, Obviously pics will not show the true amount output but you can tell there's a difference. May update in future with pics from a DSLR camera.

This is what you need to trim (on each side).









Here are BEFORE and AFTER pics:





This shows how much BRIGHTER it is

This shows how SHARPER it is











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Daamn! Makes me wish I had a coupe!

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Product Review/Install Guide: TRS Morimoto LED Fog Lights for 9th Gen Coupes!

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Daamn! Makes me wish I had a coupe!

After looking at these photos again, the amount of light and brightness is only from 3 little LEDs. Yes, 3 LEDs on each side.


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After looking at these photos again, the amount of light and brightness is only from 3 little LEDs. Yes, 3 LEDs on each side.


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