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Prepping for fog lamp install; 96 base wagon

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Prepping for fog lamp install; 96 base wagon

Post by SonicAdventure » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:27 pm


I finally sourced a set of fogs for my 850 and I'm planning to get them installed sometime in the next month or so.

Looking under the bumper, I see the circle indents where the lamps are supposed to go through. I have the gaskets that go in the hole, but the hole is on an angle and tough to reach.

My plan is to drill around the circle mark with a cordless drill until it's all but released and finish it with a small fine-toothed handsaw, and then Dremel the surface smooth once the hole is cut out. I will likely tape the heck out of the front bumper surface to prevent tear-out.

My question is: should I use the hole marker on the bumper as an outer limit for my cut or as in inner limit? In carpenter-speak, should I cut the line or leave the line?

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