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Smile Upgraded Rear Tail Lights Using Euro Fog Slots - Photos

A friend of mine who is also on this board told me of a way to improve the rear tail lights on the 944 using the Euro Fog Spots. This is the "reflector only" section of our USA cars.

I went out to the wrecking yard and I found an old 944. I opened up the rear tail lights and took all the bulb sockets. All of the sockets (i.e., brakes, blinkers, tail lights) are the exact same bulb socket so any one will work.

Next was to open up my taillights and install the newly acquired socket into the Euro Fog Hole - there's a slot for it in our tail lights on a removable metal board (see photos below).

I Bought an electrical spade tee to tap into the existing taillight. Then I made a 5 inch wire with connectors on each end. Plugged everything in, tested, and done.

The entire project took about 10 minutes (not counting my trip to the wrecking yard and hardware store).

Donor bulb sockets:


Made wires with connectors (about 4-5 inches - one for each side):


Donor bulb socket snaps into place in Euro fog hole:


Added a "Tee" to the existing tail light socket:


Tested to see if all was working:


Finished Product:


Finished Product:



Special Thanks to Brent for kicking me in the butt to get this done!
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Looks great, I had a friend told me about the same thing about two weeks ago, I was going to work on it today but didn't get around to it.
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I am totally going to do this. It looks awesome.

I always thought our cars had odd light patterns in the back.

I'm assuming a 924's lights will work, too?
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24's are the same
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Glad you guys got around to doing this. There are old posts of the very same thing. I did mine last June, plus added the third brake light to my 85.5. I don't want anyone climbing up my rear end if there is any way to add more rear lights.

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This is the simplest and cheapesy upgrade you can do to a 944, IMO.

Nice job!
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Good pictures, and it is nice to see what the mod looks like.
I just got my bulb holders a few weeks ago for the very same mod, along with the third brake light. Have about 10 other fixes and upgrades to do before I get to the back end of the car, though.
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The nice thing about this project was that it literally took about 10 minutes to do.
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lights

I did the same thing and you can wire them to the brake lights or to the parking lights. I added the rear reflector and love the way it looks
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What about using a dual prong socket, and wiring it to both brakes AND markers? Is there a dual prong socket that would fit?
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The dual prong bulbs would not fit back inside the tailight housing. The single prong bulb is smaller - Great question.
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Dual prong will fit with a little modification. I got some from Autozone, spent some time with the Dremel tool, and all is good. I had to enlarge the hole where the bulb went, and for the sockets that I got, I had to make a hole in the cover to fit over them (too deep).
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Upgrade with running lights and panel

Upgrade with running lights, panel and brake lights
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looks nice! may want to keep an eye on the current draw as you deffinately don't want any melted wires.
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i did my 944 seven years ago, and the 951 as soon as i got her. cheap and easy upgrade, and well worth it!
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Have done it to all my 944's, except I just bought the kit, didn't have to find a junkyard with a donor car and was done with it.
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Where to buy the Kits

This is the best and probably cheapest Porsche upgrade I have seen to date....does anyone know where to buy the kits?

Unfortunately, there are no 951/944/924 Donor Cars in any of the junkards in my area.
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I have everything you need for this upgrade. PM for details. This is a cheap and great upgrade to make sure you are seen from the rear and not run over.
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This is the best and probably cheapest Porsche upgrade I have seen to date....does anyone know where to buy the kits?

Unfortunately, there are no 951/944/924 Donor Cars in any of the junkards in my area.
There are zero Porsches in any junk yard in Montana as well, though the few I've seen probably should be in a junk yard!

So, I bought tail light panels on ebay for cheap. Couple of short wires and spade connectors from NAPA, and that was it. Pretty quick and easy, and makes the rear look more modern with the lights on. Did mine last night.

BTW, I used stock sized 5 watt bulbs (5007LL). The larger bulbs would be too big to fit the panel back on the light housing, I think. Plus, I wouldn't want to draw too much current through the wires with bulbs greater than 5 watts.
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I was almost hit from behind and the other driver told me he just didn't see that cute little car. I looked at the light profile myself and thought it was a little hard to see and that was what led to the upgrade. The panel uses led's so it is low current draw. I was very glad to see this thread.

Please let me know when you need parts for stuff like this as I strip every part that comes in the local junkyard just for projects like this.
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