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DO NOT buy from Atomic Street

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I'd love for someone to sticky this if possible. Maybe it doesn't meet the requirements. Regardless, read on.

Cliffs Notes:
Ordered fog lights from Atomic Street
Their harness changed and draws power to the switch constantly
They won't respond to my emails and just told me to take it to a mechanic

After doing my research on Club RSX, I found that most people recommended that I buy OEM replica fog lights from Motortrend or Atomic Street on eBay. I made a decision to buy from Atomic Street becuase no one ever had a problem with their plug and play harness.

I went to eBay and found their user name and a matching auction for 02-04 clear fog lights. Here is the original listing:

About a week later the package arrived and I unboxed things to find a box for yellow TSX fog lights. Immediately I was nervous about this purchase because 60 bucks is 60 bucks and I'm not about to go blowing it on stupid crap. I opened the inner box and found the correct parts. Everything was good to go, but the box did not include instructions or templates, so I made my own.

A day later I was installing them. I did the passenger's side and my buddies did the driver's side while I was installing the fog light harness on the interior. Once everything was buttoned up, we plugged it together to find a huge problem.

The switch (which I might add looked cheap as hell and did not match the interior at all) stayed illuminated at all times, even with the key out of the ignition and the fog lights off. I double checked my wiring to make sure it was plugged into the only hole in the fuse box that it would fit into and investigated the harness further. It seemed that the harness was drawing power at all times. With everything re-installed, I found the same problem.

Immediately I came onto Club RSX to find that another member was having the same problem with his fog lights from Atomic Street. The harness had been changed about two weeks before I ordered mine and there wasn't enough information out there to draw my attention to the issue when I searched.

I emailed Atomic street. This is the string of emails from newest to oldest:


If it keeps draws power when your engine is on that means the relay is bad.
But if it draws constant power even with engine off that means the wires are
not connected correcly.
Please take it to a mechanic shop to correct this problem.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 4:41 AM
To: Atomic Street
Subject: Re: eBayMotors Item 150162967021 Has Been Shipped

It draws constant power even with the engine off and no key in the ignition.

I am not the only one with this problem either.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Atomic Street" <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 11:14 PM
Subject: RE: eBayMotors Item 150162967021 Has Been Shipped

> You mean it still constantly draw the power from your battery even you
> turn
> off your car? Or only when you have the engine on?
> -----Original Message-----

> Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 2:26 PM
> To: Atomic Street
> Subject: Re: eBayMotors Item 150162967021 Has Been Shipped
> Please respond to my email. I am very unhappy with the product you
> shipped
> me. I cannot live a switch/harness that constantly draws power from my
> battery.
> Michael
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Atomic Street" <[email protected]>
> Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 2:35 PM
> Subject: RE: eBayMotors Item 150162967021 Has Been Shipped
>> Do you have them installed properly?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 4:17 PM
>> Subject: Re: eBayMotors Item 150162967021 Has Been Shipped
>> I recently received these fog lights and installed them. I noticed,
>> however, that the fog light interior harness constantly draws power to
>> the
>> switch and causes it to be illuminated at al times. As I understood it
>> from
>> members of a national RSX website, you were one of the only vendors that
>> sold the correct harness that worked with zero problems. I am very upset
>> to
>> see that your harness has changed very recently, and I am very upset that
>> received one of these defective harnesses.
>> I would like to resolve this issue very soon.
>> Please let me know what can be done to ensure that my foglights function
>> properly.
>> Thank You,
>> Michael
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "ATOMIC STREET" <[email protected]>
>> Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 9:01 PM
>> Subject: eBayMotors Item 150162967021 Has Been Shipped
>>> Dear Michael,
>>> I have shipped your item(s).
>>> Item Number : 150162967021
>>> Marketplace : eBayMotors
>>> Item Price : $39.99
>>> Number of Items : 1
>>> Shipping & Handling : $19.99
>>> Insurance : $ 0.00
>>> Tax : $ 0.00
>>> Total Price : $59.98
>>> You can click on the link below to see the most recent status of your
>>> purchase and other auctions I am running.
>>> Thanks again for your business!
>>> atomicstreet
>>> ----------------------
>>> Brought to you by Andale, the premier commerce management service for
>>> online sellers.


I have not received a response from them after sending three more emails telling him that I took it to a mechanic and an electrical engineer who both told me that the harness was built incorrectly.

I've done everything I know to do short of filing a claim with eBay. Since the parts are already installed, I'm not sure what my options are, but I did want to let you all know that Atomic Street is not the place to buy from anymore. Please do yourself a favor and keep your money rather than giving it to this guy.
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When you tapped into the fuse box for power did you make sure to go to a fuse that is switched, that is, only comes on with the key? It sounds as if you tapped into a fuse that has constant power. Tap into one with a "switched" output and you should be OK.
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