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Old 02-06-2014, 11:34 AM
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Headlight confusion.

So have got a new to me 07 harley f250. The truck came with blueish hid lights. Well One day they wouldn't turn on like they we're suppose to, they would only work if the key was removed and the delay light shut off was active. So I tipped them out and replaced them with normal bulbs. I used the ultra bright sylvanas but can't get over how bad the lights are. The fog lights are the same brand but not the ultras. (The series below the ultra) The fog lights are bright as heck. The headlights are really weak. Opposite of the ratings on the bulb.

I've used the ultras on my motorcycle and last truck, they were great and super bright. So I have some questions now. Does my truck have daytime running light? I only ask because they don't turn on without the switch but when the lights are on they are very weak almost like drl. Also I keep reading about a upgraded headlight wiring harness but can't find any real info about it. All the post just refer to the harness but no part number or any real detail.

I don't really want to go back to hid because, to me they aren't reliable enough
So where should I begin to look?

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Old 02-06-2014, 11:43 AM
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I wouldnt say that HID's are not reliable. I have had them in my truck for 3 years and I have never had a problem.
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When you have auto headlamps you need to have them OFF with HID's. They are pretty specific about that in the instructions. HID's are not supposed to be turned off and on quickly. They are supposed to be turned on and left on. Much like the squiggly bulbs in your home, they take awhile to warm up and shutting them off before they get warmed up will shorten their life greatly. HID's are very reliable, but they need to be operated properly and grounded properly. If your headlights dont have ballasts for each side then they are not real HID, they are simply another style of bulb. Hope this helps somewhat. Retro Solutions(their forum) on here can help you out with a fix.
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When you have auto headlamps you need to have them OFF with HID's.
Wish I would've known that before. Oh well. I guess I caused them to finally go out completely. The pass side would take a lot longer to even turn on.

For now, I'd like to stick with the bulbs I have, they're less then a month old.
Does anyone have a link to the wire harness upgrade that I see mentioned online? Google just comes up with post about it.

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:30 AM
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I had hids with the auto light function and they worked fine, make sure you use a relay harness
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