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HID headlights and fogs

I have run HIDs in my superdutys over the years but have had mixed results. The hardest part for me seems to be getting a reliable kit. I have been running Xentec.

Is there a brand out there that works better? Are you guys replacing your H13 headlight bulbs as well? Are you using a hi/lo controller? I am not interested in losing my high beams.

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I have run HIDs in my superdutys over the years but have had mixed results. The hardest part for me seems to be getting a reliable kit. I have been running Xentec.

Is there a brand out there that works better? Are you guys replacing your H13 headlight bulbs as well? Are you using a hi/lo controller? I am not interested in losing my high beams.

Thanks
I have hid h13 that are hi-low n h11 (i pretty sure) hid bulbsfor the fogs for several years as well in my super duty n my wifes 2011 explorer. I got my kits out of indy from auto elite. Cant think of the brand n they are great. I run the 8k bulbs.



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Retro Solutions and DDM Tuning seem to be the most popular kits. However, I've seen threads that praise both kits and threads where users are still plagued with the classic HID issues such as one headlight not sparking/illuminating even after changing ballasts, lamps, and capacitors. Don't have much to offer other than I have HIDs and it's a crapshoot as to whether the passenger side will illuminate or not, regardless of weather conditions. I haven't used either kit but I think I'm done with HIDs. Just going to run some Piaa bulbs. Apparently, they're a close match to HIDs. Not exact, but close.

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i have 55w 6k retro solutions fogs and headlights. the fogs are so bright i just turn those on when i need a high beam. had them in for a couple months now, got the ballasts muddy and soaked in water with no problems. also retro solutions has a great tech department if you have any questions.

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anyone using these?

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Pos! If ur gunna go the HID route, the best way is to do a retrofit.




Hid's are designed to be used with a projector, not a reflector.

Check out my thread on how to do a true hid retrofit conversion. HID Retrofit Project- 2008 PSD (How to)

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How difficult would it be to retrofit the signal lights into another set of headlight? Adding led signals would be easy, there is a ton of room on our trucks.

I'm not looking for a Griswold family truckster, but I see an opportunity here.

Edit-678 you did an awesome job on the projectors.
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I run the DDM kit 4k's in my headlights and fogs. Fogs very bright, can't run them often or I would blind oncoming traffic.

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i have had great luck with ddmtuning. I have ordered about 10 sets or so and the last set i ordered and installed had a bad ballast. ddmtuning sent me a brand new one. i kinda hate my hid's LOL. they really arent that bright, high beams arent as bright as the low beams because the way the HID switches to high by the bulb actually moves back about a 1/4" changes the way it reflects and doesnt work well in some housings. If retrofits werent so expensive and look goofy i would, and aftermarket projector head lights like recon use cheap projectors and are worse than stock lighting. and by the way, fogs are h10, not h11 like mentioned previously^^^^

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