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Old 01-26-2014, 07:50 AM
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Headlight conversion question

I have a 2000 super duty with the big, honkin' "aero" headlights. I'd like to change them out to the smaller sealed beam lights with the plastic bezels around them. Does anyone know what all I would need to do the switch as far as parts? And are the plugs the same for the bulbs, or would I have to do a little re-wiring? And does anyone have them laying around they'd like to get rid of?

I want to switch from these to these
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:58 AM
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The lights you want to switch over to are lights that came on the XL or base model/work truck packages. On higher trim package trucks XLT above, the aero lights came on these units. They are 2 different plug ends that aren't interchangeable, if I remember right.

The aero lights use a 9007 bulb and the XL guys are sealed beam units and are of a different a wiring configuration.

Get the Sylvania headlight restoration kit and use that on your aero lights. Makes them look brand new and it does last a very long time. Take your time when sanding and take them out of the vehicle also, when restoring the lights.
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Replace them with '05-'07 headlghts. I have done so on 2 of mine and its worth it. I used a relay conversion wiring harnes from GOS Racing... makes wiring pluh-n-play. Cutting the header panel can be done in about an hour... lights can be had on ebay for cheap. I used after market ones (eagle eyes was the brand) with good luck so far.

This might be easier than the old style sealed beam lights.

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Old 01-29-2014, 03:23 PM
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I don't like the look of the 05-07 grille/headlights at all. I just painted the matte grey part of my grille black, and left the chrome. I really like how it came out, but it needs more black to make it look right. I think if I put the XL headlights on it and paint the bezels black it will give me the look I desire. I don't really care about easier. I'm willing to do the extra work to get the truck looking the way I want. Thanks for the thoughts and input. I'm just waiting for one to show up in the junk yard now.
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You really want to down grade your headlight performance just for the looks of them? FYI sealed headlights are a lot more expensive to maintain since you have to replace that whole unit not just the bulb. Do what you want to your truck but doesn't make a lot of sense in my opinion.
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I agree with the others, the only possible reason you could be doing this is for looks and there are many other options in that department.

Check out a write-up I did a while back..
Head to Head Headlights
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You really want to down grade your headlight performance just for the looks of them? FYI sealed headlights are a lot more expensive to maintain since you have to replace that whole unit not just the bulb. Do what you want to your truck but doesn't make a lot of sense in my opinion.
At $12 I'm not really concerned about them being "expensive." And FYI, there are drop in replacement units available which accept a lot more cheaper halogen replacement bulbs. Not really an issue for me.

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I agree with the others, the only possible reason you could be doing this is for looks and there are many other options in that department.

Check out a write-up I did a while back..
Head to Head Headlights
Yes, as I stated in my OP, the only reason I could be doing this is for looks. Thank you for the link, you have a lot of good info there. I am now thinking of getting a set of black 02-04 headlights. Not exactly the look I want, but still better than what I have, and better performance than the sealed beams.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and input
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Yes, as I stated in my OP, the only reason I could be doing this is for looks. Thank you for the link, you have a lot of good info there. I am now thinking of getting a set of black 02-04 headlights. Not exactly the look I want, but still better than what I have, and better performance than the sealed beams.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and input
Sorry I didn't make myself clearer, I meant the only reason to justify that headlight is in a show truck, where performance wasn't a factor..

I'd recommend the orange for a smoked corner light while you're at it. IMHO it looks so much better.

Also I'd recommend higher wattage aftermarket replacement bulbs. Since that write-up I pulled the HID's because of the trouble they had turning on @ below zero temps and went with PIAA 85w/75w direct replacement bulbs. They're a happy medium between the HID's and stock (65w/55w) bulbs.


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The sealed beam lights have adapters on them from xlt harness to xl plugs from factory trucks just an fyi. You shouldn't have to rewire it. All u need to do is take them off the truck you're takin the lights off of


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I'm going to go with something like this



I like the stock orange marker lights. Not sure yet if I'll switch those out for smoked

And the1laf, I gave you some thanks. That was a great write up, and very helpful. Thank you!
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