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post #1 of 19 Old 07-16-2014, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at buying new headlights

HID Xenon + 99-04 Ford F250 F350 F450 SuperDuty / Excursion Angel Eye Halo & LED Projector Headlights - Smoked

I posted this in the exterior discussion but more people seem to see the general discussion page haha. These are the headlights i am looking at getting. Does anone have any experience with these headlights or the people who put the HIDs in them? My buddy said that these projector headlights are too cheap and would throw light around everywhere.
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I've never heard anything good about these types of aftermarket lights. If you want projectors you will be way better off just saving up for some 05+ headlights and a retrofit. In the long run you will just get fed up with these and end up getting rid of them and going another route anyways....so you will just be throwing that money away. Plus I think those types of headlights on these trucks look ricey. Just my .02 cents
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I've never heard anything good about these types of aftermarket lights. If you want projectors you will be way better off just saving up for some 05+ headlights and a retrofit. In the long run you will just get fed up with these and end up getting rid of them and going another route anyways....so you will just be throwing that money away. Plus I think those types of headlights on these trucks look ricey. Just my .02 cents
What is so much better about the 05' headlights? I have a 2000 and my headlights are cloudy and could use a facelift. Are we talking about OEM headlight assemblies from an 05'? I am looking at all options for sure.

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They look better in general, clear lenses for better lighting, but still look oem and not ridiculous. Another idea Ill toss out is 03-04 lights and silverstar bulbs. Not the best option but decent.

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My Chinese projectors leak water. Definitely stick with OEM. Luckily, I inherited them when I purchased the truck.

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I went with the 05 headlights and really can see at night. It cost less than $70 for both. Also, it depends on the state, but some states it is illegal to replace halogen with HID/projectors. I would definitely look up your local laws before doing HID

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So the 05' headlights are projector types? I found two types of OEM's from 2005. Cuautitlan plant and the Kentucky plant. Are they really that different?

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No, OEM or OEM replacement 03 headlights are halogen. I was mistaken in my previous post. I have the 03 lights. I think if you go 05 you have to modify the plastic housing on the truck. More searching will find a great thread with someone showing exactly where to cut.Mine came installed with the Silverstar 9007 bulbs (nice and bright). You can buy HIDs in the 05 housing but you will have to wire the ballast and relays. If you search HID in the forum, you will find a lot of info from those who have done that mod.

The best bang/buck is replacing your yellow 2000 lights (the same ones I had) and put in the 03 OEM lights. I don't think place of manufacturing would make a difference, but maybe someone else knows for sure. Here's my thread of a before and after:

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So i have a 2002. Are the 03 headlights different from mine too? And can you put hids in them without modification? I will look into those silverstar ultra headlights. That may be enough for me. Do they make silverstar light bulbs for the fog lights? Or are they the same bulb?

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If your lights look like mine did in the before pic, you have the same. The 03-04 lights are clear and don't have that checkered pattern that the older ones do. You cannot put projector retrofits in the 03 housing. It is illegal and will blind drivers. If you want HID, you are going to have to buy specific lights and newer housing. It will be several hundred to do it right.

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