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Dim headlights on 05 conversion?

I'm in the process of putting the newer headlights in the Ex... When I spliced the new pigtails in and plugged them in the lights were really dim? Almost like the battery was almost dead... (It's not btw) I was looking at the old plugs and the black wire was in the middle of the plug... The new ones had the black wire on the side. So I pulled the wires out of new plugs and switched the black wire to the middle and now they seem to be fine. Has anyone else had to do this or did I create a new problem that hasn't shown its self yet?
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h13'S and the '05-07 housings are not a lighting upgrade over the 2002-2004 lights..its a step backwards.
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Yeah... But they sure do look better.
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If using the '05-07 lights in an '99-04 trk it is worth getting the relay conversion harness from GOS Racing. About $80 shipped and it helps the whole system work better. Allows the headlights to get power directly from the battery and the dimmer switch to work under greatly reduced load. As an electrician I fully understand how and why this helps get the most out of the stock style '05-07 lights and highly recomend doing it.

And I agree... '05-07 lights, esp HD's, look great!

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The H13 is quite possibly the stupidest design for a bulb ever foisted on the public.
The terminals are so small that they overheat, even at stock wattages, and melt the plastic
housing of the connectors. Higher than stock wattage bulbs are offered, but not recommended
and no harness or relay will fix the problem of to small of terminals.
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I have to agree with Cary on the small terminal issue. Dispite using a relay harness, one of the bulbs on my red truck has a burned terminal making that light dim out once in a while. My other set has worked flawlessly for 5 or 6 years in my F350 at first and now swapped into the wife's Excursion.

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Had the same problem with mine, finally got tired of it and got a hid kit (runs its own power line to the battery, and just uses the stock headlight wire harness for commands as when to turn on and when to switch to high beams.


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You need to use a relay and draw power from a source closer to the battery. The terminals are small so the plugs may melt over time especially if you like to run high/low beams at the same time. While it's more of a band aid than a fix, you can get ceramic plugs that hold up to the abuse better than plastic ones.

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