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Old 08-18-2012, 01:36 PM
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Headlights?

Hello all,

I am thinking about upgrading my headlights to something that shines a little better.

My question is, how big of a P.I.A. is it to change them and what can I expect to pay. I have done little research on them and have seen some as low as $350, is that good?
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:04 PM
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Super easy to change, 4 bolts to remove each headlight. It is kinda tricky without a magnetic bit holder. A lot of aftermarket headlamps have different bulb that fits into them so do some research. Recon has had some positive and negative feedback, but everyone has their own opinion. They have some projectors for our trucks though. HID's in the original housing work fine for me though.
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Super easy to change, 4 bolts to remove each headlight. It is kinda tricky without a magnetic bit holder. A lot of aftermarket headlamps have different bulb that fits into them so do some research. Recon has had some positive and negative feedback, but everyone has their own opinion. They have some projectors for our trucks though. HID's in the original housing work fine for me though.

My bad, I just realized you had an 03, different housings than the 05's. Someone else will chime in with removal and replacement process's.
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Ahh, thanks though
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Do a hid retrofit yourself or have black flame do it for ya.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:01 AM
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replace your 03 lights with 05-07 style lights. styling upgrade and they are brighter.

they fit right into your current header with a little bit of trimming
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even an 04 headlight ( direct swap ) will be better. you lense has diffusers molded in to them, the 04 up has clear lenses....
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I wont beat this to death, but Do a PROJEcTOR HID Retrofit.
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I wont beat this to death, but Do a PROJEcTOR HID Retrofit.
OK, now I am lost, please explain, just a little bit...
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:11 AM
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OK, now I am lost, please explain, just a little bit...
High Intensity Discharge or HID bulbs are much brighter than halogen bulbs, but are designed to be used in a projector style housing. Our trucks come from the factory with a halogen bulb and a halogen style reflector in the headlight housing. There a ton of HID retrofit kits all over the place, but they don't work to their full potential because they are just poped into the stock halogen reflector. If you have ever seen a riced out honda civic with bright white or blueish tint lights that blind oncoming traffic, that is a HID retrofit kit in a stock reflector. Factory halogen housings are designed to deliver a certain light pattern, This pattern is dependent on the position of the bulb's arc from the reflector. HID bulbs are not the same as halogen so the light reflected in the housing is scattered and inconsistent. Retrofitting a projector into the headlight housing fixes this. Projector housings are how OEM HID housings are designed.

OEM Lincoln HID projector:
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