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Aftermarket HID Projector Headlights

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I have been digging through the forums and google regarding aftermarket HID projector headlights. I was led to this because after researching the $30-$50 HID upgrade kits i realized i don't want to be "that guy" that blinds the **** out of people. The price tag is nice but I want to do it right.

The following link is a aftermarket projector set up I was considering. I will pay the high price if its a quality projector assembly and HID installed (or at least compatible). From what i read it comes with the HID installed. Does anyone on the RF have experience with this brand?

I also read about the "eagle eyes" headlight assemblies but haven't been able to find much more than a whisper. It seems to elude me. I dont want to mod my OEM lights, i read into that and don't want to mess with it plus the $300 price tag for the projectors. I don't mind doing some wiring for headlight assemblies.

I have a 2004 Ranger 5-speed
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an actual link to the product would be nice
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yeah, no link.

unless you're retrofitting projectors from somewhere like The Retrofit Source Inc, you're wasting your time. those one piece headlights all over ebay that have "projectors" are complete crap.
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Buy a pair of headlight housings off of ebay then buy the "new" D2S 3.0 kit from the link above and retro them yourself. The D2s`s would be easy to do. I currently have the D2S 2.0 and they put out a good amount of light, way better then stock. Currently Im up grading to FX-R 3.0 and in the process of retro fitting them, they are a BIG pita but will be worth the trouble when there done.
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This is what i meant to post. Hah, I think i destroyed the link by accident, moron...anyways. I stay away from Ebay unless I'm purposely looking for cheap. I did look into retrofitting some headlights, aftermarket or OEM what ever i could find for reasonable money. I seen a kit that was pushing $300 and this kit which i think is what you have installed right now as the D2S retrofit. That isn't a bad price once i figure out what harness to get and find a decent headlight housing to MOD. Then look into how to do it. I like to know exactly what I'm getting myself into.

If the Angel Eye headlight is complete crap for the money I won't bother with it. I don't need anything that will light up the depths of space (it'd be nice) but something that is better than OEM and doesn't blind the **** out of people. I get nervous with electrical though, i don't like to mess with it but I have a feeling I will go preheat my oven to 215...hehe.
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If the Angel Eye headlight is complete crap for the money I won't bother with it.
It's crap.
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It's crap.
Good enough reason for me. I just found another thread burried from over a year ago about the same headlights and the thread starter said the projectors sucked. If i'm going to spend that kinda cash I'll do it right. Time to hunt down some Headlights and the Bi-Xenon
Kit from TRS. It's a pretty penny but will look great.
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id buy them for looks, my headlights are more for legality reason than light output these days lol
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id buy them for looks, my headlights are more for legality reason than light output these days lol
It's more of what I'm going for. The lights look awesome, I'm sure the light output can't be worse than OEM. I don't do off roading so i don't need to light up the depths of space. The headlights will look good and be legal and not a deathtrap, plus much easier install. But if I'm spending the same kind of cash I'll do it right, but my delima is the better way is 25% more (want spare pair of headlights to work on), plus more work..but then again its right!

Cheese thanks for the link! I was pretty sure it was the Canbus 9007/9004 relay harness but i like clarification. The morimoto mini kit isn't that bad of a price but i like to complicate matters by looking for a spare pair of headlights so i don't jack up my stock ones. My local Junkyards SUCK! Seriously real gear heads around here drive an hour away easy. I'll have to hunt some cheap ones down.

This is on my to-do list along with cruise control.
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I bought a new set of headlights when I retrofitted mine. Amazon or Ebay have the Angle Eye brand that I used, and if I remember right, they were like $35-40 delivered off of Ebay. I preferred to start with completely new lights instead of ones that were dirty or had scratches and imperfections on the clear lens that could cause glare or reduced output.

All in all, I was about $300 in to my retrofit. I used D2s projectors with bulbs, The Retrofit Source's 9007 High Beam Harness, and HID ballasts I already had from DDM Tuning.
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I think this Kit from TRS and an aftermarket OEM or blacked out style headlight housing from Amazon for $30-50 for a total of $375 is the way I'll go. The kit includes everything, I tried finding them separate but the kit is the better deal.

Kit includes:

Projectors: D2s 3.0
Bulbs: 6000k to match my interior
Wire Harness: Moto Control Bixenon 9007
Shroud: appolo
Ballast: D2s 3Five

I think that is a fair deal for Top-Notch engineering while offering a bad-*** look to the Ranger. Wish I could order this through Amazon, I have $150 in gift cards to use That just means I'll get my cruise control stuff from them Hehe.

If all this stuff is right above all i have to do is pull apart the headlight (oven trick), unbolt it completely. Put the projector in the housing and attach the mounting bracket..then just bulb, harness, ballast and plug into OEM headlight connector. I thought I read that the ranger required some cutting. enlarging the diameter of the socket for the projector? I have a dremel so that's no worry. Just want some idea of what I have to cut to get it in, I also think i have to drill holes to screw it in. Clarification on wiring would be great. I hate electrical and i doubt this is "plugnplay" and I have to solder something, just want to know what. Once i know this I'll add stuff to my cart and wait for my next paycheck (and hide from wife)

I plan on making a How-To guide for the How-To section of the forums with lots of Pics. I love guides with lots of pictures. I want to contribute something to the forums as well.
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with that harness , there is no cutting or wire soldering , just plug and play

i have that very harness is works very well , i will be ordering another 1

this is the projector kit i ordered off of amazon

iJDMTOY (2) 2.5" Mini D2S Bulb Size Bi-Xenon HID Projector Lens with Iron-Man LED Ready Desgin Shroud For Headlight Retrofit DIY Use : Amazon.com : Automotive iJDMTOY (2) 2.5" Mini D2S Bulb Size Bi-Xenon HID Projector Lens with Iron-Man LED Ready Desgin Shroud For Headlight Retrofit DIY Use : Amazon.com : Automotive

it will fit my b4000 headlight bezel just right , not sure about the ranger headlight housings
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I think this Kit from TRS and an aftermarket OEM or blacked out style headlight housing from Amazon for $30-50 for a total of $375 is the way I'll go. The kit includes everything, I tried finding them separate but the kit is the better deal.

Kit includes:

Projectors: D2s 3.0
Bulbs: 6000k to match my interior
Wire Harness: Moto Control Bixenon 9007
Shroud: appolo
Ballast: D2s 3Five

I think that is a fair deal for Top-Notch engineering while offering a bad-*** look to the Ranger. Wish I could order this through Amazon, I have $150 in gift cards to use That just means I'll get my cruise control stuff from them Hehe.

If all this stuff is right above all i have to do is pull apart the headlight (oven trick), unbolt it completely. Put the projector in the housing and attach the mounting bracket..then just bulb, harness, ballast and plug into OEM headlight connector. I thought I read that the ranger required some cutting. enlarging the diameter of the socket for the projector? I have a dremel so that's no worry. Just want some idea of what I have to cut to get it in, I also think i have to drill holes to screw it in. Clarification on wiring would be great. I hate electrical and i doubt this is "plugnplay" and I have to solder something, just want to know what. Once i know this I'll add stuff to my cart and wait for my next paycheck (and hide from wife)

I plan on making a How-To guide for the How-To section of the forums with lots of Pics. I love guides with lots of pictures. I want to contribute something to the forums as well.
correct, all you have to do is open up the hole that the stock plug fits into. i cut the lock ring off the back of the light housing and then slowly opened it up with a sanding drum. it's easier to take away a little material at a time instead of making the hole too big from the start.

wiring is all plug and play too. read the instructions, i had to switch the wires around on the plug to get the high beams to work right (the harness is sold wired for a 9004 bulb iirc).

theretrofitsource.com is the only place to go unless you buy projectors taken out from a bmw/acura/whatever. no jdm or ebay bullshit.
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Get the after market housings for looks and retrofit the 3" HID Unit into them, 4300 to 6000K.

Then let us know how it worked out...
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After hours of searching the web trying to find HID projectors and kits I have decided what i'll do.

Amazon offers the
IJDMTOY 2.5" projectors & Shroud IJDMTOY 2.5" projectors & Shroud
for $99 and i can get a set of Eagle Eye Brand OE style housings for $16 each. That takes care of my amazon money, so i feel like I'm getting it for free.

Now The Retrofit Source is the only place I'm willing to buy the D2S Morimoto Elite HID System from because nothing else compares to it even if they are half the price. So if I'm not mistaken that takes care of the Projectors, Shrouds, OE style housings, Wire harness, Bulbs, Ballasts. I think i can also add Halo's in the OE headlight, just have to look. I'd like to buy the full Morimoto kit from TRS but I just don't have the funds or enough brownie points in the bank to not have my wife kill me. But in the grand scheme of things its still the right way to do HID lights and that I feel good about. In the end its cheaper than those Spyder headlights I was looking at.

I'm glad the wiring may be PnP or minimal at most. Then its just up to modding, which I'm more than able to do. Should be a fairly simple yet great mod to do. I can't order stuff for a week or two and it will take me a few weeks to finish and make a guide.

If anyone knows of a good source for adding cruise control and wouldn't mind posting a link that'd be fantastic.

Thanks for all the info guys!
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I received the spare headlights and projectors yesterday. Decided to start getting stuff together and bake the headlights. I had a few issues of course, i always do. The first was receiving the D2S projectors and hearing a rattling from inside. The first one was fine, the second however had the flap and springs out of place. After 10 minutes i fixed it all, not an issue. I will test the solenoid later tonight.

Baked the headlights over the last 2 hours. This stuff was nasty. I had it at 250 degrees and the silicone sealant barely moved. It was a thick rubber that i had to pry enough to get a razor in to cut it. They are both apart now and I'll start cutting on Friday. got plenty of pics for the guide.
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with that harness , there is no cutting or wire soldering , just plug and play

i have that very harness is works very well , i will be ordering another 1

this is the projector kit i ordered off of amazon

iJDMTOY (2) 2.5" Mini D2S Bulb Size Bi-Xenon HID Projector Lens with Iron-Man LED Ready Desgin Shroud For Headlight Retrofit DIY Use : Amazon.com : Automotive

it will fit my b4000 headlight bezel just right , not sure about the ranger headlight housings
Not sure if you are still following this thread Cheese_man, but I ordered this harness. It's awesome, its top quality. The low price is an insult to the quality in my opinion. My plan was to spend today putting this together to test the system before I cut and welded in the projectors but the recent winter storm has killed my hopes and dreams. However, while sitting here I am fiddling with everything. I noticed that the Bi-Xenon 2-pin connector does not fit into the Motocontrol Projector 9006 connector. That is with my genius knowledge of electrical (LOL). After a bit of research i found out I need the HID/9006 High Beam Adapter from TRS in order to make the connection. Easy enough fix to buy, i hate splicing. Not sure if you knew this or not, i doubt it'd through a monkey wrench into your gears as It did with mine. Just another section for the guide, lol.
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i am still following

you need the male to female adapter , i goofed when i ordered mine

in canada when you order a electrical connector , it is the body of the connector that determines the gender LOL
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i am just collecting all of the parts that i require

and will wait till the warm weather arrives to do the projector conversion and other lights i need to hook up
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On TRS website it said I needed the the HID Female to 9006 Male adapter, so it's what i bought. To me the male plugs into the female...hehe...valentines day..heh, anyways. Which i believe is right in this case...if not oh well I'll order the other. Aye, warm weather would be great. I do have a garage at my fathers I can use, I plan to park it for a few days to work on. Was going to do that today but with the nearly knee-high snow it wouldn't have happened until to late in the day. By the way I'm putting you into the guide as a Thanks To since you gave me vital information
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that is what i thought too , turns out that refer to the socket by the pins not the housing itself

PINS!! male to female

i will ordering a second bi-zenon harness , 1 harness for each projector , the long connector end will be used to activate low beam LED lights and high beam , high power 100 watt spot beam light .

each harness will be connected to a circuit breaker instead of a fuse ( circuit breakers trip faster and are manually reset , plus they do not drop voltage when they heat up ) fuses drop voltage when they heat up.
( besides replacing fuses is a pain , not to mention having to buy more , 1 cost 1 circuit breaker

each circuit breaker will connected to the battery via a 8 gauge wire running through a protective rubber hose ( instead of plastic conduit ) to the passenger side inner fender
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buying 2 sets of these Y splitters
High Beam Splitters - Accessories

1 splitter each for the ballast and bi-xenon 9006 connector

1 half of the splitter to the ballast , 2nd half of the splitter to the led lights ( no relay needed , low amp draw )

using these extension cords for the 2nd half of the bi-zenon splitter to the high beam ( spot light relay )

9006 Extension Cords - Accessories

simply cut off the 9006 male end , and cut - splice and solder onto the relay trigger ( switched source )wires

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Took me a few reads to get what you where talking about, haha. I'm so not good with electrical. But what i understand it seems simple enough, i myself need some fog lights...that's the future though. You should make a write up of what your going to do it'll help noobs like me. your set up will be killer.

So, your telling me, i probably ordered the wrong connector? haha...****. their description seemed to make sense...i guess. I'll see when it gets here. Not like these awesome harnesses break the bank.
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basically i mean , it is better to use 2 bi-zenon harnesses , 1 harness for each projector

so if 1 harness fails for whatever reason , you still have the second harness powering the other projector to get you home without issue

relays require very low amperage to activate them ( 0.250 amps )

100 watt lights can consume up 14.20 amps per light , that is why i only use 1 relay per 100 watt light
less strain on the relay over the long term
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