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Hids

Im lookin for some help on the HIDs. Are they hard to Install? I need to install them on a 08 superduty but it souldnt be much different then a ranger i dont think.
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plug and play!
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Yeah just plug them in and mount the ballasts. This isn't a how-to submission btw
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HID kits that are plug and play are the wrong way to do it, the housings were never meant to be used with HIDS so they will glare very badly. The right way is to do a retrofit of projectors from something else (Acura TSX for example), but that is very involved and takes some skill.
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yeah like stated above your gona get crazy glare on a standard halogen reflector, especialy on a super duty there head lights are pretty big, your gona have to retro fit them with some projectors or your gona get stoped alot by the cops.. plus if the super duty is a 9007 bulb like the rangers your gona loose your high beams unless you get bixenons wich are not cheap. and good luck getting a sticker with no high beams..
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Last night as I was driving the 71 out here there was a toyo tundra, with HID conversion with standard light buckets and the glare really was not bad. It didnt even bother me.
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The bixenons aren't expensive anymore you can get them for 120 on eBay now. As long as you aim your headlights down and aren't lifted real big you won't have much glare at all.
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I have hardly any glare from my reflector lenses. They're bright and they don't hurt oncoming traffic. Why are the plug and play kits the "wrong" way of doing it? That's the "right" way to do it, swapping the housing is up to you on whether you think it's right or not. I dont' like how the projectors cut off the beam, they look ugly (Never seen a good lookin projector that doesn't look mexican) and I think they produce a worse glare than the reflectors do. I have them in both my reflector housings (That I've never had a problem with), I get an occasional flash at night, but that's probably because I'm lifted. Not everyone flashes me. I also have them in my lower valance fogs with no reflector cap.

Here's what I look like at night... And also what Shane looks like.

Me - 4300k headlamps and 3000k Fog lamps with 85w PIAA lights on the light bar
Shane - 6000k headlamps

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Those look really good, something else for me to add to the list of wants lol thanks a lot all!
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^^Your girl always flashes me.




Here we go again with the "glare" arguement. Yes, our housings are not designed for HIDS, there is a minimal amount of glare, but not much.

I'm running a relay harness, because I have a problem with one side turning on and the other not, I turn it off, then both come on. I suppose I could do a how-to when I get my HIDs back in this weekend or tomarrow night.
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Im sorry but im not up to date on the HIDS ...What are they?...... They exspensive?
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High Intensity Discharge lights...I love mine! HID FTW!!!
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So they are just an extremely brighter headlight
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Those look really good. Glare dosent seem to bad from the pics.
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^^Your girl always flashes me.




Here we go again with the "glare" arguement. Yes, our housings are not designed for HIDS, there is a minimal amount of glare, but not much.

I'm running a relay harness, because I have a problem with one side turning on and the other not, I turn it off, then both come on. I suppose I could do a how-to when I get my HIDs back in this weekend or tomarrow night.
Yes, I wish people would read things before posting things they don't know about! Gives others false information in the wrong direction. Try swapping your wiring harnesses, this happened on Chris' Dodge, all we did was swap the wiring harness, and for some reason it worked like a charm (only after shocking him with like 240V from the ballast TWICE!!! FUNNY SH*T!)

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Im sorry but im not up to date on the HIDS ...What are they?...... They exspensive?
HID's are a glass filled bulb, a ballast converts your 12v to a high voltage (I wanna say something like 240v) and ignites the gas and keeps it lit the entire time the lights are on. They run on 35w instead of the OEM 55w, they last about 10,000 hours vs. a halogen bulb that lasts a mere 400 or so, the ballasts are water proof and shock resistant for the most part. HIDs are also at least twice as bright as halogens as well, and with at least a reflector housing they are not illegal. If you have a straight through housing they omit a horrible glare to oncoming traffic and that style IS illegal. You need to be running at least reflectors, projectors if you want (I hate them).

Just as 07Sport said, HID = High Intensity Discharge and my headlamp kit ran $170 for the kit, and I bought the cheaper $75 kit for my fog lamps and they're just as good! Haven't had any problems.

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High Intensity Discharge lights...I love mine! HID FTW!!!
Hell yah man! HIDS FTW! I'll never own another vehicle that doesn't have HIDs in it. Halogens just don't do it. I don't care what halogens you have!
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So they are just an extremely brighter headlight
brighter and whiter
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Thanks ill have to look into them a little more and maybe invest some money i dont have lol...
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brighter and whiter
That's not the case at all. Brighter yes, whiter no.

3000k = yellow hue

4300k = OEM white (yes that's the closest to white there is, what I have also)

6000k = hint of blue hue

8000k = a lot more hint of blue hue than 6000k

10000k = blue hue (no white)

12000k = violet hue

15000k = purple hue (no blue)
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Do i have to buy a conversion kit or no cause i found HID bulbs (just bulbs) for the ranger....just wondering?
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You HAVE to buy the whole kit, unless you have already bought the kit once and just want to change the color of the bulb. You can't use those bulbs without a ballast. The ballast, as I've said, converts the power from low to high voltage, almost like a inverter for a car. It's basically a trasnformer, used to step up the voltage.

It also ignites the gas in the bulb when you turn your lights on.

The kits are usually about $75 shipped for the cheaper ones (I have one of the kits) and they're plug and play. They run in-line of your current pigtail to your headlight. That stock pigtail connects to the ballast, there's another set of wires coming out of the ballast that run to the bulb.
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Your going to want the entire kit. What you posted in no good for what your after.
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Alright well thank you for that bit of information...
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ALOT of aftermarket halogen bulbs say HID on their package to try and sell them to people who think they are buying HIDs.

I believe ALL HID kit sellers on ebay have all bulb types avaliable. Just look up "hid kit" on ebay. Suggest buying from a US seller w/ a US warehouse.
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Anytime man.. That's why were here! I just happen to know a few pieces of information about HIDs lol...
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