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What color would you say the output is? Blueish white?
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The nighthawks spit out a nice pure white, slightly on the warm side. Very little blue to them. It's as close to daylight as you can get with a halogen bulb
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I'm looking to get a little blue to them. Maybe I should go with the nighthawk xenon 9007's
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Never tried those, before. Are you looking to get blue for appearance? Because, according to what I've read, the eye doesn't like blue light very much as far as seeing goes. It prefers reds yellows and oranges more.

For example, you can make out more with a yellow light than you could with a blue light. why, idk but that's seemingly how our eyes work. Then again I'm no eye-oligist so how true that is, I don't know.

If you're looking for a specific color, then an HID kit is probably your best bet. Don't be like me though and buy a cheapie. Go with something quality and adjust your headlights if necessary. I'd say between 6000 and 8000 is where you'd want to be if a blue tint is your end goal.
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I'd go with 6000k I bought mine 6000k aND after running them for over a year, I am happy to say that they've lost some blue and are more a brilliant white with a slight tish of blue. I'm very happy with the current output.
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I'd go with 6000k I bought mine 6000k aND after running them for over a year, I am happy to say that they've lost some blue and are more a brilliant white with a slight tish of blue. I'm very happy with the current output.
Do you have projectors?
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I don't think he does. I know Justin has projectors, though. If you stick with your stock lenses, you'll have to report on how well the 98-00 housing works with HIDs. If I ever go that route I don't want to be 'that guy', you know? I get flipped off enough as it is, lol.

On another note, I'm going to head to autozone and grab a new thermostat and gasket then install that in my cold engine (borrowing a car) and maybe.... just maybe.... I'll start in on my console. I'm embarrassed to say I've allowed a rats nest of wire to develop in my console. I'm not looking forward to it, but I know that once I start in it won't be that bad.

Still wanting to finish my efan though.... I'll come back to it after my console; fresh head and all that. Planning is a virtue.....
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I'm worried about pissing people off lol. That's why I want to try those xenon bulbs. I'm sure those would **** people off too though.. So maybe its just worth it to run 6000k HIDs. The stock headlights are lame
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When it comes down to it, your hair being a certain color will infuriate people. You might as well do what you want. People are going to complain, fly the bird at you, and scream obscenities at you no matter what you do.

I mean heck, at a four way stop earlier today, I go to take my turn and about half way into the intersection, an older man in a camry pulls out and gives me a dirty look as if I took his turn for him. Like, really?

Best way to approach people anymore is just to not care and let it all roll off like rain on a windshield.
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I think I'll try the nighthawk xenons out. I won't get a chance to do it for a couple months though since that is the next time I'll be home.

On another note, when's the new water pump going in? When I did mine I drained the radiator but forgot to put the bucket under the pump when I pulled it. That turned into a mess real quick haha
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Whenever I get a chance. Right now the pump I have is working, but it won't last forever. I need to get it installed within a month. Which, honestly, that should be a priority of mine, considering, you know, coolant.

And, I'll be doing mine in the yard. No mess to clean up, although that doesn't mean I'm just going to let it all go in the grass. I don't completely disrespect mother nature.
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I did mine in the yard too so I didn't have to clean anything but I still felt like a dope lol. The longest part for me was getting the old gasket off the block. That **** was stuck on there. And then I forgot the thread the fan back on so it just about overheated *facepalm* I spent a good hour looking online for what was going on and then all of the sudden it hit me lol
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Lucky for me that fan isn't going back on. Unfortunately though, I still need to get it apart so I can get my pulley back. But at least I can do whatever it takes. Cut it, heat it, break it, whatever it takes to get that pulley off the fan.
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Pulley is on the fan? Mine is mounted on the water pump.. I'm confused lol

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No I don't. I get flashed occasionally, but I aimed my lights down enough that it doesn't bother most people. They're more concerned about my music anyways.
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^ Yeah, this. Even with my stock halogen bulbs I'm still flashed once in a while.

The most irritating thing is when people don't adjust their headlights. Something as low as a Taurus can be so irritating when their lights are going all over the place, and always right into your corneas.
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I get everything from headlights flashed, to middle fingers, to people brake checking me even when I'm two car lengths behind them. lol.

My favorite is when I pull up to a red light and I see the driver ahead of me flip his rearview mirror to night mode. lol.
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Today I replaced my tstat, which was supposedly 195 but was opening more like 188-190. Result is the engine runs too cold. Bought a valucraft (because I'm cheap) 192 thermostat and now it's running between 188-192, better. Also used a duralast gasket. First gasket leaked like a faucet, but number 2 worked. Go figure....

Now with that done, I have a project and a half starting tomorrow. I'm going to start the day by going to autozone and renting a fan clutch rool, or buying a piece of angle iron to modify if autozone doesn't have one available. Pulley-holder-thingy. Also getting a gallon of coolant to have on stand by for when I inevitably lose some.

After I get back, I'm driving behind the house and beginning the process of replacing the water pump. In one day I plan to have the water pump installed. Should be feasible, right? Friday I begin working on the electric fan and getting it installed. Even though I don't have any 8 AWG for the high side, I can still wire the low side so I can drive it. Not a big deal. With the fan installed, the engine will then run from 200 to 195, as per the fan switch. On at 200, off at 195. I'd like it to run warmer than stock anyway, so I knock out two birds with one stone.

After the fan is on and confirmed to be doing it's job, I will take Saturday and Sunday to install the third generation center console.
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I get everything from headlights flashed, to middle fingers, to people brake checking me even when I'm two car lengths behind them. lol.

My favorite is when I pull up to a red light and I see the driver ahead of me flip his rearview mirror to night mode. lol.
You have HID's too? Lol
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Cameron, the water pump took me about two hours start to finish and I wasn't moving fast
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If I finish early, I can always start in on the fan. I just have a general time line to go by. Wouldn't bother me a bit if it went that fast. I don't expect it to be an entire day. Any tips?
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Honestly it is pretty straight forward. The bolts come off easy. Just be ready to scrub old gasket off the block. I did a combo of the gasket that came with the pump and some rtv. No leaks
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I'll probably glue the gasket to the pump with a touch of RTV, but I'm letting the gasket do it's job.

Thankfully I have a service manual for my Ranger that lists each step. Sort of looking forward to it, sort of not. Never done a water pump replacement before, so it'll be a learning experience. At least I'll get to see how clean my block is. If it's dirty, I may refill with water and pour in some flush product. I'll take some pics of the old water pump as well, if anyone wants to see it. I know I'm curious to see what that impleller is like.

On another note, I still have my old mirrors, headlights and turn signal lenses. I don't know whether to sell or keep them. They're good parts, so they're not getting thrown.
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It's as hard as pulling your diff cover to change the diff oil.

I'm thinking about getting some clear turn signals for my truck. Getting tired of the orange.
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They certainly make clear ones. I've got clear (non-smoked) with the black reflector. Pair that with a set of LEDs and you're golden. That or a new set of incandescent bulbs.

Makes you wonder why you can buy orange bulbs all day long, but not red.
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