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Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2018 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by cobra671, October 12, 2015.


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      I don't profess to be an expert and all the info I've gathered is from articles like those I linked and others that have gone through the retrofit process. As for Silverstars and similar bulbs I don't see an issue with trying them as they are halogen bulbs as well, just brighter. I used PIAA bulbs in my Highlanders with improved results. I actually haven't driven an Explorer with the halogens so I don't know how bad they are. I have halogen high beams in my Platinum and aside from the colour difference compared to the LED lows, I find them more than adequate. Just be aware that those higher output bulbs don't have that long a lifespan.

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      I read also that they make the filament thinner which makes it run brighter and more susceptible to failure. They also put a blue tint on the tube to make it seem whiter.
       
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      Ok...I just got my LED conversion kit. I swapped out the halogen with the LED, turned it on and it seems to throw light in the correct direction. I am having a problem with how to tuck away the wires coming from the bulb. Some say they can get the dust cover on over them but not me. Also, if you don't put the cover back on it exposes the inside of the headlight assembly. Is there someone out there that can provide pics or a description as to how they successfully installed these? Also, how did you attach the driver and where? I really don't like the idea of just jamming wires, etc., into whatever cranny is available. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
      P.S. - I can hear Peter now saying "I told you so". lol!!
       
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      Can you post a link to the parts you bought?
       
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      It's going to depend on what you bought. A lot of people cut a slit. The ones I bought fit entirely inside. No wire stuffing, nothing. They just fit.
       
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      What year is your Ex - mine is 2015? What kind of LED did you get? I got the Lumens G8..

      https://www.carid.com/2015-ford-exp...n-led-headlight-conversion-kit-175101486.html

      I plugged it into place but the broad, flat wire connects to one end of the driver and the other plugs into the OEM connector so I have two wires to tuck away. Did you have a driver - where did you attach that? Sounds like you have something entirely different......

      And thanks for taking the time to answer - I appreciate that....:salute:
       
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      According to his profile in the margin, he has a 2013 XLT.;)

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      Duh....sorry...don't always pay attention!! :)
       
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      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...dlight-conversions.435075/page-5#post-3597659
       
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      Went thru their vehicle selection guide. New for this year??

      http://www.xenondepot.com/9005-Xtreme-LED-kit-p/xt-led-9005.htm

      Yes these are better and cheaper then the one i am using. Mine are only 2700 Lumens. These are 4000 and at least $60.00 cheaper.
      I bought but did not use the capacitors that come with em. No need.
       
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      I find mine are easily adequate. I almost want to upgrade to these. Almost....
       
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      Cool...these look like the ones I need to get. So you didn't see a problem with how far you could see? I have read so many reviews that say even though the LEDs are much brighter, the light throw distance is not as far as even a high end halogen. Just wondering what your opinion is.
       
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      The nature of the projector lens, (look at it carefully when off) The glass diffuses any actual 'Beam" even if HID.
      Think Lumens. OEM on my 2013 are 900 Lumens. My LED are 2700 lumens. The new ones are 4000 lumens. equaling any HID I have seen. Biggest difference is these need no warmup time. You can flash the lights during the day and they are easily noticeable.
      These do not need the starter capacitor things the HID need and will fit under your dust covers. I have had mine in fora year or so. No Regrets.
       
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      On the interstate I light up signs, reflectors a mile down the road. Coming down my street I like to flip on the high side and light up the trees for a block.
       
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      Thanks, @champco. It's always great to hear what a person actually experiences with these lights. :salute:
       
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      I'm not using the same LEDs as @champco and perhaps it's an apples and oranges comparison because I have a 2017, but I can verify that the LED high beams really light up the road. I haven't noticed a drop-off in distance with the high beams so if it exists it's negligible (at least to me.) And even if there is a slight drop-off in distance it's more than made up for (at least IMO) by how much better the sides of the road and ditches are illuminated. Deer (and other critters) are much, much easier to see now for me. Best $45-ish dollars I ever spent.
       
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      @supr squirrel - Thanks! I like the fact that you only spent $45-ish too! High price does not always indicate a great product....
       
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      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017M57DJG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      It's been shared a few times before by both myself and @Fentress24 (who gave me the idea for these), but here it is again if you wanted to take a look. :)

      EDIT: Wow, I see they have more than doubled in price. When I looked at my previous orders list I only paid $40.99 for them. :(
       
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      No, I went ahead modified the OEM cap.
       
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      Still love mine and get compliments from passengers all the time. Looks like the price went back down. I think I paid $40ish dollars for them.

      My fiance who likes to leave her cars stock and doesn't like that I modify a brand new truck actually asked if I could install a set in her Hyundai Santa Fe.
       
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      Guys, even though I an newish to this site, I have a 07 F150 that is switched to all LED, interior and exterior bulbs. I have done testing for a vendor on F150forum. I can verify that these 9005 are amazing, and not expensive. 2 sets I have ran for over a year each. I have had them in my 07 Expedition fogs and currently in my 07 F150 fogs and my 2016 Explorer fogs. They match the low beam LED perfectly and I am getting ready to try a set in my high-beams (I have the 9001 HIR in high-beams now, can't vouch for these just yet in the high-beam application). Here is a link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1SET-9005-9...ash=item3ae13b35d7:g:gxcAAOSwWiBY-t7M&vxp=mtr

      If you are loyal to Amazon, here is a similar pair, just a little more expensive and you don't get the filters: https://www.amazon.com/JDM-ASTAR-Lu...id=1497796816&sr=1-1&keywords=4400+lumen+9005
       
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