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How to: Install signal mirrors on 3rd gen Explorer
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List of members with projector headlight retrofits
How to: Brighter headlights on first generation Explorer
HID projection and fog light conversion
2001 Fog Lamp Modification
Keyless entry keypad color change
How to: 91 - 94 Headlight and corner light swap
Lighting FAQ and Answers
Cure for rapidly flashing turn signals after installing LED lights
H.I.D. simulating bulb test and review
How to: Adding auxiliary offroad lights
High mount brake light LED conversion
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Bumper mount light bracket
Resistor identification chart - for LED lighting etc.
Hey y'all. I purchased some Hella 500's and the wiring was a breeze. One problem that is giving me difficulty is I have drilled through my bumper to mount them. Here's the problem I can barely get a wrench under there to tighten up the nuts for the lights. Here is a pic of where I am installing the lights. There seems to be a metal peice that runs the length of the bumper around where I have drilled the holes to install my lights. Any kind of news that could possibly help is greatly appriciated. Even taking the bumper off, if it makes it any easier i'm for it. Thanks!
P.S. The white is where the metal plate that restricts my space.
The two yellow dots are where i've drilled the holes
Hello all. I'm new here and new to Sport Trac's. 2 weeks ago I picked up a 2010 limited and the modding bug has already got me. I want to add a roof basket and some off road lighting. I want to have 4 pods up front and a 6" light bar for left, right, and rear. Does anyone see any issue with the way I plan on wiring things? I want as few wires as possible going up through the roof. I'm going to concentrically twist the power wires into a harness so it will only be the 5 wire power harness and the ground wire coming up through a dual wire waterproof pass through.
Here is the specs on the wire I will be using. https://www.prowireusa.com/tefzel-amperage-chart
Also where is a good spot to go through the firewall? Should I just go through...
This is my second and hopefully much more helpful writeup on converting the 95-01 gauge cluster to LEDs. I have tried 3 different types of 12v wedge based 194 replacements and I have finally found the one that puts out enough light and lights up the cluster evenly.
Here were my candidates.
From Left to Right: Inverted Wedge LED, Refractor LED, SMD LEDs
Inverted Wedge LED: Even Light output, but not bright enough
Refractor LED: Horribly Uneven light output, Short Lifespan (they started blowing on me)
SMD (Surface Mount Diode): Even Light output and very bright (brighter the the 194LL Bulbs)
Getting to the cluster:
Remove the Radio
Remove the 2 screws (circled in red)...
If you have handle controlled interior lights and they are always staying on and you have the door ajar light on, you are going to love this fix.. It's an easy and a cheap fix, and is the way to perform your maintenance of this switch...
Put your fuse and bulbs back in, roll your windows up and get a can of wd40 with the straw...start with your drivers door...from the outside pull the handle up and where the handle goes thru the door, squirt a little wd40 in both those slits...open the door and just work the outside handle a few times...go to the passenger door and do the same....thats all there is to it...good luck...:D
...If you have an X, You may also need to wd40 your rear hatch latches and If this does not fix your...
Guys, I know I post this again and again, but Im hoping new/different members will see this. For 2003 Explorers. The Puddle Lights under the Side view mirrors! How do I replace the bulbs? ARGGHH!!! I've tried goin to the dealer, but they havent been much help. (Funny right?) There are no visible Torx Screws like the old explorers. Do i have to take my friggin door apart? HALP!!!!
I'm trying to find some harnesses/pigtails that plug into the factory fog light plug on a '99 XLT.
I've replaced my bumper with an RLC (LOVING IT!), and want to install new foglights, but use the factory wiring.
I just found some a few days ago, but somehow lost the link and can't remember what they're called.
Anyone able to help me out? These would be a two-wire harness/pigtail that has the same socket/receptacle that the factory fog light H1 bulb holder has.
Thank you for any help you can provide!
Finished these today as my birthday gift to myself. I am in LOVE with them. They make the front of the truck look so much cleaner and crisper. Really, really like them. Not sure how the light is at night, but it looks to be about stock. Gonna throw some Silverstars in 'em a few weeks down the road.
Hi, I'm a new member and have just replaced the headlights in my 2009/XLT with Sylvania H13/9008 LED's. Now I get check right/check left headlights on my menu. I need to know the resister needed to stop this. Can anyone help?
I have a 98 Explorer 4 door. I purchased a 42 in Led Light Bar, 4 pod lights and a 20 in Led Bar. Plans are to use 2 pods for fogs, 2 for backup lights, put the 20 in bar on my bumper. My problem is with my 42 in bar. I want it just above the windshield, but can't find roof mounting brackets. Has anyone made their own or found someone who makes them?
I swapped out my OEM headlights from my 2000 Ford Explorer XLT for some cheap "projector" headlight housings I found on eBAY. They came with halogens so I also modified and converted in some H1 HID headlights into the housings.
Filmed most of the process 2+ years ago and just found the footage once more so tossed them into a YouTube video for anyone interested:
This is a variation from the very good and informative post Interior Dome Light LED Conversion (PICs) by MustangP51.
His post didn't really detail much on wiring and provide a ton of detail on the backseat and cargo lighting and also went the much cooler and more complex method of building his own LED boards :D I went with the lazy man 10-LED disc boards that work out of the box and cost about $6 each (when you buy 5 at a time on eBay from ledwholesalers. Ooo, and I did mine in red, lol. I have this all in my build thread but figured I would post here.
List of supplies for all 3 sections (with links)
* Hot glue gun & glue sticks
* Solder iron & solder
* 5 G4-base10-LED discs (red, white, or warm white, can be found from site...
What does everyone think of LED headlamps? I've always loved LEDs and the technology is taking off lately.
They require a ballast like HIDs, but I think they would work better in reflector housings, since they seem to focus their light a bit better.
Anyone try them yet? I would, but for $100, I rather wait until they drop in price a bit. HID kits go for $50 now.