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LED Headlight Conversions

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by cobra671, October 12, 2015.

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    1. jsgoofn

      jsgoofn Elite Explorer

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      OK - no one has addressed the capacitor or resistor that all the LED manufacturers say is needed for canbus vehicles, which is what I have (2015 EX). So, do we need these or not? If so, those will generate a ton of heat in addition to the LED heat, I would think. Any comments would be appreciated!
       
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    3. jsgoofn

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      I didn't need them for my 2015 sport. I just put in the bulbs and was good to go.

      As far as the other guy who had problems getting to the bulbs - I don't recall having any major issues. It was a tight fit for my hands, but I was able to maneuver the bulbs OK.
       
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      Thanks! Just what I wanted to hear! What bulbs did you get? Forgive me if you answered this already.... did you have to cut the dust cover to make them fit or stay cool?
       
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      I have the Opt7 X bulbs. I put the dust covers back on but the bottom portion is not fully sealed so that the wire can come though. I didn't want to cut them in case I go back to stock for some reason. I've had no issues this way for at least a couple k miles now with a few multi hour night drives.
       
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      Same here - the LEDs I got were plug and play, with everything fitting behind the dust covers.

      So far so good and no sign of heat causing any damage, not that I'm worried about it either. Halogens run really hot too and from what I have read there shouldn't be any concern either, but I will keep checking at regular intervals.
       
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      Thanks! I really appreciate the info. I will definitely join the LED crowd.
       
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      I recently started looking looking at replacing my headlights with LED headlights.

      All the links in this thread seem to be dead except on the page before this one, are those reliable models?

      Are there any replacements for the foglights or are those already LED bulbs?

      Thanks.
       
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      So far the Opti's have been good for me, and they are a fairly reputable brand from what I understand.

      I would not replace your foglights with white LEDs, actually foglights are much more effective when yellower vs white. You can replace them the same way though - just need to figure out which bulb is required which I think is covered in this thread or another thread.
       
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      Fogs are LED.
       
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      Thanks, I don't want to replace the fogs if they are already LED, I would just like the colors of both the headlights and the fogs to match as closely as possible.

      That is what I thought I had read previously, thanks!
       
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      So I had the same question when I called. You only need the decoder if your model of Explorer has canbus. Mine is a 2014 so I got mine without the decoder.
       
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      this is what I installed........finally got my hand in the right position to get the driver's side out

      Man are they bright in the day time....can't wait to test them out at night
       
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      Thanks, just to confirm the 2017 sport does have a canbus and needs the decoder correct?
       
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      I have no idea. Mine is a 2014. Give them a call before you order. Im super happy with mine. The 8th gen is fanless and fits much better.
       
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      Thanks, any updates on the pictures of them installed?
       
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      I have them i have not had time to install.
       
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      It's a dust cover so I would guess that it goes on after the fixture is installed.

      Peter
       
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      Just make sure you run wires through the hole in the dust cover before you install the lights.
       
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      Hey everyone, just bought a 2011 Exp Limited. Been reading these posts for past couple days and getting kind of confused. I see everyone talking how much they are saving with LED but when I looked up the OPT7x, it's around $100. Some HIDs go for $50 and I do see some LED kit for $20-$60. So are the OPT7 way overpriced or are they just really good and reliable compared to the cheaper LED bulbs. Trying to find the best option.
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Jim.:wave:

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