- July 4, 2011
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- City, State
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- '11 XLT 202A
Congrats on the first baby! That is awesome. Thanks for taking the time to reply even with your new schedule. I think I will give the HID's a shot then, and will try to get the 4500/4700 as you suggested.Hey, sorry I haven't been able to finish the write-up...we just had our first baby so there's not much free time for me at the moment. You only need to buy a single beam 9005/HB3 kit. The high/low beams on the Explorer use the same bulb. When you activate your high beams there is just a shield in your headlight housing that folds down. You DON'T need a hi/lo kit. The kit you mentioned is the kit I ordered. The 5000K will give you a slight blue tint. I have the 5000K as well, personally it's not that blue, but it's too blue for my taste. When the lights reflect back from street signs the bluish tint is somewhat annoying to me. If I had to do it all again, I would order a 4500K or 4700K kit. The only permanent modification required would be to the rubber moisture/dust cap that's on the back of the headlight housing. You need to cut a hole in this (GregV8 already put pictures of this in thread). I suggest taking the cap off and ordering 2 new ones. That way if you ever needed to go back to the OEM headlights for any reason, you can put a stock cap back on and keep dust/moisture out.
If I can ask a couple more questions...
1. In the pictures on the site there are a couple extra boxes and that I see, looks like one for each bulb, where did you mount those?
2. Someone asked in another thread, and while I didn't really see it brought up here, thought I would ask anyway. Did the kit you got have any issues with the auto headlamps?
Thank you and congratulations again!
Edit: For 1., it looks like those may not come with the 9005/HB3 kit, maybe they are for another set that uses a relay or something. If that is the case then nevermind on the mounting.