Interesting. With mine the only connection problem I thought I had was between the bulb and the adapter, not the adapter and the stock connector (sorry if those terms were unclear).
When I barely put the bulb in (before it "snaps" into its slot) it works. But when I put the bulb all the way in, it only sometimes works.
Regardless, this weekend I'll have to see if the tape helps out. At this point I'll try anything...the SOMETIMES directional is getting pretty annoying.
Thanks for the pics!
2011 SE Manual - black exterior/interior
Eagle Eyes halo projectors using 55w 5000K DDMtuning HIDs
LED Conversion (license plate, map/dome lights), and LED Taillights
Autobots decal over Ford emblems
Flat black TFB Designs hood stripes