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04-28-2014 02:43 PM
OklahomaWX I have a 2012 SEL hatchback. The kit I want with fit the fixtures perfectly.

My only problem was with the Focus itself. The damn computer is too smart for its own good.

Here's the lights I purchased last August. They went up about $6 since then.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Luminis-G4-X...item415f12e163

..Chris..
04-28-2014 11:27 AM
MetalMuffins I'm not sure how many answers you will get here as the low beam bulbs are different on the euro MK3 vs the NA cars. We have an H11 low beam, you have an H7.

Are you sure you got the right bulb type for your car with your kit?

comparison shots between the stock bulb and HID bulb bases may help as well.
04-28-2014 08:51 AM
scottgilliland2003 Hi guys,

New to forum but have read this thread all the way through

I have purchased an aftermarket HID kit. I can't work out how to fit the bulb in place of the OEM bulb.

The clasp to hold our bulbs in place is a large plastic clip which also holds the wires in place to fix them to the bulb however this can't be made to fit the HID bulb and I really don't want to super glue the bulb in place hahaha

Any help would be greatly appreciated
11-15-2013 11:55 AM
OklahomaWX
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Originally Posted by SilverPony2001 View Post
There is actually a seller on eBay now that says he has a prototype harness that will allow ST3 headlights to work in any MK3. Looks like he is only selling it with a set of ST3 lights. He wanted 3500 for the set for the past few weeks, but just recently lowered the price to 3150. Ha, no thanks.

http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...d=171142317596

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I might pay $200-$300 for the set but anything beyond that is a waste of money and/or a suspicious auction (money laundering). I put 35W 6000K HID lamps in my 2012 and they look great. The set cost me $30 on eBay and that included the shipping. It took 2 days to get them from the California dealer. The lamps are bright but not blinding and the beam pattern in the stock fixtures is surprisingly smooth. I did have to use resistors and a relay to fake out the computer to prevent that "dipped beam fault" error condition. The resistors I bought cost about $3 and are surrounded by gold-colored metal (not white ceramic). Each end of the resistor has a small hole for a screw. I mounted each resistor on the flattest portion of the metal wheel well directly behind each headlight fixture. I suppose I could have used some thermal compound paste but I believe I have a good metal to metal contact. So far they seem to be transferring the heat well.

I know there is a bias on this forum against using "cheap" HID retrofit kits but if installed properly they can perform well and save you a ton of money. I wasn't looking for fancy projector lights. I just needed much brighter headlights and a true white color. That's what I got. I am now working on finding a way to mount a 120W LED spot light bar to be used as my high beams. The bar will either go behind the grille or outside on the bumper just above the front license plate mount. Finding good mounting points, however is a problem, so as yet I have not purchased the light bar until I know how much room I'll have to work with.
11-14-2013 08:34 PM
fenway1912 Pretty nice... too expensive but may consider at lower price. Thanks for the link.

$700 gets you unknown quality projectors + HID
~$1600 gets you retrofitted halogen OEM assemblies

so something just slightly north is fair price I think.

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Originally Posted by SilverPony2001 View Post
There is actually a seller on eBay now that says he has a prototype harness that will allow ST3 headlights to work in any MK3. Looks like he is only selling it with a set of ST3 lights. He wanted 3500 for the set for the past few weeks, but just recently lowered the price to 3150. Ha, no thanks.

http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...d=171142317596

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11-14-2013 07:56 PM
SilverPony2001
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One question, is it possible to change the halogen housing for the OEM st headlights?
There is actually a seller on eBay now that says he has a prototype harness that will allow ST3 headlights to work in any MK3. Looks like he is only selling it with a set of ST3 lights. He wanted 3500 for the set for the past few weeks, but just recently lowered the price to 3150. Ha, no thanks.

http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...d=171142317596

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11-14-2013 05:54 PM
xMarcox I installed the resistors, one each side, but only one gets too hot and smells bad...Ive put the resistor on metal but Im afraid to burn or melt something.... Where did you put your resistors? thanks!
10-29-2013 08:01 PM
JimsterG Not Me!! The halogens are fine for me and from other cars I've driven with the HID's, they are bright close to the car but do not light up the road as far ahead as the halogens. More and more cars are going to LED's for the front anyways. Check out the new Acuras and the new Corolla. Better light than HID's without the risk of blinding oncoming drivers plus they have the long reach of a halogen.
10-26-2013 02:32 AM
xMarcox Totally agree!
10-25-2013 08:49 PM
OklahomaWX I suspect the kit I received from eBay would have been plug-n-play if the vendor had sent me the right connectors.

What I can't believe is that Ford doesn't include HID lamps as standard equipment. The cost is minimal and the improved brightness and convenience would certainly be worth it. I could certainly live without frills such as the multi-colored LED floor lighting in my 2012 SEL in exchange for more useful features like HID headlights.
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