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Old 08-13-2012, 04:19 PM   #201
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #202
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Just as a point of info - the 2013 ST will have HID's as late availablity in the 202A option package ($4400).

My point is that factory HID's will be available - which is likely easier than doing a projector retrofit on the stock lenses.
Yeah trust me, I was all for going this route until I saw the price for the assemblies. More power to anyone who can afford that, but I doubt most of us are able to drop 4 grand on headlights.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:44 AM   #203
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Heh - Glad to see I'm not the only who finds the price on these Ford factory HID projectors ridiculous... I don't understand why Ford couldn't put the projectors as standard lights... especially for the price of the car... You have the Mazda 3 5-Door Hatch/Wagon that beats it in that category, but oh well...
I'll just wait until some random manufacturer starts making their own projector version of the stock headlights and starts selling them on ebay, I'm pretty sure it'll be a LOT cheaper than $4000....

Yes, the resistors I bought from eBay are the same as the ones from Retro Solutions... just cheaper in price.

My set-up works fine with DRLs - doesn't behave any differently than when I had the crappy halogens...
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I guess the difference is that HIDs work eerily well with the reflectors. I don't think I've owned a car that had better reflectors for hid use.

Of course, you should add projectors for the best possible patterns.

But here's a funny thing - the LED/HID housings for my Veloster cost 450-600 for A PAIR, depending on what site and style (one is from the Korean cars which get projectors standard, other is from the Turbo model). Yea, you read that price right

That Ford is charging 1800 for a single assembly is absurd.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #205
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Looking at both the 55W and 35W packages from retro-solutions... any suggestions on which one would be better? I am very worried about flashing oncoming drivers, but I've also heard that HID Kits put in stock housings don't project light as far due to the differences in optics between HID and Halogen bulbs... Also where is everyone mounting resistors?
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I was told by a leading HID manufacturer that 35w kits tend to have a longer bulb life. The light output difference will be minimal (which I can attest to), and the difference in bulb life is almost twice that of the 55w kit.
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We picked up a 2013 Hyundai Elantra for my wife a few weeks ago; I also did an Ebay search for Projectors on that one and they only come up at $500 (US version)-$700 (Korean version) for the pair! So absurd is actually an understatement for what Ford is charging... We need these aftermarket light manufacturers to pay attention to the new Focus quickly! :)
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I was told by a leading HID manufacturer that 35w kits tend to have a longer bulb life. The light output difference will be minimal (which I can attest to), and the difference in bulb life is almost twice that of the 55w kit.
Yeah, I was thinking similarly... Also, how hard is it to install this kit? I don't want anything to short out, or have condensation problems inside my headlight... Lastly, anyone know if my battery would be ok for this light kit even if I have a aftermarket amp attached?
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Yeah, I was thinking similarly... Also, how hard is it to install this kit? I don't want anything to short out, or have condensation problems inside my headlight... Lastly, anyone know if my battery would be ok for this light kit even if I have a aftermarket amp attached?
Installation is very simple. If you can replace headlight bulbs, you can do a typical drop-in HID kit. It should come with instructions, and there are videos on Youtube that show you how, as well.

The biggest amount of power your HIDs will take is when you first turn them on. After that, they take less power than standard headlights. Your battery should be fine.
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So I'm guessing you already installed HID's in your Focus? My biggest concern is the connection itself... On the back of headlights there are rubber gaskets designed to keep moisture out of the headlight. Do these kits require you to modify these in any way? Do they keep a tight seal around the headlight once installed? And lastly, did you have to dip your headlights down after installation?
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