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Old 07-22-2012, 10:53 AM   #11
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Great.....

Have they figured out how to stop these things from freaking blinding me when they drive past?

And I don't want to hear about "lensing". A brand new Benz was behind me recently and it was super, and IMO, dangerously distracting.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #12
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I've never had the experience of using HID's on a poorly lit road. I could imagine how they clearly would be better.
Like night and day (no pun intended).

My last car, a Infiniti G35, had Xenon. HUGE difference between cars.

Even with SilverStar zXe, and PIAA Extreme white plus bulbs, driving down mountain roads from Big Bear at night in the Focus is a real chore.

The pattern is too narrow, can't see anything off to the sides to anticipate turns.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #13
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It's not just a different light bulb, it's a whole system including a high voltage ballast and possibly a whole different housing assembly altogether.

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Could Ford just build a customers ST3 without the HIDs and then have them bring it to the dealership later to swap out? It's two screws, wouldnt take long at all. And they could resell the used lights to body shops for OEM replacement lights.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:53 PM   #14
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Had them on my 04 SVT Euro...loved em and will upgrade when they become available. Wide, low and focused beam. Set right they are NOT a distraction. Now, if you forget to turn off the hi beams, well, you'll toast some retinas for sure but any brights left on hurt.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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Expected Delivery mid October

I ordered my ST with the 202A or ST2 package and my dealer in st. Louis told me not to expect the car to be delivered before the end of September most likely mid Oct.

I got the ST2 more for the heated seats then the HID lights.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:22 PM   #16
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Official Word on DELAY??

I searched all over the FORD website and I could not find anything indicating why the ST3 package was delayed.

Not HID lights, Recaro seats or any other indication.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:47 PM   #17
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So will us regular Focus owners be able to buy these from our Ford dealer once they become available and drop them in?

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Materials Hold

My Sales person just emailed me, now Ford is not being specific on what the delay is for the ST3 (202A) package.

all he is being told is its on "Material Hold".

Draw your own conclusions I guess.

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So will us regular Focus owners be able to buy these from our Ford dealer once they become available and drop them in?

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Drop them in? Yes.

But the assemblies and requisite bulbs and ballasts current run 4,000 for both sides, straight off Fords part site.

There is no 3rd party doing retrofitted assemblies or custom ones. Which is odd, since even my Veloster already has a handful of places to get projector/HID/LED based assemblies.
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I see no issues with the stock Focus lights with or without better bulbs. I am also 44 years old with glasses. They are much better than any car I have had for the past 10 years including the Mazdaspeed 3 I had with factory HID lights.
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