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Old 04-21-2013, 07:47 PM   #31
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Ok, so I switched out my sidelights with these last night:



They are the focused beam type with smooth round metal sides that have no leds. First impressions: Holy crap! They're really bright... maybe too bright.

Will try to take pics tonight when it's darker.
I actually just switched mine out this afternoon with the same ones, except 4000K. So far I like them.

PRO TIP: Not sure if this has been mentioned, but I saw a lot of people say use needle nose pliers to get the bulb out. That worked for one side, after about 20 minutes of trying to get the thing out. 20 minutes into the other side, and I was not having any luck. I used a 3/8" open ended wrench instead. It fits right over the bulb housing, and one easy twist and the light popped out. Works just as good to snap the housing back in as well. If I would have done this to begin with, it probably would have taken me 10 minutes start to finish for both sides instead of like an hour.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:15 PM   #32
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as promised here is a (crappy) pic of them at night.

keep in mind this is the car with only the sidelights and interior lights on from pressing the unlock button. No low or high beam, etc.


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I LOVE IT!!! btw just swapped out my chrome headlights for some Titanium headlights and those headlight harness dont mess around. I work for the ford plant in chicago and I have yet to ever see a headlight harness with no tab to press to easily pull out and remove. Typical ford with there 1 time use parts
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I actually just switched mine out this afternoon with the same ones, except 4000K. So far I like them.

PRO TIP: Not sure if this has been mentioned, but I saw a lot of people say use needle nose pliers to get the bulb out. That worked for one side, after about 20 minutes of trying to get the thing out. 20 minutes into the other side, and I was not having any luck. I used a 3/8" open ended wrench instead. It fits right over the bulb housing, and one easy twist and the light popped out. Works just as good to snap the housing back in as well. If I would have done this to begin with, it probably would have taken me 10 minutes start to finish for both sides instead of like an hour.
How in God's name did you get an open ended wrench in there? Do you have one of those wrenches with the pivoting end or what? I just took my parking light out because I couldn't get it back in and it is supposed to rain here. Also the Crees are way too big. Pic later
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How in God's name did you get an open ended wrench in there? Do you have one of those wrenches with the pivoting end or what? I just took my parking light out because I couldn't get it back in and it is supposed to rain here. Also the Crees are way too big. Pic later
It was a small one. Probably only 4 or 5 inches long.

Something like this...


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I found a trick for getting my bulb holder in and out of the housing. At the back of the bulb holder, where the wire goes in, I put a flat screwdriver I have (tapered) next to the wire and wedged it in there. Then, I just turned it like a screw to get it loose. It stayed on the screwdriver nice to actually pull it back out, changed the bulb, and stuck it back in with the screwdriver. I may have the only screwdriver in the world just exactly the right size to do this, I dunno, but now i would be able to change parking light bulbs in 10 minutes easy any time (I found this technique about 1:20 in to a world of frustration on the first light - the second one took no more than 5 or 6 minutes start to finish!).
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How in God's name did you get an open ended wrench in there? Do you have one of those wrenches with the pivoting end or what? I just took my parking light out because I couldn't get it back in and it is supposed to rain here. Also the Crees are way too big. Pic later


They did light up, but notice the size difference. Will these fit as the reverse lights even?
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It was a small one. Probably only 4 or 5 inches long.

Something like this...


btw was it 3/8 or 7/16 (or does it not matter)?
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btw was it 3/8 or 7/16 (or does it not matter)?
I'm pretty sure I used a 3/8. I didn't use it like I was going to torque a bolt, I inserted it from the top. Like if looked straight down at a bolt and just lowered the wrench over it vertically. Hope that makes sense.


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^^^ lol that's kinda of what I figured. There is probably no real scientific size for it then, just whatever you can get to fit on it I suppose. But Now I need to buy some different bulbs. Maybe I'll look at the phillips bulbs.
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