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Installed my 8000K hids yesterday and ran into some problems... when i was done with everything the only light that came on was the passenger side.. the driver side did not even turn on... checked both ballast and both work perfect... then thought it was the light... switched both lights and same problem, the passenger side turned on... so if its not either ballast or the lights, what could it be :censor: :censor: ... i sat there trying to mess with everything and no victory... my friend said maybe ur car is not giving the ballast enough power... i dunno what to do :wall: :wall: :rant: :cry: HELP PLZ...
 

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alright fixed my lights... it was so hot yesterday that i got frustrated and stop working and thinking... i just had to change the fuses, and BAMMMM they worked... lol :hyst: :lol: :D i love my lights now :heart: :drool: :blush:
 

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alright fixed my lights... it was so hot yesterday that i got frustrated and stop working and thinking... i just had to change the fuses, and BAMMMM they worked... lol :hyst: :lol: :D i love my lights now :heart: :drool: :blush:
## :) :thumb:

How powerful are they?.
 

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Actually this retrofit is illegal.
You blind oncoming traffic. You might get a ticket soon as well.
In order to retrofit with HID, you need to mount them into projectors, so as when you turn the lights on the light beam is focused.
If your car didn't come with stock Xenons then it's not a good idea to put Xenon's in. Xenon lights which are improperly aimed can cause glare that is dangerous to other drivers and potentially you.
The OEM xenons are DOT approved. Here's why it's not a good idea:
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech ... sions.html
 

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doru said:
Actually this retrofit is illegal.
You blind oncoming traffic. You might get a ticket soon as well.
In order to retrofit with HID, you need to mount them into projectors, so as when you turn the lights on the light beam is focused.
If your car didn't come with stock Xenons then it's not a good idea to put Xenon's in. Xenon lights which are improperly aimed can cause glare that is dangerous to other drivers and potentially you.
The OEM xenons are DOT approved. Here's why it's not a good idea:
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech ... sions.html
:thumb: Might be an unpopular opinion, but I agree.
 

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Is there anyone that makes projectors for this vehicle? or does it have to be a custom retrofit projector?

I was driving tonight and I cant see anything!! lights are so weak...ugh I miss my HID's on my ms3 :(
 

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I don't know of any drop-in projectors for the Escape, but Weezy did put some in his Escape and wrote a thread on the install. I remember there was even discussion on two different mounting methods, one with aiming and one fixed.

Have you tried aiming your stock lights? The 2005-2007 lights are different, but I find my stock 2003 lights to be adequate for most situations. I do have 330 W on tap for times when no one else is around and I want to make it daytime again, but I can still drive safely with stock low beams. I like to take my big level out and find the most level loading dock behind our grocery store, and use the loading dock wall for aiming.
 

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I aimed them up but they are so dim at night now it is driving me nuts. I miss the HID's...sooo bad. I was thinking of some different bulbs but ie silverstars burn out so fast. H11 is a goofy size. I found that jdm site had a projector set but they were like 400 something. I can do my own retro fit or have my friend...but thats still 300-350. I was about to buy that bull bar and do like you did squishy and get some lights as I dont have fog lights. Prolly end up with the bullbar/lights and new bulbs.
 

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I wouldn't say you need projectors, I've had my Bi-xenon 6000k HID's for a while now and I have never been blinked at or stopped by the police. I think the deep blues and purple coloured lights are what attracts police
 

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I wouldn't say you need projectors, I've had my Bi-xenon 6000k HID's for a while now and I have never been blinked at or stopped by the police. I think the deep blues and purple coloured lights are what attracts police
bi xenon because you have a pre 05 headlight? Hmm if I aimed them decent I bet they wouldnt be too bright in people eyes...

The two bulbs I would get the HIR or philips xtreme both dont come in H11 :(
 

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All you'd have to do is install a cut off gate. Everyone says you have to have projectors to be legal but that is not entirely true. There are alot of oldschool oem zenon headlights out there that were not projector equiped ie; older Lexus' & BMW's, etc. They have cut off gates. That cut off you see with todays projectors; they all have cut off gates, which is simply a small metal panel between the bulb & lens the blocks light from passing through the top half of the lens.
Infact, if you want to use oem ballasts & phillips d2s bulbs there are aluminum adapters out there that hold the d2s bulb in the standard 9003 opening which have a cut off engineered into them.
 

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As long as you adjust your headlamps down, you won't blind the drivers coming the other way. Even though my headlights are low compared to the factory level, the added power of the xenons still gives out at least twice as much light as before.
 

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Sooo I just finished installing my HID's and aimed the headlights, they look awesome! BUT can someone please explain to me how the hell the 2001 headlights are wired up? Lol it took like 15 "guess and checks" before I could even get these things to fire up. They also came with the regular high beam built into the HID bulb, so you don't loose your highbeams, but they don't work. When I wired them up, I either had no HID and highbeams work, OR HIDs work and no highbeams..Thats where I'm at right now, my HIDs work great, but the highbeams do not come on at all. :confused: :confused:
 

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With the 2001-2004's wiring, some weird things may happen when the halogen bulbs are replaced with inductive loads (like HID ballasts). The fog lamp relay is wired in series with the high beams so that it operates the fog lamps only while the high beams are not on (the unlighted high beams act as a low-resistance resistor). This is why your fog lamps won't work if both high beams are burned out. And the high beam indicator is wired in series with the low beams so that it lights when the high beams are on (it's not shorted, so it conducts through the low beams). If both of your low beams are burned out, the high beam indicator won't work.

Was this a "plug-and-play" HID kit, or did it require lots of manual wiring?
 
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