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Anybody upgrade there Headlights yet?

Wondering if anybody has upgraded there Headlights yet? If you did what route did you go? Riding home in the rain tonight the stock system leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Thanks for your answers in advance.

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Unfortunately, the North American Ford Transit is for daytime use (and currently has very few available options). The European version comes with xenon lights, running lights, and in-bumper fog lights.

My insurance (USAA) will lower my premium if I install running lights,...although only $15 a year.

Was looking a carid.

http://www.carid.com/2015-ford-transit-headlights/
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I just ordered a HID kit from ddmtuning for the transit, I will take some before and after shots. I went with the 55w kit, I've used them on my other vehicles and they have been amazing.
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I just ordered a HID kit from ddmtuning for the transit, I will take some before and after shots. I went with the 55w kit, I've used them on my other vehicles and they have been amazing.
What roof height do you have, and where are you thinking of mounting the new lights?

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I have a MR 150 10-passenger seating, I usually mount the ballast somewhere in the compartment I will take pics. Make sure if you have auto lamps to order the error correction kit along with the wiring harness. The wiring harness will help with the flickering and the error correction will aid with no instrument error codes.
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but has anyone made the leap with a HID replacement for headlights yet? I bought a kit and was about to try it myself, but I chickened out after reading all the negativity associated with HID conversions. Up here in Alaska, almost every other car has one, and a lot of them are not set up properly and blind the piss out of you on the road. Given how high up the headlights are on these vans, I didn't want to blind oncoming traffic.

The low beams on the Transit are just dismal. I hate that I have to look down at the dash to make sure they are on at times. I was thinking now of going with just a brighter conventional bulb and trade out some of the longevity.

I'm also looking at upgrading the taillights to LEDs. I see that carid website listed above has options for this. Has anyone tried that yet too? There's a lot of mud and grit on the roads up here, and that tends to get all over the van, partially obscuring the taillights at times. I want to make them brighter.

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Spudz, check out my thread on adding driving lights:

https://fordtransitusaforum.com/showthread.php?p=228498

I added Rigid SAE compliant DOT legal lights and they are fantastic. They have a very wide beam and really positive cutoff so it doesn't blind oncoming drivers (I've yet to be flashed). I have them aimed so they are just below the low beam. They are significantly brighter than either the high or low stock beams. They call them fogs, but they are really more like a wide beam driving light. They really cut through dark rainy nights.
From what I've read, the HID conversions only work with projector beam headlights. Probably not a good idea on a reflector headlight liked the Transit has.
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I'm a little hesitant to add anything to the front like that if I can help it. It does look nice what you have setup there, but I was looking for something a little cleaner and simpler, using the factory headlights.

I agree though that a HID on a reflector style headlight is not a good idea. I almost did that but then thought better after being on the receiving end of that nonsense way too many times to count. It's quite literally blinding at times, even as high up as I am in this van.

I do appreciate the advice though. I will probably pull the trigger on some LEDs for the taillights and just a brighter halogen for the headlights. If anyone develops a complete swap of the headlight assembly though to make them HID, I'll be all over that.

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HID retrofit

Another option is to retrofit the factory headlight housing with a proper HID projector with a Bi-xenon light.

I did this on my 1996 explorer with great success. It looked great and added a huge upgrade in lighting performance over the factory halogen lights. Using proper projectors gives that nice cutoff line like any factory HID lighting. I purchased the parts from https://www.theretrofitsource.com/complete-retrofit-kits.html

Basically you bake the complete light housing in the oven. Seperate the clear front lense from the rest of the housing. Then install the projector and shroud. Then put it all back. The wiring is no different from any other HID kit which is simple.





I don't have a transit yet but that is the route I was thinking of going unless plug and play LED bulbs are easier/better/cheaper. I haven't researched those yet.
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Another option is to retrofit the factory headlight housing with a proper HID projector with a Bi-xenon light.

I did this on my 1996 explorer with great success. It looked great and added a huge upgrade in lighting performance over the factory halogen lights. Using proper projectors gives that nice cutoff line like any factory HID lighting. I purchased the parts from https://www.theretrofitsource.com/complete-retrofit-kits.html

Basically you bake the complete light housing in the oven. Seperate the clear front lense from the rest of the housing. Then install the projector and shroud. Then put it all back. The wiring is no different from any other HID kit which is simple.





I don't have a transit yet but that is the route I was thinking of going unless plug and play LED bulbs are easier/better/cheaper. I haven't researched those yet.
ford99, your explorer headlights look excellent just like stock!

I hope you can show us all how to do that on the Transit van/wagon once you've purchased yours!

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