HID kit + glare = find a solution

drperry

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How about your highbeams?

Those are going to be affected quite a bit, now that you're cutting off 1/2 the light to the highbeam reflector...
 

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From what I noticed last night the high beams actually functioned better than when I originally had HIDs in. It seemed more concentrated as opposed to before when it just scattered everywhere.

I'll check them more tonight. I'm not too worried about high beams, though, I rarely use them.
 

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It's the distance more than anything...

The less scattering is likely from higher quality bulbs that are better aligned.
 

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Update 7: Losing Hope


Well I think I've come to the conclusion that this may be a lost cause after all. While the glare is completely gone (I mean completely---I put the halogens back in and the glare is worse than the HIDs), the setup has introduced new problems. What I'll likely do is pay someone to retrofit projectors into a pair of stock housings.


While this method of glare shield can easily be done and definitely cuts down on glare, it brings up a few issues:
-Like the good doctor mentioned, the high beams lose distance. I checked them out, and while they are better than the old HIDs I ran, they don't go very far. Better, but still worthless.
-Since the light can't "scatter" to the lower half of the reflector, the upper half is extremely bright. So much so that I can walk 50 ft away off to a side and it's bright to look at. I'd be pissed if I passed someone on the road like that. It's pretty much getting rid of one type of glare and adding another....
-Heat. Regardless of whether or not the glare shields are painted, the heat on the bulb is way higher than it should be, which will shorten its life. It's so hot that the bulbs are starting to show it physically. Also, I managed to slightly burn the upper section of my reflectors (shown in one of the following pics). Not a big issue at the moment, but I hate that it happened. Sometimes guinea pigs die. :lol:


I am tired of dealing with it for now so I threw the halogens back in and re-aimed them. While I'd love to get this to work, I don't see it being anything more than a big headache. Retrofits are still the only proper way to run HIDs, and I may go with them in the near future (end of the month).




My observations so far:
My goal was to reduce glare. Did I do that? Yes, reduced it almost 100%. The stock halogens have more glare than the HIDs. The problem is that the other aforementioned issues were brought up in the process, effectively crapping on my work. For now, the HIDs will RIP in my glove box.


(For the output pictures, both are underexposed....it's hard to get a good shot of these at night because my exposure meter on the camera doesn't work as well. Headlights are brighter than they show.)

In order, the pictures show: low beam/high beam/bright/bright/BRIGHT/halogens/burnt area....
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well that sucks Matt... I was really hoping that you found a solution to the problem!

I agree, retro fit sounds like the only real solution to the problem... I guess it just sounded to good to be true!
 

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Damn fine efforts, I hope you end up with a satisfactory solution :thumbs:
 

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I'm leaving for FL for a week on Saturday. I'll play with them down there and see what I can come up with. Still worth a shot. :thumbs:



Us F150 guys are just blessed with terrible reflectors.
 

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I'm leaving for FL for a week on Saturday. I'll play with them down there and see what I can come up with. Still worth a shot. :thumbs:



Us F150 guys are just blessed with terrible reflectors.


yep... you got any idea what a retro fit would cost to get done?
 

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Do it yourself :)

It's easier than it sounds, you just need to be handy with a dremel and JB weld :lol:

You can do it yourself for about $120 worth of parts + a D2S HID kit (though, I highly recommend OEM bulbs...)
 

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