Will cross-post from HIDPlanet.
Do not expect this thread to move fast. lol
A few months ago I purchased this Dodge Ram, used, with 96K hard miles on it:
Formerly a plow truck in Philly, I'm trying to give it much-needed TLC. I've done U-joints on the rear drive shaft, all the fluids, and am currently wrapping up a head job. Hopefully I'll be done with that this week.
One of the major annoyances I've had with this truck didn't probably bother the previous owners, because snow plows have lights on them anyway - the stock headlights have about had it!
The lenses are fogged, but that doesn't really matter because the mount on one is broken so it points down about 10' in front of the truck; the other one is, for some reason, very dim.
I have to drive around with the brights on constantly if it's nighttime, because the low beams are literally useless for driving, and the highs are barely passable on lit streets or in freeway traffic where I can take advantage of others' lighting. (I don't drive this truck at night if I can help it!)
So I dropped $80 on these eBay Chinese things. They showed up today and look decent from the outside:
Kind of cheesy looking, but the little LEDs will get me some of the "DRL" I seek for dawn and dusk. At least it'll make the truck stand out a little bit for bikers and joggers during the dangerous hours.
I have measured the enclosure; I have about 4 1/3" from where the bulb should screw in to the lens. Knowing that, I should be able to choose a projector.
Originally I was thinking the Mini H1, but another thread suggests that the Mini D2S may be better. In either case, I will need to come up with a method to support the front of the projector, since I have country property and it can be pretty bumpy driving around in the fields.
Going to have to do a bit of reading about projector dimensions, but I'm open to suggestions!
"Before" output shots to follow in the next few days when I get the engine back together and can find a good wall.
Minor update: finally completed the engine top-end rebuild. I was going nuts because I couldn't get it to start. Turns out Crank Position Sensor #3 did the trick. But that's irrelevant to this thread, other than I wasn't about to do anything else to the truck before I had it running again.
Side note: is it insane that I'll be doing this upgrade to the vehicle I use least... first? I'm writing it off as my practice for the BMW.
OBJECTIVE: identical settings for low and high beams (same as used by JVX in his threads.)
This was *approximately* 25 feet back from that wall. I did not have a tape measure at the time.
Also, since the above image paints an inaccurate picture of the apparent brightness of the headlights (I drive around with high beams on all the time and never get flashed), I took a "subjective" pic in my neighborhood.
SUBJECTIVE: Cell phone camera on HDR:
This is a lot more how the lights are in real life. And yes, the street lights are hella bright. Maybe not quite as bright as they look in this pic, but super annoying. I am glad I live one street over where we don't have these things.
Note the offset hot spot on left: the headlight housing bracket is broken, prohibiting proper alignment.
This weekend I'm going to test a few things in the truck and hopefully place my order with TRS next week.
TRS order placed!
Bi-xenon Morimoto Mini Stage III (D2S)
Morimoto Mini D2S 3.0 Projectors
2 x D2S 3.0: (X Lens/LHD)
2 x Morimoto XB35 (35W)
Required Igniters for Morimoto Ballasts
2 x Morimoto XB Igniter (D2S)
Compatible HID Bulbs
2 x D2S: XB35 4500K
Shrouds (Style based on Preference)
2 x PanaSquare
Harness (Match stock bulb size)
1 x MotoControl Bixenon: 9007/9004
Bulbs back-ordered until next week some time.