Originally Posted by Chinook
Is there a procedure for adjusting these lights properly or do they come with instructions for proper aiming?
What is the difference between these kits as far as wiring and plug and play?? .... why is one kit labeled plug and play and the others arent?
Ford Econoline Plug and Play HID Retrofit Kit
Ford Econoline Basic HID Projector Retrofit Headlight Kit
Ford Econoline Advanced HID Projector Retrofit Headlight Kit
I purchased some HID bulbs that came with ballasts a couple of years ago from ebay. I ended up throwing them in the garage because the wiring wasnt long enough to allow for mounting the ballasts out of the way in an orderly manner. How are your ballasts different, is the wiring sufficient length to allow mounting the ballasts out of the way someplace?
Are the D2S bulbs worth the extra money? If a bulb burns out and im halfway between here and a wasteland can i get these bulbs at an autoparts store or do they have to be ordered?
Excellent questions Chinook!
There is a procedure for adjusting the lights and it is pretty straight forward and covered in the instruction packet sent with the kits. There are two adjusters, one for vertical and one for horizontal. With the vehicle about 25-30 feet from a flat wall on level ground the beams should be level with one another and straight out from the vehicle. The height of the cutoff on the wall should be a few inches beneath the height of the projector in the headlight, unless your van is way off the ground. This is a guideline and can be adjusted for preference or need. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can forward the instructions.
The kit labeled Plug and Play is exactly that. Plug the adapter harness into the factory headlight leads and connect the ballasts and high beams and you are good to go. As with all the kits you will need to mount or secure the ballasts.
The Basic/Advanced/Budget kits all have a wire harness that includes a relay. These are all mostly plug and play as well, but do require two ground connections and a single battery connection to be made. The instructions cover the install for the harness and the suggested locations for the ballasts.
The ballasts used in the kits are either Hylux or Morimoto (manufactured by Hylux). They have sufficient cable length to all for a clean install if you take the time.
D2S vs H1-
The default options selected for all kits are the H1 projectors/bulbs/AMP ballasts. The PNP and Budget kits do not have D2S upgrades available. The H1 units have been very recently upgraded again and are very good units that won't break the bank. Upgrading to the D2S components requires all associated components as well (bulbs/ballasts/projectors) that drives the price up quickly. The D2S components do offer about 20% more output and width, but the cost of the upgrade is disproportionate to the gain in output (in my opinion).
If you are going off the grid for an extended period of time I would recommend a spare bulb and ballast as they would be difficult to find otherwise.