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Please help me with headlights

I have a 2013 Laramie with projector headlights and I would like to have bit better light out of them without spending a fortune. I know there are many threads about headlight upgrades and I have read a few but it is confusing to figure out what would work best for me.

I don't want to have to put my headlights in an oven and I don't even want to have to drill holes in them if I don't have too. I think HID's would probably work for me but maybe I'd be better off with something else??? I really don't want to spend more than $200 and I would like to do my foglights too so the color matches the headlights. I also don't want to be blinding oncoming traffic.

Can someone please dumb it down for me to help me decide what to do? I see there are many choices on Amazon but I have no idea what works and what doesn't. I don't want to buy something only to figure out it's junk.

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Alpha OBD will allow for HID or LED lights to be installed without needing canbus boxes

HIDs will require the dust shields to be drilled to allow for grommets for the ballasts to be mounted.

LEDs will not require modifications to the dust shields. HIDs will provide more light, but LEDs will be a simpler install, while still improving over stock

Fogs should not recieve HID lights, or probably not even LEDs in your price range. Leave them alone for now, maybe eventually upgrade to Morimoto LED Projectors ($200 right there)

any LED you choose will need verification that it fits in the housing, some heat sinks are to large and will not allow for the dust cover to mounted back on.
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Innovited HID Kit

Innovited 55W AC Xenon HID Lights"All Bulb Sizes and Colors" with Digital Slim Ballast - 9012-5000K - Prue White - 2 Year Warranty



The wire that plugs into your low beam bulb will plug into the ballast on this kit. The other wire on the ballast will plug into the HID bulb. Install HID bulb. Stuff the ballast inside the headlamp. Screw dust shield back on. Plug headlight back in. Boom! Done! Tons of light for only $50

Thatís what Iím currently running. No harnesses. No anti flicker junk. Nada. The ballast simply ticks away inside the headlamp. No drilling of dust shield required. No mounting of ballast required. Nada. Easy peezy.

FYI I realize our dust shields are different. Yours are actually bigger. Itíll work, trust me.





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Let me ask you, is there a certain way these get installed in the projector? Because to this day my beam pattern isn't very clean on the ground. It seems like there are shadows/empty spots.

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The filament on the bulb must ALWAYS face STRAIGHT down towards 6 o’clock.
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the one thing @nick00less didn't mention is he is already running Alpha OBD, which will be needed to run the HIDs without a canbus canceller or resistors, which can get hot. From everything i've read, the ballasts will get warm, but not hot. Many people use double sided tape without issues to mount them, so placing them inside the housing shouldn't be an issue

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I'd like to add that you can order pre-drilled dust covers from Headlight Revolution, they are expensive......but an option to drilling the factory dust covers.

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This is great info! I already have alfaOBD. I'm not computer illiterate but what setting in alfaobd should I look under to run the lights that nick00less has suggested. Thanks in advance.
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You don’t need to drill covers. If you want HID you can look at some of my prior threads I created a like of where to buy covers that come pre-drilled. So if you decide to go back to stock you can.

Since it sounds like you want simple if just stick with LED. That’s going to be the easiest.
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I agree with Nick except I like 6000K diamond white!!! Also maybe some Hakari LED's 6K for the highs.

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Thank you Nick, I'm gonna try the Innovited kit for mine. Just recently got AlfaObd.

What do you recommend for fogs and high beams, if any?
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