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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have experience with the aftermarket projector headlamp assemblies? I am going to upgrade; but would prefer not to cut my wiring if there is a good alternative. Am I right that a 1995 3500 would need 2004 lights? Some of these offered have 2005, or 2007. I am looking for an assembly I can bolt in, adjust and drive.


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One of my stock lights has a bad lens so I am looking. Anyone else try some other options? These look good; but I see a lot on E bay and Amazon, I know some are junk.

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I had a set of HIDs from retroshop on another truck for about two years before they just stopped working. Of course they stopped working at night, a thousand miles away from home. Lucky for me I also have four small light bars mounted in the bumper (aftermarket winch bumper) of that truck so I was able to safely (although not really legally) get to an auto parts store just before they closed for the night were I bought some stock bulbs and got back on the road.

I've since just removed the HID kit completely and threw it away. Now I just run LED replacement bulbs that fit like stock (amazon specials, called the "eye of megatron" ) that are just as bright & white as the HIDs, but I still keep that set of stock bulbs in the glove box just in case.

In my 12 valve truck I went with a sport conversion and those same LED replacement bulbs. Lots of light, stock wiring, and if they bulbs go out, easy to find workable replacements for almost anywhere.

The projectors are nice, but here are other solutions out there that give you great headlights for a lot less money, they just might have have as much "cool factor" as the projectors do.
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I'm looking for brighter; don't care which. Thanks for info.

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I semi-recently did my own HID conversion with parts from the retrofit source and couldn't be happier with them. I only have about $250-$280 into them if I remember correctly and only a few hours of my time.

I tried LED bulbs in stock housings then sport conversion with stock bulbs & then LED bulbs, none of them come close to how well these perform.

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Iím curious to where this thread ends up. The older I get, the more light I need.
Iíve done about all you can do with halogens. Relays on the highs and lows, sports conversion, heavier wire, lows wired to the highs. I havenít tried led bulbs in the aftermarket sports lights , Iíve heard the dispersal of light isnít optimal. Iím also curious as to what parts it takes to retrofit for hids. And if thatíll work in aftermarket sports lights.


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Iím also curious as to what parts it takes to retrofit for hids. And if thatíll work in aftermarket sports lights.
https://www.theretrofitsource.com/bi...C51136%2C47338

That is the kit I used, with the "super" option.

I may make another set with some sport housings I have laying around and use These in the high beam spot.
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I'm curious about how much you guys who want brighter give a damn about other drivers. I had a pickup owner pass me last night with not two, but four, LED headlights blinding every body. I know he wasn't on high beams because when I flashed my rearward facing spot at him he really dazzled the highway. To my knowledge our stock housings are not constructed for anything other than stock style bubs when it comes to aiming them correctly. How well do "eye of megatron" and projector bulbs keep the beam on the ground?

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I'm curious about how much you guys who want brighter give a damn about other drivers. I had a pickup owner pass me last night with not two, but four, LED headlights blinding every body. I know he wasn't on high beams because when I flashed my rearward facing spot at him he really dazzled the highway. To my knowledge our stock housings are not constructed for anything other than stock style bubs when it comes to aiming them correctly. How well do "eye of megatron" and projector bulbs keep the beam on the ground?
All the LED headlight bulbs I messed with (which hasn't been that many really) don't have any forward facing LED's. Meaning all the light produced is reflected off the back of the housing before it leaves the truck . In doing so the stock headlight pattern is maintained and light only goes where the headlight reflector would dictate (now the LED light bars I also have mounted are a different story, but those aren't meant for on-road use). If you were to have forward facing emitters , then yeah, light could go off in any direction.Which would not only be annoying to other drivers , but also pretty useless to the owner.

The reason I went with retro solutions for my now broken HID setup (that was used on a different , non-dodge truck) is because they offered a "capped bulb" , were basically the front of the bulb was coated with a black coating so all the light would have to come off the headlight assemblies reflector and not the directly from the bulb.

It shouldn't matter to the pattern if its stock bulbs, HID's, or LED's producing the light, if ALL the light is reflected off the headlight assemblies back reflector before leaving the truck.
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A projector with a good cutoff aimed properly shouldn't be an issue for other drivers.
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I can't tell you for a fact which kind of aftermarket lights were installed on that pickup, although I'd love to ask the moron who owns it. They weren't light bars, the uppers were in the stock location and the second set were mounted below where fog lights/driving lights are placed. There was absolutely no cutoff to them.

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