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So im really considering getting the hid solutions kit for my truck. My roommate just reminded me that having too bright of headlight can get me pulled over. So im wondering, has anyone gotten stopped by the cops because they thought you had your brights on as they passed you?
 

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What you need to check for is DOT Compliant on the HID kit. I did not find any thing like that when I bought mine (off road use only) I don't think running HIDs in stock light is legal. To be legal you must upgrade to a projector beam head light assembly. If you notice cars with factory HIDs they will always have a projector lense. Projector lenses have better cutofffs built into them to keep the light output down. Now getting pulled over is really another story, I run HIDs with a 2" level kit so mine are pretty in your face. I also have hid fogs and the fog lights do not have a diffuser over the bulb so from the view of another driver they appear brighter. I have been behind cops alongside passed them through intersections and never been bothered. With that in mind its not to say that if he saw driving from a bar he couldnt use that as an excuse to pull me over in hopes of writing a real ticket.
 

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They're technically not legal but I've been running them since 98 in probably a dozen different vehicles and never had an issue.
 

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They are a different type of bulb with a different focal length. I don't care about DOT per say but please get a kit with the proper reflectors & lenses to focus the light on the road & not into my eyes.

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They are a different type of bulb with a different focal length. I don't care about DOT per say but please get a kit with the proper reflectors & lenses to focus the light on the road & not into my eyes.

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Russ
The general consensus seems to be that the aftermarket hasnt made a decent projector headlight for our trucks, so that will be a little tough. I would love to run some black headlights (internally black not smoked), but im not going to waste my money on some that are junk. If you know of any high quality ones that do not require modification to work on our 6.7 trucks im all ears.
 

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The main legal issues with HID kits are:

a) Color. Blue isn't legal, the light output must be yellow to white.
b) HID bulbs with halogen assemblies. No matter what the kit says, putting HIDs into assemblies that are approved for halogen lamps is illegal and it's not possible for the kits to say "DOT approved" and be telling the truth.

If you want to avoid getting hassled by the cops then get bulbs that are no higher than 5000K (4300K is ideal) and make sure they're pointed far enough down to not blind oncoming vehicles. HID bulbs in halogen assemblies will result in light scatter, which is blinding as well, so you just have to make the best of it if you really want HIDs.

The only legal way to run HIDs is to do a retrofit of a HID projector assembly into the housing.
 

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The only legal way to run HIDs is to do a retrofit of a HID projector assembly into the housing.
Do you have any information on how to do this?

Or are there any companies that make high end projector assemblys for our trucks? Ive read that some of the "projector" headlights on ebay are made for the 5.9L trucks and dont fit ours without modification and they are not meant for use with HID bulbs.
 

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Do you have any information on how to do this?

Or are there any companies that make high end projector assemblys for our trucks? Ive read that some of the "projector" headlights on ebay are made for the 5.9L trucks and dont fit ours without modification and they are not meant for use with HID bulbs.
Some years back I was looking into doing this for a Mustang, but that company has since disappeared.

I did find this place, though. Should be a good start. Home - Custom Lightz - The HID Headlight Projector Retrofit & Parts Specialist
 

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I have had my HID's for a few months now. At one point had them straight at a cop car driving up into a parking garage and nothing happened. btw, I have 55w 6000k lights. They are Really bright.
 

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I have had my HID's for a few months now. At one point had them straight at a cop car driving up into a parking garage and nothing happened. btw, I have 55w 6000k lights. They are Really bright.
Doesn't mean they're legal. ;) I'm guilty of having 5000K HIDs in my old Titan, they looked and worked great and never had any problems, but I made sure they were white and aimed as good as possible.

The people that have the biggest problems are the ones running 10000+K 55w HIDs that blind everyone, having them on a lifted truck makes it 10x worse. Not only that, the further up the temperature scale you get above 4300K the lower the light output. The blue and purple HIDs actually put out very little light and the color increases glare, not to mention it's difficult for our eyes to focus on blue objects.

Keep them as close as possible to OEM HID specs (4300K) as possible and aimed well, you shouldn't have any problems.
 

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Here's a pic of mine in some cheap projector housings.
These are 3000k yellow bulbs. Dnt mind the spotlights I have on at the same time, checkout the cutoff of the headlights.
 

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Doesn't mean they're legal. ;) I'm guilty of having 5000K HIDs in my old Titan, they looked and worked great and never had any problems, but I made sure they were white and aimed as good as possible.

The people that have the biggest problems are the ones running 10000+K 55w HIDs that blind everyone, having them on a lifted truck makes it 10x worse. Not only that, the further up the temperature scale you get above 4300K the lower the light output. The blue and purple HIDs actually put out very little light and the color increases glare, not to mention it's difficult for our eyes to focus on blue objects.

Keep them as close as possible to OEM HID specs (4300K) as possible and aimed well, you shouldn't have any problems.
Yes, you are right. I realize they are not legal, but OP asked if any one has gotten pulled over. :thumbsup:
 
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