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 Posted: Fri May 22nd, 2020 06:18 pm
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For my project I do want to upgrade the headlights.

I know that LED's in regular lenses is irresponsible. I don't have a lot of off the self options for the 98/00 style.

The options I do see has those "halos" which I don't hate but for petes sake I'm almost 60 and I don't want anyone to say "look at the old man trying to be cool". This is the only thing close I found and it says nothing about using LED's in it's projectors:

Ebay Headlight 

I have not been able to find an off the shelf 98/00 headlight housing with just the projector needed for intense LED or HID, I really just want LED but would like to see beyond the range of a normal headlight.

There was one thread here (or was it) where someone grafted an aftermarket projector in a housing and it looked pretty cool while at the same time not being flashy or show off looking.

I'm not knocking showing off I jut like to do it differently. I will do a grill mesh, light bar behind grill used only when really needed, I intend on having backup camera and auxiliary reverse lights but none under the fenders or along the bottom of the tailgate.

Does anyone make projectors for these years that I haven't been able to find or is there an aftermarket reflector I can graft to the inside of a stock lens and use a really bright LED legally/safely/without looking like I want to be 16 again?



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JAMMAN wrote:
 "look at the old man trying to be cool"
When people ask me how old I am my standard reply is, "I have been 19 for 39 years." I am an eternal 19 year old trapped in a 58 year old body. 



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I just want it to be a little less obvious to anyone that doesn't know me.



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I just do not care what other people think about me.



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I had that red lowered a little ranger for a few weeks before I sold it, I wouldn't turn on the headlights till I started driving. I turned them on once in the driveway and it was like a spotlight on the house in front of me. I felt a little embarrassed driving it around.

But for some reason I'm not going to be embarrassed driving a V8 ranger that rumbles a little. That's my kind of cool.

In high school I had a friend that was so in to Dukes of Hazard he re created the general lee, accurate to the horn. I rode in it once and when he passed the school (kids in that town would park at the high school and party) he blew that horn. I didn't know he had put the horn in and I instantly sunk to a level where nobody could see me in the confederate pumpkin mobile.

I never rode in it again and Gary was my best friend at the time.



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Ive never been happy with halo projector style ebay headlights, at least not with their light output.

If you want good led projectors you have to pay to have them built or DIY

what about 3d printing a headlight housing for the 98-99 ranger that can hold a couple of led cube lights? or something else led 
does not have to be a cube they come in all shapes and sizes.......would it look out of place on an old ranger?


http://assaultledlighting.com/image/cache/catalog/Polaris%20RZR/RZR-HL-07-500x500.PNG

(Inspired by this for Polaris Rzr, I see it alot on more and more cars these days...diy retrofit led headlights without any factory housings )
I don't know any 16 year old's that can pull that off so it might look pretty neat? 

I had some serious reservations about putting round led headlights on my bronco...but as soon as I did I was in love with the look and ran with it. Who cares what others think, it either looks good to you or it doesn't.

How about the 08+ front clip conversion? Are there more headlight options for those?
Or just add some cool aux lights to help the anemic factory headlights? 

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Want to see where you are going? Bolt a couple of 7" Cibie spotlights on the front bumper!



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Those ebay projectors have a  ty rep for lousy beam definition.  And yes, you can put LEDs in, but if they are not in a projector, again,  ty beam definition.  Unless the source is in the the exact same spot as where halogen bulb would put it, you will have a  ty beam, dispersed down low, maybe up in the face of oncoming traffic.  To be able to see farther, to see better, you need to control where the light goes that you generate.  Halogens do this by the shape of the reflector, which is penitently dependent on the source being in the right spot.  Proper HID and LED retrofits do this with projectors.  Anthony did a set for his truck, I have HIDs in my main headlights and in the fogs with projectors, as my '07 was way under my standards for projected light when I bought it.  One trap to avoid in HIDs is don't get too high of a color temp.  4300K is actually the best for light that the human eye can see, but most people tend to go higher for whiter light.

If you don't like halos, don't put them in.  It's that easy as they are not required.  Personally I put halos that are switchbacks, and an LED signal bulb.  All flash yellow on that side as the turn indicator.  Like Mike, I don't give the furry crack of a rats ass what someone thinks about me.  I have some picture I can post them if you want.  Oh yeah, even a Ring video that shows how much they project!

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3D Printed housing now there's an idea.

Theretrofitsource.com would be your best bet. Diy or there's guys that can do it for you. You can make it as flashy as you want. A silver projector bezel in a stock housing with no halo ring is pretty discreet

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X2 on http://www.theretrofitsource.com .  That is who I have used, they are outstanding.  Great products, great customer service and support.  And I used a guy for my main headlights, I can send you his email if you want.  It is do-able on your own, can be time consuming, and it does have it's challenges.

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I didn't read ALL of the postings BUT...  I've read that these eBay/Amazon Projector Headlights are what they claim to be... not good !
Haent heard anything good about these headlights other than most like the look.

I went the conversion route, had a new set of housings converted to HID Projectors.



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You could buy these and add your halos, or look for some Brazilian 4dr ranger headlights. I heard those are pricey and need some modification

https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-01-11-Ranger-Crystal-Clear-Projector-Headlights-LED-Strip-Corner-Signal-Pair-/352897039752

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Scrambler82 wrote:
I didn't read ALL of the postings BUT...  I've read that these eBay/Amazon Projector Headlights are what they claim to be... not good !
Haent heard anything good about these headlights other than most like the look.

I went the conversion route, had a new set of housings converted to HID Projectors.

Should have read, " eBay/Amazon Projector Headlights are not what they claim to be... not good " !



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