Ok, have just over 10,000 on my F-250, I was going to replace the headlight bulbs with some SiverStars, but wait.
Looking in the manual I read that you have to and I quote a part from page 93 (all 10 steps of it, starting on page 91);
2. "Using masking tape or a marker,
make an alignment mark between
one of the grille brackets and the
vehicle radiator support to ensure
correct grille alignment during
re-assembly. Do not scratch the
black coating from the radiator
...and on and on and on.....
Now, this is just plain poor design. You can see all of the headlamp housing from the back, why in God's green earth would you design something where you have to remove so much to change a simple headlamp bulb????????????
I love the truck, but some "engineer" should get his ass handed to him (or her) for such a poor design. Really???????????? Does Ford Really Have a Better Idea? (Remember when?)
It really is not that big of a deal- 4 -10mm bolts - 4 or 5 clips on the grill
OK, I get it, it's not "a big deal". But that does not answer the "Why" of the design! Here is my Why for Mr., why not just design it to access the bulb from behind the headlamp unit, then it is even less of a deal, it's less complicated and cleaner. I'm just say'en.
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Last edited by Nix Besser; 05-08-2011 at 02:18 PM.
Don't waste your money on Silverstars. They are still pitiful lighting Halogen lights and are a joke.
Buy a set of Philips 6000K HID lights. Easy to install, and make a real difference.
BTW, I own a Silverado and a Ford. The Ford design is awesome, and easy to change. You don't have to fiddle with realignment with a simple bulb change. Try the GM sometime if you want to feel real frustration with poor design.
and if you want a real challenge, change the brake lights on a VW bug. I should have videotaped my neighbor...
The stock bulbs on the Ford are pretty weak. and I agree that silverstarts are not much better than stock. I replaced a blown headlight years ago with a SS and could barely tell the difference between it and the other stock bulb that was working. (I wanted to see the different before I changed the other side out - ended up just returning the other bulb)
George, I assuming when you say buy the Phillips 6000K HId you are talking abouit buying a kit with the Ballast and bulbs, Not just bulbs themselves? They appear to be about $279. So I'd sure hope that I got a lot more light than the $30 Silverstars.
Any reason to go the 6000k vs the 4300k bulbs. I don't care much about the color as much as getting more light farther down the road.
I guess my other concern is back on my 2003, I installed the Silverstars and melted the bulb connectors that ended up costing me to get fixed. Any problem with excess heat going with the Phillips 6000?
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