Thank you for the kind words.
Ill be at the replica car show At Knottsberry farm with all the cobra and ford racing people on the 27-28 next week. Anyone in the LA area should stop by and say Hey.
I guess that also means I will not be here thurs-sat to take your orders. Please hold them til monday or even call before then!!
I'm actually a little encouraged by this news. The fact that we need to change those ridiculous proprietary ballasts might mean that we might have a finally have a factory upgrade that uses bulbs that can be purchased...
I referenced this thread to Mark VIII.org, days later a member posted that he had finished testing these replacement units.
You can take this with a grain of salt, or as legit. He had no photos, but that may be from an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). The units have been returned to Ford.
He claims they are completely new housings that use standard halogen bulbs.
This is good news or bad new, depending on how you look at it. New housings mean the cost will be high, probably in the ball park of $600 or more. Since they use standard halogen bulbs, options for after-market kits, cheap ones, haven become endless. The sky will be the limit for HID conversions! Also, if these were new housings WITH HIDs, think of the cost of this kit, it would surly be a lot more.
Worst case, you have to shell out some cash. For NEW updated housings made from better plastics that should be made right - not yellowing/fading.
Best case, Ford starts a silent recall exchange program where one can bring in the vehicle for minimal labor charges to have the old housing removed and new installed. But that probably wont happen unless the DOT is on their butts about this.
There is no mention of a new ballast, just that the ballast will be obsolete. There is no way to make ANY bulb fit right without the bulb being re-based. A re-based bulb may be available now, but in 10 years, same boat because someone wont make any money off of re-basing the bulb we need? A new housing solves all of that.
Then again, who knows. If this person is telling the truth it still may be subject to final release. For all we know, several kits/conversions were being tested and the halogen was just one. Just a theory!
yellowing is pretty much a maintenance concern (ive never had trouble with yellowing on any of my plastic light cars. if i notice it i wax them and they clear right up) buit the flaking chrome is a true defect.
well my HID's are shining bright on the drivers side, but the passengers side is starting to go orange..then eventually to the nice HID color of the drivers. I am thinking that the new bulb will have to be on the way. If I have to buy new housings, ballasts, and bulbs, so be it. But after that, there will be a 98 LSC for sale. Should be able to get a much better price for it when the new lights are in. Keep us informed Maxx...and thanks.
LOL Tractionless!!!! Love the new avatar. They FINALLY deleted my postings when I change that file on the remote server. To days that was up in every post with my sig for all to see If I had gotten a response, or e-mail about why I was suspended, I would not have done it - but every action deserves the same reaction....