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Old 09-09-2014, 03:16 PM
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97 F150 4x4 Depo Headlight Upgrade Install w/ Pics

After much consultation from fellow forum members i decided to go with:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Depo-Pair-Euro-Style-Black-Projector-Headlights-W-Corner-Lights-Ford-F150-F250-/301091174010?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item461a6eb67a&vxp=mtr
  • Main Reflector - GE NightHawk Platinum 9007 Hi/Low Beam.
  • Projector - Phillips 9011 Hi Beam
Last night i started the install while i was grilling some New York Stips.
In the time it took to grill the steaks I was able to get one headlight in, temporary install on the wiring though.

I was not aware that the Headlights came with bulbs. They came with a Standard Sylvania 9007 in the reflector and a Philips 9005 in the projector.
I already had a Phillips 9011 so i replaced the projector with the 9011. I do not have the GE NightHawk Platinums yet so i left the standard 9007 in the reflector.

During Installation of these lights it is necessary to notch the panel for clearance of the bulb in the projector lens. Quick and easy modification. Here are a couple pictures of what you have to cut out.
If i were to do it again i believe i would make the notch a little taller by taking more off the top side. This would allow you to be able to remove the harness without having to take the headlight out.

Before Notch:
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After Notching:

I realize i didn't do a very clean job. But i was running out of daylight. I sanded and rounded all edges to protect wiring.


Here are some pics I snaped last night comparing the Aged Factory Lenses to the New Depos. Notice the new Depo headlight just has a standard bulb where as the factory headlight has the X-Treme Power.

Driver Side:
  • Headlight Assymbly: Depo Black Projector
  • Low Beam Reflector: 9007 Standard Sylvania
  • High Beam Reflector: 9007 Standard Sylvania
  • High Beam Projector: 9011 Philips
Passenger Side:
  • Headlight: Aged Factory
  • Low Beams: Burt Out
  • High Beams: 9007 Phillips X-treme Power


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And the finished product, never mind the weeds hanging from the bumper. My truck gets well used. LOL
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:20 PM
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I love my Depo headlights! They did take a fair amount of aiming to get right. The high beams are a massive improvement over stock

PS- I also installed the Depo matching clear driving lights and it really cleans up the front end
 
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Lookin' good! Not a bad price on those either.
 
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:11 PM
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Thanks

Which clear driving lights are you talking about HardManGT?

I did not have to aim mine at all. They were exactly same as stock.
 
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by FireKracker50 View Post
Thanks

Which clear driving lights are you talking about HardManGT?

I did not have to aim mine at all. They were exactly same as stock.
He might mean the clear Depo fogs

Also hope you are happy with your purchase. I know I loved the high beams on them when I had them.
 
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:34 PM
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I definitely love the high beams! I still have the Sylvania 9007 bulb in the reflector. It is not as bright as i would like for the low beams. I think i will be putting nighthawk platinum in soon.
Another thing to note about the low beams are that the beam isnt uniform. it has bright spots and dim spots. The bright spots do seem to be where you would want them to be. But the dim spots take some getting used to.
 
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by FireKracker50 View Post
I definitely love the high beams! I still have the Sylvania 9007 bulb in the reflector. It is not as bright as i would like for the low beams. I think i will be putting nighthawk platinum in soon.
Another thing to note about the low beams are that the beam isnt uniform. it has bright spots and dim spots. The bright spots do seem to be where you would want them to be. But the dim spots take some getting used to.
Ya the low beams kinda suck. I mean they aren't horrid, but it could be better. If you ever get sick of the low beam, I made a how to on retrofitting a projector into the 9007 reflector.
 
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:28 PM
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wiring problems

Hey, I just got the same lights. Having wiring issues since I have no relay in my truck. It is a 2001 screw. How did you wire up the white plastic relay that was provided with the harness? Any help is greatly appreciated
 
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Hey, I just got the same lights. Having wiring issues since I have no relay in my truck. It is a 2001 screw. How did you wire up the white plastic relay that was provided with the harness? Any help is greatly appreciated
Did the lights come with a full harness and relay?
 
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came with harness that has a white connecter to connect to a relay, but no relay was provided
 
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:36 PM
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came with harness that has a white connecter to connect to a relay, but no relay was provided
Then I'd call the company you bought from and get one sent to you. I've looked and there is no relay like it to be found to replace it.
 
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:11 AM
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thanks brother. question... what did you do withyours? did you have a relay or did you do some sort of bypass/ rig up. just curious. they bill these as factory replacements, there should be answer somewere ?
 
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Originally Posted by elkitino View Post
thanks brother. question... what did you do withyours? did you have a relay or did you do some sort of bypass/ rig up. just curious. they bill these as factory replacements, there should be answer somewere ?
Just as an example of what a quality vendor's goods and support looks like:

Proper relay wiring harnesses:

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...harnesses.html

And how they are used:

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/diy...ess-guide.html


So - Where is Depo's documentation? Where is their Tech Support?

Sadly - you are now experiencing the consequences of buying junk....


Good luck.

PS - PM Karl65 fer more info ... Depo expert
 

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While I appreciate the links, it doesn't really do much for me as far as my current situation is concerned. I have a truck with no headlight relay since it uses a multifunction switch. I was asking about Lariat's install because I am assuming he ran into the same situation. I am by no means an automotive electrician but a fairly able DIY guy just looking to see if there is a viable solution to my current situation. If the Depo lights don't work, I'll return them and do something else.
 
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by elkitino View Post
While I appreciate the links, it doesn't really do much for me as far as my current situation is concerned. I have a truck with no headlight relay since it uses a multifunction switch. I was asking about Lariat's install because I am assuming he ran into the same situation. I am by no means an automotive electrician but a fairly able DIY guy just looking to see if there is a viable solution to my current situation. If the Depo lights don't work, I'll return them and do something else.
The relay harness they give you is just for the high beam projector. . you can still use your 9007 plug for the reflector of those headlights so you have lights till you get the relay.
When I bought my depo lights they came with the relay, but this was 2-3 years ago.
 

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