Installation Time: Afternoon
January 12, 2012
BULB REVIEW: Want smoked with halos? Get HID's as well.
Alright the great thing about this product is that it simply looks amazing. The pictures don't do them any justice. If you want a smoked appearance and don't want the projectors or anything that messes with the appearance of the stang's stock headlights then you should not hesitate to get these. They are a good fit with no problems during install.
The one bad thing about these headlights is that they shipped without the "included" wire quick splices. Not a problem if you have some anyway, but none came with mine. It's the first time I didn't get a full kit from AM, and it might not have been their fault since these lights were pretty heavily packaged.
Now on to the bulbs:
I wish someone would have reviewed the bulbs before I bought these headlights, so I am passing this favor forward.
I have tested these headlamps with the tint they come with on 3 sets of bulbs: Stock 2005 headlamps, stock replacement included in the kit for no charge, and the RAXION H13 white upgrade bulbs for an additional $30. bucks.
First off the 2 sets of stock type bulbs showed noticeable dimming through the tint and the color of both were yellow standard so it didn't look great either.
The RAXION H13 had a much better appearance but showed only a slight improvement on the 2 sets of stock type bulbs.
With that said I have cars coming up behind me and I can clearly see the shadow of my car in front of me in MY headlight area.
The simple solution to see as well and better than stock bulbs on non-tinted headlights is to get the HID kit American Muscle sales. I will be getting that soon myself.
It's very simple, these headlamps are not as bright as stock lamps even with the upgraded bulbs on standard beams. (can't ride on high beams all the time)
So if you do any kind of night driving it would be worth the money to get an HID kit, and while you need to remove the bumper to put these lights in. might as well put HID's in too.
PS: The install video isn't bad, but you might have to remove 2 push plastic top anchor pins in the fender well. They don't have them on newer (07-09 I think) but my 05 took me an extra 45mins to deal with the little buggers......
Install time 3 hours including minutes of fighting with fender well push pins. Bumper removal wasn't bad. The entire install can be done in just under 2 hours.