Jun 07

New Member retrofitting my 2005 Ford Ranger

Been lurking around here for a while so I decided to join. I'm a retired electrician and US Navy vet, so I now have plenty of time on my hands, I guess. So, I decided to retrofit my headlights to HID with projectors I ordered from TRS. Man, those guys are great. They walked me right through the process and the CSR was intelligent, pleasant and straight forward. Explaining to him this truck is in fantastic shape given the years, it is still 12 years old. On top of that, I have never done anything like this before so asked for recommendations. I also explained I am not made of money (who is, right?). He recommended the TRS Acme line of products for my first retro. The Acme Standard BiXenon, Acme 5000K bulbs and Acme Speedy Start 2.0 ballasts. He recommended the 4300K lamps but the little kid in me decided to go with 5000K. LOL. I am making my own Relay Harness because I can and it so happens I have all the parts on hand from other projects. The electrical portion of this mod is the easy part for me. The Ford Ranger uses 9007 bulbs so I understand the need for a relay harness that requires diodes to eliminate back feeds and powers the solenoid only on high beam and the ballasts, of course on both. I am a master electrician and also did electrical / electronics in the Navy so as we used to say, this is geedunk. You landlubbers better look that word up. LOL.

The mechanical portion of this project has me a bit nervous. I want to do this right. I want the finished product to look like it is OEM. Properly aimed lights that help me see better at night without blinding oncoming drivers. My goal is to do it right the first time.

If anyone here has done a retrofit on a Ford Ranger, notably 2001-2011 I would appreciate hearing from you and picking your brain. I think this is going to be a challenge as there does not look to be a lot of room behind the factory housing and I am getting conflicting info as to whether the Acme Standard Projectors (rebranded Morimoto mini 6.0 it is my understanding) actually fits in the housing. Time will tell on that when everything comes in next week.

I will keep everyone posted as I make progress, but it will be slow as other commitments seem to devour most of my time these days.

Sorry for the long post. Cheers from Vermont.