Swapping the #headlights for custom projectors with #HIDs on the Xploder… a modified 2000 Ford #Explorer 5.0 v8 AWD project car!

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I found some old footage from 2019 when I installed some Spyder projector headlights into the Xploder. The Spyder headlights come setup only for halogen bulbs so I converted it to run with HIDs for the low beams and halogens for the high beams. Here is most of the process I went through to get everything modified to fit and wired up to run as projector HIDs. It’s been over 2 years since this was all filmed hence the low quality video/audio (plus a few gaps where footage was lost or corrupted, blah).

Everything has been working fine with the headlights since the conversion!

Items used:

NOTE: You may need to email and ask for H1 bulbs instead of the default kit included bulbs which would be 9007. The projector housing uses H1 bulbs instead if you go with the below kit. Also, the headlight listed below is not the exact one that I purchased but looks to be similar. Original listing is long gone. There are tons of variations and options floating around to choose from.

* Xenonhids.com Hi/Lo: 9007 Full Xenon HID Conversion Kit (w/sun series ballasts, power relay harness/anti-flicker, & 6000k lightning blue bulbs) – https://www.xenonhids.com/dual-beam-hi-lo-9007-full-xenon-hid-conversion-kit.html?i=Kdv93R

* Pair of Xenon HID Replacement Bulbs (H1/6000k lightning blue) – https://www.xenonhids.com/spare-bulbs/pair-of-xenon-hid-replacement-bulbs.html

* Black 95-01 Explorer Halo Projector Headlights w/Built In Bumper Light 1995-2001 – https://www.ebay.com/itm/133824716945?hash=item1f28932091:g:gYwAAOSwaaBg90zS

I have a 60+ page “build” thread over at the explorer forum (https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/) at https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/threads/2000-awd-xploder-from-turbo-back-to-na.319010/ which details a long painful slow process of learning and trial and error, including some posts mentioning this conversion.

Useful OEM bulb size reference chart:

Low Beam Headlight Bulb Size: 9007 (H1 bulb for projector housing)
High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: 9007 (H1 bulb for projector housing)
Parking Light Bulb Size: 3157NALL
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 3157NALL
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 3156LL
Tail Light Bulb Size: 3157LL
Stop Light Bulb Size: 3157LL
High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size: 912
Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size: H1-55W
License Plate Light Bulb Size: 168
Back Up Light Bulb Size: 3156LL
Front Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 916NA
Ash Tray Light Bulb Size: 161
Glove Box Light Bulb Size: 194
Map Light Bulb Size: 168 or 579 or PC579
Dome Light Bulb Size: 906
Step/Courtesy Light Bulb Size: 168 or 912
Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size: 211-2 or 562
Under Hood Light Bulb Size: 906
Instrument-General Light Bulb Size: 161 or 194
Check Engine Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194
Hi-Beam Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194
Seat Belt Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194
Brake Warning Light Bulb Size: 194
Directional Signal Indicator Light Bulb Size: 194

See the Xploder overview video for more info on the mods and things done to the car.

I plan to do many more videos as I continue dabbling on my Xploder, work on repairing and restoring my 82 El Camino SS, doing some maintenance stuff on the Nissan NV3500, and maintaining (and more?) my wife’s 2019 Ford Mustang Eco-Boost Premium… Stay tuned!


00:00 – Start
00:15 – Intro
00:30 – Remove Headlight
01:05 – Headlight Out
01:48 – Projector Headlight Reveal
02:58 – Headlight Wiring
10:54 – Modify Projector to Fit Bulbs
11:45 – Replace OEM Signal Connectors
12:43 – Modify Mounting Surface
13:09 – Replace Projector Bright Bulbs
15:08 – Bad Ballast Troubleshooting
15:56 – Replace Fog Light Bulbs
17:52 – New Ballasts Installed & Testing
18:24 – Projector w/HIDS Low Beam Test
18:33 – Projector w/Halogen High Beam Test
18:41 – New Headlight Photos
19:21 – The End 😀

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