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I received my 5000K Apexcone kit the other day, and I just thought I'd write a quick review to describe what I thought of the kit and the installation procedure on a Fusion.

I decided to go with a high quality kit instead of the cheap kits on Ebay that burn out in 2 months. I bought the kit from www.xenonexpert.com . Their pricing is excellent, the quality is first rate, but the most important aspect is that the service is top notch. The kit carries a lifetime warranty I dealt with Oliver from the beginning. He helped me with my decision, the ordering process, and also walked me through the installation, which I now pass on to you.

First and foremost, the kit is plug and play, meaning no soldering, cutting, or splicing of wires is necessary. Total install time was about 30 minutes, but I will break it down for those of you who just have no clue. :)

Here's the kit from the xenonexpert website



1. Disconnect power from the car battery.

Driver Side Installation...

2. Unbolt the 8mm screw that holds the washer filler neck, and move the filler neck out of the way to gain access to the headlight.





3. Remove the stock halogen bulb
a) Peel the rubber dust cap off the back of the headlight
b) Turn the bulb assembly counterclockwise and pull the bulb out
c) Disconnect the connector and set the bulb aside.

4. Carefully install the HID bulb (CAREFUL not to touch the glass with your fingers)



5. Mount the Ballast
a) I chose to use the double sided tape that came with the kit instead of mounting screws. The tape is more than strong enough because of the huge surface area of the ballast and mounting location. Mount the ballast to the flat sheet metal area next to the headlight.





6. Connect the connectors supplied from the ballast to the bulb. This step is self explanatory as the connectors only fit a certain way. I'll include a pic nonetheless, heh

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7. Connect the red and black wires from the ballast to the OEM headlight harness. Insert the pins into the harness until you feel a little click. The positive (red) wire connects to the green (with brown stripes). Then do the negative side (black to black).



Use some electrical tape to cover the connection



8. Cut a tiny slit into the dust cap so that the wires can still come out and place the dust cap back onto the lamp assembly.



That's it for the driver's side! Make sure to bolt the washer filler neck back down.

Passenger Side Installation

2. Remove the air silencer by simply pulling it off the airbox. I did this to improve the sound of acceleration as well (so you can just leave it off 8) ).



3. Unclip the rubber shield behind the headlight and move it out of the way



The result should look like this before you proceed.



4. Replace the halogen bulb with the HID bulb via the same procedure as the driver side

5. Mount the ballast in the same location as the driver side.

6. Connect the wires in the same manner as the driver side.

7. Cut a slit in the dust cap and install it back onto the lamp assembly. The end product should look like this:



8. Replace the rubber shield by clipping it back. Also, replace the air silencer (if you choose to).


And now onto the results!

BEFORE



AFTER



BEFORE



AFTER




And now some random pics





Overall, I am extremely pleased with this kit. The lighting is awesome compared to stock. I re-aimed the headlights after the install so that it wouldn't blind oncoming drivers, and to make sure of this, I made my girlfriend park 200 ft away to tell me if it was too bright. I love the 5000K color. It is bright white and will hint blue at certain angles. The install was a breeze, and I know that if there are ever any problems, it is covered under warranty for life. If you're considering HID's, do yourself a favor and skip the cheaper ebay kits. This kit is worth every penny.

There are other kits on their website as well to suit your specific needs. The prices are great at each level, and you can count on them for customer service.
 

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[quote author=jaydez link=topic=60924.msg1038834#msg1038834 date=1162140180]
nice! do you have a pic of the light cutoff on a flat surface in front of the car?
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Do you mean how close to the front of the car the light is laid down?
 

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[quote author=noisuf link=topic=60924.msg1038857#msg1038857 date=1162142079]
[quote author=jaydez link=topic=60924.msg1038834#msg1038834 date=1162140180]
nice!  do you have a pic of the light cutoff on a flat surface in front of the car?
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Do you mean how close to the front of the car the light is laid down?
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I wanted to see how sharp the light gets cut off at the top of the beam. If its a nice straight beam I think im gunna upgrade. But if it fades and isnt a nice sharp line i might wait on it.
 

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This looks hot!! I like it.

Let me ask you something diferent though. Did you buy those fog lights from the dealer or is it something aftermarket? They look good and I am thinking of getting some installed but I am seeing wht is out there.
 

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[quote author=olikoli link=topic=60924.msg1039330#msg1039330 date=1162165438]
This looks hot!! I like it.

Let me ask you something diferent though. Did you buy those fog lights from the dealer or is it something aftermarket? They look good and I am thinking of getting some installed but I am seeing wht is out there.
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The foglights were stock on my SE. They accent the HID's quite well.
 

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[quote author=Total ConFUSION link=topic=60924.msg1039302#msg1039302 date=1162163976]
Look at his last pic on the garage door. There is no sharp cutoff. The light is all over the place.
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If you want a [quote author=jaydez link=topic=60924.msg1039079#msg1039079 date=1162153429]
[quote author=noisuf link=topic=60924.msg1038857#msg1038857 date=1162142079]
[quote author=jaydez link=topic=60924.msg1038834#msg1038834 date=1162140180]
nice! do you have a pic of the light cutoff on a flat surface in front of the car?
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Do you mean how close to the front of the car the light is laid down?
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I wanted to see how sharp the light gets cut off at the top of the beam. If its a nice straight beam I think im gunna upgrade. But if it fades and isnt a nice sharp line i might wait on it.
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If you want a sharp super straight cut off like with projector headlights you will never get that unless you have projector headlights. The fusion comes with reflectors headlight so the cut off is not as clean but still improves light output 3 X compared to your stock bulb. So bottom line you get a good enough cut off and a major upgrade in light output. :)
 

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From this thread... http://www.fordfusionclub.com/index.php?topic=52244.0

"Now if you are looking to do a H.I.D upgrade on your fusion on the low beams please read this:


You are waisting your money. Yes they look nice and yes they are bright. But consider this; Its illegal and not D.O.T approved, plainly worthless of our stock halogen low beam lamps. The Halogen lamps will not control the H.I.D beam pattern. It will throw the light every where and it looks like a big mess. Trust me I know because I have them.

I know you are asking "but why does BMW, Mercedes and all these elite cars come with H.I.D's".
The answer is because they where made with H.I.D reflectors or their projectors where specially done for H.I.D's. The reflectors and the Projectors control the H.I.D beam pattern and they have a cut-off light to it. Dont you notice sometimes when you see a BMW and the lights are flickin purple, white and blue. Thats the cut off light."
 

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[quote author=Total ConFUSION link=topic=60924.msg1040073#msg1040073 date=1162207112]
From this thread... http://www.fordfusionclub.com/index.php?topic=52244.0

"Now if you are looking to do a H.I.D upgrade on your fusion on the low beams please read this:


You are waisting your money.  Yes they look nice and yes they are bright.  But consider this; Its illegal and not D.O.T approved, plainly worthless of our stock halogen low beam lamps.  The Halogen lamps will not control the H.I.D beam pattern.  It will throw the light every where and it looks like a big mess.  Trust me I know because I have them.

I know you are asking "but why does BMW, Mercedes and all these elite cars come with H.I.D's".
The answer is because they where made with H.I.D reflectors or their projectors where specially done for H.I.D's.  The reflectors and the Projectors control the H.I.D beam pattern and they have a cut-off light to it.  Dont you notice sometimes when you see a BMW and the lights are flickin purple, white and blue.  Thats the cut off light."


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So HID conversions are illigal again? This pretty much answered my question though... hopefully Ford will make a better headlight for this car before they redesign it in a few years.
 

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[quote author=Total ConFUSION link=topic=60924.msg1040073#msg1040073 date=1162207112]
From this thread... http://www.fordfusionclub.com/index.php?topic=52244.0

"Now if you are looking to do a H.I.D upgrade on your fusion on the low beams please read this:


You are waisting your money. Yes they look nice and yes they are bright. But consider this; Its illegal and not D.O.T approved, plainly worthless of our stock halogen low beam lamps. The Halogen lamps will not control the H.I.D beam pattern. It will throw the light every where and it looks like a big mess. Trust me I know because I have them.

I know you are asking "but why does BMW, Mercedes and all these elite cars come with H.I.D's".
The answer is because they where made with H.I.D reflectors or their projectors where specially done for H.I.D's. The reflectors and the Projectors control the H.I.D beam pattern and they have a cut-off light to it. Dont you notice sometimes when you see a BMW and the lights are flickin purple, white and blue. Thats the cut off light."


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ALL conversion kits are illegal and not DOT approved. Doesn't mean you can't use your judgment. Most cities have a law that prohibits cars to run fog lights on in the city. People have them on all the time and it's not enforced.

So unless you buy a crappy kit and go with 10 000K that will make your lights totally blue you'll be fine. We've been selling out kits for over 4 years now and to truck like the Ford F-150. Customers have been happy and not ONE of them have been pulled over.

It's a free country so if you prefer your halogen bulbs nobody forces you to get HID ;)
 

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[quote author=M3-GT link=topic=60924.msg1041900#msg1041900 date=1162274701]

ALL conversion kits are illegal and not DOT approved.  Doesn't mean you can't use your judgment.  [/quote]

I guesss that says it all.  IT'S ILLEGAL!  Where I live, "judgement" doesn't supercede the law.  Must be illegal for a good reason.  Wouldn't it be great to spend hundreds of dollars on a light "upgrade" only to have the cops hassle you over it and have to take it back off. 
 

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[quote author=Total ConFUSION link=topic=60924.msg1042058#msg1042058 date=1162289233]
[quote author=M3-GT link=topic=60924.msg1041900#msg1041900 date=1162274701]

ALL conversion kits are illegal and not DOT approved. Doesn't mean you can't use your judgment. [/quote]

I guesss that says it all. IT'S ILLEGAL! Where I live, "judgement" doesn't supercede the law. Must be illegal for a good reason. Wouldn't it be great to spend hundreds of dollars on a light "upgrade" only to have the cops hassle you over it and have to take it back off.
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Ok, let's cut a little on the caffeine.

In 4 years we haven't had ONE customer who was pulled over by the police. It's illegal because like for most things the law is there to protect the masses from a few morons that buy cheap stuff, don't install properly etc...

My brother is a police officer and uses his judgement every day..he has to.

And yes I'm fine with the fact that you are not interested...You have your opinion and I respect that. But let's move on. thank you.
 

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Personally, I live in Metro Detroit, and in bigger cities, cops have more important things to deal with than to hassle people for their lighting. I can understand in a small town where cops have nothing to do but drive around would get a kick out of stopping you for something like that. It's kinda the same when I drive through Chicago. If I'm not doing 15 mph over the speed limit, I'm a sitting duck for other drivers. I drove by 2 cops last night sitting in the highway median, and they didn't seem to mind. The Fusion isn't an unbelievable car to use HID's when you get a good mild kit. Like Oliver said, if you are using 10000K bulbs that are just dark dark blue, of course they're going to wonder.

I thought long and hard about the conversion kit before I bought it, but now that I installed it, I'm wondering why it took me so long to make my decision. Just make sure to re-aim the headlights after you install the kit. It's not like the stock halogen bulbs didn't disperse light everywhere. 8)
 
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