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A Multi-Topic Lighting Question

Hi All,

Yup, I'm still around. I do way more lurking and reading than posting these days. I still have the FX, & just passed 260K km. Here are my questions:

1. I am experiencing condensation on the inside of one of my headlamp assemblies. I believe this is coincidental with some bumper repair work I had done about 5 years ago. I'm not a big fan of coincidences so I think the body shop did "something" while removing or installing the bumper. Has anyone else had experience with this? Obviously I'm not going to drop the $1300 CAD for a new OEM headlamp assembly, so I'm guessing that some clear caulking or other sealant will mitigate this. Advice on caulking locations is welcome, otherwise I'm just going to slather on sealant on anything that looks like a joint.

2. The HID lamp in the aforementioned headlamp assembly no longer works. I think eventually enough moisture got in and caused a short which kakked the ballast. A price for a new ballast from the dealer is ludicrously expensive, so I looked aftermarket, and found one for approximately $130 CAD. However, my mechanic has told me that "several" aftermarket suppliers have informed them that a failed ballast can only be replaced with an OEM part. I say BS. I'm sure hundreds of people in this group have replaced a ballast...so is what my mechanic said true?

3. The lenses on both fog lights are broken, so IF I have that ballast replaced I was going to have the fog lamp housings replaced while the bumper was off. This will be the third time I've replaced them and I definitely don't want to do it again. So, can anyone recommend a fog lamp housing with a protective screen in the front? Failing that, will a simple 3M-type coating protect them enough to prevent a rock from cracking or breaking them? Furthermore, I was also considering converting them to HID bulbs in the process. Can anyone recommend a decent conversion kit? I will also perform a search on the site - I just wanted to mention it here as well so I can keep all my questions in one message.

Thanks to all who take the time to respond!

- Doug
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Hi psychopike. Glad to see I'm not the only one still lurking around here.

1. I think "resealing" the headlamp will work but make sure that you dry it out properly before you seal and re-install. Check for cracks in the housing though. Did you ever get the headlamp recall done on your FX? Did mine a few months ago so headlamps are shiny new now.

2. I think it is BS but don't go with the very cheapest that you find online. You usually get what you pay for. How much is the oem ballast?

3. I know others have used various companies for foglight conversion kits but I have a little experience with HID Nation when I replaced all of my bulbs with LED's. They seem like a good company and have been around a while. I'm sure they have kits for the FX.

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Guess I will join the OG topic here since I saw two old timers in the email digest . I would try silicone around the edges as well, but I have always wondered about using a vacuum on the bulb opening after you seal the cracks to let the sealant penetrate a bit deeper. Maybe worth a shot.

My 03 headlights and bulbs are still original- i'm surprised they still work. The lenses are super hazy but for some reason my VIN doesnt list a recall for them. Dont remember what the included years were.


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Who you calling an "old timer" John? :P I was wondering if you still had the FX.

I am surprised about the lights though. I was of the understanding that every FX prior to the recall had to get their lights changed. You might want to take another look. Can't hurt:

https://x.infinitihelp.com/forum/loc....php?catid=105

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