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    Shifting gears....

    What make of bulbs did you put in? I went ahead and bought some that had good reviews specifically from F-150 owners--- owners of other vehicles did not like them as much. That's probably the dynamics of that headlight housing at play. I hope they last a while...
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    Shifting gears....

    I'm going to just replace the low-beam bulbs on both sides with new LED's. When I do that-- I will know what that single surviving bulb is. I read that people may have issues with ice on headlights because the LED's don't produce enough heat to keep the lights clear... never even...
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    Shifting gears....

    So-- I had a spare H11 bulb, and I plugged it into the empty socket. I guess I have a comparison... I drove around a bit and made a decision.... LED Wins. I get what that article above says-- it may not be "PERFECT" with every single aspect of the engineering of lighting-- but my...
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    Shifting gears....

    Yeah--- and a lot of time and money to change it out. This article has me re-thinking my consideration of LED's... https://jalopnik.com/why-most-led-headlight-upgrades-dont-really-work-an-ex-1843070472 I may just put in some good halogens and be done with it (and likely save myself a LOT...
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    Shifting gears....

    So--- does anyone in here know about LED Headlights? This truck came with halogens, and the owner put in those bright white LED's aftermarket. The top light on the drivers side is an LED-- bottom (the "Brights" bulb) is a halogen. The passenger side has the LED bulb missing. There are...
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    Shifting gears....

    I got the hard-wire kit, and will run cables out of sight-- should be a nice clean install... :) I should change my forum name to CHEAPASS.... LOL :cool: :winktongue: :rofl:
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    Shifting gears....

    I am up to about $2,100 in PARTS for this thing... I will have some minor dents not fixed immediately on the passenger doors, so that will be carried over for another day. I am learning that EBAY IS YOUR FRIEND!!! My first purchase was a mirror-- simple right--- just a mirror! Check out...
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    Review - Dahua SD49225XA-HNR 2MP 25x Starlight + IR PTZ AI Camera with Deep IVS & SMD Plus

    This camera has been a lot of fun----finally mounted it last weekend and tinkered with the auto-tracking last night. WOW--- there are SO MANY POSSIBILITIES and ways to make this work....
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    Shifting gears....

    Oh---- that TOTALLY makes sense now!!! Then the name below that was the owner. EDIT: and Yes with the salvage title - insurance thing--- I had to start a policy with Jake, from State Farm. My current insurance won't cover salvage--- time to go insurance shopping.
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    yeah-- even with the suspension parts that were replaced, it's hard to understand how they totaled it. All I can think is that they had expensive insurance that would do new-vehicle replacement. The original California registration was still in the truck -- owned by a Cab business??? ---...
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    Shifting gears....

    You'll have to check where you live for salvage dealers. There are some everywhere-- ask any bodyshop and they will tell you which ones to watch (and which ones are crooked or lack transparency with damages). They all get supplied with vehicles through salvage auctions-- and most vehicles...
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    Shifting gears....

    There was damage to suspension and steering components that the salvage yard fixed. I had to put a tire (~$250) on, and an tire pressure sensor, and I got the alignment done. I have a report for before and after alignment-- and everything adjusted out easily and true, and they didn't see any...
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    Shifting gears....

    Here is my highway mpg's driving it home from the dealer up in North Dakota... I couldn't believe it--- that is the typical mileage I get out of my old Nissan Frontier with a 4 cylinder... LOL I really hope my repairs come in as cheap as possible!
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    Shifting gears....

    I am working out a deal with a friend who has a repair shop and a used car dealership. He needs parts/database stations in his repair area that will be client machines to his primary computer where the database software is located and will act as a server for the others. The software is his...
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    Shifting gears....

    I bought a new truck... well... new to me. a 2019 Ford F-150 with 4,738 miles on it, that left the factory on October 12, 2019. :) It had a MSRP sticker price of 55,940.00.... I bought mine for $24,200.00 Here's why: I am hoping repairs will be about $4,000... possibly less, but there...
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