If your talking me then yeah it was easy. Just like swapping a bulb. I only swapped for light output. I haven’t driven a ton at night as I hated the light output of these trucks. I have had a few. The ones I got were the vled ones. Supposed to be pretty good.Was it easy to do and is the light output similar or better ?
Last weekend I completely upgraded my lighting system. I am notoriously bad at documenting my projects so I don't have any cool before / after photos or during build photos of anything I get into it and when I'm done realize I didn't take any pics.
I purchased the Complete Vehicle Specific Retrofit Kit: Chevy Silverado 14+ kit from LightWerkz. I was inspired by the excellent how-to doc that Audiomixer put together. This kit was not identical to his setup that he outlines in his document and there were a few curveballs, but overall I couldn't be happier with the performance! I went with the NHK G5-EX Projectors, and the SILVERADO adapter brackets it comes with are perfect out of the box.
I also added the Morimoto XB Foglights. (I figured out with the current discounts at Christmas time they were $15 less expensive to buy them separately than adding them onto the 'package' with the HID System.) I put the Fogs in the day before I did the HID system and those by themselves were better than the stock projectors!
I also upgraded the high beams to the Morimoto 2.0Stroke LED's. I figured LED would be a better option than some kind of HID high beam system because of strike time, warmup, etc. My high beam driving generally consists of short bursts instead of continuous steady-on situations. They sell cap extensions because generally the rear of the LED's are much larger than the stock bulbs, however I didn't need the cap extensions to fit this product in the housing.
I went with 5500k for everything, and the color of the HID's match the LEDs very well (as they should). The look from the front when they are on is a crisp white, doesn't seem blue to me except for right at the cutoff line. They actually also look better when looking at the truck as well IMO. The G5-EX have a slight blue tint to the projector lens. Looks kind of cool with the lights off if you are looking for it. Not really noticeable if you aren't specifically looking for it.
I also popped in some Morimoto LED reverse bulbs from The Retrofit Source, took maybe 4 minutes and are much brighter than stock.
Challenges: I wasn't expecting the HID bulbs to have generic male spade connectors for the connection to the factory low-beam plug. No big deal, cut off the factory plug and put on my own female spade connectors, nice shrink wrap on the final connections, turned out great.
The Hylux ballasts seem like quality pieces, my only challenge was there are two different "black boxes" in-line with the signal wire as well as the power wires. I struggled a bit to figure out how to properly mount all three components because only the ballast box itself comes with mounting holes. I watched some youtube videos to see how other guys were doing it and it seemed like everyone was just zip-tying everything and letting it hang. That wasn't going to work for me I am all to familiar with the lack of longevity of zip ties in an engine compartment. I ended up using the rubber/plastic RG6 Coax Cable Clips with self-tappers to secure the wiring on each side of the black boxes. The perfect placement is just as Audiomixer describes, there is a vertical radiator support rail that is a nice enclosed section (so you can't drill into anything on the back side). This part actually turned out better than I thought it would. It wasn't until I was done that I figured I should have also put some 3M Mounting tape behind the black boxes as well, but they are definitely not going anywhere.
Getting to and finding the 4th headlight bolt isn't much fun and I honestly wonder why they even need it, the headlights themselves seem very secure with just the easily accessible 3 bolts.
I bought LED Turn signal bulbs for the front, and didn't end up using them for two reasons. Reason #1 I couldn't really tell a difference in light output between the stock bulb and these new bulbs, stock actually seemed brighter to me. Reason #2 I spent a lot of time trying to get the resistors to work properly but never fully figured it out. Wiring diagrams on GMUPFITTER were very clear and have wire colors, etc I just wasn't able to make it work with the two resistors and the two bulbs. I was able to get one to work without hyperflash but not both. The wiring isn't as straightforward as I was hoping. Maybe someone could shed some experience in this area. For now I am happy without them.
I guess I didn't fully pay attention to the kit I ordered but I figured I would be running a new wiring harness to the battery based on videos I had watched. This setup all uses the factory wiring harness for power.
Overall performance: Low beam is leaps and bounds better. Can't even really compare the two. Factory lights seem like something that would be on a 70's motorcycle and now it is brought up to current technology.
The Bi-Xenon shutters on the G5-EX effectively give you 4 high beams. The high beams are so incredibly bright I bet I have over a mile of visibility. The first time I kicked on the high beams while on my test drive I was laughing like a little kid. Plenty of light power for my mountain driving now. Any deer that find themselves in the path of these high beams will probably just vaporize.
If you do the mirror switchbacks and white marker lights are you going to switch the turn signals to switchbacks?I also just ordered the switchback mirror lights from Boost Auto parts as well as the 6 high kit. I also got the mirror reverse light kit that automatically turns on the mirror spot lights when you put it in reverse. Not too sure i will actually like that or not but figured i would try it. I was looking at the white marker lights today as well. Believe those were recons.