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  • 2014 Ford Escape OEM HID Cutoff

    I recently got a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium with OEM HID Headlights. They use D3S Bi-Xenon projectors. When I got the Escape I had the dealer swap my D3S CBI's that I had on my traded in Focus. I love the Escape and the projectors look really nice. If anyone knows what type of projector Ford uses please share.

    Anyways, I noticed something on the driver's side cutoff. It doesn't have the typical step like most other projectors do. It looks like instead of a step, there is this "U" shaped cutout. While driving this creates a shadow effect on the oncoming lane, so I'm not blinding anyone with the flicker effect, but I have never seen a projector like this before. The high beam is absolutely amazing, but this cutout just seems weird. I am still asking fellow Escape owners if they have the same cutout or if it is just my light. Is this a design so oncoming traffic isn't blinded? Something wrong with the projector? Bulb not seated correctly? Any help would be appreciated. Ive got a full warranty on the car so if there is an issue, it will be covered, just need some input, thanks!

    I want to attach pictures but cannot find where to attach them

  • #2
    You can't attach images to HID Planet unfortunately. Upload to a site like Imgur and post here.

    That dip is not uncommon on OEM projectors. Most likely normal.

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    • #3
      Here are links to the pictures

      https://i.imgur.com/2FSe2pR.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/92csJgj.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/Fq8tsIP.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/LPsc2k5.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/dDdqqDn.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/KteO0db.jpg

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      • #4
        And if it turns out that this is normal, I am totally okay with that, I am very happy with these lights, especially the high beam! I will say this, I did have the regular Osram HBI on the Escape for a couple of days since I bought it on a Saturday and the CBI's weren't swapped in until the following Monday, so I drove it around with the HBI's for 2 nights and they looked halogen compared the the CBIs I was use to on my Focus. The CBIs really, really made these projectors even better, best bulbs I have ever used. I have not been flashed once which I thought would happen since as an SUV, the lights are sitting up higher.

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        • #5
          Yup that's normal.

          2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder
          2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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          • #6
            Really? Is it so oncoming traffic doesn't get blinded? Do you see any issues at all? The high beam is what is telling me there is no issues with the lights, but just that dip will take some getting use to. Do you have information or a link to information about this type of projector design?

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            • #7
              Yeah it's to help with not blinding oncoming traffic.

              I don't have any particular info, I've just seen it plenty of times. Many projectors use a secondary shield to achieve the same effect.

              2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder
              2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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              • #8
                The only thing you really do to compensate for that dip would be to raise the left side up, but of course, that would blind more people more often, and make the high beam even higher than the right side

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                • #9
                  I think it is fine as is, I'll get use to it. Looking at pictures of fellow Escape owner's cutoff on a Facebook group and their dip is not as noticeable, but its there. I think having the CBI's makes the dip more clear if that makes sense.

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                  • #10
                    I got some more pics on a better wall to show these cutoffs. The pics earlier were on a red wall. I am also considering upgrading to the new Osram CBB bulbs, anyone try these yet?

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