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Old 11-10-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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starkey or raxiom GT light kits? lower fogs?

I've had my '13 for just over a year now, absolutely love this car even driving year round in interior Alaska. We're getting to the dark and cold time of year, so I want to add some extra lighting.

Which is the better GT-style kit, the Starkey or the Raxiom?

Anyone converted the upper lights to driving lamps, and still installed the lower fogs kit? How do you wire up to run both the GT lamps and lower lamps? Do the H11 OE style fog lights put out a decent amount of light, enough to make both sets worthwhile?
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I've had my '13 for just over a year now, absolutely love this car even driving year round in interior Alaska. We're getting to the dark and cold time of year, so I want to add some extra lighting. Which is the better GT-style kit, the Starkey or the Raxiom? Anyone converted the upper lights to driving lamps, and still installed the lower fogs kit? How do you wire up to run both the GT lamps and lower lamps? Do the H11 OE style fog lights put out a decent amount of light, enough to make both sets worthwhile?
Starkey makes a harness that's oem in quality and even has an adapter to run all 6 lights at once. It's on the high side but you get what you pay for. And that's top notch quality and the trust that your car won't burn down. Even gets a a oem ford fog switch. I've heard mixed reviews on raxiom headlights but as a whole they are a pretty good company.
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Starkey has been around a while I believe and they do make excellent, OEM-looking products (Ik from experience). Raxiom on the other hand, do make solid products as well and always come with their famous 2yr warranty.
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There are some other posts on this subject that will provide you with additional opinions.

My vote: Starkey.
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So I ended up buying a blemished 3505 GT light kit from Starkey back in December and finally found time to clear out the garage enough to do the swap yesterday. The instructions were extremely well written and made it extremely easy to do the swap, even with the intimidation factor being high since you have to remove the front bumper.



Got your nose!


Stock V6 lower next to GT lower


The broken tab that saved me $200 (there were also a couple small barely noticeable marks on the foglight lenses... which will blend in nicely with the rock chips they'll inevitably get living in Alaska.


V6 and GT grills


Clip, clip, snap.... installed



I had... fun... with the wiring.



The harness is beautifully made and is very precisely made. I ended up having to re-route the wiring once because it ended up about 2" short at the dash board, which cost me about an hour to go back and fix. The lack of excess slack is great, and the wiring tucks up nicely like OEM if you run it correctly. It's been a long time since I've wrenched on cars (only had a motorcycle for 4 years until I bought my Mustang in September '12) and I had forgotten how much it sucks to work with wiring under the dashboard. Listen to the instructions and leave the cowl panel and under tray off until AFTER you wire the car, because you're going to be under there and the panels will be in the way.

Wires tapped, dash back together, key in and...


Lights!



I thought the stock HID's were pretty good, in fact they were the best OEM headlights on any car I've ever owned. The extra light from the GT fogs is impressive, especially on the sides of the road where moose (whose eye's don't reflect light btw, so you've got to see the bastards) tend to lurk, and really fill in gaps I didn't know existed on the headlights.

Bottom line: Money well spent! If you drive at night a lot, you owe it to yourself to add these!
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How long did the install take? Did you have help or gambled and went it alone?

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HID projectors would be the best option for light output and superior looks in my opinion.
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Nice install. Thanks for posting the pictures and results.

I was very happy with my starkey harness and install as well. The instructions provided were easy to follow, and everything was provided.

I especially liked the humor you added: "which will blend in nicely with the rock chips they'll inevitably get living in Alaska". Made me laugh!
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