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Work continues on the taillights but I have the startings of the next major project. I bought a second set of headlights to use for the retrofit. Now just need to get the projectors and a few other items.

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BTW I bought these from Amazon.com and test fitted them yesterday. They fit very well and sit in as good as any OEM set. I also took the opportunity to see what the light output was, and to put it simply, they are horrible and unusable as it. As you can see in the picture, they have glare everywhere especially at an upward angle where you really don't want it. Thank goodness I wasn't planning on installing them straight from the box.

If anyone is looking for plug and play OE replacement lights, I highly recommend looking elsewhere.

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Taillights are tinted and it went really well. They aren't absolutely perfect but I really liked the vinyl and it did extremely well on the bulges. Installed pics will have to wait till I pull the car out of the garage again.

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Taillights are tinted and it went really well. They aren't absolutely perfect but I really liked the vinyl and it did extremely well on the bulges. Installed pics will have to wait till I pull the car out of the garage again.

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Looks great! Love the slight tint. Wish I could find some Kuga lights for relatively cheap.

BTW, where do you have such a well lit, white background-ed place to shoot photos?
 

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Looks great! Love the slight tint. Wish I could find some Kuga lights for relatively cheap.

BTW, where do you have such a well lit, white background-ed place to shoot photos?
Welcome to the great, white north. Haha

I walked out the back door held it over the snowy ground.
 

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As typical of NY winters, everything is filthy but under the grime, the taillight tint looks pretty good to me.
 

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Test run of the LED's that are going inside the lights and get to decide what pattern I want to use including using them as switchbacks.

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Nicely done! What projectors did you go with? Stock lenses? Did you modify the shields?
I went with Morimoto D2S 4.0's. The 5.0's would have been a better option from what I know but I decided to go with a set of 4.0's and take the savings to buy a second set for doing the duels. I haven't modified them in any way. I know you can modify the shields to eliminate the step up but I'm not sure if it's something I want to do on these.
 

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Summer tread back on. Progress slowly continues on the headlights, but that's a long run project. Also working on the second iteration of the blank grille. That one will mostly look the same but have a better mounting system and no more bondo to chip and crack.

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Productive weekend with a bunch of little things. Removed the red tint from the PS rear fog light that I never hooked up, wired it up as a reverse light, tinted both aux reverse lights with 20% vinyl, moved the Ecoboost badge to a slightly better position, dechromed the window trim with black Dupli-color Custom Wrap, and did a layup of the next blank grille.

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Would of loved to see those Euro rear fogs working...
Do you know if the harness has connections at the back of the car and at the headlight switch?
I would think you'd need a Euro BCM VIN coded to your car as a start...

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Would of loved to see those Euro rear fogs working...
Do you know if the harness has connections at the back of the car and at the headlight switch?
I would think you'd need a Euro BCM VIN coded to your car as a start...

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I'm pretty sure there's nothing on the harness in the rear for the rear fog lights. It requires wiring to run outside the cabin area which the Escapes do not do (at least mine without any sensors, tow package, and auto hatch). As for the headlight switch, it's all a Canbus system so there's nothing to tap into there. Your probably right that you'd need a Euro BCM to do a truly OEM setup.

I haven't completely abandoned the rear fog light idea, but I'm trying to figure out a good way to keep the reverse lights along with a fog light option. Switchbacks are the leading candidates here but also thought about adding LED strips inside the lights. It's a low priority project right now so I'm letting it ruminate.
 

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I'm pretty sure there's nothing on the harness in the rear for the rear fog lights. It requires wiring to run outside the cabin area which the Escapes do not do (at least mine without any sensors, tow package, and auto hatch). As for the headlight switch, it's all a Canbus system so there's nothing to tap into there. Your probably right that you'd need a Euro BCM to do a truly OEM setup.

I haven't completely abandoned the rear fog light idea, but I'm trying to figure out a good way to keep the reverse lights along with a fog light option. Switchbacks are the leading candidates here but also thought about adding LED strips inside the lights. It's a low priority project right now so I'm letting it ruminate.
Do they come in asymmetrical light housings? My RS Focus used reverse on one side and fog on the other. Since this was on my SVT Focus, I went with red on both sides (LHD cars in Europe had the reverse light on the other side, so you could effectively do 2 red or 2 reverse.)

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Do they come in asymmetrical light housings? My RS Focus used reverse on one side and fog on the other. Since this was on my SVT Focus, I went with red on both sides (LHD cars in Europe had the reverse light on the other side, so you could effectively do 2 red or 2 reverse.)

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Like this? Haha

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Euro Kuga's come with both red fog lights while the ones I have are from a Ford Ecosport which are both clear. The guy I bought them from vinyled one red for me so I had one white and one red. I removed the vinyl to go back to both clear, but it look really good with the red.
 
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