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Alpharex NOVA headlights installed and review.

Discussion in 'Exterior' started by AE5548, Jun 25, 2020.

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  1. AE5548

    AE5548 Senior Member Supporting Member

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    I finally grew tired of the terrible visibility the factory headlights offered so it was time to upgrade. I looked into HID or LED bulbs in the stock housings (I had Quad headlights, not projectors). Using the cheap Ebay stuff was out of the question for reliability reasons. And using good quality stuff would cost $400-$500 and still potentially blind other motorists which i wasn't happy about. So then i looked into buying projector housings as well as HID's and LED's and now i was pushing $1,000 to do it with good quality stuff plus turn signal upgrades. So at that point i started looking at dedicated replacements. I went right to Morimoto since they are so highly regarded but the amount of complaints about their XB Ram replacements was immediately troubling. Lots of melted housings, broken alignment linkages, "they're not very bright" complaints and customer service complaints. Then i saw side by side comparisons of them next to the Alpharex Nova units including drone footage on one YouTube review and i was sold with these. It's not like "these are a little brighter" then the Morimotos. They are easily twice as bright. And they were cheaper too. I paid $1,085 shipped. I couldn't even find Morimotos for less than $1,300.

    The install was simple. No wires to cut. The stock headlight plug connects to the wire harness on the new headlights. The turn signal bulb socket is installed into the new housing the same way as stock but you snap a wire connector into the socket. The fit into the socket was snug, so i chose to file down the turn signal bulb connector on the new lights to make it easier. Took about 5 minutes.

    The only "wiring" you need to do is the DRL kit. But it's simple. It comes with a harness that plugs into each new headlight housing and then into a control box. You then have three wires to hook up. + on the battery, - on the battery (or chassis) and single wire you connect to a source that comes on with the ignition. I used fuse F66 with a fuse tap.

    That's it. I got no error codes for the headlights. But i am getting a "Front parking lamp out" message at startup. Despite changing the Parking lights and Front turn signals to LED on the AlfaOBD app the message continues. Not sure why but ill deal with that soon.

    The headlights are SUPER bright. So are the DRL's. In fact the DRL's light up my entire driveway. The DRL's are top and bottom and the bottom switches to yellow sequential turn signals. And when you start the truck, the sequential "dance" is pretty cool.

    They fit great, looks great and were simple to install. My only complaints were the DRL connections should have been weatherpak style, not bullet connectors. And the install video on their website should go into detail on aiming them. You use a #2 Phillips but that's not obvious by looking at them.

    Pics to follow. Definitely check out JW Montoya's drone footage of them.
     
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    AE5548 Senior Member Supporting Member

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    If anyone wants any specific pics or vids let me know

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  3. superjoe83

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    Looks good. So it seems like they have updated these lights to have the dual drl's and do they have sequential turns?

    Edit: I must have missed it on your post, looks like they do
     
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    Get a vid showing startup and turn signals. They do some pretty cool stuff don’t they?
     
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    I'll make one and post it.
     
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    In looking at these on the Alpharex Site, I see that the directional lights are not sequential.
    Is this correct?

    If so, that is a bit disappointing.

    RodeoGeorge
     
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    They are sequential for sure. Not sure why the site doesn't mention it. Maybe you were looking at the Pro version?
     
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    Excellent video from the road and above someone made.
     
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    How is the high beam performance? I drive a lot of back roads with a lot of deer and good highs are a must have
     
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    It’s great. I’ll take some pics tonight on a super dark road here.
     

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