Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Saturn (or SE Michigan)
This poses an interesting discussion, as the reflector portion of the 1996-1997 headlamp assembly differs from the reflector portion of the 1994-1995 assemblies, in that the reflector in the 96/97 models does the 'focusing' of the beam, whereas the lens does it on the 94/95 models.
I haven't seen too many HID applications up close, but I do notice that a lot of the headlamp assemblies today have the clear lens with the 'focusing' reflector - similar to the headlamp assemblies from the 1996-1997 T-bird/Cougar.
If anyone has access to a part number listing, would you compare the part number of the 2003 Lincoln LS HID headlamp assembly with the 2003 Lincoln LS non-HID headlamp assembly, and see if they differ? All I could find in the service manual was that they have similar "middle" numbers: ????-13008-?? My thought is that if there IS a difference in the part number, there may be a difference in the design as well. If there is no difference, then we'd have to say they are identical, and lean towards a conclusion that a focusing reflector is what's used to make HID, well, not "blind" as much.
This doesn't, in any way, justify illegal, non-legal, legal, etc.; rather, it is something I think may be worthy of discussion.