Finally took the plunge & installed Bi-Xenon Projectors on our Ford Fusion. But a little background first:-
The Ford Fusion, purchased in 2007, was being used as a chauffer driven car. Most of the trips would be in the city or on same day return highway trips. Most of
the trips would be during daylight. I had a problem with my Shoulder & so in 2008 I bought a Santro AT. It was planned to use it only for city use. But I found the AT so convinient that I started using it for Long distance trips. Had upgraded the headlight bulbs to Phillips Extreme Vision & found them to be adequate.
Gym workouts & stretching exercises had strenghthened my shoulder. So when I had to go to Chennai in the first week of Sept, I decided to take the Fusion for the drive. Most of the driving was in the day. But a couple of days we had to drive at night & found that the lights were awful. On coming back I upgraded to Phillips Extreme Vision. There was a slight improvement but the shortcomings of the reflector were obvious.
So I decided to go in for either a set of Aux lights or install Bi-Xenons. Found out that mounting of the Aux lights (Hella Rally 500FF) would be an extremly Juggaad affair as there were no proper fixing hard points in the front bumper area. The electrician at Planet Ford recommended I go in for Bi-Xenons. Options were to import from "The Retrofit Source" or use locally available kit. I knew it would be a dicey affair as the reflector top had a flat lip which would foul with the reflector body & the shroud. Most of the shopkeepers seemed only interested in selling whatever they had on hand & were quite unsound technically. Dropped in to Genome to see their kits & spoke to the owner "JOY" (Joydeep) on the phone. I was impressed with the overall quality of the reflectors and the response I got from Joy. He was well informed, immediately understood my concerns re fitment & offered a couple of solutions. Also turned out that they were developing a
series of Reflector Asslys. which were generally benchmarked to Morimoto with adaptations for our local conditions & market costs. He had started exporting these & was now trying to introduce his brand in the local market. Joy emphasised that he would like to be present during the actual selection & fitment. So we fixed up for Sunday 29th.
On Sunday I met Joy in person & had a look at the available range. We ruled out 2.5" model as that would be inadequate for my requirements. After opening one headlight we found that only one 3" lens model could fit properly and that too without a shroud. I was ok with that & we went ahead with the fitment. So total 2 projectors, 2 55W slim ballasts, wiring & 2 35W 4300K bulbs. Total it took around 5 hours including lunch & rain breaks. Now let the photos do the talking:- 1. Views of Bi-Xenon projector assly 2. Head Lamp Assly with the projectors 3. Views of Other components as fitted in the engine bay.
Now for some before & after photos. I have a 2007 vintage digital camera & its low light performance is not good. The Fusion's head lamp, even after the XtremeVision bulbs, was so pathetic that it was not registering properly. So I am posting the Santro's headlights throw instead. A. Santro high beam B. Santro low beam C. Fusion high beam - max beam adjust D. Fusion high beam - min beam adjust E. Fusion low beam - max beam adjust F. Fusion low beam - min beam adjust
Went in for white angel eyes only. The photos do not give a complete picture of the improvement. I would say that the light intensity & throw has improved by an order of 4 times. Will suffice for my requirements & budget.There is a 1 year replacement warranty on all parts. The bulbs are H1 type. Joy agreed that D2S would be the best, but availability of D2S bulbs in the Indian market was an issue & so replacements while travelling would be a problem. He is also developing a projector that will come close to Morimoto FX-R. He already has one that matched Mini D2S. The models are available with a range of lens sizes from 2.5" (ultra economy0 to 3.2" (top end).
I would strongly recommend Genome
for those who are looking for a total solution. As they have a couple of models there is a good possibility of mixing & matching components to fit one's budget, vehicle constraints & personal requirements.
I had mixed & matched various components so there is no proper mrp. Joy indicated a street retailer price of around Rs. 18,000. As I had kept pestering him with a hell of a lot of queries & doubts he gave me a hefty special discount (possibly to get rid of me!!
Contact nos. & address are on their website: www.genome-group.com
159, S-Block, MIDC Bhosari, Pune 411026.