FAQs—Ford F Series
I am looking at upgrading the look of my Ford F Series truck, and one thing I'm considering is the addition of neon lights. I do a lot of nighttime driving, and I've been seeing some vehicles with these lights—they look kind of cool, and I think I want some of that coolness in my truck. What are the rules regarding the use of neon lights?
Different states have different laws and regulations when it comes to the mounting of neon lights. Generally, the addition of extra lights in the vehicle is covered by the existing laws of light mounting and placement (in general, instead of specific according to the kind of light mounted). For instance, any lighting added on the front area of the vehicle should be yellow or amber in color, and any lighting added on the rear should be red in color (regardless whether it is neon or not). If you want to be sure, you need to look into the specific law in your state.
I went to look for a new set of headlights for my vehicle yesterday, and I got a bit confused about the two types of headlights that I came across with. What's the difference between a projector and a reflector type of headlight?
Both types of headlight give off light beams from a single source—the headlight bulb. However, they differ in how they magnify the beams given off by the bulb so that they could illuminate the road ahead. The reflector type of headlight does just that—reflect the light beams from the bulb so that they bounce back brighter and stronger. This type of headlight has been in the market for quite a long time, and it's been a proven design. However, those who wanted stronger beams came up with a newer type: the projector headlight. The concept of its operation is similar to that of the reflector type, but with an extra benefit. You can imagine that the reflected light beams from a reflector headlight would be scattered, so much of that would be wasted. There was a need to ensure that all the beams given off by the bulb would be directed to the road ahead. This is where the projector light comes in—it directs the light beams so that the light is more focused and therefore, brighter.
My friends have been convincing me to get a grille guard for my Ford F Series truck, but I'm not really sure if it's a practical addition or simply an eye candy that I can go without. Any thoughts?
To determine if you will benefit from a grille guard, ask yourself several questions. Do you often go offroads? Do you drive in areas with rocks, big twigs, and other elements that could damage the front of your truck? Do you plan to mount a winch or a set of auxiliary lights in the future? If you answer ‘yes' to any of these questions, then a grille guard would be a good investment.