Mynamesbrett

MK7.5 ZS upgrade to ST Line Headlights

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Hey all,

Wanting to upgrade to the ST line headlights with the DRL strip however from reading on here, I'll need some IDS tinkering.. is this something a lot of people offer? Is it cheap to get? Sounds like it's simple to do as long as you have the software, can I 'obtain' the software and do it myself? Sorry for the questions, I didn't know this 'IDS' existed until reading about it just now!

Thanks! 

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It's the hardware that costs. Unless you're willing to spend upwards of £1000 on an original Bosch IDS tool, then you'll have to pay someone a few beers to do it for you lol. You can get Chinese knock-offs on eBay for around £250. I wouldn't count on these working for every job though.

Come to think of it, this maybe possible by using Forscan. The software is free from their website and a modified Elm327 costs around £15 from Tunnelrat (be careful with the ebay ones). If you plan on keeping with Ford for a while, Forscan is invaluable anyway so worth a shot? Just make sure to backup your files before you change any settings but pretty sure it's just ticking a box.

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7 hours ago, Luke4efc said:

It's the hardware that costs. Unless you're willing to spend upwards of £1000 on an original Bosch IDS tool, then you'll have to pay someone a few beers to do it for you lol. You can get Chinese knock-offs on eBay for around £250. I wouldn't count on these working for every job though.

Come to think of it, this maybe possible by using Forscan. The software is free from their website and a modified Elm327 costs around £15 from Tunnelrat (be careful with the ebay ones). If you plan on keeping with Ford for a while, Forscan is invaluable anyway so worth a shot? Just make sure to backup your files before you change any settings but pretty sure it's just ticking a box.

Hmm, might need to look into it a bit more, not sure what else it has on there that would be worth while! Guess I just need to find a garage that has access to it nearby! 

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14 hours ago, Mynamesbrett said:

Hmm, might need to look into it a bit more, not sure what else it has on there that would be worth while! Guess I just need to find a garage that has access to it nearby! 

I'd look into doing it with Forscan. I'm almost certain it can be done with that. For £15 what have you to lose. As I said you'll always need the tool if you plan on keeping with Ford for a while.

Not many garages carry IDS, they usually just have something like a snap on diagnostic machine or similar. Ford garages will definitely have it, however they'll just tell you the job isn't possible.

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