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Old 02-03-2019, 08:45 PM
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Just drove through 10 degree Fahrenheit and icy rain from Montreal, Canada back to my buddy's house in Lake Placid, NY, It was about a 95 mile drive.

The defroster on high is not powerful enough to reach the top 8-10 inches of the driver's side of the windshield. It was ice covered.

The headlights, being LED, produce no heat to speak of, and the nice glass/plastic covers were a complete opaque sheet of ice causing at least a 50 percent dropoff in illumination.

I have the Pro version of Baja Design lights in the bumper cutouts, 6 in total. Those too froze over and were quite hobbled in output at best.

The front camera very quickly becomes obscured. That causes the auto highbeams to not function. It also gives a warning on the dashboard. Over and over and over and over. Did I say the warning comes up about every two or three minutes, whether you leave the warning on the dashboard or hit okay to erase it, it just continues to come up. I don't recall that happening on my former Raptor.

Now, I did pull over at the first gas station over the border crossing and there were others also breaking ice off their headlights, etc.

So, am I expecting to much to ask these vehicles to be tested in these conditions and perhaps heaters put on covering in front of the headlights? To have the camera with a jetspray like some headlights on cars do, or have a cover over it or it be hidden better? It becomes useless in any bad weather.

Overall, what's really important, is the truck handled the slippery roads better than I could have ever dreamed of. I was doing 60+ mph in bad conditions in 4A and it tracked straight and true. The tires were excellent, showing incredible traction. Braking grip was also excellent in very slippery conditions.

So, am I asking too much?
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The issues you had are really no different than what you would have with most vehicles as you saw for yourself first hand.

It shined where it needed to.
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defroster issue seems weird. Should produce enough heat, for sure, to at least get that ice loose.
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I have added a set of old school PIAA halogen driving lights just for those conditions. The produce enough heat that there is no ice build up. Quick wipe of a rag will remove any road grime. I haven't yet experienced the windshield defrost issue.
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I just posted on the regular f150 forum here about my windshield cracking along the bottom where the heat element is for the wipers section. There is no impact damage at all.

Just to be clearer on my post above, if you hold your hand across the long vents next to windshield with defroster on high, you will feel a much softer flow of air in the last inch or so of the vent going up to windshield. That allowed ice to form on the top corner left corner and spread at least 8 inches across and down. I was able to see clearly below it, and it did not occur on the passenger side. I don't know if it's a design flaw or just something misaligned in my vent. Next oil change I'll have them look into it.

I was wondering if the new but very expensive laser off road lights by Baja Design would throw off enough heat to the glass covering it to melt ice in that situation.
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