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PostSubject: UM.....HIDs   Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:37 am

Well i bought some used HIDs today only to get home to find out i was scammed. neither the ballasts or bulbs worked. Im short on money now but i feel the need for HIDs, im the only one in my "group" without them. Is there anybody that has working HIDs that would maybe cut me a deal, or would trade for them or something? i dont have money for new ones ATM.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:00 am

texasfan010 wrote:
Well i bought some used HIDs today only to get home to find out i was scammed. neither the ballasts or bulbs worked. Im short on money now but i feel the need for HIDs, im the only one in my "group" without them. Is there anybody that has working HIDs that would maybe cut me a deal, or would trade for them or something? i dont have money for new ones ATM.

double check..... mine were messed up
turned out i hooked them up wrong
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:29 am

well i tried pretty much every possible solution, the guy said he would try to hook them up for me, and if they still dont work he would give me my money back. hes actually a decent guy. i thought he purposely ripped me off
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:19 am

texasfan010 wrote:
Im short on money now but i feel the need for HIDs, im the only one in my "group" without them. i dont have money for new ones ATM.
Now that's some serious peer pressure. Spending money you don't have on something you don't need. Good Luck with hooking them up. Hope everything works out.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:02 am

Be sure to read my write-up carefully. The part that the factory harness plugs into is reversed on the poles. You gotta flip it over and connect it that way. The tabs won't lock, they'll be on opposite sides, but mine haven't budged at all since installing them.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:49 am

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Be sure to read my write-up carefully. The part that the factory harness plugs into is reversed on the poles. You gotta flip it over and connect it that way. The tabs won't lock, they'll be on opposite sides, but mine haven't budged at all since installing them.

I believe that is only on one side, the passenger side if I recall correctly.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:36 am

Both for mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:41 pm

alright thanks guys i will try that
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:36 am

Obviously, any aftermarket mod isn't going to behave like stock. I'd like to see a shorter HID 'bulb' that would protrude the same length as a halogen, perhaps that would help fix some of the glare. I've been very lucky so far and my conversion has very little glare without me having to adjust the light aim down.


Personally I don't think there's any difference between the $100 and $500 kits besides pricing and brand names. Sure the more expensive one has a warranty and is more reliable, but for every one of the 4 Chinese ballasts I've had burn out, I got a free one for the cost of mailing the broken one to California. About $20 of shipping added to the $117 or so I paid, I'm still well below $500 and I get excellent, no-questions-asked service. Make sure the people you buy from are good in the customer service department and you should be fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:07 pm

Well, the good ballasts are made by Phillips (Ironic since their home electronics are subpar). The ballasts like those are what are used on cars that are factory equipped with HIDs. The $500 kits include projector housings as well as the quality ballasts. If there's one thing not to be trusted, it's Chinese circuitry and electronics. Consider if you will a lot of home audio equipment is made in China - the low end stuff. I have several pieces which are made in Japan, all the nicer models (and vintage) are made in Japan. I mean think how well something made in China in a sweatshop is compared to something that was carefully constructed in Japan. Given Japan's small size as a country, they don't have near the factory population like China does so they can't just toss people in a factory and pay them a dime a day or whatever. You have much lower chances of getting something just slapped together too quick since Chinese factories are all about speed and mass numbers than making high quality products.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:33 pm

Oh, I thought you meant just the HID bulbs and ballasts, not the projector housings and stuff too! I agree about the quality, believe me I prefer non-Chinese stuff, but for the price it works out favorably. If anything goes wrong, I can swap the halogens back in place in about 10 minutes.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:12 pm

I LOVE my HID's wouldn't trade em' for stock ever
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:41 pm

What's more important? Looking cool or actually lighting the road up better? Poor dispersion patterns put out by HID bulbs in the incorrect housings are not as effective as standard halogens. If you're interested in it only for looking cool then go get some blue painted bulbs. Doing stuff like this for looks only (And by looks I mean the looks of your car over the function) is really ricey. Like:


Think about it - if HID bulbs are closed off on the edges and all the light is reflected out the front through a rounded lens to provide an accurate pattern what do you think happens when you don't have that closed off enclosure to focus the light through or the lens? It turns the entire plastic lens into the same thing...except the lens isn't made for HIDs, it's made for halogens so the pattern is wrong and it's not evenly lit. On a car with true HIDs not the rice package, they go through the projector then they go through the plastic lens on the car. Think about how bright a flashlight is - now think about how bright it is if you remove the reflector inside. It's really common sense if you stop and think about it...
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:28 pm

You dill weeds with HID'S should have your a$$ kicked! There is a reason why they are illegal as after market units. I can't tell you how many times I have been blinded by a cheap set of these units.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:55 pm

Yep, if you aren't going to aim them don't bother to put them in. I should start swerving at them instead of just flashing my highs.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:07 pm

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You dill weeds with HID'S should have your a$$ kicked! There is a reason why they are illegal as after market units. I can't tell you how many times I have been blinded by a cheap set of these units.

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sad cry That hurt my feewings...
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:01 am

IBx1 wrote:
96RIVMANN wrote:
You dill weeds with HID'S should have your a$$ kicked! There is a reason why they are illegal as after market units. I can't tell you how many times I have been blinded by a cheap set of these units.

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sad cry That hurt my feewings...
'Tis not too late to go back to the dark side...Use the halogens, Luke - I mean Ilan.

Wait where am I again? confused
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:39 am

lol Halogens really are the DARK side!!
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PostSubject: HID   Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:07 pm

Anyone switch to HIDs yet?

As a dealer I get and do sell them. Was thinking about tossing a set in the womans Rivi also.

Thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:51 am

I made a write-up that I think 3 other people have followed so far. Very satisfying mod!
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:41 pm

Has anyone found the best place to order replacement bulbs for the Xentec kits? I'd like to keep one or two spares handy.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:49 pm

i believe their store has stuff separate, but i dont think it is the bulbs that usually fail. i just had to warranty my 2nd ballast with them. they are taking forever to get it back to me too...

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:55 pm

The ballast is what fails more often than not, but any HID light will work. Make sure it's a real HID bulb though, not a halogen painted with blue nail polish. Yes though, it is cool to have a pair of show bulbs like 30k's that you put in once you're at the parking lot. If you want spares go ahead, but if your ballasts go out just call up whoever you bought them from originally and they should replace them for the cost of you shipping out your bad ballast.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:59 pm

Yeah, I installed mine Saturday, and while I was letting them "burn in" for 10 minutes the passenger ballast went out. I sent a message Saturday night, and I received a tracking number a few hours ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: HID Conversion   Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:55 pm

My HID kit came with some janky-ass double sided foam pads. Does anyone have an (extra) set of mounting brackets I could buy?
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