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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:29
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HID kits....

Took a quick look at a google search and there are just a few to choose from....

Has anyone upgraded their XJ headlamps to HID's and would you do it again?


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Old March 28th, 2013, 12:21
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Re: HID kits....

Moved.
Yes, i loved the HID upgrade but would spend the coin on good housings.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 13:27
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Moved.
but would spend the coin on good housings.
*Projectors

You can use cheap ebay-type H4 housings and then toss a set of bolt-in projectors (MADE for HID) for less than 400 total with wiring, bulbs, ballasts, projectors, ect. And that's for a bi-xenon (Hi and low in one projector) setup.

Go onto www.retrofitsource.com and look at their easy retrofit kits.

Also jump onto HIDplanet.com and do some research and get more familiarized with HID in general.

I throw empty glass bottles at assholes who just toss a cheap HID kit into their halogen housings and throw light glare everywhere. That doesn't help you, OR oncoming traffic see any better at all. HID is only truly worth the cost and effort if you do it properly, so if you are only wanting it to look cool with purple or blue headlights, don't waste your time and money. If you don't want to do a retrofit for HID, you can look into upgrading to an after market headlamp harness, a set of quality Hella crystal halogen housings, and pair of silverstar bulbs. That will give you vision comparable to OEM level HID setups.


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Old March 28th, 2013, 14:21
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*Projectors

You can use cheap ebay-type H4 housings and then toss a set of bolt-in projectors (MADE for HID) for less than 400 total with wiring, bulbs, ballasts, projectors, ect. And that's for a bi-xenon (Hi and low in one projector) setup.

Go onto www.retrofitsource.com and look at their easy retrofit kits.

Also jump onto HIDplanet.com and do some research and get more familiarized with HID in general.

I throw empty glass bottles at assholes who just toss a cheap HID kit into their halogen housings and throw light glare everywhere. That doesn't help you, OR oncoming traffic see any better at all. HID is only truly worth the cost and effort if you do it properly, so if you are only wanting it to look cool with purple or blue headlights, don't waste your time and money. If you don't want to do a retrofit for HID, you can look into upgrading to an after market headlamp harness, a set of quality Hella crystal halogen housings, and pair of silverstar bulbs. That will give you vision comparable to OEM level HID setups.


That's my .02, good luck!



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Don't do HID's without the proper housings.

Though I am currently guilty of it on my F-350. The light not only scatters, its purple-ish...I don't want either.

So needless to say once I can focus on the truck and not the buggy I'll be replacing the HID kit I have in it and going with retrofit's and some nice white light.

Though the LED bar I plan on mounting will help that too
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Old March 28th, 2013, 16:28
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Re: HID kits....

Ok. I have spent an hour researching the hid projector housings and I'm not seeing them. Looked for 6x7.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 17:12
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need generic h4 housing. Then a retrofit kit.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 17:17
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The available 6x7 "projector housings" are not TRUE projectors, rather just a piece of round glass that is glued to a bracket that sits in front of the bulb and offers no extra light spread or control (i.e. cutoff). You would need to get a set of H4 housings (any kind will work, so long as the clear lens can be removed) and then, depending on your budget, you can get a set of the projectors made by Morimoto that esentially "bolt into" the existing bulb hole on the housing. This type of unit is sold through The Retrofit Source. That is the cheapest and quickest option that still offers OEM level vision performance and light spread.

The other option is to get a set of projectors of your choosing (Lexus RX330, Acura TL, E46, ect.) and actually modify your headlight housings in order for this new projector to fit and still have adjustment capabilities. This option has a price range of $650-infiniti and your results will vary depending on your patience and fabrication skills.

I had done an "option #2" retrofit on one of my previous cars with a set of Acura TL bi-xenon projectors, BMW Hella ballasts, and a set of 4300k phillips D2S bulbs backed by a hand made wire harness. It took me the better part of 2 months and $1000, but the vision it offered was AMAZING! Now that I have driven with quality HID, it is hard to drive with my current crappy factory halogens.

Like I said, there are a few options you can do depending on your budget. On the bright side, retrofitting has become MUCH more streamlined and clean in the past 6-7 years, but still requires some work to make it look and function well.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 18:16
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Re: HID kits....

soooo..I gather the $120 halo/hid kits on amazon are likely not going to do it.

Well guess I will stick with my halogens. I have many more projects that are of higher priority.
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Re: HID kits....

Gawd I can't stand those projectors-in-square-housing lights. They look like eyeballs and REALLY retarded on cars.

Ugh. Nope.



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Old March 30th, 2013, 08:28
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Function over form, sir.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 14:21
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Function over form, sir.
Well said. Im considering H.I.D s on mine.
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Function over form, sir.
I'm too proud for Jar Jar Binks looking jeeps. Sorry.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 23:44
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Im curious cost and performance comparison between a legit retro fit hid set up and LED set up.
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Im curious cost and performance comparison between a legit retro fit hid set up and LED set up.
All of the LED set ups I have come acrossed have been outrageous in price. I'd have to do more research on the performance end. Not to sure if the LED's have the range that HID's do. Would be nice to know.
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