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Old 03-29-2013, 07:29 PM   #148
satrya
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Originally Posted by kvo01 View Post
Why shouldn't I use my oem headlights? I'm on a bit of a tight budget so I don't think I will be able to purchase another set of headlights. I am in a group buy for the exact kit used in this thread.
Imho, getting an aftermarket replica (of the oem halogen reflector headlights) shouldn't be anywhere near as expensive as buying other versions. There's nothing wrong with retrofitting your oems as long as you're ok with the car being not usable during your retrofit.

If this is your only vehicle, retrofitting your only set means that it can only be done while the car isn't being driven. Depending on how long that is, it could be enough to do the retrofit in a reasonably paced schedule. Or not.

With a second pair to work on, you don't have this constraint. Also, you may have more time experimenting with the many subtle things that would be more satisfying in the long run.

For example, you may consider:
  • tweaking the lens spacing for the right amount of purple/blue colorband
  • adjusting the low beam shield's curvature for the right amount of focus/blur on the sides
  • adjusting the height of the low beam shield for the right amount of hotspot tradeoff between low and high beam modes
  • adjusting or making a foreground limiter shield

I'm not saying all of the list above matters, nor is it a complete list. The last one (less foreground light = easier to see far in the absence of other light source) mattered to me, but wasn't obvious with the time I spent on my first retrofit.
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