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Old 12-14-2009, 05:34 PM   #126
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I may have more of that aluminum angle around somewhere for a mount. Be sure that whatever you get for fogs have metal reflectors. 55 watt HIDs are unknown to me but I've heard that they do pump out more heat.
They pump out a ton of heat, but I've had them in for 8 months with no damage to the housings or headlight. 55Watt makes a difference though, I realized that when driving on the Glenn a couple nights ago. The light goes clear out to the other side of the highway(faint, but still reaches) and way out to the right covering the ground and trees. Projectors do that, but 55Watt offers a much brighter light.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:01 PM   #127
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damn i need to change mine out then lol.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:15 PM   #128
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I bought the DDMTuning 55w slim ballasts and they don't really put out as much light as they say. I have OEM 35w HID's on my GTI and I installed the DDMTuning just on one side of the car. Side by side comparison is very close, definitely not %40 brighter like they say. It might be %15 brighter at the most. I called their tech support and they aren't very helpful. They just said that the OEM kits are higher quality. My guess is the OEM is more efficient.
The raptor brand 55w kits are new though, they weren't available when I bought mine. The casing is bigger because the ignitors are inside the casing. I asked if they were brighter but they said that they are the same.

As far as heat output goes, there isn't much compared to even a stock 55w halogen bulb but the heat is very concentrated in the area surrounding the bulb. So if you have a plastic housing it might bulb up heat, but I doubt it would melt it. My housings are metal so there's no problem. I can confirm that the 55w are hotter than the 35w though. Just putting my hand in front of the light beam I can feel the heat whereas there is almost no heat with the 35w. But for a really small foglight with a plastic housing, I would probably go for the 35w. If it was a metal housing the 55w shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:35 PM   #129
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I'm running Digital HID, I haven't heard too much about the ddmtuning kits.

But I agree with Godsquad, 35watt is plenty for the fog lights, especially if you went with the yellower bulb.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:40 PM   #130
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looking at getting e46 projectors and swapping them into my jdm bugeye headlights with a 4300k hid or i might go goofy and run 3000k's for my headlight
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:51 PM   #131
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Pretty sure the ones your lookin at come with 4300k used bulbs. You'll probably rethink 3000k when you see the 4300k output.
P.S. I should be posting some pics of my pet project later tonight!

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:00 PM   #132
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yeah those may become my xmas gift, and 4300 is really what i'd like to have in those anyhow. i hope to see what progress you've made on that
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:04 PM   #133
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yeah those may become my xmas gift, and 4300 is really what i'd like to have in those anyhow. i hope to see what progress you've made on that
I've yet to take that donor apart but I may get to that tonight as well. If so there'll be pics of that,too. Don't forget the D2S adaptors so you can use the ballasts you have if Santa is gonna be nice to you!

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:24 PM   #134
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yeah if it goes through i'll be getting the adapters as well
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:49 PM   #135
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Retro pod.
bolted in-one shroud on,one off:

Rear view:

Ballasts and all:
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:53 PM   #136
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Lit up:


And,finally output & beam:

The lens will be hard coated lexan,probably covered with Lamin-x or some such film. This is far from done and is to be a working prototype of sorts that I may sell or use for a display/test box.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:54 PM   #137
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Do you mount that somewhere on your car? Doh, typed this while you were posting more pics.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:26 PM   #138
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Lol! As stated it is just a prototype and can be made much more compact. The whole idea is to get everything into a pod instead of cutting into your headlights,looking for a place to mount ballasts,etc. I'm currently looking for a place that can rapid-prototype a much sexier version but that may be putting the cart in front of the horse,as it were.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:50 PM   #139
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Ok, anyone want to guinea pig these?

http://www.dxhid.com/70w9thgensale.htm

Tribal, maybe you should try these with the E46's.....you don't care if you blind people anyway.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:19 AM   #140
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What the.....!? Where the hell do you find this stuff? And why do I smell melting bumper urethane?
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:37 AM   #141
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Someone on another forum found those somehow. I am pretty certain you'd need some metal housings for those....lol. I think they are originally supposed to be aircraft landing lights. KC makes some off-road lights with 75w HID's, too.

I think I'll stay away from those, although it would be interesting to witness some in action. There's a small disclaimer about the ballasts...they are meant to be mounted outside the engine bay or in contact with flowing air...lol.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:38 AM   #142
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Yeah I saw those too and they are pretty tempting. 70w would be enough light for the drive down to Anchorage hehe. But I'd probably need a relay harness to make it actually work.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:39 AM   #143
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damn i need to change mine out then lol.
Try these, they're on sale.

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Old 12-15-2009, 02:42 AM   #144
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Lol "this kit is not legal"
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:12 AM   #145
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Everything fun in life is not legal. Hell last weekend I was throwing fireworks into the Huricane gulch and that was the funnest part of the trip besides watching a cop plow a moose with an F150. Get the "Excaliber" mortars from Gorilla fireworks and cut the fuse so it burns quicker and just toss it over. It explodes at the bottom and makes a massive echo that scared the ish out of me at first.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:24 PM   #146
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A guy on the Yukon forums is ordering some of those 70w HID's, just so he can see the difference from his 35 watters....lol. Apparently he has money to spend on experimenting with them. Can't wait to see the resulting pictures....
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:49 PM   #147
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Pictures of my fogs. 55w 5000k with absolutely no focus....lol

Just fogs from driver's seat:



Fogs and low-beam HID's (with good projectors...they almost get lost in the foglight splash):



Outside. I forgot my tripod, so I had a hard time getting anything to focus. Plus, it's hard to get good pics of crazy-bright lights anyway....



Definitely too much light thrown everywhere to just drive around with the fogs on all the time. Does pretty dramatically improve total light on the road, though. I can also see street signs now, which is nice. One thing about the TSX projectors is the beam is narrow, and anything above it, like signs, you can't see.
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #148
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Glad it worked out so well. Lotsa work for a PnP kit! We gotta get another HID mini-meet together,maybe after new years.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:19 PM   #149
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That was more of a pain then I thought it would be. Thanks for your help!
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:41 PM   #150
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Remeber a while back I was bitching about a white Tahoe/Yukon/Denali with bright ass lights blinding me...

uh.... I think it might have been you.


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Pictures of my fogs. 55w 5000k with absolutely no focus....lol

Just fogs from driver's seat:



Fogs and low-beam HID's (with good projectors...they almost get lost in the foglight splash):



Outside. I forgot my tripod, so I had a hard time getting anything to focus. Plus, it's hard to get good pics of crazy-bright lights anyway....



Definitely too much light thrown everywhere to just drive around with the fogs on all the time. Does pretty dramatically improve total light on the road, though. I can also see street signs now, which is nice. One thing about the TSX projectors is the beam is narrow, and anything above it, like signs, you can't see.
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