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Old 01-11-2004, 11:53 AM   #1
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:14 PM   #2
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AFAIK, they are only illegal in trucks/SUV's.
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:46 PM   #3
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... are ya sure? gmc envoys have HID's... and i'm sure most of the cadillac lineup has HID's... pretty much anything higher-end of any major manufacturers most likely has'm as an option.

i think HID's are only 'illegal' as an aftermarket lighting option... but then... how bored does a cop have to be to pull ya over for it?
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:20 PM   #4
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About as bored as a cop to stop someone for just tint.



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... are ya sure? gmc envoys have HID's... and i'm sure most of the cadillac lineup has HID's... pretty much anything higher-end of any major manufacturers most likely has'm as an option.

i think HID's are only 'illegal' as an aftermarket lighting option... but then... how bored does a cop have to be to pull ya over for it?
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Old 01-11-2004, 04:08 PM   #5
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Old 01-11-2004, 05:39 PM   #6
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About as bored as a cop to stop someone for just tint.
Or about as bored as a cop would get being one of 200 officers patrolling 500 miles of interstate in Wisconsin.

It once took 3 WI SP cars to pull me over for doing 73 in a 65. I had Idaho plates and they didn't know where Idaho was. They thought it might be somewhere near the Mexican border, and figured I was running drugs.
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Old 01-11-2004, 06:45 PM   #7
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HIDs would have to be legal, otherwise car companies wouldn't be able to sell HID equipped vehicles in the state.

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Old 01-11-2004, 09:14 PM   #8
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If i understand correctly
they are legal to own and equip on cars at the factory
but aftermarket kits have become illegal to sell apart from special rights given to those needint to sell off their current inventory.
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Old 01-11-2004, 09:27 PM   #9
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You can sell anything for an 'OFFROAD' application and it's perfectly legal.
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Old 01-11-2004, 09:36 PM   #10
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yeah I suppose....

anything, eh? what about narcotics!? just kidding.

well I'm sure everyone has heard something different.
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Old 01-11-2004, 10:41 PM   #11
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HIDs would have to be legal, otherwise car companies wouldn't be able to sell HID equipped vehicles in the state.

-Wes
As the one guy above said. The new law applies ONLY to aftermarket HID systems. Factory kits are legal even though they are very obnoxious on trucks and SUV's because of their height above the ground. It puts all that bright light into the windows/mirrors of the cars in front of you.
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Old 01-11-2004, 10:49 PM   #12
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:06 PM   #13
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Basically what this amounts to is, if your friend is looking to do an HID conversion on his car, he'll need to find out if there is a factory HID light set made for his car. Sometimes, like in the case of the WRX STi, HID lights were made as optional or sometimes standard equipment for cars that were sold overseas as well as the '04 STi which is finally available here in the States. If you got one of those light/ballast assemblies, you could do a drop in replacement and be fine. Beware that lights are different between left-hand drive and right-hand drive cars, so make sure you find out what the intended application is for the lights you get. I saw a how-to somewhere on how to modify RHD lights to work in a LHD car, though it involved some work.
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:11 PM   #14
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About as bored as a cop to stop someone for just tint.
yeah...just happened to me today in MI. gotta love bored anal po po's.

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Old 01-12-2004, 12:49 AM   #15
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Speaking of the cop stops, talking to one of my normal IM Subaru buddies tonight who is from NY; cop gave him a ticket going 40 in a 35 coming just out of a 45 section down a hill, 3 lanes wide per side, perfectly straight with a median divider. It had snowed about 1" and he was wearing his Blizzaks. Said there was nobody within sight other than the cop.

Now I call that a slow night.
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Old 01-12-2004, 12:51 AM   #16
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yah aftermarket kits are illegal I've been running HID's on my GC2 for a few months my brothers been running HID's before and after the law has passed on his prelude and now has HID's on his mazda 6 witch doesn't come with a HID option my friend AJ has HID's in his GSX eclipse and none of us has had a problem. I did however get pulled over for not having my lights on and I turned them on for him and everything and no problem. I'm running a 4200K kit my brother has a 6200 or 6000K kit and aj has a 7000k kit
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:06 AM   #17
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There were no new laws passed. This regulation has been on the books for a long time. NHTSA decided to notify vendors of noncompliant equipment that they would be stepping up enforcement.
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Old 01-12-2004, 09:27 AM   #18
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Speaking of the cop stops, talking to one of my normal IM Subaru buddies tonight who is from NY; cop gave him a ticket going 40 in a 35 coming just out of a 45 section down a hill, 3 lanes wide per side, perfectly straight with a median divider. It had snowed about 1" and he was wearing his Blizzaks. Said there was nobody within sight other than the cop.

Now I call that a slow night.

That's usually the stuff that happens around the end of the month. Suddenly the cops will see they are behind on their quotas and start stopping people for anything they can.

"My taillight isn't out.." "It is now!" *smash*
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:11 PM   #19
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That's usually the stuff that happens around the end of the month. Suddenly the cops will see they are behind on their quotas and start stopping people for anything they can.

"My taillight isn't out.." "It is now!" *smash*

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Old 01-12-2004, 07:02 PM   #20
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You can sell anything for an 'OFFROAD' application and it's perfectly legal.
Marijuana; for off-road use only.

HID retrofit kits have never been technically legal; but only now are the feds making a stew about it. The reason is retrofit kits cause a lot of glare. Because the shape of the arc of an HID light source doesn't match the filament shape for which the lens assembly is designed, even a properly "aimed" retrofitted light is causing glare and sending light in directions that it isn't supposed to go.

Only when someone sells a lens designed to properly channel the HID's arc of light will there be a legal aftermarket for HIDs. Otherwise, you will just have to get stock HID assemblies assuming the manufacturer makes them.

Personally I don't care for HIDs. If I was buying a new car it would be a good readon to buy an Evo RS. Here's to hoping my contract is renewed so I can even consider it (though I'd probably just get a WRX).
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Old 01-12-2004, 08:04 PM   #21
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Yeah I'm not into the HID thing either. I guess they look pretty sweet from the exterior of the car. Last night I had the incredibly good fortune to get a ride in a Mercedes SL55 AMG ($120,000 vehicle). Even though it had HIDs I wasn't terribly impressed by the light output. However, I was impressed that it has a sensor which tells you when the headlights are dirty, whereupon you press a button and two sprayers pop up out of tiny panels in the front bumper.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:45 PM   #22
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I would have to check on WI, but there is a line between legal and illegal depending on the state. For the most part, colored lights are illegal... Most states note that exterior lights have to be white or amber. So, if you are running HIDs, stick with a kelvin that is 4300k-6000k and you should be fine

Disclaimer: each state is different and I am not a law enforcement agent in the state of WI to say one way or another. =)
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:12 AM   #23
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Dude this treads from 10 years ago, and BTW HIDs are legal in WI
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:18 PM   #24
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Put them on, beam up and get back to us

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Holy crap... annnd thread bump from the dead award goes to...
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