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Old 08-08-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a HID kit. I don't want to spend $250 for an overpriced set or $40 for a cheap one. I was wondering what people have bought or any brands or vendors you recommend?
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Don't put HIDs in halogen optics.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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So what would you recommend? Replacing the whole headlight?
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #4
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The proper way to do this is a retrofit with a quality (TSX) oem retrofit or a slighlty cheaper (morimoto) projector installed into your factory housing with a good ballast (denso) or a decent cheaper one (morimoto) and hopefully some Philips 4300k bulbs so the light is the right color.

This will prevent scatter, glare, and give you usable light output.

heres a write up i found with some googling
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1795919

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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So what would you recommend? Replacing the whole headlight?
Projector retrofits or STI reflectors.

If your HID "bulbs" are anything but the following sizes, you're doing it wrong. (D1S, D1R, D2S, D2R, D4S, D4R)
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #6
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I'd make an exception for H1 based capsules for Morimoto Mini H1. I've never personally used them myself (currently using D2S on a Hella e55 replica), but have seen a lot of evidence that those Mini H1 can hold up to a lot of oem projectors. The upside of the Mini H1 is that it is one of the most compact unit that still puts out a beam pattern worthy of a retrofit.

@OP. You will also find Mini H1 knockoffs in other places. The main dimensions may be the same, but make sure you're ready in case the slight dimensional variations result in less than stellar cutoff or beam hotspot. Go with a quality vendor (like TRS) that stands behind their products and isn't interested in taking your money and then disappear. You'll see what I mean if you look around HID planet forum.

Other than TSX, S2000 (also low beam only) is probably also something worth considering. Just make sure the reflector and projector lens are in good condition.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:22 PM   #7
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S2000 with the Clear Lens (AP1 and very early AP2) are hands down the best single beam Xenon Projector you can get, save for the oddballs like the LS430/LS460.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:46 PM   #8
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+1 on morimoto h1's, those are my low and high beams.

I got everything from
theretrofitsource.com

They can help you pick everything you need out and are very helpful

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Old 08-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #9
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With an H1, you're forced to use aftermarket bulbs and ballasts. OEM Bulbs and Ballasts FTW.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:20 PM   #10
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Sorry I meant just my high beams are h1, my lows have the ballasts under the housings with d2s bulbs
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #11
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I used FX-R's on my old bugeye, and honestly loved them. I know they are not quite as smooth light pattern as lets say a TSX, but honestly that thing had arguably better visibility than my even older integra that had TSX's in it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:08 PM   #12
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read this thread, it's on the front page
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2391067

or search for hid and read up.
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