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Old 03-31-2004, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default Cheapest Source for HID conversion kits

I'm not looking for the best thing on the market, I'm looking for the best bang for the buck.

I want to replace my H3 foglights with a set of 5600K HIDs and put the rock blocker yellow coating over the lense for the IS300 looking lights, with functionality for New England Weather.

So far I've found a huge variation in prices for most of the same kits.

misterjung.com has a decent prices and from what I've heard, decent quality and service.

Ebay has a wide variety of options, but when you're just dealing with a private sale, god only knows what you're going to get.

Various vendors even on this website advertise the same Hella or Mccullough kits for between $380 - $600, so I'm not sure what to do.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 03-31-2004, 10:47 AM   #2
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HIDs for fog lights won't work well at all. The brightness of the beam will be blinding, just like your highbeams. I personally suggest a set of yellow bulbs but if this is the way you want to go i'll give some constructive advice.


misterjung.com has a decent prices and from what I've heard, decent quality and service.


sorry, but misterjung.com is the worst thing ever. Many people including myself have had bulbs turn very blue or green/yellow. the customer service sucks, i even ordered an adapter from him, i never got charged and never recieved the product, it was like no one was on the other end of the web.


Ebay has a wide variety of options, but when you're just dealing with a private sale, god only knows what you're going to get.


very true, ebay is something to be very careful when dealing with them.


Various vendors even on this website advertise the same Hella or Mccullough kits for between $380 - $600, so I'm not sure what to do.

A) hella and philips don't make kits, they make components, most of them time you will get kit with hella ballasts and no name bulbs, which will burn out. then you will turn around to get a new bulb, and find out the kit manufacturer is gone.
B) mccullough, although regarded as good on the nasioc boards, is considered crap at hidforum and by other lighting "experts"



my advice is to check out hidforum.com it's a small site, but lots of good info. The design of the H3 fog light is such that HID bulbs are too long to fit properly. there have been people who modify the plug so they fit but then you are taking the aiming and dynamics of the pattern into your hands, which is tricky.

the best bet would be to either get a set of piaa ion crystal bulbs, i have them and they are great. or a set of upgraded hella fog lamps. you will be hard pressed to find a fog lamp HID setup though. good luck
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Old 04-03-2004, 03:20 AM   #3
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Same experience here. Misterjung pisses me off.. i made an order... nothing ever happened
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Old 04-03-2004, 11:03 AM   #4
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Brys - just a word of warning on the HID thing. I swapped my high beams for HID's and got a cheapo kit (300'ish I think?). Turns out they got shipped with 8000K's, which were too blue to do any good...so I had to order a set of 6000K's....which were, oddly enough, made blue via the addition of a blue plastic "wrap" around the outside of the bulb....and were even dimmer than the 8K's! The kit was from Korea, and I've since learned the most consistently performing ones are manufactured in Europe, not the Far East. Just wanted to give you the heads-up - I'd be wary of getting TOO inexpensive a kit lest you waste your cashish.

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Old 04-03-2004, 01:08 PM   #5
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One important caveat here is that since last year when the NHTSA put the smackdown on aftermarket HIDs, the reputable vendors have stopped selling them to comply with the law. So, what you have left are the not-so-reputable vendors who continue to sell the cheap kits anyway.
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Old 04-03-2004, 03:37 PM   #6
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Thank you guys, I'll just get a set of Katz or PIAA driving lights.

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