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HID's: What you should know before you buy!

Old 05-16-2008, 05:16 PM
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You will need to change the bulbs out from the 9007 base bulbs you have now for the stock housings to whatever the new headlights require for bulbs(most likely H1). I highly recommend 3B Specialties for bulbs. they are a supporting vendor on this site.
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:26 PM
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Thats all it is tho right just changing the bulb? nothing else required?
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:38 PM
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If you are running an aftermarket plug and play kit, they that is all you need. PM Operatic of 3B Specialties. He will hook you up!
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:13 PM
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Something you should know!

That if you have th projectors, you'll have to dremel the insides to get the bulbs to fit through!
I didnt know that.. had everything a apart and couldnt get the damn bulbs to fit!

Have to take off about 1-2 mm of metal to get it in. Just a heads up to someone getting HID's.. they are sweet though!

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For bulbs to fit into aftermarket projectors, just follow the picture below.
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:12 AM
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this is nice!
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:14 AM
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i love how you guys want me to drop 300 for new headlights then more cash for the HID's.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:29 AM
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then dont get them?
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:21 AM
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Here is a vid of the hid's in a stock housing:

http://videos.streetfire.net/video/0...HID_126217.htm

Good write up Omega.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:01 AM
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I have a quick question and this may seem dumb but hey I'm a woman who loves fixing up my car and want to do it right. anyways with that said. i have a set of Chrome Halo headlights and was talking to a local shop about a HID conversion kit for my car and they said i would haveto use my factory headlights that i couldnt use the halos is this true? thanks
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Originally Posted by Cptnsweet View Post
I have a quick question and this may seem dumb but hey I'm a woman who loves fixing up my car and want to do it right. anyways with that said. i have a set of Chrome Halo headlights and was talking to a local shop about a HID conversion kit for my car and they said i would haveto use my factory headlights that i couldnt use the halos is this true? thanks
False, you can use your halo's. We've done so many HIDs in aftermarket headlamps and they all worked fine in them.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:39 PM
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^^^Umm... might want to talk to site admin before going any further...
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I was thinking wrong section *move* lol; Very helpful write up & Great info!
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They even spam smilied their own post...

Reported as spam, anyways.
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Okay so i've asked a few opinions of ppl, but the 35 and 50 watt kits how do they compare, is there any worries about melting the wiring on start up or the headlight's lens'?
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Okay so i've asked a few opinions of ppl, but the 35 and 50 watt kits how do they compare, is there any worries about melting the wiring on start up or the headlight's lens'?
50 watt ballast are a bit brighter. They are a bit harder to find bulbs for in some cases.
35 watt stuff is cheaper, and generally just as good.


No worries about the lenses.

The wiring though... all HID should be wired up with a separate power wire, and a relay. Although HID's consume less power overall... the start-up 'ignition' can over power the factory wiring.
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Just to clear things up, if you have a 35w HID kit and later on buy 50w ballast, you can use your old HID bulbs.
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If you do a HID swap or retrofit, can you still retain the use of the automatic lights and daytime running lights?

Also, if you get a projector with the movable glare-blocking plate that allow more light for the high beams, do you only need that one bulb for both high and low? What do most people do for high beams? What seems to be the nicest setup?
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You cannot use daytime running lights because they are high beams at half power. You only use one bulb for high and low now on the cobalt. Ud have to get a high/low beam HID setup. Theyre not that much more expensive than a regular setup anymore. Most people just get the low beam HID setups if they put them in factory housings, im not sure what the projector housing guys do as I dont own a set to see what they offer.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:31 PM
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Yeah, I'm definitely going the projector route. Probably the E55 or FX35 projectors, but I'll see if I can score something at a junkyard for cheaper.

If I were to go through theretrofitsource.com and get their kits (complete with the retrofit wiring harness) would I still be able to keep the automatic lights? I love the fact that I don't have to remember to turn off my lights when I get out, and that they automatically turn on when I unlock my car.
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yea you can retain your auto lights. I loved that feature myself :-)
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Originally Posted by 07MetallicSC View Post
You cannot use daytime running lights because they are high beams at half power. You only use one bulb for high and low now on the cobalt. Ud have to get a high/low beam HID setup. Theyre not that much more expensive than a regular setup anymore. Most people just get the low beam HID setups if they put them in factory housings, im not sure what the projector housing guys do as I dont own a set to see what they offer.
So I just want to confirm this....
If I do a retrofit for true HID"s in my stock housings....
I can retain the automatic turn-off, but I can't retain DRL?
How do I de-activate the DRL?
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