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HID Headlights


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I see HID headlights advertised in Ebay a lot. I take it this is similar to the Zenon headlights on BMW, Lexus, etc.

Has anyone ever bought and installed these lights? How well do they work? Is it a straightforward installation?

My current headlights are not aligned properly even though I have done the standard "shine it against the garage door" technique that I used on my 56 Ford I had in high school. The service manual does not show a "layman's" technique, but only the setting on the alignment equipment in the dealership. Does anyone have a suggestion for a DIY technique?

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I don't like them at all. I think that they are junk. They are not similar to the Zenon (HID) headlights on BMW. I hate the aftermarket "blue" bulbs (Blue light). There should be a law and the beam pattern is likely lousy.

I went cheap with much better lights and used http://www.jcwhitney.com/item.jhtml?ITEMID=80070&BQ=jcw2 with the Xenon Blue Bulb (white light), 100/55-watt on my current 89. They are pretty good but still not top quality. I wanted extra bright highs but wanted the stock and legal 55 lows. Other wattages are available here http://www.jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?CATID=193409&BQ=jcw2

I have used Hellas on other cars and should have spent the extra money. http://www.jcwhitney.com/item.jhtml?ITEMID=1067&BQ=jcw2 these are excellent but can be improved with PIAA bulbs.

http://www.bellof.com/piaa.htm I have the Platinum Super White PIAA bulbs in the 96RIV and I just love them. There are probably better places to purchase PIAA bulbs.

http://www.talbotco.com/e-code_lamps.htm

CIBIE also makes some outstanding lights.

To aim, because my drive is on a grade, I on a level road throw a box some to to 20 to 25 feet away and aim away. Like to aim with a full tank of gas. The European lights are easier to adjust because the beam is better focused and the top of the vertical cutoff is sharp when on dim.

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