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This sounds like its from someone w/o real HIDs... (archive)

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Posted by Chris F. on October 23, 2001 at 16:36:03:

In Reply to: Ok here is the deal with these so called Xenon ... posted by Harvey on October 23, 2001 at 10:16:06:

1. Fake Blue Bulb: Anyone that's seen the real thing can tell the difference between the fake blue bulbs and true HID setup. On top of often looking just plain silly, most (I'd say all but I probably haven't seen every one) will actually reduce your light output since the bulb is just tinted blue.

2. Xenon Upgrade: "Not any do it yourselfer can do this". Which part can't a normal person do...unplug the old bulb, plug in the new bulb, and plug the ballast inline between the new bulb and the old headlight cable (giving you stock cable -> ballast -> new cable -> new bulb...all totally plug and play). Low beam check warning light won't come on either. Yes, you do need to know how to change a fuse too. I've also never seen an $800 setup. $400 - $600 seems to be the norm depending on the ballasts and bulbs you go with.

OEM: $1500 - $2500? Where'd the other $2k go? This is what I some ballasts and bulbs from a stock e46 that crashed for $275. Spent about 1 hour removing and thoroughly cleaning the headlight housings (both are optional, but I don't like putting things back together dirty). Then I went to the harware store to get some 3M Silicone glue to seal out any water. Since the bulb mounts are different on a HID compared to a 9006, the brackets for the 9006 must be bent out of the way. Then, using the 3M Sealent to help hold and seal, I attached the bulbs to the housing. Since the sealant is just silicone, it takes about 10-15 second to remove a bulb and about the same to reattach. I've also never had a check headlight warning light(and yes the bulb still works). That eveing, I check headlight alignment and was pretty close, well within the adjustable range. Since I installed them almost a year ago I've had exactly one person flash their lights at me.

Total cost: $282 (I bought a big tube of sealant). Labor cost: $0 Labor Time: 35-1 hr. minutes for a first time. No tools needed unless you remove the headlight housing which is not necessary, in which case your trunk tool kit is plenty.

My question for you is this: Which of the websites (bmwtips, bmwxenon, autosupermart, or carlights) do you work for? Surely any real fact finding expedition would not have come up with your results.

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