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    My mom has a '97 528i and she wants HIDs. I was wondering if anyone has installed a Phillips HID kid into a BMW. Would it be better to just try and get OEM HIDs?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.




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    Shoudnt be much diferent then the stock ones, PM FiveFreshFish or Calgary B5, they both have fairly extensive HID knowledge

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    For her to get an OEM system, it would cost $2-5000.

    You would have to get the Ballasts and bulbs $500

    You would have to get new headlight housings $500 - $1000 a piece

    You would have to get a whole new headlight wiring set. The halogen wiring can't handle the power draw of the HID system at startup. $1500

    You would have to get the leveling system for them to be legal here in Canada. I have no idea how much this would cost.

    Getting an aftermarket HID kit might work, but chance are that she will blind on coming traffic depending on how good the cut off of the halogen system is. At the very least, she will have to point her lights lower toward the ground to avoid doing that. She also risks getting pulled over for an illegal mod.

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    when it comes to HID, go oem or go home. i've seen so many aftermarket ones, they are shit, mostly because people put them in non-projector housings, and if they do get aftermarket projectors, they are still shit.

    i've also noticed that here in NA the "DOT" certified HIDs are crap too, they blind oncoming cars badly. for some reason, they are all aimed really high. better you get something from germany, they will be better than NA spec ones.

    goes to show whoever running transportation canada is a dumb nut: ie: HIDS aimed however, "bumper" laws because canadians are dumb drivers, etc etc
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    We have great deals on OEM HID + headlight kits, but they still aren't cheap. Give us a try if you are interested in the complete packages We also sell high quality aftermarket HID kits that do work well, but won't give you the same performance as OEM.

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    N/A halogen + HID = bullshit glare

    Euro spec Halogen + HID = great with proper aiming.

    OEM HID = Best but costly

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    Originally posted by bart
    when it comes to HID, go oem or go home. i've seen so many aftermarket ones, they are shit, mostly because people put them in non-projector housings, and if they do get aftermarket projectors, they are still shit.

    i've also noticed that here in NA the "DOT" certified HIDs are crap too, they blind oncoming cars badly. for some reason, they are all aimed really high. better you get something from germany, they will be better than NA spec ones.

    goes to show whoever running transportation canada is a dumb nut: ie: HIDS aimed however, "bumper" laws because canadians are dumb drivers, etc etc
    Yea this guy doesn't know what he's talking about... I just recently bought an HID system from tunerworks, and a new non projector headlight casing that are almost exactly the same as my oem was... I've tested it, and when I first installed it, the beams were too high, so I adjusted it, so the beams are lower... Their awesome, everyone's complimented on them, all of a sudden all my friends are in the market for these HIDs... Good buy, 650 for the HID, 400 for the case....

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    Thanks guys... I appreciate all the advice. It's just that there's a group buy going on where I can get a Phillips Kit (the exact one in the picture above) 4300K for $220 USD. So I want to get in on that asap. If I need to get new housings for her later on it shouldn't be a problem. I guess I could always sell the kit if it didn't work out.

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    Call Will at Speedtech. I picked mine up from him for a good price, plus it comes with a warranty from STRD if they install it as well. I have the 8000k hid kit on my 2000 323i

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    220 USD is cheap.

    I paid $500USD 2 years ago for the same style groupbuy. That was over $800 CDN back then.

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    Originally posted by celica girl
    Thanks guys... I appreciate all the advice. It's just that there's a group buy going on where I can get a Phillips Kit (the exact one in the picture above) 4300K for $220 USD. So I want to get in on that asap. If I need to get new housings for her later on it shouldn't be a problem. I guess I could always sell the kit if it didn't work out.
    who's holding the groupbuy?


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    http://www.newcelica.org/forums/show...hreadid=156122

    Before anyone tells me it's not legit we are using www.escrow.com to handle the money for us... so there is no worries about not getting the product.

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    Thats a pretty long list of ppl for a massive group-buy.
    I want in.
    I just dont wanna sign up to that forum.

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    Originally posted by EnRich


    Yea this guy doesn't know what he's talking about... I just recently bought an HID system from tunerworks, and a new non projector headlight casing that are almost exactly the same as my oem was... I've tested it, and when I first installed it, the beams were too high, so I adjusted it, so the beams are lower... Their awesome, everyone's complimented on them, all of a sudden all my friends are in the market for these HIDs... Good buy, 650 for the HID, 400 for the case....
    ok, please post your night time spread, we'll go from there...

    i'll start:

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    Originally posted by bart


    ok, please post your night time spread, we'll go from there...

    i'll start:

    guarenteed your spread and cutoff is going to be better
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    ^^ exactly so I have no idea why Enrich is goin on and on about his lights being superior and bart not knowing what he is talkin about. OEM goodness pwnz all

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    off topic

    would that kit (for that celica or whatever group buy)

    work for my e36?

    how much would it cost for someone to install it?

    or is it just not worth the time and effort to do that because it'll be shitty and blind people

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    Originally posted by t-im
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    would that kit (for that celica or whatever group buy)

    work for my e36?

    how much would it cost for someone to install it?

    or is it just not worth the time and effort to do that because it'll be shitty and blind people
    First you'll need Euro Ellipsoid headlights (you probably knew that anyways) and then get the Hid's and it should look something similar to Barts pictures (or even better).

    Its an easy do-it-yourself job, totally worth it.

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    Originally posted by Kaos


    First you'll need Euro Ellipsoid headlights (you probably knew that anyways) and then get the Hid's and it should look something similar to Barts pictures (or even better).

    Its an easy do-it-yourself job, totally worth it.
    actually, I didn't know that..haha i'm pretty stuipd about this

    How much would this whole thing cost me?..and I don't think

    i'd be able to do it myself (i'm not exactly mechanical)

    thanks!

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