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Old 07-15-2007, 12:39 AM   #11
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heres a thought guys,

the bulbs work excellent but the ballasts are horrible
anyone have a website that offers the hella or phillips ballast seperatly. i like the 6000k bulb, its nice and white and very performance friendly. no more squint.

Yes, i had a thought, if i lower my lowbeam lamps, they arent as blinding. my driveway is huge enough and flat enough that i parked the car on the way back lawn and drove in my buick lesabre towards the bonne. no glare. The ballast for some reason was working so i took advantage of it being lit and tested the bulb.

So for now its the SS'* until i find a ballast thats gonnna work with my kit. the seller offers a free replacemnt, i might take him up on that.
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Like I said... Ask your seller to send you a kit that has the Ballast and Igniter separate you hsould be good to go with that. I believe it is a grounding issue with the GM cars I have always had a problem with them.
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and the ballast has officialy burnt itself out
and in a result of disappointment + my caffine rush after 2 cups of coffee,
they landed in the trash can this morning. The bulbs broke so i really cant change my mind again and switch from HID to halogen.

now onto a search for halogens.
Lesson: DO NOT BUY THE CHEAP HID upgrades off ebay. they blow. (this was my second set, thats my eveidence)
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and the ballast has officialy burnt itself out
and in a result of disappointment + my caffine rush after 2 cups of coffee,
they landed in the trash can this morning. The bulbs broke so i really cant change my mind again and switch from HID to halogen.

now onto a search for halogens.
Lesson: DO NOT BUY THE CHEAP HID upgrades off ebay. they blow. (this was my second set, thats my eveidence)
[This is exactly why I and others suggested to another poster that he NOT buy EBay kits....this is a great example of what can happen.]

Sorry to hear of your problem ptrfair, if you want a cheap alternative check out the Toshiba HIR bulbs which work in our factory lenses and provide up to 40% more light than halogens. They just don't have the 'cool' colors but they light up the road nicely for about $30 for the pair.

Chris
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I have a set of HID on my PA from an 05 Escalade. They look fantastic and provide a true white light. I have no concerns with startup. They came out of a wreck we got in here. (I'm a salesman at a salvage yard in Tampa) I modified the headlamp housing to accommodate the bulbs and originally mounted the igniter boxes on the core support. I moved igniters to behind the battery and next to the pcm tray. I did have some problems initially placing the bulb and aiming them. After a few night time tweaks they are excellant.


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its like ive turned to the "other side" with you all...

its not a BMW, its a Bonneville. unless you have projectors, dont go for the cheapo ebay kits. i just put in Silver stars that i pulled from the 92 SE ( sitting waiting to be fixed) and theyre AMAZING compared even to the Ultra'* i had. if i have to replace them once a year even, whatever. lol 40 bucks to see per year, fine by me.
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