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Old 10-20-2003, 07:49 PM   #1
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I believe someone was wokin and was mentioned before.. but didn't know what the result is and didn't see it in techinfo... any input? ( since my bro has an extra set of HID and all the accessories.. I was thinkin of converting my lows to it when I get my car back, but HID don't do well with flickering ( especially when I have to go up north to Muffins and have to keep switchin back and forth between lows and hi'* ))
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i believe it was terminator or CDecker.....
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I believe someone was wokin and was mentioned before.. but didn't know what the result is and didn't see it in techinfo... any input? ( since my bro has an extra set of HID and all the accessories.. I was thinkin of converting my lows to it when I get my car back, but HID don't do well with flickering ( especially when I have to go up north to Muffins and have to keep switchin back and forth between lows and hi'* ))
Easiest way to keep low beams on when you go to high beams is via a relay that'* triggered by the high beams. J.C. Whitney sells a kit for it (go to http://www.jcwhitney.com, enter 81ZX1821P to search for, and ignore the fact that it'* labeled for Chevy for no apparent reason). Realistically it'* just the same relay you can get at Radio Shack, but J.C. Whitney is charging four times as much because it comes with instructions.

So anyhow, when the high beams come on, the relay will close and feed power to the low beams. Normal low-beam operation is unaffected. I think I'd recommend running a separate power feed to the low beams through the relay, rather than trying to run all four headlamps using the power feed for the high beams.
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That sounds good Andy, but what interests me is how Murdock is gonna retrofit his headlamps to HID...futhur more what car was the HID assembly for? Or are you simply going to do what Smellbird has done

Fuddy has already do that to...

Hmmmm
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Isnt kinda the point of getting the HID'* is that they can see aton farther.. thus eliminating the need for lowly halogen High beams right? becasue you would be switching from a really far low beam to a shorth yellow higher one (but i wanna do the low/high combo too just without HID'* in place ) Id like ALL the lights on the front of my car on at the flick of my magic button *wanders off to stufy up on Chilton'* headlight diagrams*
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i don't think hids go farther, the light is just more intense...
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i heard somewhere that HID kits were illegal for sale anymore in the US? anyone know?
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i don't think hids go farther, the light is just more intense...
Actually i read somewhere that HID actually light things up, up to 3 times further than halogen. One was like tested at 300ft for halogen and 600ft for HID <<i think thats the right one) or 600 for halogen and 900 for halogen
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The low beams are aimed down at the road and have a reflector inside to keep the light from blinding oncoming traffic. The high beams are aimed higher and are designed for maximum light output.

The high beam halogens do a better job of lighting up everything in front of you than the low beams, even with HID.

You have to buy an HID kit with capsules designed to fit where a 9006 bulb normally would.

I believe NHSTA decided in mid August to up their enforcement efforts against the companies that sell and manufacture HID retrofit kits.
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You have to buy an HID kit with capsules designed to fit where a 9006 bulb normally would.
...plus a 25,000-volt power supply to drive them, too. (No kidding; I'm going by what Dad'* 2000 BMW has under the hood, and yes, it'* really 25,000 volts.)

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I believe NHSTA decided in mid August to up their enforcement efforts against the companies that sell and manufacture HID retrofit kits.
The real HID retrofit kits, or the bogus tinted halogen headlamps that just try to _look_ like HID kits? If you have a few hundred bucks to spare, you can order a HID retrofit from J.C. Whitney...
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