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Old 02-03-2010
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i disagree, i stand by my statement, and i am done with arguing about this... if it were really that big of an issue, they wouldn't sell them
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Ok. I just installed my HID's yesterday and have driven quite a bit with them since then. First impression was really good, I got the kit from DDMtuning.com and its a pretty decent kit for what you pay I've got the 3000K 55W with the wiring harness. Since yesterday most of my driving has been done on snow covered roads in the country. The lights are great out there, you can see everything. Driving on the highway is a different story, the roads got pretty slushy today and I honestly believe in conditions like that halogen bulbs are much better....In stock housings anyways. There is way too much glare and the light pattern is scattered quite a bit. You either need a projector type of lens or some sort of a shield to go at the end of the bulb. It gets pretty tiring having every transport flash you. The newer rangers may be better as far as glare goes but I have no clue. In my honest opinion I would probably stay away from HID's unless you plan on doing a true retrofit. I think I'll be taking mine off...probably wait until I get a ticket for them first. I would just rock some decent halogen bulbs for the headlights, and a couple sets of Hella 7000's. If thats not enough light, put some HID's in the driving light housings. Anyhow, heres a couple pictures and a video of how they look.


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my stock 01 headlights suck! is it normal to have the lights scatter and not be straight and suck a$$ really bad?
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Guy down the street has a son that just got 10k 35 watt HID set. His are very violet looking coming down the street, and he said are hard to see the road when it's wet or raining and that the glare off fog is horrible. I think 6k is about the whitest light temp you can get, but lower temps are better for fog and wet roads. I would keep your fogs at around 3500 for just those rainy days and then you can up your temp for the headlights, but I would ride with somebody with anything above 6000 just to make sure you'll like them first.
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yeah it's pretty common to have your lights scatter like that with hids...i assume you have hid's, anyways. i would just get a good set of halogen bulbs and relay your wiring if you have any kind of voltage drop at the bulbs, that helps out quite a bit. halogen housings are terrible for HID's, and yes they are illegal in most states/provinces. I have seen some simple bulb conversion kits that look pretty good on some cars that have projector style headlights from the factory, something like an integra has projectors in their lights and the light seems to be better focused with HID's.
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Guy down the street has a son that just got 10k 35 watt HID set. His are very violet looking coming down the street, and he said are hard to see the road when it's wet or raining and that the glare off fog is horrible. I think 6k is about the whitest light temp you can get, but lower temps are better for fog and wet roads. I would keep your fogs at around 3500 for just those rainy days and then you can up your temp for the headlights, but I would ride with somebody with anything above 6000 just to make sure you'll like them first.
5k is the whitest. 6k has a little blue tint. Some kits vary but thats how its been with the Autoluminate and DDM kits.
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Have fun blinding oncoming traffic! Seriously, the 35w kit is more than enough. I re-aimed my lights lower because people got blinded. If you live out in the country with little lighting, look into adding some other lights instead, because you will blind those in the city...
you also have a different type of light capsule (Assuming its stock) your stock headlights use the lenses to aim the light where as the 01+ use a reflector. the reflector lights at least control the light a bit better then the ones the ones found on older rangers.

i have 55w HID's aimed just right (so it seems) on my truck and i havent been flashed yet.

sure nothing compared to the projector headlights i used to have. but oh well. still good enough.
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5k is the whitest. 6k has a little blue tint. Some kits vary but thats how its been with the Autoluminate and DDM kits.
6000k is perfect colour for what i'm looking for, just the slight blue tint... i'm going to go with 55w 8000's, which should make them appear around the same as the 6000 that you talk about right? just a little bit of blue?

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you also have a different type of light capsule (Assuming its stock) your stock headlights use the lenses to aim the light where as the 01+ use a reflector. the reflector lights at least control the light a bit better then the ones the ones found on older rangers.

i have 55w HID's aimed just right (so it seems) on my truck and i havent been flashed yet.

sure nothing compared to the projector headlights i used to have. but oh well. still good enough.
ty, where is the thread you have, with the pics of your beam? (that was you, wasn't it?)
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