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I see, well I'll tell you when it comes to headlights, it's pretty serious, least it helps to spot deer esp. on high beam... lets just say I wouldn't skimp on lights...
no deer in Arlington Texas
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no deer in Arlington Texas
No steer either?
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how much did your set set you back? and did you get the hid hi and low?
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$120 and yes they are Hi/Lo
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there is no head light laws in texas so it there problem
Are you sure? I checked with DPS a week ago, and was told by a trooper that they were illegal unless the vehicle came with them. BUT...I've also asked one local officer, and one county deputy, and they both said that they hadn't heard of them being illegal. I'll check again tomorrow with DPS. That's the only reason I haven't gone ahead with the HID's.
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the ones that say they are illegal have prolly heard of "kits" ...local law enforcement here, is about 5 years behind on tech. :-(
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they cant say you cant have something if it comes stock. they would not make something illegal from the factory!!!!
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if i had an 01+ id be all over the HIDs... just kinda worthless with my headlights
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if i had an 01+ id be all over the HIDs... just kinda worthless with my headlights
hmm........

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^^ that makes them acceptable for his truck now? not much of a difference other than a clear lense.

when you people drive in well populated cities at night time when tons of people are jumpin on this craze and running HID kits in factory headlights, get blinded by this glaring blue ball of light that you cant look ahead without squinting your eyes, then maybe youll understand. who cares if you can see better at night, the other on coming traffic cant.

late model maximas are also candidates with factory projector HID headlights that are like that. but with them being in a projector, the have more of a flicker effect making them less blinding and as you get closer to the vehicle, the light begins to look more like a halogen. escalades and tl's are some that can be added to the list as well.

you dont have to have a projector to run and HID kit. but you need a housing that the reflectors inside are built to control the beam unlike factory ones do.
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when you people drive in well populated cities at night time when tons of people are jumpin on this craze and running HID kits in factory headlights, get blinded by this glaring blue ball of light that you cant look ahead without squinting your eyes, then maybe youll understand. who cares if you can see better at night, the other on coming traffic cant.
Color of the light has nothing to do with being an HID. You can get the ricer poser blue in standard halogen as well and it is just as annoying.

Improperly aligned or adjusted headlights cause oncoming or following traffic to be blinded. This again is just as easily a problem with standard halogen lamps. An HID replacement lamp properly adjusted will not blind traffic.
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they cant say you cant have something if it comes stock. they would not make something illegal from the factory!!!!
The HID's didnt/don't come stock on Rangers, that's my point. Just because you can get the projector headlights that may come stock with the HID in them, doesn't make them "stock". They didn't come on the vehicle like that, therfore, not legal.
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They didn't come on the vehicle like that, therfore, not legal.
Wrong. Not stock does not = not legal.
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these would make HIDs work fine in 98-00 rangers...
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Thats what I thought also. I'm just saying what the Trooper told me. I've seen tons of cars and trucks in this area way older than mine, with the HID's. I've asked a few about them, and they have all told me that they have never had a problem with police. I just don't want to be the first to get a ticket.
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well i guess i am going to find out if they are illegal. because i am putting a set in my truck an in my girlfriends car so... we will see what happens

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There is no law stating I have to have projector style light housings. There is now law saying anything about adding HID lamps to my truck. Thats an internet rumor you've picked up over time. The only applicable laws are about COLOR and AIMING so you don't blind people on low beam. Mine are white (4500k) and they don't blind people on low beam.
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well i guess i am going to find out if they are illegal. because i am putting a set in my truck an in my girlfriends car so... we will see what happens
The man speaks the truth. The exact laws probably vary state by state, so look yours up. Here is what it is in California says:

"(a) Whenever the driver of a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, he shall use a distribution of light or composite beam so aimed that the glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the oncoming driver.

The lowermost distribution of light specified in this article shall be deemed to avoid glare at all times regardless of road contour. "
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its just like these guys that run around with no cats, or no mufflers... its not legal but people do it...
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And illegal tint or super loud systems, people will still continue to do it.
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I hate it when a someone with HIDs are toping a hill on low beam and still blinds you. I gotten to where I just flick on my 130w offroad lights.....let them know what it feels like.
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People who have there high beams on will do the same to me, I just blink and get over it.
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In the ohio revised code, the law says lights just need to be adjusted as to not shine into oncoming traffic and must illuminate up to 75ft... but the ORC also only mentions 'metallic flake' tint as being illegal with no mention of light transmission over 0%, yet under 50% you can get a ticket... you have to get an actual police interpretation of the laws before assuming that what you read is all there is to it.
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Each cop is going to be differant it doesnt matter because each person has there own interperitation of the law .
Now back on topic only badly done HIDs give the glare , and about the glare the op is in some sort of LEO/Search&Rescue automaticly in my book that gives him the benifit of the doubt on two things .
1 that he knows what hes talking about on legality issues .
2 that the glare is not so bad that it causes a danger to others .
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well HIDs are the only "non-legal" thing on my truck... I've gone back to OEM corners, I have legal tint, and I have the stock speakers, never been a big fan of loud systems, I wanna hear good when I'm older :-)
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