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ooooo with ballasts, and a good price! i'm gonna get me a set (as soon as i can find housings)
Yep!

THe kit is 100% complete, everything you need to retrofit.

Control pod for High/Low & Halo's (If you want them hooked up)
2x Ballasts
2x Bulbs

and all the gizmo's and doodads that it takes to set it up. Minus of course the stock headlight housing.

You can find the housings, in a simple chrome if you want basic.. for a cheap 45-60 bucks if you search well enough. I ordered all my gear up from some place out in California and it only took a few days to get here. Mind you, I had sent a dozen emails asking questions about the product to make sure it woudl work - including measurements and how its hooked up.

Very secure, "somewhat" easy to do if you are comfortable messing around with the baking and painting and pretty much ruining a perfectly working pair of headlights



As odd as it sounds, I hopped on my ebay and tried searching up my history.. every time I clicked any button on my account menu it woudl crash Firefox.. so I just gave up last night. Did a re-format of my computer, got a new case, did a RAID-0 setup on two of my 500 gig drives.. and now Im back in action :-)
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Do you have any pictures of the install?

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Sorry about that! I'm dumb. A couple more questions for you though. Now that you've had them in your truck for a while, any complaints or issues? Do you have any problems with blinding oncoming vehicles and getting flashed? Did you ever end up putting a 35 watt ballast in there or are you using the 55 watt ballast in all your pictures? What is the life expectancy of those bulbs, as they don't seem easily replaceable.

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i'm not the best person to answer, as i have not done this mod, but it looks like, from the pictures, that the h3 bulbs are held into the hole in the back of the lens, so you should be able to change the bulb with it all installed... but i don't really know...
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^^ Then don't post. It's easy. Learn to read the thread and you'll see how to change the bulb.
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because that post was so useful
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Driving Usability:

After the last year of driving with them, the ONLY time I was flashed - and literally, only flashed once this year, was when I was out on I-14 (Big curvy road following a river with tons of steep cliff/mountain edges) and I accidently left my brights on zooming around a corner .. clicked them off soon as be blinked at me though.

The lights are aimed perfectly, Im really honestly sorry about not taking more photos - TONS has been happening in my personal life lately, one thing including putting in a 2 week notice at my old job and now I'm currently jobless (Not bad, already have another better job lined up, and enough cash to last me over half a year).

So - in conclusion - these are a perfectly functional pair of well-made projection headlights, they work as well as any stock vehicle - with the added option of actually having a high beam that works 100%.
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excelent write up, mike, i will be doing this to my truck soon, it's on the list, right after body lift, and right now tied with tires (depends on how the body lift looks with the 31's)
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Oh, and the biggest plus - is it WAY outshines per lumen and "reflectivity".. Like - Road signs are picked up WAY earlier with HID's then the standard incandescent headlight bulbs and its much easier to read them as well!

THe stock headlights suck soo much - I laugh when peopel throw $40-50 SIlverstar's in them and think they own.. invest $100 and turn your stock headlights into projection HID's - and with a Bodylifted on 33's rig, even parked directly behind someone at a stop light they arent bugged by them - the cutoff line is amazing!
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I have the Silverstars and I DON'T think they own. I just don't have time to set aside to mod mine. This is my one and only vehicle. :-(

yours turned out great though, hope to mod mine someday. Probably be best to go to a pull-a-part and get some older ones to mod so if I eff up I'm still okay.

You interested in making a set for another member?
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cody, just get another set of headlights and work on it on your spare times. Not too expensive if you are patient.
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Yep, The painting is teh hardest part - and you jsut have to be very detail oriented and tape off the actual projector itself with a very patient hand - other then that, once you bake and pry the headlight apart then (if you want to keep it chrome) you can have it put back together in just a few short hours. It takes longer figuring out the wiring with the major Engrish then having to put the projector's actually in the headlight =)
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a little off topic... if i were to buy the kit that does NOT come with ballasts, and go buy say, a 55w kit from ddm, would they work together?

everyone talks about how the 55w's are blinding to everyone, and i would assume this is because of how they are aimed... with the projectors, it should solve this problem... no?
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i may have to do this mod
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It's been said and noted the kits don't come with ballasts. The one WowMike bought aren't around anymore, but at least now there's bulb options and what not.

I'm going 55w when I do mine. I drove his and seen his and it's not as blinding as everyone is making it out to be. IF in a halogen reflector...hell 35w are bad enough. 55w is that much more aweful. In projos, it kicks ***.

I'll post pics later. I took some when I finally met up with him a few weeks back.
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yeah, but i heard someone saying that the 35w bulbs don't work with the 55w ballasts...

the other question is, these bulbs are h3, but have a hi/low function... are they are a special h3? the ones ddm tuning sells are just low beams

oh and ddm says the 55w kit is not recommended for smaller housings, would these projector lenses be too small?
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The bulbs they give you in the kit, are all the same bulbs. It's what your powering those bulbs with....pushing more power through them. 55w 6000k look like 35w 5000k because its overpowering the bulb and make the color lower than it really is. But it's no biggie. It's similar to running a 200hp engine stock with stock tranny. Now you're running a 300hp engine and the stock tranny. Over powering them and lifespan will go down. Earlier in the thread, Mike was talking about that.

As mentioned earlier in the thread, the bulb in the projo retro kit is a specific bulb to that kit. the bulb ends have the normal clip/plugs that all hid kits have. So getting ballasts isn't a big deal at all. You get bulbs with the kit...you don't get ballasts. Unless they're offering a combo deal.
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ok, i was under the impression that they were standard h3 bulbs, and that there was a difference in the connections of the 35w and 55w ballasts...
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thats dumb not to sell ballasts, must be whats cheap about the Chinese HID kits.

I found an extra set, gonna grab em and paint them black. We'll see how it goes. Nite-shaded my tails again so I'm going black to match :-)
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so shane, have you gotten the projector kit? i'm seriously thinking of doing this if i can get an extra set of lights to paint
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sorry to keep asking so many damn questions... but based on this diagram, i just want to double check... the ballast plugs directly into the control box, which re-routes the power as it sees fit? where do the bulbs wire in, in this configuration?

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According to the diagram....

Projo Light Controller --> Controller Box --> Power of high/low light(the 'bulbs').


I could be wrong....but Mike doesn't get on all too often. Maybe eventually he'll chime in and confirm. I'm sure once the kit comes, you won't be so paranoid and overthinking it since you can lay it all out in front of you.












Anywho....whomever asked, no I haven't got the retro kit yet. I don't plan on it anytime soon but it is at the top of my list of my next mods. The place that Mike got his from is supposedly out of business and I found a very very veyr similar kit on ebay when I searched "9007 projector". I'll likely order a set of extra bulbs too....4300k(will look like 3700k or so with 55w ballasts) and 6000k(will look 5000k or so with 55w ballasts). The one I found has backlighting which is nice...it'll fill out that discarded chrome reflector behind the projo and make the truck look right when it gets closer.

Still gotta get off my butt and go through those pics I took from that night. Like Mike mentioned earlier, cameras can't capture what the eyes can see with them. In pics it looks like garbage...but in person it's absolutely amazing looking and actually not as 'ricer' as I first thought.
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oh that makes sense... i took the power of high/low lights, as the input from the stock headlight wiring, to trigger the hi/low switch and power on/off
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