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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #120 on: April 16, 2017, 11:57:47 AM »
best upgrade i have ever done.

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #121 on: May 28, 2017, 19:19:38 PM »
The kit fitted well and light output is a breeze compared to the old style!

Quick additional question: when I fitted the HID kit I noticed the bracket that holds the light is quite a bit thicker than the classic halogen bulb, causing the metal clips to hold the bulb in place to be 'forced' outwards quite a bit.
I noticed while swapping the halogen lights back for the checkup they actually sat a bit loose now and as such the original lightbeam is messed up.

Is this due to the type of HID bulbs I have or is this normal?
Should I get an additional set of metal clips for the headlight unit?

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #122 on: May 28, 2017, 21:16:19 PM »
I never had any problems with mine.

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #123 on: May 29, 2017, 19:16:30 PM »
Here's some pictures... the 'problem' lies with the thickness of the bracket that positions and holds the bulb in place I think.

When I put back the halogen bulb in the light unit, it sits loose like this: http://www.icone-music.be/files/Calibra/LooseH1HalogenBulb.mp4

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #124 on: May 29, 2017, 20:28:21 PM »
you could pack it out...mabe with a washer thats got a hole big enough to go over the center ?

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #125 on: May 29, 2017, 20:37:02 PM »
Or just bend them back into shape. It's not ideal if you have to do it regularly. I was glad to see the back of my HIDs but then I only drive cliff in summer and given the long Nordic days, bright lights aren't key.

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #126 on: May 29, 2017, 20:42:16 PM »
Yeah that's pretty much what I do now... bend them back in shape. Works fine with the original units but a pain with angel eyes :)

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #127 on: November 02, 2017, 14:35:26 PM »
Have a small additional question... the angel eyes headlights have a beam that makes it go up the right end (to light up the side of the road). When fitting an HID kit, the part of the beam that goes up carries incredibly far oit compared to with a halogen bulb. When taking turns, that often blinds cars in the other direction.

I'm guessing that beam characteristic is very normal for halogen...

Did not test this with the standard headlights yet.

Any particular things I should do with the headlights to 'get rid of this'?
Just turning the headlight switch all the way down helps a little... but does defeat the purpose of installing an HID kit :-)

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #128 on: November 05, 2017, 23:28:28 PM »
Being in the UK, the cut-off on the beams in my lights are higher on the left (nearside in UK), to reduce glare blinding on-coming drivers.  I also have 'angel-eyes', but have HID bulbs in them (6000K in the dips and 8000K in the mains).  The cut-off in mine appears to be fine.  I can only assume the HID bulbs you have are in a different position relative to the reflector and that is what is causing the cut-off on your dip beams to be too high.

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Re: Guide: Upgrading your headlights (:HID)
« Reply #129 on: November 06, 2017, 23:10:25 PM »
Attached is a picture of what the headlight beams look like close up to another car. This is using halogen bulbs in the angel eyes. At larger distances, the left and right cutoffs kind of come together to light up the side of the road. The lights have been set correctly by the dealer and passed MOT without issues.

Using an HID kit the cutoff looks exactly the same at both short and larger distance. The light from the cutoff just reaches much farther out and is as equally bright as in front, which is troublesome when taking corners.
Should I be turning them down further using HID? That kind of defeats the advantage of using it in the first place it feels... :-\