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Old 11-16-2005, 12:49 AM   #1
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is it possible to convert stock non projectors to HID??

i have non projector headlights and im looking to put in HIDs. first can it be done, if so what is involved in doing this and how hard would it be?
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Old 11-16-2005, 01:02 AM   #2
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You can do it but it sux, cuz you wont have the projectors. Just your halogen housing, therefore you will basicallyu be blinding everyone on the road.
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Old 11-16-2005, 01:12 AM   #3
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you can do it, but it would be so much easier and better to buy some p46's!

Reasons not to do it
1. blind oncoming traffic
2. finding a kit
3. illegal
3. installation: finding a place to mount your ballast

Reasons to get P46's
1. not too much more than a hid retrofit
2. angel eyes
3. projectors
4. easy install
5. complete replacement (get rid of pitted headlights)
5. legal!
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:14 AM   #4
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i have non projector headlights and im looking to put in HIDs. first can it be done, if so what is involved in doing this and how hard would it be?
HI,
1. you can do it but I recomend to get OEM projects and inner housing and swap.

2 just get the set of OEM xenon and swap.

3 you can get P46 (after market and I prefer OEM though)

4.Or if you want to get the best out perform, I'll get Lexus's LS430 project or Acura TL's projects(both well known as the best projects), make them retro fit into your halogen housings. Man that will be pricy and difficult but i want.

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Old 11-16-2005, 09:32 AM   #5
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Forget the the TL's projectors, those things are too damn bright, everytime I come across one of those cars on the streets at night, I get aggravated.
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HI,
1. you can do it but I recomend to get OEM projects and inner housing and swap.

2 just get the set of OEM xenon and swap.

3 you can get P46 (after market and I prefer OEM though)

4.Or if you want to get the best out perform, I'll get Lexus's LS430 project or Acura TL's projects(both well known as the best projects), make them retro fit into your halogen housings. Man that will be pricy and difficult but i want.

good luck.

I did #1 and it was worth it. P46 is a nice option (especially if you want halos) but IMO nothing beats an OEM setup. And get bi-xenon if you can - when the lights are in high-beam mode the amount of focused light is staggering.

Whatever you do get a proper projector setup.

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Old 11-16-2005, 11:42 AM   #7
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thanks for all the input guys. if anyone sees a good deal on some oem projectors lmk. i can get a good set of hids and the diy halos from a friend of mine but ill take the advice and go with projectors. about how much should just the headlight housing run me?















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Ive got a brand new passenger side OEM Bi-xenon headlight complete with the Xenon bulb, ballast and igniter for sale. It is for a pre facelift coupe...but can be taken apart and placed in a sedan housing for use on facelift or pre facelift e46 sedan.

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Ive got a brand new passenger side OEM Bi-xenon headlight complete with the Xenon bulb, ballast and igniter for sale. It is for a pre facelift coupe...but can be taken apart and placed in a sedan housing for use on facelift or pre facelift e46 sedan.

PM me if you are interested.

i have a coupe so it would work but i need both sides.... thanks for the offer though
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Im sure there is someone selling a left side Bixenon somewhere in the for sale section.
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Im sure there is someone selling a left side Bixenon somewhere in the for sale section.
if i find one ill be sure to let you know
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