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Old 12-13-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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XTEC in OEM Xenon housing?

I think my OEM hid's are terriable. I wanted to do an aftermarket kit that is more wattage or brighter than what I have now. I have Bimmian 6000K bulbs and they are less than half as bright as my friend's e36 with an aftermarket kit. If I do the Xtec kit from NAMotorworks, will there be anything I am loosing from the OEM? I can't see a clear picture of the bulbs but it looks like they are hard wired? If that is the case, do I have to go to Xtec to get replacement bulbs or am I just looking at the picture wrong? I plan to order soon since I will be getting 2 kits, one for the fogs and one for the low beams! Can anybody offer me any advice as to different brands to look at that sell them in the D2S configuration?
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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XTECs are a great HID kit. I personally have 3 of them. 1 in a bmw, 2 in my mercedes (e-class and gl-class). They are for sure brighter than OEM, and come with no-cost lifetime warranty.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:56 AM   #3
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pretty much all aftermarket kit are made in a d2s configuration. how long have you had the bulbs? you might need some new ones. also, clean your lens. you should be able to put an xtec kit in fine. let me know if you want an HID kit, i can get you a set as well. then only thing you will be losing out is reliability. our OEM xenons are built solid, and pretty much work in any weather, and will pretty much outlast the life of your car.
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pretty much all aftermarket kit are made in a d2s configuration. how long have you had the bulbs? you might need some new ones. also, clean your lens. you should be able to put an xtec kit in fine. let me know if you want an HID kit, i can get you a set as well. then only thing you will be losing out is reliability. our OEM xenons are built solid, and pretty much work in any weather, and will pretty much outlast the life of your car.
The bulbs are less than 6 months old, Bimmian's 6000K. I'm also starting to develop a problem with my passenger side. Every so often, it will turn off, give me a bulb out warning. If I turn the lights off and then back on, both of them come back on. I'm not going to get rid of my stock setup, just put it into storage so that if something happens, I have a back up to go to.
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pretty much all aftermarket kit are made in a d2s configuration. how long have you had the bulbs? you might need some new ones. also, clean your lens. you should be able to put an xtec kit in fine. let me know if you want an HID kit, i can get you a set as well. then only thing you will be losing out is reliability. our OEM xenons are built solid, and pretty much work in any weather, and will pretty much outlast the life of your car.

haha, that is funny. The OEM Xenons are crap. I always have a light due to a bulb out or ingnitor or the ballast! It pisses me off!
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haha, that is funny. The OEM Xenons are crap. I always have a light due to a bulb out or ingnitor or the ballast! It pisses me off!
there is something wrong with your system than. if it keeps happening on the same side, could be a chaffed wire or something causing a short and shortening the life span of your components. OEM xenons are made to last the life of the vehicle, unless what i've describe is your problem or your misuse (due to ignorance.) aftermarket units tend to last only about a year to a year an a half at most.

if you don't believe, just go buy an aftermarket system and see how it holds up after a year. if you can make it last past it's 5 year, no problems i'll to you. though you'd have to be driving at night as much as an average driver would. otherwise, it would be useless lol
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Hieu, what kind of HID kits do you offer? Thanks.
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Mainly just apexcone. they are cheap, and offer the same performance as everyone as. and for an extra fee, you can have lifetime warranty on it. for retro fits, i try to stay with only OEM units like bosch and hella.
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also, clean your lens.
you wouldn't believe how filmy/smokey the lense can get even after a months worth of use. Take time to take apart the headlight over, then the Projector bezel, and clean the outside and reach inside of the projector lense. It makes a difference in clarity.
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Mainly just apexcone. they are cheap, and offer the same performance as everyone as. and for an extra fee, you can have lifetime warranty on it. for retro fits, i try to stay with only OEM units like bosch and hella.
Gotcha. I still need to check out the FX Projector retrofit this summer and do it but my only option is aftermarket HID. Sorry for getting OT.
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