Advice HID kit

tomas.hanba

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This would be best in the general turbo tech section.
Your best bet is to get the bulb size/ style that fits your aftermarket headlight housings as the stock ones are sealed. I believe most are H4 bulbs, at least my Hella aftermarket headlight housings are, for the '86 anyway.
 

That GN Guy

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HID lights in a standard reflector housing is a bad idea in my opinion, I've done it. Factory reflector housings aren't designed for the volume of light produced by a HID bulb and you'll get lots of light scattering, which will look like you have your high beams on all the time to other drivers.

Some factory cars have had reflector housings (a few Escalades) with HID bulbs, but they were designed for them. I would go with an off the shelf bulb like sylvania, or switch to a quality projector. However, projectors being round don't fit g bodys the best.

Just my .02 and depends on how often you drive it.
 

Darkstar72

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Can you provide any pictures of this on the car with the lights on? It sounds like an awesome, cost-effective set up. I have been debating updating some more lighting on the car since I've switched out most of my bulbs already for LEDs. I want to keep the car as stock appearing as possible for shows and some of these LED assemblies I have seen take away from the stock look.
 

robertf

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Can you provide any pictures of this on the car with the lights on? It sounds like an awesome, cost-effective set up. I have been debating updating some more lighting on the car since I've switched out most of my bulbs already for LEDs. I want to keep the car as stock appearing as possible for shows and some of these LED assemblies I have seen take away from the stock look.
I will try and get a pic tonight.
 

Turbo6inKY

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I just put mine in yesterday. Bought the items linked above off Ebay. The sellers were a bit slow to ship (took a week before they even went in the mail) but here's the result.

These suckers are bright. The enclosures are glass, not plastic. So they shouldn't melt or catch fire like some of the other setups I've seen, and it would take a trained eye to realize they weren't the regular sealed beam lights. The enclosures come with H4 halogen bulbs, but I went ahead and got the LEDs too.

I'm happy so far, but I haven't driven it at night yet.
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robertf

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I prefer the LED's over the HIDs. I bit less heat and pure white. You really cant go wrong with either.
 

sparky0798

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I just put mine in yesterday. Bought the items linked above off Ebay. The sellers were a bit slow to ship (took a week before they even went in the mail) but here's the result.

These suckers are bright. The enclosures are glass, not plastic. So they shouldn't melt or catch fire like some of the other setups I've seen, and it would take a trained eye to realize they weren't the regular sealed beam lights. The enclosures come with H4 halogen bulbs, but I went ahead and got the LEDs too.

I'm happy so far, but I haven't driven it at night yet.
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Are they plug n play and do you need any kind of upgraded wiring harness? They look nice!
 

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You'll need a pair of these. These work fantastic. They have the shield inside to prevent the glare for oncoming traffic. These work with both HID and LED H4 conversions.
Hella units are the best made. These are low beam.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HELLA-164x103mm-H4-Single-High-Low-Beam-Halogen-Conversion-Headlamp/332523639862?epid=18013258091&hash=item4d6bf41436:g:DzsAAOSwuIlaTuWS&vxp=mtr
If you have a buddy at a local NAPA store you may be able to get them a little cheaper.
They will have to order them of course.
 
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