Do your clear side markers provide any additional light to the side? The original amber markers are thick plastic but the clear ones leave the bulb exposed.
Night pics of the light cast by your side markers would be great.
I'm guessing you baked your headlamp to separate the housing. How did you get the black chrome coating? Looks great. :thumbsup:
I upgraded the reflector HIDs in my 2004 to the 2005-2006 projector Xenon housing, using the same ballast. I went with Osram Xenarc Night Breaker bulbs. The only thing I would like to change is to get rid of the fluting where the 194 parking light LED sits on the corner of the headlight. Not that it really matters with the projectors, it would just allow a little more light outside the cutoff.
I also upgraded my fog lights with 25W LEDs, but they are just for looks and make absolutely no difference in light output beyond several feet. They are too deep inset into the bumper, too shielded, and too small. I've thought about retrofitting projectors in there but really don't need to with the current setup.
Overall, far more light - there is no comparison.
Color temp. appears a little whiter in person on the HIDs - rated at 4250K.
(pics taken in fixed position - open in tabs to compare brightness)
Highbeams only: (65w Unshielded Halogens, Sylvania Silverstar ZXE) http://i.imgur.com/3JgnDPS.jpg
Lowbeams only: (D2S 35W Osram Xenarc Night Breaker) http://i.imgur.com/OMESuJC.jpg
Highbeams and Lowbeams: http://i.imgur.com/1kAbfei.jpg
I would be genuinely curious to see a similar comparison of your projector LED output alone, HID alone, and combined.
P.S. Every time I see your car I regret not getting that color.