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Old 08-08-11, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default OEM HID headlights -> NON-OEM HID headlights??

I did some searching but didnt really find the answer i was looking for so... here it goes.

I have a 98 GS400 with the OEM auto-level HID headlights. They are REALLY showing their age and despite having re-polishing them TWICE in the last year, they are still looking like crap due to all the TX heat they get. My car sits outside 24/7 so they do get quite a beating.

That being said, instead of spending a grip on buying new OEM HID headlights, can anyone tell me if its possible to buy new aftermarket NON-HID headlights and just plug them up and go? Id probably run some 4300k hid bulbs in them to keep the HID and have new housings basically, without having to spend $600 on some headlights (car is a 98, im not about to spend all that money on headlights)

Any info is appreciated, thanks!!
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yes but u will get the auto leveler light inside so u could unplug the bulb from behind the cluster BUT if u add HID to a non hid housing you gonna get glare...if u looking at the EBAY angel eye lights though stay away from them they junk. search on here and you will see

why not just buy some used newer model HID lights and be done with it. from you pic the car is clean so i personally would spring for some new ones OR when u say you have polished them have you sanded them down and re-uv coated them or just did the meguires kit to them?
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this is actually my second set of OEM HID headlights. Also, when i say i polished them, i did indeed do a two stage sand and re-polish and then re-clear (uv coat) them. The heat here is always bearing down on them so the tops of the headlights always end up getting really cloudy and yellow after about 6 months.
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i have this problem repeatedly.. I use the meguiars plastX and it works like a charm.. But it only lasts about 3 months before u notice a slight fade coming back in...
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ive also tried the plastx and it didnt work for me
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the connectors are different in the HID headlights... i believe. and youll be losing the auto level.
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wetsand, polish, seal and you shouldn't have the issue anymore. just polishing isn't going to keep them clear forever.
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wetsand, polish, seal and you shouldn't have the issue anymore. just polishing isn't going to keep them clear forever.
Did you read his post? That's exactly what he said he did and still having issues.
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Ive had my guy wetsand, wax, buff, seal and they look brand new. I do them to all my vehicles on my dealers lot. Bodyshops can usually do it also for you. Itll look brand new and will stay like that
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the connectors are different in the HID headlights... i believe. and youll be losing the auto level.

this is more along the lines of the answer im looking for. i dont mind losing auto-level, i just wanna know if the non-hid headlights will plug right up.
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they wont. the OEM HID lights uses 3 different plugs for the lowbeam and the non HID uses 9006 i believe. guess you just gotta keep polishing and polishing every half year hah
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So no plug and play then... damn. Guess ill just have to just save up to buy new ones.
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they wont. the OEM HID lights uses 3 different plugs for the lowbeam and the non HID uses 9006 i believe. guess you just gotta keep polishing and polishing every half year hah
+1,

hid headlights (your headlights) use hid-d2r versus the non-hid (Halogen headlights) which use 9006.
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yeah. i know the differences in bulb types, i just dont remember if there is a harness that comes off the headlights to the cars wiring that will work between the two.
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yeah. i know the differences in bulb types, i just dont remember if there is a harness that comes off the headlights to the cars wiring that will work between the two.

You can convert your Hid to non HID. Just cut your original HID wires and find a 9006 bulb Harness. 9006 bulb harness are common and easy to find. It's only 2 wires Positive and Negative.
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