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Old 04-26-11, 09:36 AM
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Default Minor Upgrade - HID Fogs w/Pix

Since one of my aftermarket yellow bulb recently went out, I decided to do what many of you have already done, upgrade to HID. I got the 3000k temperature as I wanted to stick with the yellow for visibility for myself and others to see me coming.

It is amazing how small the ballast are now a days. Got this one off eBay for $39 shipped. Its more than half the size of the unit I placed in my wife's car a couple of years ago, and now its even waterproof.

Its rated at 35w and it outperforms my aftermarket 55w bulb by a lot. No error on display so all good.

Took about 10min each side, as I just remove 3 of the screws from the wheel well and squeezed my hand in to remove and install the bulb, and zip tying the super lightweight ballast. I was ready to jack up and removed the wheels but didn't need to.

All in all, well worth the cost. Next up, Daytime driving lights









To the right is the new HID, left side yellow 55w 9006

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I just got a set of 3000K HID's from a friend. Nice to see what they will look like installed. The kit I got definitely has larger ballast then yours though.
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I have 6000K in mine. How does you're look at night? Even need high beams?
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Originally Posted by TJW98LS View Post
I have 6000K in mine. How does you're look at night? Even need high beams?
It looks great at night, though it doesn't have the "throw" of a high beam for distance. Its more wide, but definitely brighter. The pictures makes it like the light is scattering but the aim is exactly the same as before. The 3000k is lighter than my yellow halogen bulb which was a darker yellow.

The beauty of these "cheap" setup is that I can swap out to different temp bulbs with fairly low cost ($15/pair shipped).

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hey airtime, good to see you still modding

you say waterproof and so did my cheap ones but i just replaced my 2nd ballast,, but like you mentioned that they are so cheap so its not a huge biggie... i have since tried to tape up and seal all the edges and especially the plugs on mines which has made one side last a little longer.

the mod you need to do next in addition to the drl upgrade is the ability to have fogs on separate of the headlights,, like i run with drl's (7500k) and fogs (3k hid) on only and i think it looks pimpin, myself...

nice writeup and looking good.
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Im on my 3rd set of 3000kbulbs and 2nd set of ballast in less then a year, but i must i love em. Hid is the way to go.
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hey airtime, good to see you still modding

you say waterproof and so did my cheap ones but i just replaced my 2nd ballast,, but like you mentioned that they are so cheap so its not a huge biggie... i have since tried to tape up and seal all the edges and especially the plugs on mines which has made one side last a little longer.

the mod you need to do next in addition to the drl upgrade is the ability to have fogs on separate of the headlights,, like i run with drl's (7500k) and fogs (3k hid) on only and i think it looks pimpin, myself...

nice writeup and looking good.
That one I got, they showed a dunked ballast underwater and running the lights to prove it was sealed. Again, no biggie if it fails.

What I want to do next is run dual DRL and Highbeam. I don't want to lose my high beam for the standard LED mod. Maybe I'll just do a HID DRL in 6000k.
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That one I got, they showed a dunked ballast underwater and running the lights to prove it was sealed. Again, no biggie if it fails.

What I want to do next is run dual DRL and Highbeam. I don't want to lose my high beam for the standard LED mod. Maybe I'll just do a HID DRL in 6000k.
Do HID lights work with DRL? I wasnt sure if it would work so I went with LED and lost my high beams
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Originally Posted by airtime View Post
Got this one off eBay for $39 shipped.
so if i want to upgrade my stock fogs, i can get a pair on ebay for $39 (if they still have it)?

do you have a link?
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Originally Posted by TJW98LS View Post
I have 6000K in mine. How does you're look at night? Even need high beams?
^^ As do I. I found the 6k HIDs complement the factory low beams quite nicely. They're driving lights now of course,but I don't get much fog where I live anyway...


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Looks very good. I may have to look into doing the mod.

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Originally Posted by airtime View Post
Maybe I'll just do a HID DRL in 6000k.
well yours do look a lot more water proof but mines were advertised somewhat similarly,, mine just ended up rusting out after about 6+ months.

i too want to see a 6k hid in my drl spot. will an hid ballast fit in that spot? what size bulb would you put in there cuz i actually have a set of 3k & 6k left over brand new 2006 hid bulbs so all i would need is a pair of cheapo ballasts (i mean water proof ballasts ) and it will be done.

thanks for the idea,, now i'm gonna be researching further
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Looking good AT! You going to love the difference going from bulb to HID, I love mine and have to say one of my fav mods/upgrades.
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i also did 3000K in my fog lights. and added some LED lights in my grill
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