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Old 08-27-2011, 06:44 PM
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

Here you go... not many flat spots to mount so driver side is mounted and the passenger side is zip tied in place.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

Awesome, thanks for the pics! Will be doing this over the holiday weekend on the wife's new WK2
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

So how can we tell if the HID kit is "CAN bus" compliant?
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:44 PM
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

Usually it will say can-bus in the add. It is usually an option.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

Are these 35w or 55w ballasts and bulbs you have installed??




[QUOTE=SixZeroFour;346711]There have been some misc posts here and there about aftermarket HID kits so I thought I would post some info and pics on my setup.

Important notes before purchasing a kit::
When purchasing a kit make sure it is CANBUS compliant - this is very important because with a standard kit you will get horrible flickering that makes the vehicle very unsafe and also will annoy the crap out of everyone on the road. (I learned the hard way!)

This description of a CANBUS ballasts was clipped from an online retailer:


There is also a wide range in choices of color temperatures on aftermarket HID's. Normally options range between 4000k and 10000k - The ones I have installed and that are shown below are of the 6000k variety.

Installation Notes::
The install is a complete pain in the ass!
Not because connecting the harness or ballasts is difficult but because access to the headlight bulbs is a bit of a joke on a WK2. Be prepared to carve up your hands pretty good unless you have the fist and fingers of a small child or midget. Other than getting the bulbs in everything else is a breeze and there is quite a bit of room to mount the ballasts etc in or around the headlight housing.

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I will warn you in advance the pics do not do the lights justice. It was hard to get them to show up properly in the pic without messing up the rest of the photo (definitely not a pro in the camera department) so the lights will appear slightly brighter in person.

First off are a few shots of how the light is projected onto the road. Considering these are halogen housings they do a very good job of keeping the light contained and on the road where it should be. Note the sharp downward sloping cutoff line on the divider in first pic below - this is a huge plus because you dont want to be blinding everyone else on the road. I have also noticed that when driving behind cars it seems to light up everything from the trunk lid down and does not flood the interior of the car in front of you with light - another big plus! ... on to the pics.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

They were 35w
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

Does anyone have a picture taken at night while pointed at a wall from 20-25' away?
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They were 35w
I'm assuming your WK2 came with the Halogen's by default and you opted for HID? What brand of ballasts are you running?
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Does anyone have a picture taken at night while pointed at a wall from 20-25' away?
No, sorry I have since traded in my Laredo X for an Overland. FWIW there was only a very small amount of light that was leaking above the cutoff point and I feel it was not distracting at all to other drivers. To be honest I think the aftermarket kit was brighter than the stock HID as well because there is no high beam shield. With the high beams on the stock system seems to match the aftermarket HID light output wise.

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I'm assuming your WK2 came with the Halogen's by default and you opted for HID? What brand of ballasts are you running?
Yes thats right. No brand on the ballasts, just one of the generic kits you see all over the place. Most aftermarket kit ballats are all identical and most likely made in the same plant.
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Yes that's right. No brand on the ballasts, just one of the generic kits you see all over the place. Most aftermarket kit ballats are all identical and most likely made in the same plant.
Yes one of the many Asian oriented ballasts that lack quality in most aspects lol.

No offense, but if you have the big capital to buy a WK2, why not put forth the extra money for a retrofit instead of going about it half-a**ed? You could have had a professional company do it for you and achieved amazing results. I usually opt for a bi-xenon setup but a single xenon setup using an S2K or a Lexus RX-AFS would have worked great for you.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

I don't do anything half assed with my vehicles, it all comes down to common sense. I've used multiple $100 kits in previous cars with nothing but good results so why spend big bucks on anything else? The kit worked perfectly without issues for over 8 months and only took an hour to install. If you want a factory like HID system your better off spending the few grand to bump up to a Limited + and have it all covered under warranty. I've now upgraded to an Overland which is obviously equipped with HID, this post was made back when I had a Laredo X.
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I don't do anything half assed with my vehicles, it all comes down to common sense.I've used multiple $100 kits in previous cars with nothing but good results so why spend big bucks on anything else? The kit worked perfectly without issues for over 8 months and only took an hour to install.
Well I would imagine someone doesn't do anything half-a**ed with their vehicle when they have to have the newest model year vehicle. I would think you would treat it like a baby. So were you not satisfied with the Laredo X and as a result had to upgrade?

I simply thought it was half-a**ed in a sense that during the time you had the Laredo X you didn't go about trying to do a retrofit but instead just opted for a plug-n-play kit and claimed that there wasn't any detrimental glare. In a sense, that's half-a**ed because anyone can go buy a kit and plug it in without doing research on how to run an effective setup.

Also, that "SixFourZero" username, That a reference to Call of Duty or something? As one of their top guys goes by "FourZeroTwo" on Twitter.
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