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:
This ballast is designed to fix all CANBUS problems in newer cars. Some vehicles will display a "headlight out" warning light on the dash board to indicate a burnt out bulb when installing an aftermarket HID kit. With 4400ML Filter Capacitors inside + Electronic Circuit Inductance this ballast provides the ability to solve the CANBUS problems. Secondly, the electronic parts used inside the CANBUS Pro are higher quality than all other aftermarket ballasts on the market, providing a 0.4% defect rate. Many cheap HID conversion kits have a 25% defect rate!!!
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.
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.
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.
Side cutoff (nasty blackberry pics - sorry)
Next up is the overall coverage on the road:
Finally a few shots of the beast itself
So that's it! Impressions of the kit are great - I have had no issues and am very happy with how everything turned out.
Hope this helps some of you on the quest for HID.