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Old 01-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The headlights in my new Taurus, suck...lol My last Taurus had bad headlights, but not this bad, and I know i can gain a little by installing a nicer headlight, but HID headlights have always ran across my mind. Is there a particular brightness you guys suggest? Or a specific brand?
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In some states you'll need HID compatible projectors to be legal. While pulled over by a Statie years ago in my Gen 2 GL. I had Silverstar ultras and I Knew they were bright but I didn't think they were that bright. The Statie had me turning on and off my headlights. They just don't want folks blinding people. Otherwise they sell kits to clean up the foggy yellow headlights for about $20 and for $20-$50 you can get a set of Silverstar ultras or ZXE's and call it a day. If you find someone who can make a decent HID compatible projector be a good tcca brother and let me know. Also when you buy your HID'S pay the money buy American an try to get the best warranty you can get.
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For HID's I would go German....and the 6000k.

I have Japanese 8000k from vvme.com Good quality I just prefer the German one's. 6000k is more of a pure white while 8000k has the tinted blue color. I would go with the 6000k if I had buy them again.
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No need for HIDs. This is much easier: 1) Buy a headlight kit and polish the lenses to make them crystal clear again. 2) Buy new halogen bulbs (regular or extra bright) and install them. 3) Align the headlights properly (procedure in your owner's manual).

Those three things alone can double your light output. It's not that expensive either. HIDs would require a projector beam housing (you can't just put the bulbs in your existing housing), so the cost is going to be in the hundreds for HIDs.
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No need for HIDs. This is much easier: 1) Buy a headlight kit and polish the lenses to make them crystal clear again. 2) Buy new halogen bulbs (regular or extra bright) and install them. 3) Align the headlights properly (procedure in your owner's manual).

Those three things alone can double your light output. It's not that expensive either. HIDs would require a projector beam housing (you can't just put the bulbs in your existing housing), so the cost is going to be in the hundreds for HIDs.
Yessir, that'll do the trick. Even putting in newer factory bulbs and aligning them will help a lot.
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^+1. Then, with the $ you saved, change all the fluids/filters and do a tune-up if needed.
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Although, new headlight housings are only 80 bucks on eBay. I'm not sure of the quality of said housings, but it could be easier than polishing it. I'm planning on just replacing the things when I get a Taurus, assuming the AZ sun has worked it's magic on them.
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Just curious, what is the best headlight restoration kit?


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Supposed to be this, but even then it's not perfect, and it requires the most work. My father tried a cheaper variant on the Odyssey, and it wore off after a few weeks and really didn't do anything worthwhile.
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Well I know there are many different kits out there. I'm just curious what people have used and think work the best!


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