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There are 9007 conversion kits out there, but I would suggest getting the Bi-Xenon projectors and mounting them inside the headlights like in that picture. The reason I say that is because the stock headlight reflectors are not designed to reflect the HID light source, and you'll get a ton of glare and not a whole lot better lighting. This is alot of the reason that selling "kits" is now illegal (research if u dont believe me).
 

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IIRC those projectors were some spares that the guy picked up from the Mercedes (or was it Audi) dealership he was working at...the lighting itself was a 9007 kit.
 

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I saw a conversion kit for Gen4, but the fall back is that you lose your hight beams... I dont know exactly why, thats why I just went with Silver Stars, and I'm really impressed with them... you can also go with cool blues, they're still brigher than stock and ultra visions... and cheaper than Silver stars and look cool...
 

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Originally posted by Smola97GL@Feb 23 2004, 08:04 PM
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Thanks Jim. That's the one I was thinking about.

HID's can be incredibly expensive from what I've heard. I have Silverstars in the 97, and they really are as good as people say they are. If I were you, I would just go with Silverstars and get an ungraded wiring harness. I'm sure you'd get great results at a fraction of the cost of HID's.
 

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I dont know what you consider "incredibly expensive" but HID kits are going for anywhere from $400-$600 right now. All you really need is the bulbs, ballast, and wiring. They make the kits that will plug right into your headlights. IMO it is worth it if you do any amount of nighttime driving. My Taurus lights are pitiful even with SilverStars compared to my Acura with HID's. They were brighter than stock, but nowhere near true HID's.
 

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Originally posted by jtkz13@Feb 23 2004, 07:18 PM
There are 9007 conversion kits out there, but I would suggest getting the Bi-Xenon projectors and mounting them inside the headlights like in that picture. The reason I say that is because the stock headlight reflectors are not designed to reflect the HID light source, and you'll get a ton of glare and not a whole lot better lighting. This is alot of the reason that selling "kits" is now illegal (research if u dont believe me).
The stock headlight reflectors are barely able to put any useful light down just as they are. One of the Tech articles in Road and Track a while back talked about the differences in the reflectors of American car versus European cars. It described them like this: Light emitted from European headlamps appear to have been drawn with a sharp number 2 pencil, while Amercan headlamps appear to have used a watercolor paintbrush.

True HID's are great. Silverstars are an excellent low cost alternative. Unless you expect to go all the way, i.e. custom fitting some HID projectors into the stock headlights, I suggest you stick to the halogens and get used to it. Finding the projector is the hard part.
 

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I agree 110%
 

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Yeah, the Silverstars are awesome. Mom got them for me for X-mas, and on the way back from LA I was going up the freeway in the center of 5 lanes. I was in the foothills north of LA and there weren't any cars around for quite aways. So, being in the center lane, I waited for a good straight, took a mental picture, and turned off the headlights to just the parking lights. I was amazed!!!! I was lighting up ALL 5 lanes and it went near total darkness because I was also past the light pollution of LA and there weren't cars around. Silverstars are totally worth it, even at the full 20 bucks a bulb my mom paid.

-mobiuslogic
 

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i was considering a custom projector job for my taur. I know a shop that was gonna do the job for me. They usually get the projector lenses out of a wrecked luxury car, or somewhere. But I agree with you guys, the headlight lenses now dont reflect light worth a crap. i have the apc equivalent to silverstars, and just the way the lens reflects is blurry and blah. If i end up doin the projector conversion, i will be sure to post pics and info.
 

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From what I have read the HID conversion kits have been banned by the DOT this year.
 

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I have some PIAA Ultra Plasma whites and I love them. But I would love to get a HID kit. I have ridden in cars with them and my PIAA's and silverstarts have nothing on them.
 

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I wish HIDs were illegal. I've been blinded by more damn Lexi than I can remember. HIDs should be off-road use only headlights. I have never seen a HID aimed so that it will not blind me in the Taurus.

They look very bright, and I agree that the reflectors on the Taurus and Explorer do not seem to bend the light in very sharp directions, but the nice thing is that you dont get "blind spots" of light. I was watching a Porsche I believe drive down a dark road, and it was dark inbetween this headlights. Pssh, not for me.

And it's not like American cars do not come with HIDs. The Lincoln Aviator does, and I have yet to see a Japanese car that is not a luxury brand that has HIDs. The Camry has normal halogens.
 

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Dont forget, the Focus has optional HID's too
They are in mostly luxury cars because they are a luxury item, plainly put. However, the Altima & Maxima have HID's optional, and they are not a luxury brand.


IMO, mis-aimed headlights are much more distracting than factory HID's. The HID's that are OE have to meet the same glare standards that the halogens do. The problem with glare with HID's usually arises when a kid puts HID's in his Civic and doesnt re-aim the headlights and they are in a headlight designed for halogens.

BTW hid's may be annoying to look at from another car, but having a car with them is a whole new nighttime driving experience. Everytime I go back to my Taurus after driving the Acura it feels like I am wearing sunglasses, even with the high beams on.
 

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I too have custom HIDS in my 97 SHO..

I had Projectors from a Honda S2000 (the best hid projector out there) and the best color flicker ...

custom fabbed into brand new headlights... also had a custom acrylic shroud made to block stray light ..

check out the pics .. let me know what u think.. we also modded the cutoff shield to achieve more flicker when drivingt (the purple blue silver bounce you see on hid equipped cars)

all pics can be seen here - http://www.hidretro.com/page19.html




here is a pic of one of the modded headlights cutoff against a wall



any questions - email me .. my friend does this all the time and can do any custom job you want ...

thanx

tom

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