Rick, how will this fare with our state inspections here?
The rotation you mentioned, that will be dealt with by loosening the screws and turning the projector? Excuse me.. i know nothing of these.
Honestly, I'm not sure about legalities with regards to inspections. I'd assume if the ballasts are not in plain view, your low beams and high beams work properly, and you have projectors retro'd into the headlights, that you should pass. BUT, I'm not an inspection mechanic so I honestly can't say for sure.
Regarding Law Enforcement: Every LEO whom I am friends with has stated that they typically don't even have time pull over every idiot with a PnP HID kit in stock reflector housings (I wish they did!). They've stated the ones they do pull over have one thing in common: Non-white headlights. Typically, anything over 5000K in color temp (I personally only run 4300K, which is the factory color). When they pull the vehicle over, they are usually running blue, purple, green, pink, orange, etc, headlights. They will then do the "paper test". This test just consists of the LEO placing a white piece of paper in front of the headlights. If the paper changes color to anything but white, he cites you for it.
This was further confirmed by a convo between a ricer and a LEO on my local car forum. The LEO is from PA:
What are the chances of getting pulled for the 8k hids in the headlights, they are not tinted heads just the bezel is black but the housing in the front is clear..Now the fogs will likely get me pulled for them being tinted but I hardly drive at night and its not necessary to use them.
The chances are 50/50, you either will or you won't. I stop cars for HIDs all the time, have never written a ticket for it but have gotten DUIs and drugs out of them
Not being sarcastic or anything but how do u know who has oem hids and who doesn't? And is it legal to pull someone just for hids I always thought it was like a two for one violation. Like if u pull someone for speeding you can be like oh yeah ur lights. *Me: This is a stupid question. If I know which cars come OEM with HID's, then a LEO definitely will.*
And since I'm not a drinker at all and dont use drugs I'm good in that department if I should be pulled.
Thanks for the response as well.
OEM hids are extremely easy to spot, I do lots of traffic stops just from having so much interaction with all makes and models of vehicles I have come to know which cars are factory and which are not. And then there the drivers who I stop with 12000K lights in a 1991 Civic hatch who try to say they are OEM. 8000K HIDs stand out especially if they are just installed into a stock halogen housing. Beam pattern, light dispersement and beam cutoff are all easy was to spot a car that has aftermarket HIDs.
Yes I can stop you for just one equipment violation, which is what lights would fall under. There are several sections just relating to inspection procedures that aftermarket HIDs violate that make it a lawful stop, there are also tables for total candlepower and light beam color that I can use for the stop to be lawful and finally there are sections for "ornamental lighting" I can use for the stop to be lawful.
Use said information for what you will, there is no clear answer I can give you whether you will be stopped or not other than maybe you will maybe you won't, but yes the situation you describe provides and officer with a lawful reason to stop you.
I take your advice seriously..I was just kinda wondering how you could tell and if it was something I could be stopped for.. In no way shape or form am I being sarcastic or anything these were just questions I wanted to clarify with myself.. I hope that I don't get stopped and if I do hopefully the police will be a nice guy/woman like yourself and not give me a ticket..
Thanks again for the time you have taken to answer my questions I really appreciate it..