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Unread 02-19-2010, 09:58 PM   #211
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Got my HID kits in the mail yesterday, so I did a test install of the low beams tonight and took some pics.

All I can say is, holy crap! this things are bright .

Low beams: DDM apexcone 55w - 5000K on v3 ebay halogen projectors.
Fogs/Driving: DDM apexcone 35w - 3000K on Procomp55 bumper mounted lamps.

I have not installed the 3000K fogs yet, as it turns the HID bulbs are too long for the shallow procomp 55 lamps (H3s) that I have, so I will have to do some custom work to fit those when I have some more time.

First impression with the low beams on the v3 halogen projectors after turning them on in the driveway with the garage door closed was, Ohhhh **** , wha's this!! lots of bright spots & circles....horrible foreground spread, I mean, they are not HID projectors so what should I expect, right? ..... started immediately thinking that I should have ordered D2S bulbs and retro'd some real projectors; but after aiming them up a little (they were too low) and taking the Jeep for a spin, then my mind changed, and now I think it's actually pretty decent; a compromise I can live with and def. a big improvement over the yellow HIRs I had there. Sure, it does not compare to the even spread / light everywhere of say my A4's OEM HIDs, but for $39.99 and lifetime warranty , on a trail / weekend rig, this will do, yes sir!!. Not worth the extra cash / time and effort to retro HID projectors at this time.

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Notice the bright spots / circles / uneven spread at a short distance :




Now, look at medium distance - more of a "in the driver's seat while driving" kind of view , not too shabby.

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This 55w kit is B-R-I-G-H-T:








The cutoff on these projectors it's pretty impressive IMHO, I like the sharpness and color on them, it's really the foregroung uneven spread of cheap china halogen projectors that's not too exiting , but again livable for what I need on the Jeep.

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Some outside shots in the dark showing how bright this things are:















That's it, I'll update this post when I install the 3000K fogs, I think that should help a lot with the uneven foreground spread issue .

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Unread 02-20-2010, 01:03 PM   #212
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People are going to see you coming and think the apocalypse is here.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 01:06 PM   #213
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People are going to see you coming and think the apocalypse is here.
Hopefully they'll know better and will "stay away from the light"
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Unread 02-21-2010, 12:14 AM   #214
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Did you use a HID harness ?? or was conected directly ??
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Unread 02-21-2010, 01:01 AM   #215
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Those HID's look great man. How hot do those 55 watt bulbs get? I want to put hids in my projectors but am worried that the 55 watts will melt the housing. Im just thinking about putting 35 watts in the low beams. Keep us updated.
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Unread 02-21-2010, 04:13 PM   #216
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Did you use a HID harness ?? or was conected directly ??
In those pics, since it was a test install, its hooked up straight to stock wiring, and it actually worked well, but then I noticed if I turned the ignition off then on, the RH lamp would go off then back on; so yes I bought their wiring harness, didn't feel like spending the time to build one myself. I'll be hooking it up once I do the final install. The fogs will go to the stock wiring since those are 35w and used infrequently.

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Those HID's look great man. How hot do those 55 watt bulbs get? I want to put hids in my projectors but am worried that the 55 watts will melt the housing. Im just thinking about putting 35 watts in the low beams. Keep us updated.
Thanks; I haven't had them long enough yet to tell how hot they get, but I doubt they will melt the housing as the front of the housing is pretty far from the front of the projector. I'll letcha know if I have those kinds of problems.
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Unread 02-22-2010, 08:18 PM   #217
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The harness I'm getting has some 50w resistances
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Unread 03-01-2010, 02:00 PM   #218
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Are the lights still going strong for you?(looking to get the same setup for the wife's WJ) Any problems with oncoming cars? Like the build too.
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Unread 03-05-2010, 09:43 AM   #219
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Also what size press did you get? 12ton? Does it work good?
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Unread 03-05-2010, 10:19 AM   #220
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these are the ebay projectors? i have heard that hid's will get to hot and melt the projector lenses? ever heard anything about this? I have a pair of projectors but still using the bulbs that came with them. just seeing if anyone else has ever heard of this

Edit: just saw the post like three above about melting nvm
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Unread 03-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #221
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Are the lights still going strong for you?(looking to get the same setup for the wife's WJ) Any problems with oncoming cars? Like the build too.
Well, so far, but I've only tested them a couple of times, so don't know yet if they will hold up well or not. No problems with oncoming cars, as they are in projectors and aimed well.

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Also what size press did you get? 12ton? Does it work good?
I have the 20 Ton press from Harbor freight, has worked great for several projects; I got it on sale at $199 I believe + 20% off coupon.

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these are the ebay projectors? i have heard that hid's will get to hot and melt the projector lenses? ever heard anything about this? I have a pair of projectors but still using the bulbs that came with them. just seeing if anyone else has ever heard of this

Edit: just saw the post like three above about melting nvm
Yeah, as above, have not had them / used them long enough to know bout melting issues, I doubt it but I guess I'll find out eventually .
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Unread 03-12-2010, 07:49 PM   #222
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hey did u have to move any of the front spring perches or arm brackets on the front axle ? Cuz I read somewhere that u have to move them and that they don't bolt up . Reason I ask is cuz I might be purchasing some jk axles soon :d

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Unread 03-12-2010, 10:19 PM   #223
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Shin, since you have clayton's, I'm sure the CA brackets will work as I have measured them compared to the stock WJ D30 and they are pretty close as far as location. The stock JK spring perches do sit slightly further out compared to the WJ, but not by much, and reading on IROs website (how they in fact welded them further out than stock WJ to avoid the coil hitting the frame upon extreme articulation), and seeing pictures of their set-up, I'm pretty sure they will work just fine if you leave them where they are.

Again, I have not mounted mine yet, so take it for what it's worth, but I've had the axle for months in the garage (or is it years ), and after putting it right next to the front stock D30, I decided it was not worth to cut the perches or brackets for the front, except for the TB bracket and the sway link tabs that I did change, but that's cause I'm going high steer. As you know, the rear is a different story, as pretty much everything has to go and new brackets/perches welded.

Check this pics from Ken's (10achik) set-up (IRO's) and compare to my JK stock, and see the distance between the coil perches and the axle Cs, pretty close, don't you think?

IRO's ultimate JK swap:



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My JK after new TB bracket, truss, sleeves, gussets; still want to truss the driver's side axle tube:




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Unread 03-12-2010, 11:20 PM   #224
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thanks for the reassurance on my future purchase
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Unread 03-14-2010, 03:58 PM   #225
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I moved my coil buckets in, at the stock JK location, the springs were at way too much of an angle.
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