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can someone please explain to me the point of retrofitting our headlights are? i dont know much about wiring and shit like that, im mostly an engine man. and please dont flame me for this, i honestly dont understand it
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*cracks knuckles*

Retrofitting is the process of installing FACTORY HIDs (i.e. entire projectors, ballasts and D2S bulbs) that were taken from another car (that comes with HIDs as standard equipment like BMW or Audi) into your Mazda6's headlights. To do so, you need to open up your headlights completely (by baking them open) and remove the existing projectors. You'll then replace them lock-stock-and-barrell with the new BMW/Audi projectors. This is, according to some, the ONLY acceptable way of putting HIDs into a 6.

Here's an EXCELLENT write-up on how to do this: LINKIE

A second method of installing HIDs into the 6 also exists. This method involves using a conversion kit (like Xtec, HIDS4U, etc), where you're simply swapping out the H1 halogen bulbs in your existing Mazda6 projectors with HID bulbs and adding the additional necessary ballasts and wiring (all included in the kit). Since the existing Mazda6 projectors are used, the headlight does not need to be baked open. Instead a hole is cut into the dustcap at the back of the projector housing to make space for the new bulb and to allow the new wiring to exit the headlight.

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thanks, i get it now
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very well-said !!!

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Hey, I learned from the best

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haha..... i c....

Tanabe GF210 Springs, AutoExe CF grill, Retrofit (Bosch E46/Audi TT DOT projector) + Philips D2S 5000K (85122+) bulbs, Lower fog, 2 x 10" Sony Xplod, MTX MXA6001 Class D amp, 12" Varad White LED bar + 4 x Varad single LEDs, Airbox Mod, Sidemarkers Mod, Taillight Mod, Foglight Mod, Clear sidemarkers, 4 x white 6-WLEDs, 4 x white 5-LEDs, 2 x orange 5-LEDs, 2 x Polarg Hybrid XenonWhite 194 bulbs, 2 x blue 921 LEDs, 2 x OEM muffler tips,Redline MTX fluid, Ichiban Shift Knob, Ractive Shift Boot, TWM short shifter, Focal PolyGlass 130v1 components, Infinity 6802cf, Duplicolor Red caliper paint, Royal Purple 5W20 Synthetic Oil, Hawks brake pads
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which is usually more expensive?

i kno retrofitting is more work........ does one look better and perform better than the other?

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Originally posted by travis0385@Jul 31 2005, 09:02 AM
which is usually more expensive?

i kno retrofitting is more work........ does one look better and perform better than the other?
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Well... retrofitting can easily become more expensive than getting a conversion kit. But, it doesn't have to. I've been looking on eBay over the past month, and I've come across individual pieces for sale here and there that together make up all the necessary items in a retrofit. You'll end up spending $50 here, $200 there. In the end, you might actually be able to walk away will everything you need for about $500.

With a conversion kit, its all there in one box ready to go.

As far as quality goes, I'm afraid my answer is going to be subjective (biased). Since I myself plan to do a retrofit to my 6 and am pretty much ignoring the conversion kit method alltogether, I'd have to say that the retrofit method produces the best quality light possible.

With retrofitting, keep in mind that, more often than not you're getting high quality parts. You're getting a projector that's "tuned" to produce the proper sort of light at the right intensity, with a proper cutoff line and hotspots right were they're supposed to be.

With a conversion kit, you may very well end up with cheap components... and the light, although its strong and sharp, might not be directed properly.


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True that... there was once, a member of hidplanet was selling his retrofit for like 250USD shipped !!!! and it is for our car.... but a mazda6 owner got them, and still dont know who he is.... but that was the cheapest though....

i got mine 415USD shipped... and note in mind, if you wanna retrofit, always check whether the projectors are for both left and right !! not both left/right !!

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Ur cutoff beam pic on signature looks beautiful. I think u have successfully finished the work of bending shield.
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