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how much did it cost you for everything to do it yourself? i'm thinking about doing the retro, but i'm not sure exactly how much it is and whether or not it is worth it.
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$400 for everything shipped (ballast, bulbs, ballast covers, and ECE projectors from HIDplanet.com). Second set of headlights is optional. Price ranges from $150-$1200 for a used or new set of headlights.


And it is definately worth it. This can be said to be one of the best and most useful mods out there. Once you go with OEM HID's you will never go back to halogens. I'm gonna retro fit some audi S6 bi-xenon projectors in my girls 03 Jetta GLI.

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Definately post up some night shots of the lights when you get a chance.
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Definately post up some night shots of the lights when you get a chance.
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Dont worry putting the bumber back on right now. I'm just waiting for it to get dark so I can adjust the cut off and take pics

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FINISHED!!!!


The retro is complete and I am VERY happy with it.

Here are some pics of the cut off:






Some shots of the flicker from the right preojector:







An here is the HID output from the drivers point of view:




As you can see the retro outdoes any HID "kit" with a rabased bulb. The output from any OEM hid surpasses and kit with the great visibilty. It's a pure bright white light. It illuinates the road 100x better than any 6000k+ kit. The blueish purple cut iff gives it that visually pleasing flicker. The color of the flicker is what most people look for and thats why they get a 6000k kit. But the problem with the 6000k kit is it illuminates the road with a blue light and that actually makes it harder to see the road and surrounding objects.

I used the kit from HID planet. This is hard proof their kit works even though they can only supply 2 rights side projectors. The unit is still pug and play.

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Wow. Those ECE projectors absolutely kick ass. Dammit, more money I need to spend! Looks absolutely excellent. And yeah, that's an understatement about how much better this is than a rebased kit. Holy shit, that pic of the output from inside the car is freakin' amazing. Destroys the kits.


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Thanks HedsIc! I couldnt do this retro without your headlights.

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Looks great man. I'm impressed. And no problem. Glad to see they came in handy for someone.
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Looks great man. I'm impressed. And no problem. Glad to see they came in handy for someone.
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Thanks man and thanks too MZBuckeye.


This has got to be the best mods I've done to any care I own.

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Well, I know where I'll be buying my HID retro kit from. Luckily for my credit card, the ballasts are currently out of stock. Definitely worth making the two right hand projectors work to get the ECE color and cutoff.


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