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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-12-2006, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm curious to know if any of you would be interested in retrofitting your headlights? That is, replacing your stock headlights w/ xenon projector's. (If you're not quite sure what xenon lights are... It's essentially HID... you know, the bright blue lights you'll see on any newer high-end vehicles, such as Caddy's, BMW's, Audi's, and Acura's, among others...)

I've got a friend who runs www.customlightz.com who can get you set up for under $800 bucks. Most companies, when you include parts a labor, can't touch that. And he does an AWESOME job... it looks OEM when he's done, and it'll light up the road.

Just somethin cool to think about to customize your Mazda6 and give you more lighting at night.. I was going to do that to my Accord before the tranny failed a while back and ended up gettin a CTS that alright has projectors - just not as blue as some of the others at the cutoff line.

Oh, that $800 includes Acura TSX projectors - among the best, more colorful, and brightest out of ANY on the market - and all costs except shipping and installing the headlight units back into your car... they also do some other cool stuff... pretty interesting site, check it out...

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ehmm not trying to hijack the thread or whatever, but JDM mazda6 comes with e46 bosch projector.... and our NA mazda6 have the same layout for the headlight, so if we want to retrofit, we just get the e46 single bosch projector, gen1/2 bosch/AL ballast, and D2S bulbs, and we're done... and for the pricing, i guess it's around 400USD to get all the stuffs up, and install them yourself..... and i know that it might not the best projector than tsx's, but it still suffices...

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the TSX projectors are better than the E46 projectors? who makes the ones for TSX?
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TSX projectors are made by Stanley. They do have a nicer cutoff, but it would be a PITA to retrofit because the dimensions are different and so the OEM mounting bracket would have to be ditched or heavily modified. As nice as the Stanley projectors are, I don't think they are worth the aggravation compared to installing the Bosch. Your benefits would not be that much better for all of the work.

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that's good to know because i wanted to retrofit my car but didnt really know which projector to choose.


i ended up buying e46, but have not installed it yet.

but yeah it is true that the TSX has a nice cutoff and also nice color! blue violet.

nicer than most car, i can tell a TSX is coming toward me at night just by the "color".

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here's an HID noob question. is the cutoff what provides the HID flicker?
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I'll chime in also with a nOOB question:

Is what you're talking about only for the low beams? Are the high beams the standard yellow-ish bulb? Intergated fogs the standard bulb too if one retrofits?


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I think the flicker you see is a combination of the projector, the cutoff and the intensity of lighting. I have not seen halogen projectors (like our OEM setup) create noticeable flicker. They also have a cutoff shield, but they don't flicker like HID's.

You also don't see too much flicker from HID's with reflector-type housings (i.e. previous TL & Maxima models). That's why I think the flicker is generated from a combination of the above.

STSCS, yes this is only for the low beams. The high beams and fog lights are the standard halogen setup.

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so i'm guessing that with a 35W Xtec kit and the stock projectors i will not be getting much of a noticeable flicker?
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so i'm guessing that with a 35W Xtec kit and the stock projectors i will not be getting much of a noticeable flicker?
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Not necessarily. You may still get the flicker with HID kits, because you are still using projectors instead of reflectors and the light output should be alot more compared to the halogen. The light may not be as focused compared to an OEM HID setup, but it may still flicker. I haven't messed with or seen the HID kits in person, so you will have to ask one of the other members who has it installed.

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