maxiums96, you got it right! I agree 100%!maximus96 said:aftermarket hid kits usually consist of taiwanese or korean made bulbs and ballasts. they are always inferior to the OEM equipment used in HID equipped cars. the best way is to just buy the HID headlights. you can buy used ballasts and OEM hid bulbs are about $75 new on ebay. I can go on and on about the negatives of HID kits. On my maxima and scion tc, i retrofitted tsx projectors which is the next best way if there are no OEM projector headlights available. if you just stick a pair of rebased hid bulbs into the reflector housing, you'll have so much glare and blind oncoming traffic making yourself a safety hazzard.
very good question! i wrote a thread about in over at scionlife.comnissanlove said:maximus96: how did you manage to retrofit the tsx projectors into regular jewel-like headlight housings. i've always been wondering about this and you are the first person i've been able to ask.
for the murano you're better off buying the factory HID lights. they look better and guarantee to fit. people like me had to resort to retrofits because there are no OEM options. if you pay somebody to do a retrofit job, it can cost upwards of $1200, most of which is labor. i spent about $400 on parts for my tc.nissanlove said:that is absolutely amazing work maximus. thanks alot for the detailed outline. the only other time i saw projectors in retrofit was on a 2000 nissan patfinder with all the chrome painted black. it was a relaly slick install and looked awesome. your look super great also. i've been dieing to find out how to do this for so long and you finally suppressed my appetite for knowledge. i can't thank you enough. do you think it is possible to retrofit projectors into an oddly shapped housing like the murano's without hid's or can it only be done on circular reflector housings??
hfelknor said:"however, the upside to retrofitting the murano is you can throw in better projectors like the s2000, or tsx, or the new LS430, all of these are superior to the murano projectors"
Why are they better?
Good enuf to be worthwhile to upgrade the current HIDs?
nissan cut corners by not offering a separate high beam reflector which is useful if you want to flash somebody during the day. when the low beams are off, flashing the bi-xenon like we have to now will drastically reduce the life fo the ballast from the fast on-off action.
during the day, when your low beams are off, every time you flash the high beams, you power on the ballasts and shut them off in fractions of a second. its this rapid on/off that kills the ballasts. its not a concern when you flash people at night when the low beam is on and ballasts are already on like you said.nissanlove said:
i don't think what you mentioned about the life span is entirely true. the murano's bi xenon system is a shutter type assembly which means that the buld is at full power at all times when the head lights are on and then the shutter flips when the high beams are on. i can see what you mean by trying to flash someone with a regular reflector type set up but it kinda is pointless to flash someone with your hid's since the output color is pretty much that of natural sunlight so wouldn't it just blend in and not be noticable anyways??