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Old 02-25-2020, 03:21 PM #16
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Hey, what do you guys think is the best options for the 03-05 headlights? Iíve sanded down and clear coated my headlights twice at this point - guess I didnít do a great job, and Iím looking to either fix or swap to something that looks similar to factory on the cheap.

Iím also tired of replacing the bulbs constantly. Iíd like to do a HID, HIR, or LED swap. HIRs look particularly easy to swap out, but will they last? Are you using any modern, cheaper HIR/LED options that are still for sale? Iíve found several threads linking to products that donít exist anymore.

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I've tried all kinds of bulbs. I recently purchased the Auxbeam LEDs Low beams (H11) from Amazon $31, the highs (9005) $31 and the Fogs (9006) $56 and will never use anything else. Ripped out all the HID wiring, ballasts, etc..... These are plug/play with OEM connectors. The best. Running all about a year now in MA through snow, heat, etc...
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Do you have a brand that you prefer? I see Laminx but they want $60 just for the film. Do I just buy a roll of 3M?
I just get a roll off amazon.

Just measure the height of the housing, add 2 inches and measure x2 the width of the housing.
4th gen's are easy to apply with a bit of heat to stretch for curves, and a bit of heat + warm flathead to seal/tuck the edges.
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Ok, here's what I decided to do - I'm going to buy a 9012 HIR bulb kit along with a new drill polishing set & 3m film to polish up my headlights this week. If I am unsatisfied, I will go HID and swap the HIRs into my fog lights.

Does anyone have any modern links and cost estimates for a good HID brand? I am looking for the projector included, so I can mount to the OEM or eBay 03-05 headlights. I see old threads with prices under $200, which is doable, but when I go to configure from a reputable brand I always end up $300+.

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Thanks for all the help so far.

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Ok, here's what I decided to do - I'm going to buy a 9012 HIR bulb kit along with a new drill polishing set & 3m film to polish up my headlights this week. If I am unsatisfied, I will go HID and swap the HIRs into my fog lights.

Does anyone have any modern links and cost estimates for a good HID brand? I am looking for the projector included, so I can mount to the OEM or eBay 03-05 headlights. I see old threads with prices under $200, which is doable, but when I go to configure from a reputable brand I always end up $300+.

old threads

Thanks for all the help so far.
The Retrofit Source for is the place for all your projector and HID needs. Morimoto is awesome.
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The Retrofit Source for is the place for all your projector and HID needs. Morimoto is awesome.
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Realistically, they have a lot of B-stock that their/competitor factories push out on other channels for way cheaper (less the obvious Q&A).

Do check out the OEM setup with just a crystal clear lens after polish and film. It makes such a big difference that for the 3 or so years I put off applying the film, I would take 2 minutes before any significant road trip to wipe down with soap and water, throw on my plastic polish of choice (Duragloss plastic polish) + rotary and foam cutting pad to clean up the lens. Took a total of 5 minutes with the proper tools including breaking out the tools to putting them back in the cabinet.

I don't have great eyes, but I'm also not running any fancy bulbs/HIDs/HIR's.
Are you lifted/significantly weighted down with armor? Make sure your headlights are aimed properly too (very easy to adjust on the 4th gen, + aiming guides all over google)
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