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Old 04-03-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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good and cheap upgrade for headlights?

Want to upgrade from the stock outdated yellowy light... Was looking at some headlights at AM but have heard too many horror stories about them not working, or being too dark and crapping out and etc (even though they come with warranty) i dont want to go that route.

I'm thinking of replacing my bulbs with Sylvania Ultras as I hear they give a whiter color and look nicer. Do you think that would be a good idea? I would like to keep my stock headlights because they got the nice retro look to them, and the raxiom headlights do look cool but I don't feel like they belong on the look I have for my mustang.
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Ebay hids, work good xentec, also stay the hell away from DDM they are trash, complete trash
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A few of my friends use the xentec ones and swear by them. Have seen them in multiple of mustangs and fusions
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Go to ebay,search for "black housing halo headlights." They are clear like stock on the front but black on the inside,very nice look! I have them and the halos are bright even during the day,i paid $150! If you go buy headlights on American Muscle,stay away from the $130 smoked headlights,they are cheap for a reason,even with 6K HIDs,they still take a LOT OF BRIGHTNESS AWAY,THEY ARE NO GOOD! I had them too,that's why i bought ones from eBay,those smoked ones are no good man i swear!
Those Sylannia Ultra bulbs may be brighter but they look just like stock only brighter.
I work at an Auto parts store and i can tell you that they are a waste of money,the cost about $40-$50 at my store and for that you can buy an HID kit!

This is my opinion : Those Xentec HIDs,every single shop i've been to say stay away from Xentec HID kits,they say they are crap but some have never had problems with them! I use the "synergy" brand or whatever its called,they work well for me! Hope i helped a little!
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HID on a stock lamp is illegal as they are not projectors and scatter light significantly. The illegal part isn't the issue per se, tons of mods we do are illegal, but HID in our headlights is hard to hide since they would blind anyone. Inconsiderate really, so it would a cops attention depending on where you life.

Those bulbs you want, OP, really worked great on my 1990 Camry.
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true,in Texas cops do not care about HIDs as long as they are not excessive!
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&1 Texas don't care. But yeah just get some hids. I fell for the $50 sylvania headlights...never again, just got some 3k gifs instead
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Sylvania Silverstars, and all of the "hyper white" bulbs are GIMMICKS! I repeat, they are gimmicks. They achieve the white look with a blue coating on the bulb which actually reduces the overall lumen output. They may look brighter to you up close but they are NOT. They have been a runaway success thanks in no small part to a very heavy advertising campaign initially by Sylvania. In reality, a new OEM bulb is brighter than a Sylvania Silverstar by hundreds of lumens.

Your two best options for the 2005 (9008 bulb) are going to be OSRAM Silverstars or Philips Xtreme bulbs. Next down will be OEM Philips 9008 bulbs OR you can do an HID retrofit. Not sure if a good aftermarket projector is available for the 05-09 like it is for my 94-98 but that with an HID could be an option too as long as you find out how the beam pattern will be beforehand.
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HID on a stock lamp is illegal as they are not projectors and scatter light significantly. The illegal part isn't the issue per se, tons of mods we do are illegal, but HID in our headlights is hard to hide since they would blind anyone. Inconsiderate really, so it would a cops attention depending on where you life.

Those bulbs you want, OP, really worked great on my 1990 Camry.
What about mustang gt premiums with HID from factory? whats the difference?
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What about mustang gt premiums with HID from factory? whats the difference?

They have projector lenses.

Op- check out HID GUY. Got my hids from there and love them even on smoked AM housing.
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Sylvania Silverstars, and all of the "hyper white" bulbs are GIMMICKS! I repeat, they are gimmicks. They achieve the white look with a blue coating on the bulb which actually reduces the overall lumen output. They may look brighter to you up close but they are NOT. They have been a runaway success thanks in no small part to a very heavy advertising campaign initially by Sylvania. In reality, a new OEM bulb is brighter than a Sylvania Silverstar by hundreds of lumens.

Your two best options for the 2005 (9008 bulb) are going to be OSRAM Silverstars or Philips Xtreme bulbs. Next down will be OEM Philips 9008 bulbs OR you can do an HID retrofit. Not sure if a good aftermarket projector is available for the 05-09 like it is for my 94-98 but that with an HID could be an option too as long as you find out how the beam pattern will be beforehand.
BS. The beam is brighter and better focused. I have noticed a great difference over oem lights.

Care to provide some facts to back your claim?

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Don't stick HID lights in stock housings unless you want to piss off and blind everyone in opposing traffic.
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BS. The beam is brighter and better focused. I have noticed a great difference over oem lights.

Care to provide some facts to back your claim?

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I didn't believe it either but after throwing a new OEM Philips bulb in one headlight and leaving a Silverstar in another, yeah the Philips made a brighter beam, albeit not the super white everyone loves.

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Don't stick HID lights in stock housings unless you want to piss off and blind everyone in opposing traffic.
And possibly get someone killed because you had to be like the ricers and make your Mustang look like the Starship Enterprise and oncoming traffic couldn't see where they were going.
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I was considering the cheapy smoked ones on AM till I read this.
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I was considering the cheapy smoked ones on AM till I read this.
Depending on your year there are projector options available. If you are a Coyote you can just swap in some premium HID headlights but that is going to be pricey. Putting a top end halogen in is a great budget option and you can achieve up to 75% of a HID's overall output with certain halogens.
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