: HID kits



CadMan4life
01-14-08, 11:15 AM
I'm thinking about getting 1 of these kits. Im not the most technical out there so thats holding me back from actually buying the darn thing. How hard or easy is it to install one on the 98 catera? What type of work is required?

2001CatOwner
01-14-08, 11:47 AM
it was easy on a 01. Took 20 mins in the dark after you get the orig bulbs out.

CateraMV6
01-14-08, 12:33 PM
I just ordered one from ebay it was 72$ and it is for my fog lights H1 kit with 5000K bulbs, and I have found that the 5K kit is the best one you can get for reflector lights as it looks very white and creates a ton of light, the 4300k looks closer to the halogen and the 6K kit is way too blue...

Also the 5K kit makes about 3100lumens of light... so no light loss there...

I will be putting it on this weekend and I will post some pictures...

CadMan4life
01-14-08, 02:56 PM
would I need the H7 for low beam lights?

CateraMV6
01-14-08, 03:01 PM
Yeah I think our cars have H7 Lo and H7 Hi beams and H3 for the FOG lights... so H7 5000K should look great!, it looks quite nice with clear reflectors but the ones you have will work just fine.

CadMan4life
01-14-08, 03:04 PM
I heard something about you need to replace the rubber, drilling holes to pull the wires through, etc. I'm looking for instructions seems like there is too much work and is complicated?

Cadi Cat
01-14-08, 03:59 PM
I just ordered one from ebay it was 72$ and it is for my fog lights H1 kit with 5000K bulbs, and I have found that the 5K kit is the best one you can get for reflector lights as it looks very white and creates a ton of light, the 4300k looks closer to the halogen and the 6K kit is way too blue...

Also the 5K kit makes about 3100lumens of light... so no light loss there...

I will be putting it on this weekend and I will post some pictures...

The H1 bulbs fit? They look really long. No mods?

Cadi Cat
01-14-08, 09:59 PM
After some pondering, I would like to have hids for my inner high beams but because of the drl system would that even work?

todd2fst4u
01-14-08, 10:04 PM
if you had the drl's turned off, that would work. i think you need a tech 2 tool to do it.

CadMan4life
01-14-08, 10:08 PM
just bought me a kit. 6000k.

Cadi Cat
01-15-08, 12:09 AM
if you had the drl's turned off, that would work. i think you need a tech 2 tool to do it.

A tech 2 tool? What's that? If I could turn them off I would also like to put in a pair of angel eye halo lights inside the inner beam to come on with the parking lights.

todd2fst4u
01-15-08, 12:22 AM
A tech 2 tool? What's that? If I could turn them off I would also like to put in a pair of angel eye halo lights inside the inner beam to come on with the parking lights.

search around for the tech 2 on the forums. i really dont know that much about it.
good luck with the wiring for those angel eyes. i dont see it being that easy to get them to come on only with the parking lights and not flash with the turn signals as well.
oh and p.s. remember its not a bmw.... :suspect:

CateraMV6
01-15-08, 06:43 AM
Sorry folks I meant to say H3 instead of H1 kit, H3 is the one that fits our Fog Lights, and that is the kit I ordered, on another note I think you should have gone with a 4300K or 5000K at the most because the projectors in your headlights will make up for the blue hue that you see on the other drivers out there.. now unless you have reflectors which you might it will still be a good idea to do 5K, as the 6K becomes way too blue and fake looking, kinda like those fake blue bulbs that you see on other cars out there... and you also loose a lot of light output due to the color temp...

Cadi Cat
01-15-08, 04:36 PM
It's just like any other type of lighting. The more white light it puts out the more reflection you get back. The whiter the light the brighter it will look on any object it's beamed on. I'm not too concerned with the extream lighting. They all look pretty good at night. I like to have a little color. I might go with the 5 or 6000k for my head lights and then the more purplish color for my fogs.

CateraMV6
01-16-08, 09:30 AM
Here are the stock HIDs which I assume are about 50-70% of their life... and as you can see they are turning quite blue and more towards the purple colors.... so I am expecting them to go out soon... and I guess I will have to get some new bulbs.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/CateraMV6/DSC00388.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/CateraMV6/DSC00386.jpg