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Winter is coming and It's time to upgrade the headlights on the gti and I've been looking at going down the hid conversion route, I know a few people have done the conversion on here, so realy im after opinions of the conversion weather it's worth while and what kits are worth fitting

 

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Lee

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so many people say it is so worth doing and that it makes Viewing like nearly double

 

 

and yet so many people fail to understand that adding HID to a car that doesnt come standard with them is illegal and can result in your car being forcibly removed from the road by any police officer at cost to the owner....thats £150+ towed and £12-£26 a day inpound fee's.

 

The above is only possible though if your car can even pass the increasingly more strict MOT tests that now take headlight intensity into account and therefore fail cars with non-OEM HID kits installed.

 

ENJOY :thumb:

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so many people say it is so worth doing and that it makes Viewing like nearly double

 

 

and yet so many people fail to understand that adding HID to a car that doesnt come standard with them is illegal and can result in your car being forcibly removed from the road by any police officer at cost to the owner....thats £150+ towed and £12-£26 a day inpound fee's.

 

The above is only possible though if your car can even pass the increasingly more strict MOT tests that now take headlight intensity into account and therefore fail cars with non-OEM HID kits installed.

 

ENJOY :thumb:

My mot isn't due till next September and regardless of that I work in an mot station and there no legislation regarding retrofitting a hid kit in the mot only the headlight aim

 

The police very rarly pull vehicles for incorrect headlights the same as they don't take any notice of vehicles with defective lights it's more paperwork that there not interested in doing

 

I'm not fussed on the legalities that's not what I've asked in my post, I'm well aware of the write ups on the governments website and the fact that it's not worth reading

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My mot isn't due till next September and regardless of that I work in an mot station and there no legislation regarding retrofitting a hid kit in the mot only the headlight aim

 

The police very rarly pull vehicles for incorrect headlights the same as they don't take any notice of vehicles with defective lights it's more paperwork that there not interested in doing

 

I'm not fussed on the legalities that's not what I've asked in my post, I'm well aware of the write ups on the governments website and the fact that it's not worth reading

 

 

You should live where I do. They would have you within a fortnight.

 

BTW There IS a legislation on retrofitting HID ! Reading is good for you, try it sometimes...

 

I've fitted HIDs to couple of cars (E39, E46, Xsara, Espace, etc) and the general rule is that you gonna pass MOT if you have self-levelling beam adjustment and headlamp washers + obviously reasonable light pattern and definitely under 6000k.

 

Otherwise you're just gonna be a pain in the ass to all other road users. I know what I'm talking about - just have here a Impreza STi with 8000k and it's impossible to drive it at night without blinding passing 747's :unsure: Sign of a chav in my mind anyway.

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As long as the headlight aim is ok it will pass an mot there is no legislation regarding hid kits in the mot handbook

 

The only reason I'm looking at going to a hid conversion is because I use unlit country roads to and from work where normal headlamps just aren't good enough

And if I do fit a hid kit the headlamps would be set up on a beam tester before they get used on the road

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best place to get HID kits, www.hids4u.co.uk i got my set of 35watt 6000k HIDs for my angel eyes, so far nearly one year on, no word from mot man, and police travel regularly in cars where i live only few walk the streets, and i've been behind cop cars, travelled side by side with em. and even got pulled once but only for a "routine" check, they did check my car and lights and said nothing about the HID's.

 

its one of the best regularly used mods during night time on my car so far!! comes second to my big brakes though. i've hardly used full beam as angel eyes have two H1 bulbs projected unit for dipped and normal unit for main beam. and i even have 100% xenon plus bulbs in them. they can't compare to what my HIDs do. and even if i buy any car no matter what age etc it would be one of the first things i would change on the car! visabilty is unreal

 

but as said only go for 6000k or less, 8000k is pushing it yet its still classified as emarked legal 10,000k is illegal and 12,000 is very illegal as its basically pure blue!! if you want the brightness of HID, get a kit thats either 4300k or 5000k range and have a 55 watt kit as that improves the brightness thus giving the driver 400% more light than standard to see the road clearly ahead!

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Self levelling or not... they are not designed to use the conventional standard reflector and lens setup like on an escort, you will find the beam is scattered all over the place

they are better suited to be used with the likes of projector headlamps and they concentrate the beam that the HID ballasts emit. If you are using them in a reflector lens then you are going to still blind everyone on the road

 

Wait, i stand corrected, the DFT website does state they can be used but it does also note that the HIDs are not designed for standard lenses and glare will occur, it does mention you will need self levelling and headlamp washers for them to conform

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Im well aware of the legalities as I've stated above, if your not going to post about what I've asked don't bother posting

 

Don't post on public forums if you don't want public opinion... Your initial question was "is it worth it"..

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My actual post was are the kits with fitting ie; do they make enough of a difference to warrant fitting them and what kits have people used that are worth recommending

 

Not what are the rules and regulations abot fitting them if your post isn't replying to the original post then don't bother posting

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