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I am about to purchase new projector headlights or hid for the lights I have now. I'm wondering what experiences my fellow member have had with each and what is more cost effective? What are the pros and cons of both?

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So for clarity, when you say "purchase new projector headlights" do you mean retrofitting your truck with projectors that you in turn convert to HID's?

Or is that another option? It's what I'm looking at now since I have the projectors but desire HID's.`
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I don't know what projector headlight you were going for but I recommend you have an HID projector dropped into your current headlights.

I purchased a set of 2013 Projector headlights and had a FX-R HID projector put in place of the stock halogen projector. The light output is great with a sharp cutoff so there is no glare.

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Look at this link. It's a miata board where a guy talks about how he tried both a projector retro and an HID conversion in the stock reflectors and his conclusion is VERY clear!
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Thanks guys, I would like to buy a headlight set already modified with a projector or hid setup or projector with hid: whatever is better. Are there any plug and play options out there? I would like a the inside of the housing black with clear corner blinkers.
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What is his conclusion really? If you are saying the stock projector can handle an HID bulb then you are wrong.

I had HID bulbs in the stock projector housing and it doesn't prevent glare and has a massive hot spot as it were. This HID projector actually has a nice cutoff and spreads the beam out.

Also the factory Halogen projector isn't made to have a bulb so close to the high beam shield. This is what my shield looked like in the factory halogen projector after a month of running a 55W HID bulb.

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Arth, no, his conclusion was that the "BI-XENON MORIMOTO MINI STAGE III KIT (H1)" kit from therestrofitsource dot com worked great in his Miata.

But you raise an important item - is an HID retro kit for stock projectors doomed?

You see plenty of these kits online. I posted one up the other day on another thread, however I have not contacted the company just yet and now I'm wondering if what I saw as a plug & play HID retro kit for our stock projectors is in fact just the bulk of a larger more complete retro.

IOW's just because I have projectors stock, this doesn't imply these online HID kits from the retro sites will work properly, does it? You're saying I actually need NEW projectors FIRST and then I can proceed to buy one of these online HID kits for optimal results.

Have I got that right Arth?
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I would recommend it.

Lots of people have just bought HID kits and are happy but I know the factory projector isn't made to handle that bulb.

When you buy this new projector you can pick up the right HID kit for it. Again I push the retroshop(dot)us. He has done two retrofits for my 13 projectors and they work great.

I looked through that link again and he pushes my point further.

The stock projector was a giant hot spot with glare. The HID projector was a nice sharp cutoff...the way it should be.
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I would recommend it.

The HID projector was a nice sharp cutoff...the way it should be.
That cutoff is incredibly important to me. If you've suffered from vertigo, as pilots call it, when driving in heavy snow you'll know why. Upward scatter wreaks havoc. So on that alone, I'm all in.

So would I have to BAKE open the existing lenses to achieve this retro fit, or will the new projectors just plug right in?

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That cutoff is incredibly important to me. If you've suffered from vertigo, as pilots call it, when driving in heavy snow you'll know why. Upward scatter wreaks havoc. So on that alone, I'm all in.

So would I have to BAKE open the existing lenses to achieve this retro fit, or will the new projectors just plug right in?

*fingers crossed*
They do not drop right in. JJ at the retroshop has a special mounting plate made to get them to work.

Honestly, if you can, I would pay and let him do it. He does good work and when you get the headlights back it will all be set up. All you will have to do is set up the relay harness and plug it all in. Also if anything obvious goes wrong due to the retrofit he will make it right.

If you want to attempt this yourself you bake open the headlight and remove the stock projector and replace with the other yes. I don't know the details though as I have sent mine in.
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