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#1 Ash2011

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

I've been doing a few different upgrades and modifications to the car and most recently have been looking at HID kits on the Internet.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience of fitting/using a HID upgrade kit and how much I should be looking at paying for one?

Oh and its an 08 plate focus Zetec mk2.5

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:23 PM

Yes its simply illegal to fit hid kits to the car

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:53 PM

That's cleared that up then :( should have checked that first I guess

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:52 PM

Truth is they should only be fitted to hid lenses even then you should have auto levelling and have washers for the headlights others fit them but up to you really if you get pulled you dont have a chance personally i find them too bright and annoying but each to there own

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:30 PM

I've been doing a few different upgrades and modifications to the car and most recently have been looking at HID kits on the Internet.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience of fitting/using a HID upgrade kit and how much I should be looking at paying for one?

Oh and its an 08 plate focus Zetec mk2.5

i paid about £60  for mine , fairly straight forward to fit , the only thing is now they fail the MOT test if they haven't got a cleaning device fitted i.e. a wiper and washer jet or a high powered washer and a self leveling device fitted on the suspension ,



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

the washers and levellers are a grey area

look on page two,

"Where headlamp levelling or cleaning devices are missing or defective, but there is doubt as to whether they are required, the benefit of the doubt should be given."
 

http://www.dvlni.gov...- Headlamps.pdf

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item564895a647



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:30 PM

Try a set of these: http://www.autobulbs...ight-Bulbs.html

 

Still not strictly road legal but ive had mine in for about a year and never been pulled up for them cause they arent overly bright like HIDs but they still give you that nice icy white colour. 2 mins and ill post a picture of mine



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:32 PM

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:44 PM

i have hid 6000k in my 2002 mondeo that i fitted my self and she just passed her mot yesterday with no advisories

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:05 PM

you may have passed the mot but they are still illegal and the tester should have spotted this so if you are stopped not only do you get a fine and have to get a new mot to prove they were removed but the mot inspector will be reported to vosa so not so happy days im happy to say the plod are pulling them left right and centre near where i work so no more being blinded to heck anymore



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

The government should stop wasting peoples time and come out with proper rules and regulations. Legalise HIDs and give exact guidelines on what needs to be done for them to be roadsafe. That way after market parts places can develope proper conversion kits which would encourage more people to fit them properly. The problem is theres too many people fitting them incorrectly due to this massive grey area concerning HIDs

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:13 PM

you may have passed the mot but they are still illegal and the tester should have spotted this so if you are stopped not only do you get a fine and have to get a new mot to prove they were removed but the mot inspector will be reported to vosa so not so happy days im happy to say the plod are pulling them left right and centre near where i work so no more being blinded to heck anymore


And to be honest ive been blinded lately more and more by misaligned normal headlights than HIDs. Most people I know with HID's regularly get their alignment checked which is more than can be said of people without the conversion.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:17 PM

not sure if thats 100% correct as i am a hgv driver and we park our lorrys in a vosa yard so i drive my car in there all the time not once have i been told i should not have them. i have been told by them to turn my fog lights off tho lol. i will ask the question tomoro and put an end will be abile to post the real truth about hid doit your self kits



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

theres no grey area vosa have stated its illegal to sell hid diy kits its illegal to fit to halogen lenses so proper hid lenses must be bought the lights must then be tested b y a lab to ensure they meet the specs thats how it stands and hella etc are not going to test individual lights for people so no matter how you look they are illegal you cant use hids in halogen headlights no matter how they are adjusted the beam pattern will blind others thats whay theres specific lenses for them and i get blinded more by hids than normal lights



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

You are 100% correct I have spoke to a Vosa officer to day at work and confirmed what u have said as long as the lens is up graded your ok any car made after 2010 must have a washer for the lights as well
So it is happy days because I have updated head light units so I am perfectly legal
Hope that spreads more light on the matter
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