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Craig Lawton
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Having a look around the Internet these seem to have come down in price quite drastically. 

See for example: http://www.elise-shop.com/hurricane-hid-headlamp-conversion-kit-elise-ex...

Who's got what kit fitted? 

Anyone got the Hurricane above? 

Craig 

Toby Wills
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My car is hardly ever out in the dark maybe twice a year if that so don't need better lights 

Toby 

Andrew Cornelius
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I 've had the hids4U kit fitted for years now, recently changed to crystal style reflectors which give a better cut off and less refraction with this kit fitted

you need to make the covers at the rear approx one and a half inches longer to fit it in, simply cut ends off and gaffer tape to right length then lay gf matt over tape.

Craig Lawton
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Are they the dim/dip sort with a moving solenoid?

Does the tape and glass fibre prevent access to change the element?

Andrew Cornelius
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Yes they are the H4 replacement with moving solenoid.

You simply make the cover longer to accommodate the the solenoid bit and extra plugs, when you remove it you have complete access to rear of reflector and its easy to swop back to H4 bulbs if you are worried at mot time, I didn't and nothing was said.

I have the original front on mine, don't know if the Spyder lights are different or what you have.

hope this helps, I will take a pic and post.

Andrew

p.s. I gaffer taped on the inside and laid mat on outside. So no restriction on inside.

Richard Robinson
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I think the original housing is the issue with the lights and the cut-off, sticking hids in there is just going to make it brighter but with the added issue of blinding people cos of the cutoff.

Have you thought about changing the housing a sticking a H7 dipped projector beam HID only in there... and then using the bottom lights for full-beam normal. The reason I suggest that is that on all the cars I've either had or driven with HIDs the actual main-beam bit was no different for bi-xenons or dipped xenon plus halogen full-beam... most of the time the dipped xenon with a good projector is soooo good that you won't use the full-beam.

Having said that... bi-xenons would be better and I just saw these on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BI-Xenon-Projector-Lens-light-HID-ANGELS-EYE-H1-H7-H4-/320744427630 much cheaper than I paid to build mine up and much simpler... wish I'd waited and done this now Sad

Just a thought.

Cheers,

Rich

P.S. If it's trivial, I'd use a mobile version of the site.

Craig Lawton
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Thanks Andrew, I also have the original front. 

Where did you put the ballast?

Rich, what do you mean by the cut-off?

What you suggest about converting the H4 to a H7 makes sense if only to eliminate the solenoid (seems to be the most unreliable part).

Richard Robinson
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The dipped beam cut-off... it's the reason conversion kits blind you and why they are illegal... although I've never known anyone with one to fail an MOT.

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Left is what you'll get if you put HIDs in your current housing with dipped beam... right is what you get if you replace the housing... that e-bay one I sent you looks like a freaking bargain. It will have a solenoid which controls the flap which "blanks" off the top half of the light during dipped beam... all bi-xenon cars have the same setup, so I have no doubt it's reliable.

Just thinking how I wired this up.... bulb to dipped beam (there is only one bulb unlike H4 where it needs to frig it), then I wired the full-beam up to the solenoid so that when you push the stalk back it moves the flap out of the way and you get full-beam. I very rarely use full-beam... maybe during twilight times or during no moon periods on the country roads. Dipped projector xenon is enough 99% of the time.