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Old 15-05-2012, 10:46 AM
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Hey Lads

Anyone dabbled in HID spotties for there 4WD? Being up north now I frequetly travel back and forth to Perth and even with the decent lights in the Outback not keen on night driving. Just not enough light to spot the wildlife.

On a single wage so I can't afford to invest thousand odd bucks in Lightforce or similar light systems but on Ebay there are many china spec HID lights on offer for what is extremely cheap prices.

Anyone tried these out to see if they are any good?

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Old 15-05-2012, 11:57 AM
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ebay spec are not that bad I two 55w(spread & pencil) for my sierra and was a lot better than the halo that I had before.
When under water with them still worked lol cant remember which brand tho ~ $120 each
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Contact my mate Gerrin for em 0424 636 120 he has a few of the good ones available Just don't fuck him around until you are ready to buy !
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Contact my mate Gerrin for em 0424 636 120 he has a few of the good ones available Just don't fuck him around until you are ready to buy !
Cheers yeah will wait till $$ are freed up.Any idea on approx cost and spec? ie 35 or 55 watt kelvin's? Just rough idea would be appreciated.
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i have a pair of Cibie Oscar SC's (note not regular Oscars or Super Oscars)

these light in their own right are fucking awesome, the reflectors make any other light I've ever come across look poor or even worse in some cases (including normal Cibies, Hella Predator HID's and Light force crap).

Now with a top quality 55w HID kit installed they give useable light to well over 1 km (about 1,7 kms) on a straight road and light reflectors to about 3 kms on a straight road.

They are not an overly large light either (same dimension as regular Cibie Oscar),

Definately worth looking into.
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^^^ Agree. Cibie Oscar SC are a superb light. Fitted with HID are even better. They have a unique reflector and lens and they really work exceptionally well for the size of the lamp. The only drawback is the dated styling of the lamp body. Cibie lamps are well known for being robust, durable and high performance but the style of Oscars and Super Oscars possibly turns people off. The Cibie Turini is a much more stylish lamp but I believe the Aust importer no longer brings them in. Also, you can't (easily) fit HID's to Turinis as they use a H2 bulb.

Another grreat lamp I used were PIAA but again, very difficult to get hold of and expensive in Aus. That was in the days before HID and the PIAA's were above all else.
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Pick up a set of cheap Hella rally 4000's and throw a HID kit in them. Best bang for buck
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Pick up a set of cheap Hella rally 4000's and throw a HID kit in them. Best bang for buck
Not a bad option. Good light output but they are considerably weighty. On rough roads they'll sometimes break the tab off your bar. Also, you MUST tighten the thumbwheels with an allen key, not by hand or they'll definately fall off.
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Bump on again.

Ok so picked up a couple of HID's which for now are going on my new "old banger", 99 GX Forrie.

States the draw for the lights is 3.15 - 3.30 amp

Anyone with auto elec knowledge able to advise if the alternator on the Forester will cope with this?

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3 Amp draw is neglible. One of the benefits of using HID or LED over standard halogen globes.
Most standard 100W halogen spot/driving lights draw 8.3 amps each.
I think most Subarus are fitted with a 90 Amp alternator anyway.
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