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post #1 of 11 Old 07-09-2015, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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HID projector headlight upgrade

I've been unimpressed with the headlight on the 919 and was doing some reading about different headlight options. It looks like there are a lot of different bulbs that make it a little brighter, but it doesn't seem like anyone has had great success with those. I was thinking about doing an HID projector (no, not just the bulb in the current headlight housing) for the headlight and wanted to know if this was a viable option. Has anyone used to this one? http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...l#.VZ3KOj29KEd
Does anyone have any other links to projector kits that they've used on their 919?

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There is a lot of opinion, fact, and argument here at WT about HID kits. Most of the argument is over whether an HID kit of any kind can be put in the 919 headlight without making a bunch of glare.

I have a used kit for sale here: sale with HID kit

My kit came from my 919 before I sold the 919 earlier this year. It is a kit from eBay that was specifically recommended here at WT because it has a shield over the end of the HID bulb to reduce glare. With the HID kit in place, I could see MUCH better than before. It was not entirely glare-free, but I received no angry flashing high-beams from other people.

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It was not entirely glare-free, but I received no angry flashing high-beams from other people.
Not a good measurement or indicator, however.

It is totally viable to put a projector retrofit in the 919 headlight. The two biggest issues you will run into are size/dimensions and having to break the glass seal.

A reasonable alternative that is gaining ground currently are LED retrofits. They're a bit more expensive than a hid projector retrofit but theoretically they are supposed to be easier to install. A couple of members have experimented with them so search for their threads. LED lighting continues to get cheaper and cheaper.

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Not a good measurement or indicator, however.

It is totally viable to put a projector retrofit in the 919 headlight. The two biggest issues you will run into are size/dimensions and having to break the glass seal.

A reasonable alternative that is gaining ground currently are LED retrofits. They're a bit more expensive than a hid projector retrofit but theoretically they are supposed to be easier to install. A couple of members have experimented with them so search for their threads. LED lighting continues to get cheaper and cheaper.
Agree with all of that. In fact, I went for LED bulbs for my 954, and they are fantastic.

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I have seen some of the LED kits online and was wondering if these have any special "needs" similar to the HID conversion needing the projector. If I buy an LED kit, am I only buying part of a solution like buying an HID kit without the projector? Also, what should I expect to pay for the LED conversion?

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Typically an led retrofit is a stand alone light unit that has the led bulb(s), a housing designed for that type of lighting output, and appropriate glass lens. This unit is then intended to drop into your existing bucket, which will require some modification but is generally a lot easier than trying to stuff a HID projector retrofit into the 919 head lamp assembly.

There are a couple of threads on this already. Do a search and you'll find some of the neat creativity our members have on how to get this to work.

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The new jw speaker 8700 is sick. Alot more light output compared the the older model. And the older model puts out a shit ton of light

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It looks like these are around $250. Has anyone found these on sale cheaper? Any similar alternatives? I will say that they get very good reviews.

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It looks like these are around $250. Has anyone found these on sale cheaper? Any similar alternatives? I will say that they get very good reviews.
They used to be around $400, so don't consider $250 'too' expensive.

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So is the consensus that the JW is the one to get? Others?

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There are some threads on the GE Nighthawk and the Truc-Lite as well. I believe that there are slightly lower cost. I don't know how they would compare in terms of performance.

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