I've read up a fair bit on HID's, projectors & the pitfalls of not doing things right. I'd successfully talked myself out of the TRS group buy 11 that just ended. I rationalized I had perfectly working lights right now & could wait until a light burnt out or something... Last night (about 1 week later) I pull into the garage & see the glare of only 1 headlight on the wall. My SilverStars only lasted less than a year (not terribly unexpected, better output = shorter life is mentioned on their package).
Will probably just run the 1 SilverStar & the original remaining working bulb despite the color mismatch until I figure out what I'm going to do. My main question is are the aftermarket headlight assemblies with the projectors built in any good compared with a DIY or professional retrofit (probably TRS parts)? I'm not worried about the wiring for angle eyes, ballasts, etc. I have a good handle on what that will entail.
TRS BI-XENON MORIMOTO MINI D2S STAGE III KIT with halos ($355)
Good with minimal/moderate work
Have to pop them in the oven to open/close them, but not a lot of other fitment work, probably not enough time to do a BLHM & properly cure the paint to prevent fogging if I'm doing it for the first time with no spare over a weekend.
TRS BI-XENON FX-R STAGE III KIT with halos ($375 + $100 for spare non-OEM housings + $10 for paint)
Great performance with a lot of work
Oven, lots of grinding & modding to make em fit, BLHM, etc. As my truck is my daily driver, probably needs a 2nd set of lights as it may take longer than a weekend (time to fit them right, let the paint cure & outgas, etc.). Noticeably better light than the mini's though & can sell off my used OEM housing for around $100 when I'm done.
New projector headlight assembly + 9003/H4: MORIMOTO ELITE HID SYSTEM ($200-350 + $160 for the TRS HID parts + either another HID kit or some halogens for the 2nd beam depending on the unit)
??? quality ??? work
I'd imagine these would be less work, already have BLHM, halos and a distinctly unique look from the get go. Can sell off my used OEM housing for around $100 when I'm done.
What is the quality of the light output on these projectors? Are they hard to mechanically install (electrically anything with halos will take a little bit of fiddling that doesn't worry me at all)? Any recommendations on specific ones that actually work well?
2009 Access Cab TRD Sport