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Review of Kragen HID Lamps

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by chyknees, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Feb 8, 2009 at 9:56 PM
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    chyknees

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    Picked up 2 7" Kragen HID lamps last week. Swapped out my middle 2 Piaa 520's for the Kragen ones.

    Paid $99 each. Wiring was simple as they have built in ballasts. Just power and ground, comes with an inline fuse. I would definately add a relay if you install them, just for safe keeping.

    Compared to the Piaa 520's, of course they are just regular bulbs, in size and brightness, makes my Piaas look like baby lights lol. But the Kragen lights light up dark streets really well. I will take some photos after I reinstall my HIDs in my headlights.

    The pattern is more of a wide, everything forward is lit pattern. lol.

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    Side comparison w/ a Piaa 520
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  2. Feb 8, 2009 at 10:05 PM
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    Who makes your light bar?
     
  3. Feb 8, 2009 at 10:08 PM
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    N-fab light bar yeah i almost got those hid's but went with slimcubby cant wait to see them lit up.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2009 at 10:16 PM
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    like socalman22 mentioned, it is a N-Fab light bar.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM
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    I like that it's fairly low profile, did you order directly from Nfab how much did it run you?
     
  6. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:12 PM
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    I ordered mine from 4wheelparts. When I got mine, i didn't know i could go direct w/ Nfab. If i remember the price correctly, it was like $150ish.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2009 at 8:25 AM
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    Thanks for the response, Nfab website does not show pics of all their products so it's tough to get an idea of what they look like.
     
  8. Jun 22, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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    How have the Kragen light been holding up??
     
  9. Jun 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    I swapped all my Piaas out for the Kragen 7" HID's. So far they have been great. No complaints at all. Super bright and good price for them.
     
  10. Jun 23, 2009 at 10:31 AM
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    Go to Kragen. $99 for it.
     
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    i bought a pair last week..on sale for 89 bucks each...great light for the price, no complaints
     
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    Hello... I wanted to give any serious off roader a heads up on these Kragen/ Chinese HID lights... I got a pair a year ago and my step-son custom made me a light bar to mount them on my '05 Tacoma.

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    They are very bright and create true daylight thanks to the HID output. It is a driving beam which lights the area of your headlights, just more true daylight color.

    My third Baja trip with these lights took me to Gonzaga Baja and also south of L.A. Bay... After 70 miles of shaking, the ABS plastic housing cracked... one light first, then the next day the other... So, if you want something that is going to take some punishment, you may want to consider metal lights.

    Last week, for Father's Day, my step-son surprised me with these Hella 4000 metal lights... I installed them right away. They have a 100 watt halogen bulb which is plenty bright... and are pencil/ spot beams instead of the oval driving beam of the HIDs... They concentrate the light a greater distance down the road.

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    I am researching the HID conversion kits available for H1 Halogen lights, because I really did like the color and brightness of HIDs... I will post what I find and install.
     
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    glad to know, that is why i bought lightforce lights, also glad to know someone else goes down to gonzaga/ la bay.:thumbsup:
     
  17. Jun 27, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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    10-4, Gonzaga Bay, Mision Santa Maria, all the great places! M.Sta.Maria trip pics: http://vivabaja.com/msm

    Do you read BajaNomad forums?
     
  18. Jun 27, 2009 at 8:05 PM
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    no, the only website i check out is bahiadelosangeles.com, I was supposed to be down their this week but work was in the way, great dirt bike trails and fishing and just hangin out.
     
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    Mia's bahiadelosangeles.info ? Yes, I have posted a bit there... but it is pretty dead compared to Nomad http://forums.bajanomad.com
     
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    cool, i will check it out, i want go back in november for the baja 1000
     
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