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This is the only company I can find that has the Japanese Piaa Plasma Ion Yellow 2500k Hb4/9006 55w and their prices are surprisingly good ($71.14 pr.). The problem is that they only accept money orders, claiming this is done to keep prices down. Has anyone done business with this Canadian company? Do you reccomend them? Is there anywhere or anybody else that supplies these hard-to-get bulbs?
 

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As discussed by other members in accessory section they have found the PIAA Plasma Ion Yellow HB Bulbs 55w sold at Autofreak.net. Listed under part # H131 and photos in gallery look nice. I ordered the RAZO low beams from them, fast delivery, installed them today and they are a noticeable improvement over stock beams. I am still deciding on changing the fogs to these PIAA's or Razo's. Good Luck

WWW.Autofreak.net
 

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Thanks,
I bought the bulbs from Autofreak. I'm having some trouble because my billing and shipping adress are different, because I'm at school. Although if things work out I'll get these illusive bulbs and post some pics. I belive there are some pics of this on the cl forum, but not sure if these are the piaa Japanese or not. Are the Japanese bulbs noticeably brighter? Are these bulbs D.O.T. approved?
 

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guys....mikedan on this site hooked us up with a Ron who provided us with Piaa yellow ion fogs. they work fine. i replaced my Platinum fogs just for fun with them. adds a bit of color and they really stand out.
 

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sucks for me

Autofreak just contacted me and they are out of the yellow ion and won't get any in for at least several weeks.
 

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Don't know if you NY/NJ fella's tried any shops in NY...I know that Autofreak does have a large selection of PIAA's, but I still find them over priced. I tend to shop for my PIAA's either online at autosupermart.com (tho I don't seem to see it listed) or go to a couple of shops in Queens. ie, Speedworld or Big Boy's Toys. Maybe they might have them there. And the prices seem to be much more reasonable.

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yellow ion light bulbs

Manus,

I found this site while surfing the net. The matrix lists a couple of different "gold di-chroic" bulbs with a color temperature near the PIAA yellow ions. the prices are alot cheaper, too.

I haven't done business with auto-optics and know nothing else about them.

Hope this helps.

http://www.autooptiks.com/matrix.html
 

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toby267 said:
Manus,

I found this site while surfing the net. The matrix lists a couple of different "gold di-chroic" bulbs with a color temperature near the PIAA yellow ions. the prices are alot cheaper, too.

I haven't done business with auto-optics and know nothing else about them.

Hope this helps.

http://www.autooptiks.com/matrix.html
PIAA #H-131 Yellow Plasma ion fog bulbs are difficult to come by.
Ron from Motorsports in California has supplied them to members of this site for a discounted
price of $80.00 + $3.50 Shipping.
He's very easy to work with
phone#510-783-8383
fax#510-783-8181
item# PIAA9006ION

Good Luck.
I've had my PIAA Fog lights since July 2001.They're GREAT!
 

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Manus,

I found this site while surfing the net. The matrix lists a couple of different "gold di-chroic" bulbs with a color temperature near the PIAA yellow ions. the prices are alot cheaper, too.

I haven't done business with auto-optics and know nothing else about them.

Hope this helps.

http://www.autooptiks.com/matrix.html



I've been told to be cautious about buying cheap yellow bubls because the yellow tends to peel from the hot bulb after a while.
 

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MYSTMDX,

Are the PIAA yellow ion bulbs your talking about from Japan? I'm looking for the Japanese market HB Yellow Ion bulbs specifically. They are so hard to find. I'm getting the impression that they are brighter then the US versions.
 

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manus1980 said:
MYSTMDX,

Are the PIAA yellow ion bulbs your talking about from Japan? I'm looking for the Japanese market HB Yellow Ion bulbs specifically. They are so hard to find. I'm getting the impression that they are brighter then the US versions.
Yes. These are from Japan. all the writing is in japanese except for "yellow ion bulb". It does say HB. I purchased these from Ron at Motorsports
 

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I'll call him in the afternoon. Did you run into any trouble with your HB's? Are they everything you expected? I saw pics and I'm hoping there comparable to the yellow ions that come standard on the Lexus GS. When Installing them did you need to clip any nubs or anything to make it fit in the socket? Thanks:D :D
 

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Fog Light Replacement Guidelines

manus1980 said:
I'll call him in the afternoon. Did you run into any trouble with your HB's? Are they everything you expected? I saw pics and I'm hoping there comparable to the yellow ions that come standard on the Lexus GS. When Installing them did you need to clip any nubs or anything to make it fit in the socket? Thanks:D :D
I had no problems installing the direct method.. just reaching all the way down. I didn't change the o rings but others have.
I posted the thread that hasd all the info on PIAA yellow light in addition I'm quoting a few of the more practical comments for your perusal.
Good Luck.



http://www.acuramdx.org/forums/showthread.php?threadid=920&perpage=15&pagenumber=3

ghabicht
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Registered: Jan 2001
Location: Pasadena, Md
Posts: 153 very simple, very easy....

Just open the hood, reach in and twist out the bulbs (but don't TOUCH the glass!! - I used latex gloves) The only tricky part is getting between the battery and the front radiator braces on the driver's side - just roll up you sleeves and squeeze your arm through (unless you have large arms, it's not too hard) Should only take a few minutes!

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Registered: Feb 2001
Location: Bartlett, IL
Posts: 17 thicker o-ring

I initially tried one of the PIAA's with the pre-installed o-ring and it felt rather loose, so I changed the o-ring and it was nice and tight. I proceeded to replace the o-ring on the second PIAA as well.

Dan


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Registered: Mar 2001
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Quote-"I replaced the fog bulbs without swapping for the thicker black O-rings that came with the PIAAs. How many of you installed as is with the original orange o-rings? Have you noticed any condensation or problems with the original o- rings."

I installed the new PIAAs with the original o-rings about a month ago. The seals seems to be tight and I have not seen any evidence of leaks or condensation despite some pretty heavy rains lately

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Registered: Apr 2001
Location: Schaumburg, IL
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You might not have any problems with the original orange o-rings. No one has yet reported any. When I first installed mine I noticed that the PIAA's did not feel as snug when making the 1/4 turn to lock them into place as the O.E bulbs. The extra black, larger o-rings were in the package and after searching through all the threads I couldn't even find a mention of the additional set. With the black ones the seal is really tight, big difference. You need to use a firm hand to lock them into place. This might be a problem if you don't take the light assembly out of the bumper and just reach down from the inside of the engine compartment. As far as taking the o-rings off and on its really no big deal. I put on a pair of latex examination gloves just in case my fat hands accidently touched the glass. The o-ring just kind of rolls out of the groove , up and over the bulb. Turn it upside down to get it past the bulb. Drop the new one over the bulb and roll it into the slot. I used a tweezer to get it started out of the groove.
 

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Sucks for me again!

I called Ron and he is out also, the only option that leaves me is to buy from that Canadian company that no one knows anything about. Has anyone here done business with hi-tech import lighting? They only accept money orders so I'm hesitant get my bulbs from them.
 

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GROUP BUY OF PIAA YELLOW ION BULBS

I e-mailed Hi- tech import lighting last week about the possibility of a group buy. I received the following reply this am:

January 22, 2002


Hi Larry,

We apologize for the delay in replying to you as we were
short staffed over the last week. Things have finally
returned to normal and you should expect a quick reply
to your future e-mails.

We only do 'group buys' where we give you wholesale pricing
if the following conditions are met:

1. Only one person deals with us as the contact/buyer. This
will save us all time and spare us all from major misunderstandings
because one person thought the other person had already ordered
something, etc.

2. A minimum of 10 pairs are ordered per shipment.

3. The entire order is shipped to one address only.

If those conditions can be met then we would have no problem
doing a 'group buy' discount.

We await your reply.

Sincerely,
Bill Emery


He did not mention what the "wholesale price" would be.

So, my question at this time is..... How many people are interested in taking part in a group buy if we can get a fair price on these?


I will wait 2 or 3 days to see how many responses we get and if enough folks are interested I'll e-mail Bill Emery back and negotiate a price.

A QUESTION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED BULBS VIA MAIL ORDER- how did the sender package the bulbs, and approx. how much were the shipping charges? If no one else "volunteers" to c
o-ordinate this, I'd be shipping them out from zip code 45305.
 

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Re: GROUP BUY OF PIAA YELLOW ION BULBS

toby267 said:


A QUESTION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED BULBS VIA MAIL ORDER- how did the sender package the bulbs, and approx. how much were the shipping charges? If no one else "volunteers" to c
o-ordinate this, I'd be shipping them out from zip code 45305.
USPS priority mail for one set of bulbs packed in a small box with styrofoam is $3.50.

Ron at Motorsports was selling these bulbs for $80
plus $3.50 shipping.
 

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Thanks for the shipping info., mystMDX.

Once enough members are interested in a group purchase , I'll firm up the price and their guarantee and go from there.
 

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You know I'm interested, I've been trying forever to get these bulbs.
 

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What is the difference between the PIAA HB and H4 of the same wattage? They both come from Japan and look the same except one has an HB (h131) on the box and the other H4 (116) on the box.
 
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