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I would love to see someone install the longer (54") Yakima tracks. I am interested in seeing how they will work around the moonroof. This would be the ultimate solution, giving the most flexibility with all Yakima and Thule accessories including cargo boxes.

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Ordered the HID kit for the MDX from hidkits.com, $499 if you order over the net, $549 for phone orders. Supposed to be delivered today. Still waiting for my X though.

Will post whether install is as easy as billed when my MDX finally arrives, until then I'll just being playing with my wiring harness. :)
 

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Great!

Will be interested in hearing how you like 'em.

I'm talking with a guy this afternoon about getting Stongard installed (www.stongard.com) on mine.

When you get the kit installed, be sure to include pics of where you attached the ballasts? Thanks!
 

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Basic Rumors

RUMOR vs. FACT
1 "9000K is brighter than 4200K (factory HID)" 4200K is the brightest output.

As the "K" goes up, the lumen/brightness goes down
2 "10000K will be dimmer than halogen"

HID is still brighter than halogen

3 "Philips HID kit is made by Philip in Germany" Philips DO NOT make aftermarket HID kit.

Philips forbids and condemns any company who uses their ballast for non-factory application

4 "BMW uses Philips, so they are the best"

Philips & Hella / Osram / Matsu****a components that came with your stock vehicle are the best because they are designed specifically for your vehicle. If you take the same components and apply them to a different vehicle, then it can not be THE BEST for your vehicle

5 "Philips/Hella components are from Germany"

Originally they were, but almost all of them came from Asia. Because Philips makes HID kits overseas? No. How confident are you in believing the ballast is brand new from the Philips Germany?
 

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Keep in mind, McCulloch has their own ballasts made in Asia, and one forum member had one go out on him. He had a tough time getting the particular dealer to make good on it.

My own Mc is working just fine and the same as when I purchased it 8 months ago.

They now have a 4700K system which they claim is their bightest and whitest yet, but still offer a 7000k kit as well as hi/low beam system that uses a small removable reflector instead of moving the bulb.

They also sell replacment bulbs of different temps...

This is obviously a very competitive field now, and most the 'junk' is history.
 

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Be very careful when buying HID kits. There are only a few kits I would consider such as from Philips and Catz. If you buy a Philips kit, make sure that the ballasts and capsules are both from Philips. I have seen several kits with Philip ballasts and cheap Korean/Taiwanese bulbs. These bulbs will definitely burn out within a month or two.

As for the Catz kit, it is one of the finest kit out there. All the components are manufacture at top notch factories in Japan. Check it out http://www.tlelectronics.com/webstore/product_info.php?cPath=30&products_id=320
 

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I have had McCuillochs for a year now, and they are just as good as they were when new. We do have one report of a member having a ballast fail.
I have the 5000K.
I do not know of any differences as far as putting out a good light on the road. I know their ballasts are made in Asia (design is just as important), and I only hear rumors about the origin of the bulbs. But Fireblade used a McCulloch bulb on his motorcycle and was happy with the results. If I were to do it again I might go with XenonDepot only because of the great customer service,
But I still prefer self-contained protection circuitry over extra battery wiring and relays. But that's me.
 

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So just a bulb vs. a full kit? Any reputable 9006 bulb only then?
I don't fully understand your question. You buy the kits based on the bulbs used on your vehicles. A true HID kit is necessary, you can't have HIDs without a ballast, ignitor (may be self contained in the ballast box), and the HID bulbs.
 

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I don't fully understand your question. You buy the kits based on the bulbs used on your vehicles. A true HID kit is necessary, you can't have HIDs without a ballast, ignitor (may be self contained in the ballast box), and the HID bulbs.
Sorry, I'm new to all this recent headlamp/bulb technology.

I upgraded my Grand Cherokee bulbs to Xenon bulbs without a kit to achieve a whiter, more focused headlamp.

The stock MDX bulbs seem ok, but my question is more about whether the current stock bulb vs. popping in a xenon bulb only would improve the headlight.

I can pop for an improved bulb, but not a whole HID kit right now.

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Some say the Sylvania Silverstars are a bit short-lived. But I think they are among the best improvements in a halogen bulb.

I would avoid the fake HID type bulbs, etc. Reduced light output for the sake of a bluish light, and often poor quality.


And with only 39 posts, you have nothing to be 'sorry' about. There is so much to learn on this forum it's incredible!
 
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