Installation Time: Afternoon
March 30, 2013
Aggressive look. Not so aggressive light output!
Ordered these before Christmas and they arrived in just a couple days. As always AM has great shipping and never disappoint! My uncle and I installed them in about 2 hours, start to finish. I will say these lights look SO much better than stock and if you are going for a blacked out appearance, there's no substitute for these lights! We installed them and turned them on in a pitch black garage. They looked amazing with just the parking lights on. VERY aggressive! Upon turning the headlights on, they seemed to be sort of dim but I didn't think too much of it. On the way home I then saw just how dim these lights are! They are, honestly, the worst in terms of light output I've ever seen, period. Absolutely horrid bulbs! I could see about 20-25 feet ahead of me comfortably. After that it's like the light is non existent. I drove like this for about 2 months. I finally couldn't take it. I had to do something! No one make's a high lumen output H9 bulb that I could find so I did plenty of research on HIDs. Note that modifying these headlights to use HIDs will void the warranty so beware. After a week of nonstop searching if these lights could take the HIDs I just pulled the trigger and got them anyways. I got 35w, 6000k HIDs and installed them. That night I went to work and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! I did compare temperatures with the stock light and HID installed and the HID ran a little cooler and it's much brighter! The stock bulb is dipped in a blue coating to give that more white light, but a dipped bulb AND the headlight lens being tinted is, quite frankly, stupid to even think of combining. How these got DOT approved with stock bulbs I dont know. But all in all, I'm extremely happy with my purchase, even if I had to fork out the extra $100 for HIDs! The look alone is worth the price!!! Another great product from AM! Just get better bulbs :)!