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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old February 14th, 2017, 10:57   #16
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I think I paid like $90 for the pair off eBay - here's a link to similar (if not the actual ones).
If that's what you started with, you totally reshaped the lights, including swapping the low and high beams. That sounds like a fun endeavor, but one that I don't have time to do at this stage in my life. I wonder if your starting point was THESE instead.

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Note that the little line of amber LEDs across the bottom were less than useless as a signal light - in daylight they were all but invisible. So, that led to a lot of "eagle eye" LEDs, cut up pieces of orange lens, and plenty of epoxy. To make the turn signal even more pronounced, I also put a "switchback" LED (white in DRL mode, but then blinked amber when it gets the turn signal wire gets activated) in the "foglight" housing - required some drilling out to seat it in there, but does the trick quite nicely.
You may have gotten a little ahead of technology in this. It appears to me that LED lighting strips are a hotbed of innovation right now, focusing on brightness, evenness, flexibility, sequencing, and switching logic. For example, Morimoto has XSB strips due out shortly that include inputs from your running, signal, and head lights. When only your running lights are on, the strip is bright white (or you could probably hook this to the DRL output on your headlight switch). When you turn the headlights on, the strips change to dim white, and either way, they flash bright yellow when your turn signal is on. Other strips include automatic sequencing for turn signals. There are a ton of LED strip products out there now, each with a little different spin.

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Those are from midwest lighting on my car. They are true bixenon H1 HID projectors. I did have to adjust the rotation slightly on the projectors and tighten the projectors as well as fix a slight ground issue with one of the city lights. hopefully if you get them from there you don't have those issues. He responds quickly and helped with wiring diagrams and such so I didn't have to ship them back to him to get it fixed. I'm good with soldering and wiring so I fixed the wiring issue myself which was not his fault, but the fault of the manufacturer of the housings.

His wiring harnesses they come with are great. plug and play hi/lo beam works perfectly out of the box with the factory jetta wiring.

I use a euro switch with the pin bent over to disable DRLs and prevent the projectors from lighting up without the headlight switch set to headlights.
When in parking light position just the city light bulbs come on. I still need to wire in the fogs to the euro switch as a car without factory fog lights does not come pre-wired for them. Just a matter of running a wire from the euro switch to the headlight harness and a power source. I do believe there are pre-made harnesses for doing just that though.

Also should note since they are e-code housings you will need to use euro bulbs for the signals and fogs, usually napa has them but oreillys or other chains like it won't carry them usually.
Thanks! I talked with him for close to an hour on the phone the other day, and he sounds like a great guy, focused on bang for buck.

I especially appreciate the beam photos. That's a nice beam, but there is definitely a significant hot spot on low beam. I think that's characteristic of the low/high beam compromise I would have to accept if I use bi-xenon lights instead of separate high/low beams.
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Old February 14th, 2017, 11:25   #17
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you see more of a hot spot on high beam than low beam. The light output is very good on the road and high beam puts out a huge amount of light. Those pictures don't really do it justice due to camera contrast and proximity to obstructions where the car is parked. the light output is a very nice wide beam. It took me several road tests to adjust the height and side to side of the lights to where I wasn't shining light in rear view mirrors or oncoming vehicles windshields. Once I got all that dialed in, now I never get headlights flashed at me.

However I do see many cars that came with HID projectors that are adjusted far too high and its like they constantly have high beams on when they are behind you, but they don't, they just adjusted their headlights too high to light the road out to a further distance with the cutoffs. In lower cars like our jettas that is very blinding. Also a reason I didn't want e-code projectors as many roads around here are 4-lane plus, so with e-code projectors you would be blinding every car you are passing on the left, and every time the road bends to the right, you are blinding oncoming traffic while driving around the curve. Just some food for thought.

Found a couple other pictures I took.

That's wet road at night in the rain with no street lights around.
Again pictures do it no justice with the limited contrast of the camera phone.

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Thanks again, Ken. I agree, they look like great lights.
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