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Old 08-06-2019, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Projector headlights & fogs - recommendations?

I did a search on this and related topics and didn't find any recent or informative posts.

Any recommendations for a high quality halogen projector housing to replace my stock units on my 1997 5th gen base?

I've looked at the following HEADLIGHTS:
  • Depo
  • Turner Motorsports
  • Specd
  • Spyder
  • ProTuning

Did I miss any manufacturers?? Some of these are resellers, so I'm figuring there are only one or two actual manufacturers vs. lots of sellers!

I found a few posts that claimed the DEPO units (that have side-by-side projectors) could not adjust high beam, and that the design defeated the original stacked placement to get the high beam at the highest position on the car.

Also found a few comments on quality issues on both headlghts and fogs.

FOGS: Looks like the SpecD units do not have a bulb shield on the their fogs. I'm thinking this would cause too much un-focused light coming out of the assembly. The other ones I found had this cover (like the OEM) and seems like a better design.

Also, I did not find a full set of fogs that included the unit trim bezel - which I need. One ad had the word 'bezel' in it, but I don't think this is the unit bezel, but refers to the included switch.

ANYBODY have a suggestion on best unit to buy?
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UPDATE: DRAFT Comparison chart - for comment/addition

Hoping others will take this draft and add and comment. Not making a recommendation, just collecting info at the moment.

Please see the pdf attachment and add to it.

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From what I've seen, none of the aftermarket lights fit very well, but DEPO are passable. Your best bet is probably still going to be to find a set of used OEM headlights and polish the lenses. If you are looking to upgrade for better light output, you'll need to do an HID projector retrofit to get any noticeable improvement. Light output from all the halogen offerings are crap in comparison. I'd wager the output from each of these aftermarket lights are worse than the stock lights, and several probably generate some terrible glare for oncoming traffic.

As for the fogs, even the OE units do pretty much nothing for usable light output. They are pretty much just there to fill a hole in the bumper. I had OEM JDM fogs, eventually I put 55W HIDs in them so I could use them as high beams. With halogen bulbs, I couldn't even tell if they were on or off from inside the car.
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Thanks for the suggestion.

I just received a set of Spec-D ones stamped as made by DynamiK. My initial impression was less than thrilled: No lamps, open hole in rear for "parking lamp" now has 22g wire for LED lamps. Questionable adjustments: There are two, L-R for the High beam, but the other "adjustment" is not marked.

Additionally, no instructions (not really needed) BUT it did come with a one page disclaimer about the need to seal headlights and problems with condensation, and suggested cures. Hmmm.. Also, it's missing one of the two downturned plastic "U" hoses they're using as vent ports.

We will see...
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I recommend these depot halogen projector headlights.
https://www.amazon.com/M17-1103P-AS2...ype=automotive

You can install an H7 HID kit and they are almost as good as a retrofit (light output wise)
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