From Umnitza...$710 shipped to my doorstep in 7 days!
Well packaged but big initial gripes were complete absence of paperwork with product...no warranty,papers, reciepts, manual, warnings, nothing...
Product:ZKW Euro Ellipsiod Projectorsw/ 6000K X-tec HIDs.
This review is good for all thos buying Projectors Sold with HIDs, just understand that ZKWs are to be the best brand and only OEM brand of Projectors. Depo, and anything bought on Ebay and lower quality and OE (not Old English :P ).
INSTALLATION: Self Installion is not very tricky ...but be WARNED that you MUST unplug your battery during installation and you MUST change BOTH your lowbeam fuses from 7 Amps to 15 Amps (not 10 Amps) during installation NOT AFTER. Then once the HIDs Projectors are in and the fuses are changed then check your wiring. Make SURE that no wire under the hood is left exposed especially the wires around the HID Ballasts and wires going to and from the ballast. Also if you can wrap the ballast wires again in electrical tape to be sure it doesn't surge extra voltage into the car's ground. Then re-check your wires once again. NOW Plug in your battery. Start your car and let it run a few minutes before turning on the HID lights. Also turn the AC on full blast and the rear window defroster on (Do not turn on your radio system yet)! This will prevent all the power from surging when you flip the HID lowbeam switch. Whiles waiting you can test the high beams and the city DRL lights. After about 5 minutes turn the HID lowbeams on and observe visually the light itself (it will do something wierd the first time you flip them on...thats okay) and listen to your engine compartment for any fuses or relay clicking sounds...if any turn off your car and unplug the battery immedately then re-check wires and fuses and start over. If you suspect faulty wiring, troubleshoot the wires especially at the HID ballast even if it mean digging back into your bumper or wherever you hid the HID ballast box (don't be lazy). But the keep in mind that problem would more than likely be with those low beam wires...don't get caught up with the high beam wires because they look more complex and vunerable..
Also an important and never mentioned anywhere before note on the DRL city lights...these are NOT plug and play...I felt duped when they never came on and It took me about 30 minutes to figured out that I would need to buy wires and wiring cutting/splicing tools ($10-$20 at Radio Shack) and become an expert on wire splicing and circuitry....well to put it like this you gotta link (meaning splice or join together and wrap with electrical tape) the city DRL lights' "power wire" with one of the 3 wires that go into the parking bulbs (you're doing this for both sides of the car...passenger and drivers). But the trick is it has to be the wire that only powers the bulb as a "parking light"" and not a "turn signal flasher". One wire going to the parking is brown..this is the ground wire-leave it alone. The other two are the wires in queston. If you did the parking light delete mod...the wire you're looking for now is the same wire you cut. If you're like me...and never did that mod read on...
The color of the wire we are looking for is usually quoted as being "voilet" (I was told)..but its not always the case. On my passenger side my 3 wires were green, brown and yellow on the driver's side bulb they were blue brown and yellow. I was also told by an online DIY to unplug fuses and relays to find out which wire is which...this is all timeconsuming bullshit. The simple way, I discovered, is to remove your fender turn indicators (this shares the same wires with the parking bulb...but not all 3 wires only 2 wires are shared-see where I'm going with this :wink ) and look at the two wires that is powering them...one will be brown (that is the ground) and the other color will be the same color as the wire that you are NOT splicing when you slice the city DRL lights with the parking bulbs. Think about it and you'll understand...but it's just important that you understand that the City Lights are NOT plug and play! Also unplug your battery before you cut these or any wires connected to your car...I learned this the hard way.
Anyway back to the X-Tec HIDs...these HIDs are nice as well are the ZKWs...but I drove around the block the first time after installion and parked to look at them from the distance to see if I needed to adjust anything and I noticed a few problems with the ZKWs (well potential problems):
1) The driver's side headlights were fogging up already?
used, It hasn't rained, or anything and I've only driven the car a few yards and for a minute or so. Anyway it went away since then and did not return. Why would $700 ZKWs fog in dry cool weather (40 degrees out)? and what am I to expect when it actually rains?
2) Also the driver's light (again) seems to be tilted about 20-30% above the flat line of the hood. So when I pull up behind other drivers at the red light. My HID on that side floods their cabin with white light. I mean I could see the back of this one guys head in such details. Anyway can projector HIDs be adjusted like reflectors? If so how? Ididnt see anything in the back of the low beam housing.
3) The HIDs are too white white (like my old silverstars)..I thought the 6000k luminosity was bluish white side. I got the 6000 k. But someone on an HID forum said the 6000 k plus HID lights will be white for the first few times its on and then it will become bluer and bluer over the first few weeks of driving. Is this true? Also I thought the lights were very bright but not much brighter than my old silverstars....even though the HID light output (in terms of distance from the front of the car outwards) is phenomenal the brightness seems average and on par wih silverstars....see pictures...Am I wrong here?
BOTTOM LINE: There is none. The lights are great, but if you don't have $710. Dont rob a bank to get these...I'll justify at this time that $20 Silverstars are just as bright and good as 6000K HIDs. but don't quote me wrong Silverstars CANNOT compensate for the light output in distance, height, wiidth, depth and beauty as Projector HIDs. Recommended only for those with money to burn!!!
...Everyone else you'll be doing just as fine without these!!!
4 outta 5 Thumbs!
Anyway...thanks again Umnitza...I love the lights....just ship them with paperwork next time...enjoy the pictures....MORE PICS WILL BE POSTED later in week.
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