phenryiv1 Posted March 6, 2009 Share Posted March 6, 2009 After a great deal of debate over that kit to purchase, what color/temp, harness or no harness, etc., I decided to go with an ApexCone HID kit in 55W at 5000K with the upgraded relay harness. This is my report after approximately one month (4000 miles) of use of the ApexCone kit. My daily commute (100 miles) is normally in the dark for at least one direction. The review: I wanted a stock-HID look to them, and after speaking with several people over at DDM (including the owner), I was convinced of several facts: *That the larger ApexCone Ballasts were more reliable at startup than were other (smaller) ballasts. *That the 55W ballasts were more reliable than the 35W ballasts, due to higher-quality internals. *That a 55W setup would "washout" the color to be one temp lower on the scale (thus, my 5000K would look more like a 4300-4500K). *That I needed to run a harness on the Legacy if I wanted to run any 55W (and many 35W) kit. With those assumptions in mind, I bit the bullet and spent my $100 on the ApexCone kit. Install was pretty simple on the 2.5i (pics added later showing ballast mounting locations) and the harness was easy to run. I found an error in the LGT.com how-to instructions for how to do a little of the wiring (specifically, how large to drill the cap for the grommet that comes with the kit- the hole should be 15/16" and not 1"), but the install was largely painless. Ballast mounting locations: Passenger's side http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k271/phenryiv1/Legacy/HIDs003.jpg Driver's side http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k271/phenryiv1/Legacy/HIDs004.jpg Both were attached with 2x-sided tape and screws, and the one on the driver's side (which is the vertical mount) was reinforced with a 3/8" HVAC zip-tie for extra support. After 2 months, neither has moved at all. Relay mounting location: http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k271/phenryiv1/Legacy/HIDs005.jpg (Under drip edge on driver's side) Review: The lights fired right up, burned in quickly, and settled in to a nice, clean white color, without a hint of blue in the output, even at the periphery. When I look AT the lights (and not at the output), I see a hint of blue from certain angles, but nothing even as blue as the new(er) Cadillac factory HIDs. I have not yet been flashed, in one month and over 4000 miles of driving. As far as light output, I have one regret- I never should have bought my stock fog lights for $300 to add to the 2.5i. With these HIDs, the factory fogs are a waste. I plan to swap in yellow bulbs in the future, but until then, I can see no difference at all with them on or off. The light from the HIDs has a very clean cutoff, with a level lightline and very little side scatter. With the High beams on, I can clearly see the line of demarkation between the HIDs and the highs. Reliability has (knock on wood) been perfect. I have had to get in the habit of turning my headlights off (as opposed to leaving them on all of the time, as I did before), but when I forget, the HIDs have fired up each time, every time. When using the switch (as I should), there is also no issue with them firing up. Warm-up time is very short. If I turn them on in my driveway, they are at what appears to be full strength by the time I am 1/4 of a mile down the road. Overall, I really like these lights. I wish that the prices had been this low in the past, because I would have bought them sooner than I did. As it stands, I wanted to wait until HIDs hit under $100 for a kit with any reputation or reliability behind it. When Xenon Expert's kits dropped, I really started to look into them more seriously. As far as dealing with DDM, so far it was easy to communicate with them, but if Xenon Expert can keep his prices competetive with DDM, I would be fine going with him for the same products. DDM had a LONG lead time on getting the product to me, but they were up front about this, and I think that the backlog may have been improved since when i placed my order. I will post pictures at some point in the future, but if people have questions, feel free to post here. Thanks for assisting me in making my HID selection. Patrick Looking for spacers or adapters to install aftermarket speakers in the doors of your Legacy? CLICK HERE or PM me! http://www.carstereoadapters.com./ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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