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Grandeman
24-05-2007, 06:12 PM
ARB Northern in Artarmon (Sydney) is offering 50watt HID upgrades for IPF900XS lights at $550 a pair fitted. This is in addition to $399 a pair for the halogen lights themselves.

The IPF factory HID's are actually 35watts, so these 50watt inserts promise to be even better (at around $500 a pop), rather than the $780ish each that the factory HID IPF's are selling for.

Drew
31-05-2007, 12:24 AM
Whoa! That's some cabbage.

I think I'll give fleabay a shot when I fit my Hellas, most likely have change from $200 that way.

Drew.

craigm
26-05-2011, 01:08 PM
Just about to order these babies from a bloke in Melb. 55w HID Upgrade kit which fit neatly inside my old IPF900s driving lights. I currently have 2 x pencil beams but purchased today from ARB 1 x spread beam lense/reflector assembly to light up the sides of the tracks also. Can't wait to Arc em up...

http://s2.postimage.org/22t12x38k/image.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/22t12x38k/)

jarrah7rally
29-05-2011, 01:44 PM
I went the fleabay route as well, a set of spot and drive works wonders, there is a company in Melb who deal with kits all the time and so far they have worked extremely well, good support as well. The alternative is Jaycar they have them for "showroom & offroad purposes only" prices similar to that off fleabay.

The only downside to Hid spots is when going back to low beam its like using a couple of candles and headlights, I upgraded the headlights to 60/55 Narva blue 50% and noticed a differnce in spread and brightness from them only down side was I blew 2 globves within 6 weeks, so not sure whats going on there - another project to sort out !

craigm
31-05-2011, 10:25 PM
Didnt go through Ebay, I ordered mine through a vendor on the Patrol4x4 Forum. Matt from ThumpaInc has everything LED & HID...worth a look!

craigm
03-06-2011, 09:09 AM
Installed my new 55W 5000k HID Conversion kit into my IPF 900s last night (install pics to follow...) What a fantastic result for $175 incl postage!!! How could anyone ever go back to Halogen!!

MidLifeCrisis
03-06-2011, 12:01 PM
Didnt go through Ebay, I ordered mine through a vendor on the Patrol4x4 Forum. Matt from ThumpaInc has everything LED & HID...worth a look!

Part ref and website details please, also eagerly awaiting the pics. Thanks Craig.

H4tch
03-06-2011, 12:10 PM
My friendly installer is doing mine next week for $100...

craigm
03-06-2011, 12:22 PM
Part ref and website details please, also eagerly awaiting the pics. Thanks Craig.

55w slimline H3 and any other fixed globe type in colour of choice $160 plus post

I'll post some pics tonight when I get home. A co-worker who is on the Patrol4x4 forum recommended this guy. Matt is a Vendor on Patrol4x4 Forum and is very good to deal with. Quality product and very competitive. Link to his threads on Patrol4x4 is here ThumpaInc on Patrol4x4 (http://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/405565-post1.html) or you can intoduce yourself by emailing matt@thumpainc.com direct. (the internally Ballasted HID Liteforce XGT's complete kits for $750 that he does were very tempting...)

MidLifeCrisis
03-06-2011, 02:09 PM
Thanks Craig.
Reckon I will contact him once the exhaust, chip and other projects are done. May as well do the headlights and IPF extremes all in one go. For the record, I am lead to believe that because the Grande has self levelling suspension the HID headlights are legal!!!!! Hope this is correct.....

craigm
03-06-2011, 02:36 PM
Ooooohh you got me thinking now.... was'nt there something silly about headlight washers as well? I'll have to start searching (somehow...)

craigm
03-06-2011, 11:24 PM
Here is my HID Conversion kit installed into IPF900s Driving lights. Originally I had 2 Pencil Beam lenses. I decided to convert 1 to a Spread beam. This is an easy, 15 minute job (if that).
This is the Kit as mentioned in previous post
.http://s4.postimage.org/2qmgcw02s/HID_1.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2qmgcw02s/)
2 screws and it's all apart. From here I removed the existing wiring
http://s4.postimage.org/2qmlbi1k4/HID2.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2qmlbi1k4/)
The kit came complete with Cable ties, mounting brackets & screws, nuts "n" bolts. Originally I was going to just sikaflex the ballasts in but I decided to utilize the brackets and drill a 5/16 hole to bolt the ballast in place but still utilizing the sikaflex just to allow for any severe vibration.
http://s4.postimage.org/2qvbjlzdw/HID3.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2qvbjlzdw/)
Ballast Bolted in and Sikaflexed. wait until the this sets before reassembling
http://s4.postimage.org/2qndfmxyc/HID4.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2qndfmxyc/)
plugging in of all cables are dead easy. Nothing really to go wrong. I used the original leads for now from the wiring loom with the bullet connectors outside of the lights and spade connectors inside but I will shorten/replace later as I didnt have any decent connectors. I also want to install some convuluted tubing inside to protect from any heat/rubbing. I will also need to weather proof the bolt hole with some silicone just to be sure.
Continued next Post (4 image limit)

craigm
03-06-2011, 11:36 PM
Part 2 Contd...
Whilst Sikaflex is setting, install globe into Lens assembly (and have a clensing ale)
http://s4.postimage.org/2qn3ieuzo/HID5.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2qn3ieuzo/) http://s4.postimage.org/2qnk1sbxg/HID6.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2qnk1sbxg/)

Reassemble, arch em up and realign. All done! The lights do take approx 15 - 20 seconds to warm up but lights reignite instantaneously after initial startup.
Forgot to take some before shots (Doh) but everyone knows what 100W spotties look like but I will head out and take some Shots post HID Install and update this later.

<Edit> High Beam - No HID's/With HID's
http://s2.postimage.org/2b60woeec/High_Beam.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2b60woeec/)http://s2.postimage.org/2b6chftus/Spotties.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2b6chftus/)


Craig

MidLifeCrisis
04-06-2011, 12:03 PM
Great result Craig. How did you change the pencil to spread? I actually want to do the opposite.

craigm
04-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Mine are the older style 900s lights. ARB have the lens/reflector assemblies for these in either Pencil or spread. the Spread was item LR900DC @ $51.00 ExGST. But I think you have the extremes so the price may/may not be a little different. It was simply a case of remover to self tappers from the housing, uncliping the lamp and spade connectors and then there are 5 spring type clips holding the assembly into the housing. Once you take the housing off it's pretty self explanatory.

http://s2.postimage.org/2ijf0cb8k/IMG_0423.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2ijf0cb8k/) http://s2.postimage.org/2ijjyycpw/IMG_0422.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/2ijjyycpw/)

Lt1979
06-07-2012, 08:05 AM
Hi Graig,

I'm about to contact Matt in regards to the same HID kit for a set of IPF900XS, how are they working for you? have you had any issues with them?

Thanks.

Lt1979
06-07-2012, 09:40 AM
Update - Contacted Matt and he has sold the business. I'll need to find some other provider.

gumboot
06-07-2012, 09:55 AM
LT1979,
I used virtual daylights kits in my IPF's
There website is here. http://www.ultraauto.com.au/index.html
Dowloand their catalog, the kits are in there.
Ask to speak to Owen and he will look after you.
They have true 35w, 55w and 70w kits that will fit the IPF's
Cheers
Robert

craigm
06-07-2012, 09:56 AM
I believe Matt has sold his business Thumpa inc to a bloke who I think is still a vendor on Pootrol4x4 Forum. The other option is to have a look at http://www.newpro-tech.com.au/ They have all the upgrade kits and switches etc available.
Been very happy with the HID upgrades. Currently running 2 x Pencil Beams, but until I have funds and the right size LED Bar and suitable location, will go back to 1 x spread, 1 x Pencil as I prefer the sides of the road to be lit up more. I did have one ballast blow due to the bulb dislodging over severe corrugations and causing a short. Thankfully this was replaced free of charge by Matt.

Thoroughly recommend this upgrade to anyone who's currently running halogens and thinking of upgrading to HID's. For $185 for the 55W & $230 for the 70W, (Newtech prices) you can't go wrong!

Lt1979
06-07-2012, 01:04 PM
Thanks for the help Robert and Craig, I ended up ordering the NewPro ones.

Cheers,

Luis

SGS
06-07-2012, 09:25 PM
Hi All, Just looked at http://www.newpro-tech.com.au/C55wHIDspot.htm and their prices for HID kits are $199.95, how did you get them for $185?
Also would 2 spread beams work well? (assuming IPF 900XS) as 55w HID should give off enough light to provide penetration.

Lt1979
06-07-2012, 11:24 PM
Yeah, $199 is what I paid. I have 2 spread beams but I'll let you know when I install them next weekend.

fido666
19-03-2014, 10:51 AM
I have a pair of IPF 900XS spotties to convert. Does anyone have recent experience with the NewPro kits or any of the eBay offerings? I used to see the ones from eBay seller 95Soarer getting recommended but from other posts on here seems his customer service is somewhat lacking these days.

Piggy
19-03-2014, 11:42 AM
Thanks Craig.
Reckon I will contact him once the exhaust, chip and other projects are done. May as well do the headlights and IPF extremes all in one go. For the record, I am lead to believe that because the Grande has self levelling suspension the HID headlights are legal!!!!! Hope this is correct.....

Not legal without headlight washers.
I took mine over the pits and it was easier to remove them.
Even with washers they said they would study to see if the vehicle was released into Au with hid originally.

Piggy
19-03-2014, 11:43 AM
We use heaps of cheap eBay kits on the racecars.
Surprisingly some of them last longer than the big dollar Philips kits etc.

Mine in my converted hella 4000's are going into their 5th year.

Only swap i have done was to remove the 6000k back to 4300 as it suits highway and off road a lot better. 6000k hides potholes and rocks.

fido666
19-03-2014, 11:57 AM
We use heaps of cheap eBay kits on the racecars.
Surprisingly some of them last longer than the big dollar Philips kits etc.

Are any particular ones better than others?


Only swap i have done was to remove the 6000k back to 4300 as it suits highway and off road a lot better. 6000k hides potholes and rocks.

I'm told 4300K is closest to the normal colour of the Prado headlights. The HID high beams on the Kaka give out more light than the factory halogen globes on the IPFs.