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Old 07-27-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default NB1: Morimoto HID or NB2 Projectors?

Starting with NB1, there seems to be (2) typical upgrades to headlights:

1) The Morimoto HID install from TheRetrofitSource. This would give maximum lighting, and would cost about $230 if purchased on Black Friday.

2) Get NB2 headlights with or without the NB2 bumper cover. Not sure of Junk Yard cost, but assume about $60, and a harness upgrade.

Pros and Cons of each?

If you were to quantify the additional improvement in nighttime vision between 1 and 2, what would be the ratio? e.g. HID is 1.5 X better lighting than NB2 with typical Halogen bulbs.
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You won't find NB2 headlights for $60. Expect to pay at least $250 for a used pair in good condition without any broken mounting tabs. It's also very difficult to find a used front bumper cover in the same color as your car, so keep that in mind.

I have the NB2 headlights and front bumper, along with Retrofit Source HIDs. It was expensive, but probably my favorite thing I've done to my car. I really preferred the look of the NB2. NB2 lights with regular halogens were a big improvement over the NB1 lights, but still underwhelming. I didn't try HIR. Although the NB2 projectors are designed for halogens, the beam pattern and cut off with HIDs is very nice. You would get an even better pattern with a full retrofit that included new projectors.
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I sold an NB2 light pretty cheaply recently. I guess I could've pulled more if I had a pair. Sold it on ebay, I'll probably end up with $60 after fees and all.

Not likely to find one in a junkyard, you'd need to find someone parting out a car to get it all for a reasonable price. The NB2 lights with the NB1 bumper looks like ****, so do it all.
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The NB1 headlights are pretty easy to bake apart. I have the Mini H1 and don't think the cut-off and lighting quality is on par with what aftermarket projectors should be. This is paired with Morimoto ballasts and the newest H1 XB35 bulbs. I'm not sure which of the other higher quality projectors fit in NB1 headlights.
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