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    Question Aftermarket/Drop-In HID kit w/ OEM housing?

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    I'm looking into doing my headlight conversion for my B7 to modernize her look and to see better. From browsing the classified most of the OEM headlights I've seen are pitted from driving, or broken or need something and are still upwards of $600. Looking at the entire kit brand new is crazy as the headlight housings are $1300+ ballast's are $900+ and bulbs are $400 plus the need for a conversion harness... That's $3500 for nice lights. Which is absurd.

    I'm willing to shell out the $ for nice brand new housings, and I've had experience with aftermarket HID kits so I don't see any reason to buy the OEM bulbs/hardware. Now with the housings and an aftermarket HID kit, the only thing I'd have to do is wire the car to Xenon via the connector in the ECM and through VCDS correct?

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    I'm talking about OEM Xenon housings. Not Halogen.
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    Here's a alternative
    https://www.europaparts.com/headligh...0941029ba.html 329.95 new
    https://www.europaparts.com/headligh...0941030ba.html 329.95 new
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEU-XENON-BA...-/302041272835 89.00 each x 2 = $178.00
    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/br...to-xb-hid.html $70.00 for upgraded new bulbs
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/200413685181?rmvSB=true harness adapter $45.00

    total 952.98 all new stuff

    To answer your original question about retro fitting hid kits into halogen housing you do not need to vcds code into bi-xenon. Since your are not using factory bi-xenon projector assemble's. But my understanding is that doing a retro fit like this causes glare onto oncoming drivers and doesnt have the proper light beam. I have no experience with these retro fit kits as I my car was equipped from factory with oem bi-xenons
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    Quote Originally Posted by vce1232000 View Post
    Here's a alternative
    https://www.europaparts.com/headligh...0941029ba.html 329.95 new
    https://www.europaparts.com/headligh...0941030ba.html 329.95 new
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEU-XENON-BA...-/302041272835 89.00 each x 2 = $178.00
    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/br...to-xb-hid.html $70.00 for upgraded new bulbs
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/200413685181?rmvSB=true harness adapter $45.00

    total 952.98 all new stuff

    To answer your original question about retro fitting hid kits into halogen housing you do not need to vcds code into bi-xenon. Since your are not using factory bi-xenon projector assemble's. But my understanding is that doing a retro fit like this causes glare onto oncoming drivers and doesnt have the proper light beam. I have no experience with these retro fit kits as I my car was equipped from factory with oem bi-xenons
    Thanks for those links especially the housings. I was talking about buying the OEM Bi-Xenon housings and instead of buying the ballasts and bulbs, i would put in aftermarket HID's into factory Xenon housings.

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    Hmmmm....Thats a good .
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    Quote Originally Posted by vce1232000 View Post
    Hmmmm....Thats a good .
    Only thing I can think of that will work is getting non-audi branded bulbs and ballasts therefore it is plug and play. I just wonder about generic HID kits.

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    Yes you could put any bulbs and ballasts in the housings, will be a bit of messing around with wiring but it will work. Personally if doing a xenon retrofit I would get some halogen housings, split them put in some "The Retrofit Source" morimoto true bixenon projectors wire up and re seal. You won't need to recode anything in VCDS, as far as the car is aware it will be standard lights. Light output will be far superior to OEM bixenons as well.

    The Audi OEM ones aren't bixenon, I have them. They are halogen full beam and xenon dipped beam.

    Link to TRS:
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    why not buy the used ones and just change the lenses?

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    Keep an eye on rockauto.com, you may be lucky enough to find complete bi xenon headlights for $93/headlight (listed price was $395/headlight) bulbs included no ballasts. Then source ballasts off eBay from a CTS Cadillac or Volvo (same part number for most of the d1s style ballasts non adaptive).

    So ya all into a xenon conversion myself I'm under $400 usd including the kuftec harnesses and the wire plug ins needed for connection to car.

    Split the oem cost in half and I'll sell you mine!!! Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OliNix View Post
    Yes you could put any bulbs and ballasts in the housings, will be a bit of messing around with wiring but it will work. Personally if doing a xenon retrofit I would get some halogen housings, split them put in some "The Retrofit Source" morimoto true bixenon projectors wire up and re seal. You won't need to recode anything in VCDS, as far as the car is aware it will be standard lights. Light output will be far superior to OEM bixenons as well.

    The Audi OEM ones aren't bixenon, I have them. They are halogen full beam and xenon dipped beam.

    Link to TRS:
    http://www.theretrofitsource.com
    That's what I was thinking, since this is essentially what I've always done with HID conversions minus the mod of the projector.

    Quote Originally Posted by miA4 View Post
    why not buy the used ones and just change the lenses?
    I haven't been able to find replacement lenses online. I'm guessing that's because I haven't found them yet or Audi expects you to buy a complete headlight if the lenses are damaged.

    Quote Originally Posted by canadianA4B7 View Post
    Keep an eye on rockauto.com, you may be lucky enough to find complete bi xenon headlights for $93/headlight (listed price was $395/headlight) bulbs included no ballasts. Then source ballasts off eBay from a CTS Cadillac or Volvo (same part number for most of the d1s style ballasts non adaptive).

    So ya all into a xenon conversion myself I'm under $400 usd including the kuftec harnesses and the wire plug ins needed for connection to car.

    Split the oem cost in half and I'll sell you mine!!! Lol.
    That's really good! I'll keep an eye on that site!

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    I think DAP just answered my question.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOSgrsWvwXQ

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    I have a set in my basement that I no longer need. If you're interested I can take pictures of them so you can see them.

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