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Ok so first off, I'm brand new to all of this. Up to about 3 days ago I had heard of HID's and knew that they were the "bluish" ones, but that was as far as my body of knowledge reached..

So let me get all this straight, regular everyday lights are "halogens" while some higher end vehicles have HID's. Both halogen and HIDs can also come in a "projector" set up, with more focused beams... Am I correct so far?

Now I'm not sure but as far as the Fortes do we have one halogen bulb that functions as our highbeams, lowbeams and dailights (the daylights are highbeams run at a lower current). Or are there two bulbs, one that functions as a lowbeam and the other that functions as a highbeam and daylight (highbeam at lower voltage)?

If there are two types of bulbs, do the HID's get installed in place of lowbeams? And then I just drive around with lowbeams instead of the daylights?
 

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Pretty much got it. The H1 bulbs are the high beams that run at lower voltage as daytime running lights. The H11b bulbs are the low beam headlights that usually get replaced with HIDs since they don't recommend using HID high beams unless you really want to blind others.

If you want to use the HIDs during the day you will need to keep your headlight switch turned on all the time. They turn off when you turn off the car.

The Forte's don't have projector lamps so you would have to mod them if you really want.
 

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just another tip, if you get a HID kit for your lowbeams, try to get a skinny/small ballast kit because it will be easier to mount/find a place for you ballast vs a big ballast. and Mfury is right about the highbeams. only thing i'd add would be that you could get them so your car doesnt look stupid if you were to ever need to use your high beams. the Xenon lights do a great job of helping you see better but sometimes i resort to my high beams when driving in country rode and it looks stupid with the different lights mixed, and thats why i invested and got myself a kit for my highs as well. just my 2 cents. :)
 

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Thanks.

Did you guys mount the ballasts using the double sided tape or did you screw them in? And where exactly did you mount them? I heard the slim ones will fit under the drivers side headlight and some guy mounted the passenger on the window cleaner tank?

Also have you guys noticed problems with your radio after installing the HID's?
 

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just another tip, if you get a HID kit for your lowbeams, try to get a skinny/small ballast kit because it will be easier to mount/find a place for you ballast vs a big ballast. and Mfury is right about the highbeams. only thing i'd add would be that you could get them so your car doesnt look stupid if you were to ever need to use your high beams. the Xenon lights do a great job of helping you see better but sometimes i resort to my high beams when driving in country rode and it looks stupid with the different lights mixed, and thats why i invested and got myself a kit for my highs as well. just my 2 cents. :)
To whom does it look stupid? You cannot see it and the oncoming country road cannot even guess what car you're driving.

If you install HIDs as high-beams, forget about flashing people if you want to pass, as HIDs need a few seconds to power up.
 

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to me, the driver. i think it looks tacky not doing both. its just a personal opinion. and when i have ppl in my car, and i do use my brights they always commented on why i didnt have the brights done too and so i got them also. it was cheap. i paid 45 for each kit. and i mounted mine where the, if i remember correctly, the power steering fluid is on the passenger side of the car. i just undid the screws, placed the mounting peice under where the screw was, and then re mounted the power steering fluid bracket. here's a pic. the other ballast is snug behind my battery for the time being. not much room on the drivers side to put it.
 

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I'll probably go Lowbeam HID and Piaa's for highbeam matching the color. Don't use my high's much for night driving.
 

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to me, the driver. i think it looks tacky not doing both. its just a personal opinion. and when i have ppl in my car, and i do use my brights they always commented on why i didnt have the brights done too and so i got them also. it was cheap. i paid 45 for each kit. and i mounted mine where the, if i remember correctly, the power steering fluid is on the passenger side of the car. i just undid the screws, placed the mounting peice under where the screw was, and then re mounted the power steering fluid bracket. here's a pic. the other ballast is snug behind my battery for the time being. not much room on the drivers side to put it.
Thanks for the picture!
 
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