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08-27-2012, 09:51 PM #1
Few pictures from my drive at night with new HID's
So, before I post my how-to guide on how to install the HID's into the newer Silverados I'm going to show ya'll what it looks like after I installed mine!
"Never ask a man if he's from Texas. If he is, he'll tell you. If he isn't, there is no need to embarrass him."
2012 Silverado 1500 Texas Edition 4x4 LT skid plate, 5000k 55W low beams with DRL fuse removed, 5000k 35W fog lamps.
Leveling kit and tires coming soon.
Leaving for boot camp at MCRDSD 20121008.
08-27-2012, 10:08 PM #2
looks great! just watch out for the glare and make sure it aint too bad2000 Chevrolet Silverado
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08-27-2012, 10:09 PM #3
08-27-2012, 10:15 PM #4
yup, just pull up to a garage or wall or something, and look above where the reflector cuts the lights off, and kinda be your own judge on how much glare there is (if any at all, because i believe the newer headlights have been more HID friendly with more accurate beam pattern)
08-28-2012, 02:20 AM #5
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Where are the pics of oncoming drivers flipping you off for blinding them? LOL! I have a buddy that had HIDs and took them back off because he got tired of everyone high beaming him. I have a couple of other buddies who are cops that pull people over and ticket them for having lights that are too bright. As a firefighter, I have been dispatched to accidents that were caused by those things blinding oncoming drivers.
In our state, they are technically illegal unless your car was manufactured with them... In fact, some insurance companies are refusing to pay claims on vehicles that are not equipped with OEM lighting. That's why you don't see the weekend automotive how-to shows installing them. They can be a huge liability.
I'm not hatin'... Just sayin'!
Still, I'm sure I will get bashed over this post!
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08-28-2012, 09:01 AM #6
I even cited the statues I found ... somewhere in one of my many posts on this site. I'd like to see your citation of statues to the contrary, please -- just for my own edification.
08-28-2012, 09:42 AM #7
Interesting, I don't think Texas has these laws either. I would think that Texas would want us to be able to see as much as we can to avoid hitting deer and wild hogs! HID's saved my ars more than enough times when I used to drive my GTO to my parents house. IF it weren't for me running HID's in that car...oh dear I would have hit a deer!
See what I did there!? xD
08-28-2012, 11:37 AM #8
well that whole deal is a fuzzy area, its up to the cop, but ill give yall a little experienced lesson, (from TEXAS fyi)
My family and i were leavin MUDFEST earlier this year prolly around 10:00 pm and my brother and I both have HID's. I have a projector set up, he just has aftermarket reflectors. (Decent quality and HID's in them)
Im in my truck and he was in his ford excursion (6" lift). All of a sudden driving down the back roads after leavin, (I was following him) I saw a car in front of him abrubtly pull to the shoulder then completely cut me off to get behind him, (it was a cop nonetheless) flashed his lights, pulled him over. Naturally seeing we were in a small town, i wasnt about to let this cop pull my brother out of the car and harass him for whatever it was.
My sister and her fiance, and one of their friends were riding with him and I was behind them by myself in my truck. So naturally I pulled up about 50 ft behind the cop to observe and watch and record everything that went on, and called my sister to record everything as well, they did...
needless to say the cop came out with attitude saying HID's are illegal in texas on any vehicle, (i made sure my HID's were on, because i was hoping he was gonna say something to me after being done with my little brother (so HID's in the low beam and my Fog beams were on)
Though he never said anything to me, just wanted to pull over a big truck leaving mudfest cuz it was quick money obviously. Well, all in all the cop ended up forcing him to get out of the car, pushed him up against the door, all kinds of inappropriate stuff, while my sister was on the phone with 911 in the passenger seat calling about this mistreatment.
But of course they could not do anything about it. after all was said and done the cop came back with a ticket claiming "illegal equipment-HID" and my brother being not as smart as me just signed it thinking it was a warning but no in fact it was a ticket. At this point i was very satisfied that we would get the ticket dismissed.
First off, my brother never claimed any statement about having HID or even xenon for that matter, and the cop never popped the hood to inspect and prove they were in fact HID's. He just said they were HIDs and of course cops think they know everything. So there was no proof of the fact that they were HID's which would not matter even if they were because they are legal "so long as there is no distracting level of glare".
Aside from the improper use of force and everything else this cop did wrong, we of course took this to court less than a week later, no argument or anything, the judge dropped everything on the spot stating that HIDs are legal.
just an FYI this was in Poth, Texas, if your wondering where.
( it gave me a nice ego boost )
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