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Thanks to all on this forum for sharing so much great info with newbies! Am pondering the merits of HID headlights for my 2010 Frontier LE. I don't know if I have one bulb that works for both Hi & Lo or if its a 2-bulb arrangement. Plan on country roads in NE Pennsylvania and think brighter light would be better for my old eyes. How hard is install? Best left to a pro or do-able by homeowner/tinkerer? Brands, prices of kits?
N'other question too. Read here about first generation stuff; not sure what generation my new truck is, and to be frank, not even sure whether I've already got HID headlights. Hope you all can clue me in.
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Thanks to all on this forum for sharing so much great info with newbies! Am pondering the merits of HID headlights for my 2010 Frontier LE. I don't know if I have one bulb that works for both Hi & Lo or if its a 2-bulb arrangement. Plan on country roads in NE Pennsylvania and think brighter light would be better for my old eyes. How hard is install? Best left to a pro or do-able by homeowner/tinkerer? Brands, prices of kits?
N'other question too. Read here about first generation stuff; not sure what generation my new truck is, and to be frank, not even sure whether I've already got HID headlights. Hope you all can clue me in.
Welcome to the club. Check out this thread, all the info you will need will be in here. BTW you have a 2nd gen truck (05+) and do not have HID's.
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SIMPLE:

Don't get them. Get better halogen light bulbs (they will not last as long, but will be slightly brighter).

If you DO want HID headlights, you basically have to redo the whole headlight assembly to get projectors that focus the light correctly. If you do not do this and just put in the bulbs in the factory headlight assembly, you will not have a high beam because you will need to aim the low beam way down to not blind people...which will in turn aim your high beam too low for it to be a high beam (you can't aim just the low and high because they both use the same bulb).


DO NOT DO IT.

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Seems clear enough- sounds like OEM is the way to stay. Sure not looking to complicate my life. Appreciate your clarity and prompt reply.
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Seems clear enough- sounds like OEM is the way to stay. Sure not looking to complicate my life. Appreciate your clarity and prompt reply.
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If you don't mind paying for it, there are places that will do the HID retrofit for you and it will come out looking nice and ready for you to put on the truck.
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I have just bought a set of HID projector headlights off the ebay, i know many dont like the look of those but i bought them for the purpose of pojector beam. They look awsome at night and have a nice cut off beam so you dont blind the oncoming traffic. I have 55w kit installed in those @4300K temp.
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The best thing to do is get a set of brighter halogen bulbs, such as the silverstar ultras or a set of PIAA's. They are a fair amount brighter then stock, and still give you good beam cutoff.
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wow, such crap being posted here

the frontier headlights, both 98 to 04 and 05 and up DONT SCATTER LIGHT LIKE OTHER HEADLIGHTS FROM OTHER MAKES (MOSTLY HONDA AND CHEVY), our beam design focuses from the center out, so no matter what bulbs you put in, its still at the same angles as stock (projecting the same out-wards) and it still keeps a crisp cutoff line

get an HID kit from DDM tuning, they are 30 bucks and are so simple to install

and no matter what halogen you put against it, the HID will be brighter AND will last longer

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The best thing to do is get a set of brighter halogen bulbs, such as the silverstar ultras or a set of PIAA's. They are a fair amount brighter then stock, and still give you good beam cutoff.
silverstars usually comes standard in most vehicles newer then 06 or so and up, so it wouldnt be an upgrade itd be the same thing (they do not say sylvana on them, but they are made by them)

also, PIAAs use a higher wattage bulb to get more light output, ive been down this road, it FRIES your stock bulb sockets, so if you like replacing them every 4 months or so, then have at it

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wow, such crap being posted here

the frontier headlights, both 98 to 04 and 05 and up DONT SCATTER LIGHT LIKE OTHER HEADLIGHTS FROM OTHER MAKES (MOSTLY HONDA AND CHEVY), our beam design focuses from the center out, so no matter what bulbs you put in, its still at the same angles as stock (projecting the same out-wards) and it still keeps a crisp cutoff line

get an HID kit from DDM tuning, they are 30 bucks and are so simple to install

and no matter what halogen you put against it, the HID will be brighter AND will last longer

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silverstars usually comes standard in most vehicles newer then 06 or so and up, so it wouldnt be an upgrade itd be the same thing (they do not say sylvana on them, but they are made by them)

also, PIAAs use a higher wattage bulb to get more light output, ive been down this road, it FRIES your stock bulb sockets, so if you like replacing them every 4 months or so, then have at it
No this is plain misinformation. I know the 2010 headlight assembly does not work and does shatter and give horrible lighting from installing and uninstalling 2 different kits myself.

You have HIDs installed and currently use them?

Lastly, HID kits are not DOT legal and you can get an improper equipment ticket.

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I have some decent cut off lines in my 2008. My HIDs in stock housings actually disperse the light pretty evenly compared to the other cars i've owned.
I use the folds in the shop garage doors to align my beams.


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