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Hi guys I have done some research on installing LED tail lights and eagle eye headlights.

For the LED tail lights I have read about having to install a resistor to make them work properly. In the description on the site to buy them it says they are plug and play. I just want to clarify what I need before I buy them?

For the headlights I have seen that they are for the most part plug and play but have seen one members install guide and they had to drill a hole to allow one of the tabs?? to fit correctly. Will I need to do any drilling or will they install right up?

If you guys could help me out it would be much appreciated. I do have a coupe as well.
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Hi guys I have done some research on installing LED tail lights and eagle eye headlights.

For the LED tail lights I have read about having to install a resistor to make them work properly. In the description on the site to buy them it says they are plug and play. I just want to clarify what I need before I buy them?

For the headlights I have seen that they are for the most part plug and play but have seen one members install guide and they had to drill a hole to allow one of the tabs?? to fit correctly. Will I need to do any drilling or will they install right up?

If you guys could help me out it would be much appreciated. I do have a coupe as well.

Tail Lights:
If you are buying tail lights that use built-in LEDs for blinkers, you will likely NOT have to use a load resistor; however, if you are putting LED bulbs into a set of non-LED tail lights, you will have to add a load resistor across the ground and blinker wires. Don't be intimidated, it's stupidly simple.

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If anything, just make sure you do NOT buy Spyder Auto headlights. They're absolute crap. The best you can get for aftermarket projector headlights are Eagle Eyes, but I still wouldn't recommend buying those if you're planning to use HIDs. Although HIDs will fit perfectly in them, the light output isn't even comparable to a proper, true HID projector. As for the drilling thing, you'll have to drill a hole in each crossmember for the aiming adjuster screw to extend far enough to aim the lights high enough. Either that or you can chop a bit of the adjuster screw off, whatever you want. My recommendation here is to get someone, like me, to retrofit your stock headlights with an HID projector. I guarantee you'll be happy you did.
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I would agree with that post. I did the wrong thing by buying spyder headlights. I actually just had to rewire my passenger headlight cause the writing in it is crap.

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Tail Lights:
If you are buying tail lights that use built-in LEDs for blinkers, you will likely NOT have to use a load resistor; however, if you are putting LED bulbs into a set of non-LED tail lights, you will have to add a load resistor across the ground and blinker wires. Don't be intimidated, it's stupidly simple.

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If anything, just make sure you do NOT buy Spyder Auto headlights. They're absolute crap. The best you can get for aftermarket projector headlights are Eagle Eyes, but I still wouldn't recommend buying those if you're planning to use HIDs. Although HIDs will fit perfectly in them, the light output isn't even comparable to a proper, true HID projector. As for the drilling thing, you'll have to drill a hole in each crossmember for the aiming adjuster screw to extend far enough to aim the lights high enough. Either that or you can chop a bit of the adjuster screw off, whatever you want. My recommendation here is to get someone, like me, to retrofit your stock headlights with an HID projector. I guarantee you'll be happy you did.

These are the tail lights I was looking at:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290613012353

So with these I shouldn't have to use resistors. I have also seen that people have blown fuses when installing these if they don't install them the right way before turning them on. Would that be something I need to worry about beforehand?

I will definitely be going with eagle eyes as I have heard poor reviews on the spyders. I don't plan on going with HIDs just wanted to know if the stock eagle eyes will be plug and play aside from the drilling.

Thanks again for the response it is very helpful!
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These are the tail lights I was looking at:



http://www.ebay.com/itm/290613012353



So with these I shouldn't have to use resistors. I have also seen that people have blown fuses when installing these if they don't install them the right way before turning them on. Would that be something I need to worry about beforehand?



I will definitely be going with eagle eyes as I have heard poor reviews on the spyders. I don't plan on going with HIDs just wanted to know if the stock eagle eyes will be plug and play aside from the drilling.



Thanks again for the response it is very helpful!

Correct. With those, you won't have to use load resistors. If you blow a fuse for whatever reason, you can always get a set of 5 from AutoZone for like $3.

If you would like to go with Eagle Eyes then it's up to you. I'll just let you know of a few things:

1. A retrofit for your stock housings wouldn't be much more expensive than buying a pair of Eagle Eyes. Even for the slightly higher cost, I guarantee you'll be much happier with the light output. You also won't have to do any drilling.
2. You will most likely have to seal the Eagle Eyes up with some [black] silicone because they typically have some type of a moisture issue.
3. I've personally seen pairs of Eagle Eyes and Spyders that have the UV protective coating peeling off. Although stock lights will still oxidize over time, you can always restore them without issues, especially since their coating doesn't peel off.

Good luck with whatever you do!
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Correct. With those, you won't have to use load resistors. If you blow a fuse for whatever reason, you can always get a set of 5 from AutoZone for like $3.

If you would like to go with Eagle Eyes then it's up to you. I'll just let you know of a few things:

1. A retrofit for your stock housings wouldn't be much more expensive than buying a pair of Eagle Eyes. Even for the slightly higher cost, I guarantee you'll be much happier with the light output. You also won't have to do any drilling.
2. You will most likely have to seal the Eagle Eyes up with some [black] silicone because they typically have some type of a moisture issue.
3. I've personally seen pairs of Eagle Eyes and Spyders that have the UV protective coating peeling off. Although stock lights will still oxidize over time, you can always restore them without issues, especially since their coating doesn't peel off.

Good luck with whatever you do!
Could you PM me with a price for a stock headlamp retrofit?
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Could you PM me with a price for a stock headlamp retrofit?

Would you please email me? My address is [email protected]
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These are the tail lights I was looking at:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290613012353

So with these I shouldn't have to use resistors. I have also seen that people have blown fuses when installing these if they don't install them the right way before turning them on. Would that be something I need to worry about beforehand?

I will definitely be going with eagle eyes as I have heard poor reviews on the spyders. I don't plan on going with HIDs just wanted to know if the stock eagle eyes will be plug and play aside from the drilling.

Thanks again for the response it is very helpful!
iRock,
You can also get your projector headlamp from Sabersport (the same company your looking at for your tail lights). I got mine from them a few years ago (4 or so) and while I have had a few problems, they were very helpfull in fixing them.

The first time was a seal problem on the passenger light. I sent them pics of all the condensation on the inside and the sent me a replacement, nqa.

The second problem was the back plate warping. this time they replaced the set with new ones, I just put down a $210 deposit which I got back after sending the bad ones in.

Sabersport is a good company in my experience.

As for the other part that the others were 'discussing'. I did need to drill a small hole a bit larger than the adjustment screw (not the knob) to go thru the frame at that point. Easy enough. Just remember to spray a bit of paint thru the hole to prevent rusting.

And do your adjusting at night, lol.
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I forgot to mention, that I'm talking about the CCFL Headlights that they have. Here a link.
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D0M1NIX would you ever suggest retrofitting the spyder projectors with morimotos? I like the look of the spyder lights but just hate the light output.
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Take a look at my Spyder retrofit thread!


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Thanks man. I will after work. Government computers dont allow G6 Performance. But oddly enough they allow this site O_o
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Thanks man. I will after work. Government computers dont allow G6 Performance. But oddly enough they allow this site O_o

You're welcome! Weird... Lol
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its really weird. And i saw the posts during lunch. What would you charge to do a retrofit like that on a pair of spyder headlights?
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its really weird. And i saw the posts during lunch. What would you charge to do a retrofit like that on a pair of spyder headlights?

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