Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Thompson Falls, Montana
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I'm a fan of projection based HID systems (former BMW driver here), but I feel the life of a HID bulb bouncing around on trails will be shortened significantly, no?
HIDs have no filament to break. It's just a small capsule of gas with essentially a welders arc going through it. As long as you're not bumping it enough to break the glass gas capsule, it won't burn out.
The main drawback to HID is that they run at very high voltages, and are susceptible to moisture just like high voltage spark plug wires. A big puddle, and you can be driving home in the dark. I've had HIDs flame out on several occasions for this reason.
HIDs are also finicky about voltage. If your Jeep has the automatic headlights like mine, turning the key on lights the HIDs, but the voltage drop from running the starter almost always made one flame out. I'd have to turn the lights back off and on to restart it. It got old after a while.
'76 CJ-7, '43 CJ-2a, '78 Bronco,'78 CJ-7, '75 CJ-5, '78 CJ-7, '80 CJ-7, '78 SJ, '79 SJ, '78 and a '76 FJ-40 , '90 XJ, '91 XJ, '86 CJ-7, '95 ZJ, '68 CJ-101 Commando, '00 TJ, '68 M-715, 2 '86 Military Blazers, '96 LR Discovery, '86 CJ-7, '91 YJ, '99 TJ, 07' JKU Rubi, 1988 YJ, 1973 Commando, 3 Diesel Excursions....
Now back to a 2013 JKU Rubicon with "stuff", planning 37's with minimal lift.
I've tried them all... Jeeps are still the best. (0||||0)