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It's worth it to do a retrofit.

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That Looks AMAZING!

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It's worth it to do a retrofit.

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Nice!

These Headlamps look great! any video on how you made em?

Place on wtb retrofit kit?

Looking good!

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It's worth it to do a retrofit.

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Those look dope sir.

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Since I am doing the suspension overhaul this week I thought this may be worth while pointing out.

When I replaced the headlamps I lost the stock Auto-Level Funtion.

While up in the driver side wheel well removing the strut assembly, I kept hearing this heinous creeking sound and found it to be the "Auto-Level" module.

Removed the connector and module to look closer at the piece and found the terminals completely corroded.

As a result, the entire "Auto-Level" module was removed. Creek is gone.
- Looks like I was loosing the Auto-Level Feature whether I wanted to or not.
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I just picked up a set of CIBIE headlights for my is300. I guess most people on here dont like the look of them but i sure do! Just posting this incase you didnt know about them
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^^^^ speaking of bad output and lower quality lol
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Nice!

These Headlamps look great! any video on how you made em?

Place on wtb retrofit kit?

Looking good!
TRS theretrofitsource.com
Search Headlight Junkies on Facebook, there are already reviews here on how to open your headlights (250 degrees for 7 mins)

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Well,

Here's an update:

SPPC CCFL Headlights were taken out.
Completely soaked (standing water) in the ballast boxes.
Return and refund issued.
Ballasts pulled and dried. (Luckily they still worked!)

Decided to try the Spec D Tuning (Black) Turning and DRL White & Amber LED w/ HID Projector units.

Access the link below to view the new look. Hope to have more pics soon.
https://app.box.com/s/ww3veroakfwzqc8wwajh8c4xede9rfae
https://app.box.com/s/ao9vdvld04xr1uojpy598e8p3pup16j7

All in all, super satisfied and would recommend these over the SPPC brand. Much better seal around the lenses, add a modern technology look to the car, and restored my overall love for this car again.

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Well,

Here's an update:

SPPC CCFL Headlights were taken out.
Completely soaked (standing water) in the ballast boxes.
Return and refund issued.
Ballasts pulled and dried. (Luckily they still worked!)

Decided to try the Spec D Tuning (Black) Turning and DRL White & Amber LED w/ HID Projector units.

Access the link below to view the new look. Hope to have more pics soon.
https://app.box.com/s/ww3veroakfwzqc8wwajh8c4xede9rfae
https://app.box.com/s/ao9vdvld04xr1uojpy598e8p3pup16j7

All in all, super satisfied and would recommend these over the SPPC brand. Much better seal around the lenses, add a modern technology look to the car, and restored my overall love for this car again.
These are kind of rubbing off on me because of the LED strip but I'm still iffy on the projector part. Good find btw!!

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Hate 'em / Love 'em - The choice is yours!

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These are kind of rubbing off on me because of the LED strip but I'm still iffy on the projector part. Good find btw!!
Some people hate them, others love them.

I have to say, I have always been skeptical, but I wanted to post some honest experiences on what is (currently) out in the marketplace.

The LED's certainly add the new modern look. The projectors are really what I purchased the lights for.

I can honestly say, after installing them - I got to stand back and just admire. I just fell in love with the car all over again. Even the GF said they looked way better in person.

I never mentioned, but I did end up sanding down the OEM sport design lamps but even still - they just lost all the sheen and glossy appearance and are just outright old now. I think the biggest reason I held onto the stock units so long is: I love the inner DRL that sort of have the top cut of the circle cut off. Just so signature for our year toyotas.

However, even after that being said, I instantly fell in love with the LED DRLs on the new pair. I took a pic next to my father's NX200T for a little comparison.

My IS is now looking more modern than ever and the light array output was not sacrificed terribly; if at all.

My Amazon review is below:
(GForceUSA -Vendor- had them at the best price at $276.00USD and has a good customer support team)

https://www.amazon.com/Lexus-Glossy-...cm_rdp_product

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Haven't really seen any good pics of those head lights, nice to see them! They do look not so bad as I thought they would lol
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So following up on the post,

The night time output on the SPPC's are actually much better than expected.
-Not sure if this was more a result of replacing the HID Bulbs or new headlight housings or a combination of both, but the HID lights are brighter than I have seen in years.

For the not so good:
Literally after 10 minutes of running the HALOS the other day, the left HALO will start to flicker on the passenger side and goes out.
- Contacted SPPC and they believe it is the HALO Ballast. Go figure... They are sending me a new HALO Ballast at no charge, but still, having to remove the front bumper, pull out the headlight, and swap ballasts was not something I wanted to do for a 3rd time now.

While I have been incredibly busy lately, I will try and add more (better) photos once I have a little more time on my hands. Overhauling the suspension this week.

As you can see, there is still more manual level adjustments that need to be done.

All in all, it is difficult to say if the quality / quantity of light during night-time is better or the same for two reasons:
1.) I really dont drive much during the night time or after dusk
2.) The OEM Headlamps were so hazed and I was using the original stock HID Bulbs (Couldn't believe they lasted for 12 years!)

On a side note* - The GF did say (while she was in the car) the new headlight setup was notably brighter... Or in her words "Incredibly Brighter".
A blurry pic, but you can definitely tell how much brighter it is than stock halogen. Very nice!
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Good morning Everyone,

Just wanted to provide another update.

Headlights still show 0 signs of moisture build-up (so far)

Additionally, I was able to take some new photos with the DRL and LEDs on.
- They really look much more incredible in person as the pictures do not to justice, but again - its all about personal preference.

Hope you all enjoy the added photos. Access link below:
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new photo below.

Still holding strong. Projectors are wonderful. TBH only difficulty is having them leveled out before they are installed. As once they are installed, the driver's side adjustment is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to access once they headlights are fully seated and tightened down - passenger side is easily accessible.
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These are totally cool headlights!
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