So, after many headaches struggling with a cheap HID kit (I didn't know it was a POS), I finally have a quality HID kit installed in my M3 and the difference is amazing. Here are the differences I noticed:
|Cheap $449 "Korean HID Kit"
Available from ProCarParts
|$599 Genuine Philips HID Kit
Available from Supreme Power Parts
The packaging gives the illusion that this is a quality kit. But don't be fooled. No installation instructions were included.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS KIT!
|Although the packaging isn't nearly as impressive, this IS a quality kit. Look at how much protection is afforded to the HID bulbs. Detailed installation instructions are included.|
|The base of this bulb is nothing like the Philips (on the right). Although the kit comes with a Philips ballast, the bulbs are NOT from Philips and it shows after you install them. (Dead spots, uneven pattern, etc.) In fact, this bulb had a chunk of glass missing on the tip right out of the box. Also, the "capsule" in the middle of the bulb looked murky and uneven.||This is a genuine Philips bulb. Note the handwritten test markings on the substanial base. Also the "capsule" was uniform and clear.|
|Pretty much no insulation here. Just a standard (non-high voltage) quick disconnect sleeve. Hello arcing!||Complete insulation everywhere. Very nice. No arcing here.|