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Still one of the all-time coolest how-to threads I've seen on here, can't wait to get around to upgrading mine!
I've been looking for this and I'm confused if this is legal? I know non-DOT bulbs aren't legal (in the States). Everyone agrees that HID retrofits into Halogen housings are illegal. Most seem to say that HID kits are illegal. Doing them correctly (HID bulbs in HID housings) are often considered illegal if the car did not come with them? Anyone have any insight?
Hey Jamie. Modifying your vehicle's lighting system from factory in any manor is illegal in just about every state. It doesn't matter if you patch together an aftermarket DOT-approved housing, with appropriate halogen bulb, it's still illegal. With that being said, modifying your vehicles emission system (like exhaust) from factory is illegal as well. Same goes with brakes, parts of your suspension and many other areas.
Point i'm trying to get to is there are a lot of mod's us car guys make to our cars deemed un-roadworthy by the DOT. Main reason being is that the mod's are not proven and certified by the DOT and auto MFG's. With that being said, I don't think too many car guys sit idle on the sidelines and wait for the government to tell us what we can and cannot do to our vehicles. As long as we all do the proper homework and are responsible to insure vehicle safety, IMO I don't see where big brother really has room to depict what our car needs and doesn't need as far as upgrades.
As far as your question, if you truly are worried about keeping a DOT legal set of lights in your vehicle, your best bet would be to retain the factory set up. Myself, I really do enjoy the lights. They have a further reach, use less power and are definitely brighter. I have yet to be flashed because they're blinding or have had any issues with the DOT/Law enforcement.
Best of luck to you.