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Old 04-04-2003, 02:05 PM
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Question Possible Xenon / HID upgrade ??

The cost of a kit to convert the Euro headlights to the HID/Xenon type is absolutely ridiculous.

I was wonder this...............

I obviously have access to many different chassis xenon application that are OE for Benz. Would it be possible to use the ignitors, projectors, bulbs, etc from a later model MB & install them into the housing of the (W201) Euro's.

The voltage needed was a concern, but I thought about using a relay to handle the extra uppppfff needed to fire them off.

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-04-2003, 04:37 PM
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pat, it should work. i imagine the biggest hurdle is getting the hid in the w201 housing (h4). i have an h4 kit, so there's hope (it's just plastic anway).

i would not be worried about the voltage as the ballast will regulate the correct requirements to the bulb. so, to answer your question, YES!

my friend is a service advisor at a local m-b shop. when they had lighting issues in their service bay, one of the techs grabbed car battery, wiring, ballast, and 1 hid bulb, and BAMMMMM. problem solved.
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Old 04-04-2003, 05:49 PM
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The D2r bulb will not fit on your euro housing.You should buy a h4 hid bulb.Everything else should work.Can i buy 1 used D2r bulb from you?
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Old 04-04-2003, 06:13 PM
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Pat- unless the lights you have are designed to focus the "arc" of an HID, IMHO, it's better to just use relayed H4 80/100 in Euro headlamps.

Also, if your headlamps are H4, you'll most likely lose your high-beam as well.

I guess if you want the least load to your alternator, HID's are a way to go.

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