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Old 10-30-2016, 10:10 PM
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Great write up, the finished product looks awesome.

It's still a shame they showed up in that condition. I used to deal with Spyder Auto from a retail standpoint and always had quality control issues.
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Old 10-30-2016, 11:01 PM
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op is awesome

i wish i were as handy and resourceful

hope another aftermarket source appears with a better made version of this product
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@EMC2 Can you take some output photos of these Spyder headlights? Ideally find a large white wall where you can park your car 25ft away with the headlights projecting on the wall to show the beam pattern. Pictures of both low and high beams would be great.

I ask since most aftermarket headlights, although they can look "cool," the reality is the HID projectors and light output is a normally a huge step backwards. The OEM 997 HID headlights are great from the factory with their Denso ballasts and Koito bi-xenon projectors, there is little to improve on.

What are your thoughts on the performance/output of the headlights?

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Old 11-27-2016, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by twinturbowagon View Post
@EMC2 Can you take some output photos of these Spyder headlights? Ideally find a large white wall where you can park your car 25ft away with the headlights projecting on the wall to show the beam pattern. Pictures of both low and high beams would be great.

I ask since most aftermarket headlights, although they can look "cool," the reality is the HID projectors and light output is a normally a huge step backwards. The OEM 997 HID headlights are great from the factory with their Denso ballasts and Koito bi-xenon projectors, there is little to improve on.

What are your thoughts on the performance/output of the headlights?

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When I first installed them I actually put one side in first as an initial test. The projection on the garage (albeit only a few feet away) door looked similar in intensity and distribution between the two sides. The only real difference is the Spyder lights have a sharper cutoff line at the top, so I had to do some adjustments to the beam throw to get them right. Unfortunately I did not take pics of this.

I would really need to put an OEM housing back in one side to be able to show a meaningful comparison between the two. I can try and get a pic of the Spyder projection one night.

The Spyder's reuse the OEM ballast, motor and low beam bulb, but I have no idea what brand the projector lens is. I'd say that the lights perform vey close to OEM on low beam and on high beam. Just a real pity about the overall build quality and lack of quality control.
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Wow, Really great review. Considering these as an upgrade to my new GT Silver 997 Turbo.
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Thanks.
This is my next project (phase 2). Over winter I plan to make some further changes as I've also discovered that the headlight leveling does not work correctly. It tends to overshoot when trying to auto level.

It doesn't really affect your view as a driver, but a friend I was following one night recently , brought it to my attention. Upon further checking I realized the problem may be with the weighting of the internal lens assembly (either too light or weighted in the wrong place)

Still need more time to confirm exactly how to address.
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Hi, Do you have images of the projectors and the bracketry when you opened the headlights?
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Went to the Spyder website, but couldn't find any pricing info or links. What did these cost? Any additional costs for your installation?
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Originally Posted by Carlos Diaz
Hi, Do you have images of the projectors and the bracketry when you opened the headlights?
I don't have any immediately available, but I'll take a look over the weekend and see if I can find some.

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Went to the Spyder website, but couldn't find any pricing info or links. What did these cost? Any additional costs for your installation?
No additional costs if you're going to install them as-is (which I would not advise for reasons I've stated in the original thread).

If you're planning to fix the quality defects you'll at least need paint and a roll of the sealant as referenced in the thread.
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