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I have a lot of experience with aftermarket HID kids. Almost all of the kits are made in China or places like Korea. You won't find any US or Japanese comapnies that make them because aftermarket HID's are illegal in both of those countries. Many places claim that they are made in Japan or USA or that they are Philips brand, but that is not true. There are quite a few different manufacturers that put out aftermarket HID's, and many HID brands are using the same manufacturers but with different labeling.
It is very hard to find a quality kit, but some things to look for are a FULL digital ballast, an integrated ignitor, and a retailer that has been around a while and has good customer service. Some of these companies say they have lifetime warranties, but if you buy from one of these fly-by-night retailers that never answers their phone, what is the point of the warranty?
You have to think realistically about these kits. An expensive set of PIAA or Polarg halogen 55W gas charged bulb will run you about $100 and last about 1-2 years depending on usage. A decent $100 HID kit will put out 3x the light output and last you about the same amount of time.
The point is, you will not find OEM qualify with these aftermarket HID kits, but as long as you get one from a reputable company and the ballast is 100% digital, you should be OK.
Last edited by ISZach; 03-01-2010 at 05:41 PM.