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Old 24th November 2011, 14:18   #16
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So if anyone is planning on installing a HID kit into your stock reflector setup - Don't do it.
Not only does it blind the oncoming traffic, but it also has lousy functionality. The high beam only increases the intensity of the light, but not the throw of the beam. Only way I can increase the throw of the beam is by adjusting the reflector angle. Waste of Rs. 10000.

Saw this thread (Projectors Retrofitment in Tata Safari 2.2) -and decided to do the same.
Got the Hella E-55 projectors, will use the existing Philips ballasts, and since I can't use the existing H4 bulbs, the new whiter Morimoto 5000k D2S bulbs are on the way. Will keep you guys updated on the install!

Meanwhile, here are pics of the projector -
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Well penned down chris especially the "stick" version,can you tell me from where did you purchase the hella projectors from,i would love to have them on my swift di.Waiting for your updates.
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Old 24th November 2011, 15:29   #17
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Well penned down chris especially the "stick" version,can you tell me from where did you purchase the hella projectors from,i would love to have them on my swift di.Waiting for your updates.
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I got the projectors from here
But I won't recommend it for the following two reasons.
1. They're second hand.
2. They don't come with bulbs, ballasts, etc.

Most of the Projectors use only D2S bulbs, and getting them locally is very difficult and expensive! And if you want to source them from abroad, you'll again have to pay for the shipping which adds to the overall cost. So the better thing to do would be to buy an entire set (Projectors, Ballasts, Bezels, Bulbs, Adapters, etc), at one go. And most of the ebay sellers don't provide that.

I came across a site called The Retrofit Source which provides the entire component kit. You also have the freedom to choose the Lens, Make/Colour of the bulbs, etc., and the prices are very reasonable too.
I ended up buying my bulbs from there, and their sales support team is very good! They even provided me with various manuals, and links to their YouTube channel on how to install the Projectors!

So if I was you, I'd get my stuff from there.
Otherwise, since you have a swift, there are tons of aftermarket projector headlamps available at the local accessory shops. It would be a lot easier to install too. The only downside is that it is more expensive, and you cannot choose the individual components. So the lens and bulbs that you get, may not be of a good quality.
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Our SX4 just completed 60000 kms in the 4+ years that we've had the car, so I thought I’d write an ownership review!

What I like.
  • The VFM pricing.
  • Reliability.
  • Low maintenance costs and Maruti's brilliant service network.
  • Brakes.
  • Responsive engine.
  • Ground clearance.
  • Ingress/Egress.

What I don't.
  • A slightly hard clutch.
  • Useless headlights and fog lamps.
  • Fuel efficiency.

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History

Please keep in mind that we bought this car, before I was aware of Team-BHP. So please don’t curse me for my lack of research during the buying process!

So yeah.
Sometime during the beginning of 2007, my dad got a job very close to our apartment, and hence our Qualis was not being put to much use. And our second car - a WagonR was hardly being used either. I think between the two cars, our monthly usage was about 750-1000 Kms. Or even lesser.

Anyway, The Qualis had been discontinued, and the Innova had been launched (Which my parents fell in love with!). My dad did not want to lose money on the Qualis, so the decision was made to sell it immediately. And around the same time, the WagonR had been given a facelift too. So we decided to sell both the vehicles, and replace it with one nice comfortable car.

We contacted Nandi Toyota, and the Qualis was sold within the same week.

A few weeks passed and we were back at the showroom to book the Innova. While over there, I sat in the Corolla.
And then suddenly, the thought of owning a sedan seemed so perfect!

I mean, we are a family of three. What was the need of buying a huge eight seater vehicle!

Also, I was just about to turn 16. Two more years and I would start driving.
And I sure as hell knew that my parents wouldn’t buy me a new car then. So if we bought the Innova, THAT would be my first car.

So I did what any other sensible teenager would have done. I rebelled!
My SX4 too completed 59300 KMS gave for servicing, costed me around 22k, clutch plate changed, all oil filters and oil change, still need to change battery. I guess now Maruti Service is becoming equally costly when compared to other cars in the market.
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My SX4 too completed 59300 KMS gave for servicing, costed me around 22k, clutch plate changed, all oil filters and oil change, still need to change battery. I guess now Maruti Service is becoming equally costly when compared to other cars in the market.
Your clutch should have lasted longer than that. I have an SX4 and have driven about 75000Kms. It is Aug 2007 Model. Haven't changed the clutch and the Service Manager told me that its good to run another 30000Kms if run the same way. Usually a 60k service has Engine oil, Gear Oil, Coolant, Brake & Clutch oils changed. This costs about Rs 7000/- which is quiet economical.
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