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Old 7th July 2011, 17:54   #31
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Hi Guys, while waiting at the Honda service centre for my cars first service delivery I got hooked onto this detailed brochure on ANHC accessories. Some of them looked so cool and tempting that I decided to speak to the SA about the distant possibility of seeing a car with these on. To my surprise he told me there is a brand new ANHC getting readied in the fitment yard which has more or less all the accessories. As soon as I got my car I went to their yard (with permission of course) and saw this tafeta white beauty !!

Heyy...you can see my car at the entrance !
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If looks could overload !
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Before you ask, next to the Honda fitment yard is the Audi's yard - still why the Audi is parked here is a mystery !!
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Did anyone mention Ground clearance ??
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^^ This car with Mugen accessories looks good but:
1) I have a grave concern with reduced ground clearance with side skirting in place.
2) I still love the original ANHC grill.
3) Why the chrome exhaust finisher missing ?? That looks odd.

The fog lamps with black sorrounding looks really good.
The ducktail spoiler looks fantastic, will post my pics soon in closeup.
Why didn't he change the default alloys to the Honda dualtone 'V' alloys?? (just asking for the sake of asking - I know you cannot answer it)

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1) Fog lamps and their brackets : Cool
2) Grill : the standard equipment is better
3) Skirting : decent but the gaps are too wide and too prominent; especially on a white car
4) rear : too much chrome, Sir!
5) Alloys : the standard on V variant look better.

Any idea how much the whole package costs?

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. As soon as I got my car I went to their yard (with permission of course) and saw this tafeta white beauty !!
This must have cost a bomb, would like to know exact cost. IMHO the car is looking overloaded with this kit. The black surrounding around fog lamps looks cool. The front grill which comes with international models refreshes the looks of the car but I will prefer the current model grill any day. The OEM alloy which comes with ‘V’ variant is better looking. Honda City looks good with less amount of chrome. And yes that duck-tail spoiler adds a certain character to the car.

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Raghu,thanks for the info.Do you recommend the HID kit even though expensive?

I have difficulty in night driving.Do you recommend a very strong light or just same wattage but wider range? Please advise. How legal are these strong lights-and how ethical?
Congrats Firebug and welcome to the ever growing community of ANHC owners on Team-Bhp. Enjoyed reading your writeup.

@Charthom, Regarding HID kits, I would highly recommend it if you drive extensively during nights...the extra money is well spent. I have the Philips 6000K, H4 kit (around 9.5k in Bangalore) and would strongly recommend these over the stock lamps which are pretty much useless at nights.

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To my surprise he told me there is a brand new ANHC getting readied in the fitment yard which has more or less all the accessories. As soon as I got my car I went to their yard (with permission of course) and saw this tafeta white beauty !!

Heyy...you can see my car at the entrance !
FireBug,thanks for the favour of posting the snaps.I appreciate your initiative and efforts in visiting their yard and bringing up this news.however in my humble opinion,this car looks very flashy and not done tastefully.The owner was not sure of how to make a statement-so he made some brave attempts. Heads may turn in curiosity not in awe. Half your car visible in the background is the only refreshing bit in the first snap.

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3) Why the chrome exhaust finisher missing ?? That looks odd.
As I opined above,the modifications are not tastefully done.Hence certain essential and appropriate additions were missed out.

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1) Fog lamps and their brackets : Cool
2) Grill : the standard equipment is better
3) Skirting : decent but the gaps are too wide and too prominent; especially on a white car
4) rear : too much chrome, Sir!
5) Alloys : the standard on V variant look better.

Any idea how much the whole package costs?
@Libranof1987-your analysis is accurate. Overall appeal?Not stylish as per my simple taste. I find the normal standard ANHC s much more elegant car in a very refined and subdued manner.

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IMHO the car is looking overloaded with this kit. And yes that duck-tail spoiler adds a certain character to the car.
+1. I found the duck-tail spoiler very attractive too. otherwise the car is only a Honda accessory department's delight.

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[*]I believe the stock headlights are too weak so I went for the upgrade. I got it done from Honda itself and so it definitely does not void warranty.

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Hi Charthom,

I upgraded my bulbs with Philips Extreme with the same watt as that off the stock but with a wider range. All it needs is bulbs, Iam happy with it as it has significantly improved the lights now.

I no longer need high beam which I used to occasionally, infact I need to keep the setting in 2 else it would probably blind the opposite guy.

Cost came to 1200, got it upgraded at the dealer itself.
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@Charthom, Regarding HID kits, I would highly recommend it if you drive extensively during nights...the extra money is well spent. I have the Philips 6000K, H4 kit (around 9.5k in Bangalore) and would strongly recommend these over the stock lamps which are pretty much useless at nights.

Cheers and Drive safe,
Uday
Dear mates,thank you very much for the feedbacks.

Today I had my head lamps replaced.I fitted Philips 100/130 W lamps without HID kit. I test drove the car in the night an ahour ago and found that the upgrade has dramatically improved my night vision and I am now much more comfortable at night.

The expenses are 1700/-(two bulbs and a wiring kit)

@FireBug and Raghu, thanks for the help.

@uday.ere, Uday- Thakns for the advise.I don't drive extensively during nights. I have a condition that makes me uncomfortable to drive in the night-so minimum night ventures.Now I find that a polarised glass, anti-glare film on the windshield and the head light upgrade has made it much more comfortable for me to venture out at night.I will drive on the highway soon and revert with the results. Frankly, I was reluctant with HID as I felt it would be too dazzling for the oncoming traffic. Your views?

Friends,at what position are you keeping the head lamps? Is position 1 alright?

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Old 7th July 2011, 21:46   #37
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Today I had my head lamps replaced.I fitted Philips 100/130 W lamps without HID kit. I test drove the car in the night an ahour ago and found that the upgrade has dramatically improved my night vision and I am now much more comfortable at night.
Philips 100/130 W
With these ON you better be on Position 2 for saving others from blinding

Please note the amount of heat generated due to these bulbs.
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Friends,at what position are you keeping the head lamps? Is position 1 alright?
The headlight adjustment switch should be kept to position 0 or 1 most of the time. I keep it to 0 position. Refer to page number 73 of the owner manual for more details.
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Philips 100/130 W
With these ON you better be on Position 2 for saving others from blinding

Please note the amount of heat generated due to these bulbs.
+1

I use level 2 and found to be comfortable for the onwards traffic

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The headlight adjustment switch should be kept to position 0 or 1 most of the time. I keep it to 0 position. Refer to page number 73 of the owner manual for more details.
0 is for the stock bulbs for the ones that are upgraded stick to 2 as the range would be long and 0 would actually blind the guy

I use 0 on highways at some times else 2

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Philips 100/130 W
With these ON you better be on Position 2 for saving others from blinding
Sorry-mate.I need some good illumination.

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I use level 2 and found to be comfortable for the onwards traffic
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I use 0 on highways at some times else 2
Thanks for the feed backs friends. Presently, I have already kept position 2, in order to avoid distracting onward traffic.
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Sorry-mate.I need some good illumination.
I feel 90/100 should be more than sufficient. 100/130 might blind on coming traffic and chances of they hitting us will be there, due to blinding.
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I see a lot of questions here asking about issues with warranty upon headlight upgrade. The defacto Honda warranty rule is as follows :

If we install something in your car, warranty stays intact - if you get the exact same thing done elsewhere, warranty is void


When I visited Peninsular last December as a potential customer there was a Honda E-MT on display with HR alloys (i noticed it because the alloys looked great but the tyres were jutting out), upgraded lamps, a touchscreen HU (not sure it was caska) and plush black leather seats. It was a completely modified ANHC up for sale at the showroom. The next time I visited them I was told it got sold - obviously with full Honda warranty!!
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I use level 2 and found to be comfortable for the onwards traffic
@raghu: I believe you have been using 100/130W for a long time now.

Let us know your experience on:

1) What is the longest time you have driven at night with 100/130W ?
2) Your experience on High ammount of heat dissipated due to 100/130?
3) Did you see any reflector blackening after prolonged use.
4) Any noticebale effect on battery draining and heavy fluctuation of light when the a/c compressor turn on/off.
5) Any other noteble effect /sideeffect ?
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@raghu: I believe you have been using 100/130W for a long time now.

Let us know your experience on:

1) What is the longest time you have driven at night with 100/130W ?
2) Your experience on High ammount of heat dissipated due to 100/130?
3) Did you see any reflector blackening after prolonged use.
4) Any noticebale effect on battery draining and heavy fluctuation of light when the a/c compressor turn on/off.
5) Any other noteble effect /sideeffect ?
RS,

It was my bad, specs on my upgrade are the same as stock ones, except the range is 25mts more.

It's 60/55W only, but I did see

Heat dissipate is bit higher than the stock ones.

I did 9hrs drive non-stop with head light ones, so far no side effects.
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RS,

It was my bad, specs on my upgrade are the same as stock ones, except the range is 25mts more.

It's 60/55W only, but I did see

Heat dissipate is bit higher than the stock ones.
I am guessing your Upgrade is Philips Extreme Power 60/55W (or something in Siemens (OSRAM) night breaker equivalent) which are same wattage as the stock ones with range 25mts more; I have the same upgrade (Rs.950/-) for past 1 year and till now I didn't see any side effects other than the heat.
I am wondering/afraid about the huge amount of heat dissipated by twice the power 130/100W

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot about this upgrade you had mentioned on your thread.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ml#post2246046 (Heart over mind... ANHC wins the heart...)

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