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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Fiat 500 Accessories: Installing the BFxenon HID Kit
The headlights that come with the Fiat 500 are modern BiHalogen projector beam headlights. Using the latest halogen bulb technology, they put out a sufficient light beam, however, for those who want the ultimate in visibility, High Intensity Discharge(HID) or Xenon headlamp bulbs are the way to go.
Up until a few years ago, Xenon headlights were only available on high end, exclusive automobiles, but are now slowly making their way towards more mainstream cars. One way this is happening is through aftermarket kits. These vary greatly in quality and run the gambit from Xenon bulb rejects found on eBay to kits made specifically for an individual vehicle.
In the aftermarket and Car Tuner world, BFxenon is known for their high quality Xenon kits and excellent customer service. BFxenon supplied their latest kit available for the Fiat 500 for me to try.
Upon opening the kit, I was impressed with the quality of the components, The connectors were well made OE grade connectors and fit together quite well. Mounting brackets and zip ties were included. Everything had a quality feel. Directions provided were generic, and not up to the high standards of the rest of the kit, but it is a relatively easy install and I'll provide some hints not covered.*
BFxenon has a variety of bulb colors available. I chose the 6000K color which most closely matches an OE HID setup. The lights have the usual Xenon bright white beam which helps on the mountain roads that I drive on. The headlights provide excellent visibility and improved the high beam performance. The high beam lighting is one area I've always felt the 500 could use some help in.
Summed up, the installation went together well, with everything snapping together and other than reversing connector 1 there were no surprises. BFxenon was quick to answer any questions and provides a 10-Day Satisfaction full money back guarantee and 6-Month Replacement Warranty.
*Disclaimer - The descriptions provided here are what worked on my car and I make no guarantee they will work on yours. Use at your own risk and I am not responsible if you damage your car. If you have doubts about your ability to do this kind of work, seek professional advice. Consult the appropriate authorities for the legality of installing aftermarket headlights.