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    1. Junior Member Nirvana838's Avatar
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      06-25-2012 08:20 PM #1
      So the headlights on my 20th have fogged over real bad so i think its a good excuse to buy some new ones. I'm just looking for suggestions, pics, ect. Help me out guys.

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      06-25-2012 08:26 PM #2
      E-codes. Real ones at that. Or just get glass lenses for your stockers and rejoice.

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      I got depo 25th anny reps. All black and glass lenses
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      Quote Originally Posted by r2kool4u View Post
      I got depo 25th anny reps. All black and glass lenses
      How do you like the depo? I was thinking about getting the ecode ones but as 87 points out. Iv waited this long might as well get the real ones

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      06-26-2012 03:21 PM #5
      Real e-codes for sure. Got a set on my 20th and they rock.

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      06-26-2012 05:05 PM #6
      Love my Helix OEM HID Replica lights.
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      06-27-2012 01:03 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Nirvana838 View Post
      So the headlights on my 20th have fogged over real bad so i think its a good excuse to buy some new ones. I'm just looking for suggestions, pics, ect. Help me out guys.
      Replace the plastic lenses with glasses lens from inpro and cover with clear plastic film
      E-codes
      Hella euro-spec blackout lenses
      Hella Celis

      Don't settle for knock-offs with inferior quality.

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      06-27-2012 01:10 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by leftygibsonplyr View Post
      Love my Helix OEM HID Replica lights.
      Throw up a pic if you have one.

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      06-27-2012 01:12 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by DTMVDUB View Post
      Replace the plastic lenses with glasses lens from inpro and cover with clear plastic film
      E-codes
      Hella euro-spec blackout lenses
      Hella Celis

      Don't settle for knock-offs with inferior quality.
      I checked out the hella hids, very nice but ECS doesn't offer them anymore. That's definitely the look I'm going for.

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      06-27-2012 01:37 AM #10
      Hella e-codes on mine:


      SoWo '11 by volksron, on Flickr

      OEM hids:

      IMG_2812 by volksron, on Flickr

      Take my word for it, you would rather have the e-codes. The OEM hids are nothing impressive, especially for the money.. Buy Hella e-codes, stuff nice Sylvania bulbs in them and enjoy the lighting.

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      06-27-2012 02:03 AM #11
      Very nice look! any shots of them on at night?

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      06-27-2012 03:34 AM #12
      I really liked the hella ecodes, especially the smoked ones, but aftet looking around online its seems not many, if any, people sell them. Know any good vendors? I looked at TM but no smoked.

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      06-27-2012 03:35 AM #13
      Hella's are starting to become rare, this platform is two generations old now, that being said...

      Quote Originally Posted by Nirvana838 View Post
      I looked at TM but no smoked.
      http://www.tmtuning.com/HOME/catalog...t_product=1026


      You must have looked right past them...
      Last edited by 87vr6; 06-27-2012 at 03:39 AM.

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      06-27-2012 10:55 AM #14
      You must have looked right past them...[/QUOTE]

      lol thanks man i must have. but damn, $550 seems steep.

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      06-27-2012 11:34 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Nirvana838 View Post
      Throw up a pic if you have one.


      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...ights/ES10982/

      If you want to see more, PM me or search my username. Plenty of people on here rock those though. They are very popular.
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      06-27-2012 12:28 PM #16
      I'd have to ask my husband the brand, since he bought them for me for Christmas, but I know he got them from ECSTuning. I love the e-codes. Glass lenses, nice bright light. Worth every penny, IMO.

      Quote Originally Posted by TM87 View Post
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      His - '01 Jetta TDI, 159k. Now has 3 pedals, as it should!

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      06-27-2012 01:00 PM #17
      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...ights/ES10982/

      If you want to see more, PM me or search my username. Plenty of people on here rock those though. They are very popular. [/QUOTE]

      I like these a lot. Very clean. But what does it mean when it does "for off road and show use only"? Does that mean they aren't DOT approved?

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      07-08-2012 03:01 PM #18
      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...ights/ES10982/

      Does anyone know if I need to buy the Euro switch control and/or the fog light harness for the headlights above?

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      07-08-2012 03:26 PM #19
      When my stock ones fogged up I bought the Depo ones from GAP for $90 a pop. I had all clear sidemarkers all around and ocean tail lights so I wanted the turn signal in the headlight housing to be clear.

      Looked great. Had glass lenses, too.
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      07-09-2012 12:07 AM #20
      ecodes! im also trying to pick some up

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      07-09-2012 12:37 AM #21
      retrofits.

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      07-09-2012 03:57 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Nirvana838 View Post
      Does anyone know if I need to buy the Euro switch control and/or the fog light harness for the headlights above?
      Need the euroswitch? No, but it makes the user experience better. And you don't know a fog harness, your car is prewired, fogs are already installed.

      Without an Euroswitch, you can't do this:

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      07-09-2012 01:31 PM #23
      Cool. I'll probably end up picking one up. The switch in my car, obviously, controls the fogs and main lights but not like the Euro switch.

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      07-09-2012 06:11 PM #24
      See our link below for more options -



      Volkswagen 337/20AE 1.8T > Lighting > Headlights

      http://www.ecstuning.com
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      07-10-2012 09:15 PM #25
      LOVE my Depo's. Got them on Ebay for ~300 I think, and they run HID's



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      07-11-2012 03:29 AM #26
      Depo's are real nice. I'm either gonna order those or the ones in the link above from ECS tuning. Now I'm just trying to decide between halos or no halos.

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      07-11-2012 09:55 AM #27
      no halos...halos are gross, imo of course.
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      07-11-2012 03:26 PM #28
      Hella blackouts i have these on my car with glass lenses and love them. I recomend laminex over the glass though to prevent chipping as mine are getting pretty beat pretty quick.
      Quote Originally Posted by Chaoz View Post
      Psh speak for yourself whips and blacks are no longer friends.. **** whipped creme even makes me quiver

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      07-11-2012 06:06 PM #29
      Hella's have been hard to find, this is too hard of a decision! I think I'm gonna go with Depo hid's but I'm not positive yet.

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      07-11-2012 06:35 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Nirvana838 View Post
      Hella's have been hard to find, this is too hard of a decision! I think I'm gonna go with Depo hid's but I'm not positive yet.
      You didnt look very hard. AS much as i HATE ecstuning they posted a link to there website with all there headlights and oh, whats that, they have the hellas? OH, wait, what? They also have them on sale right now?! go fetch boy

      Edit:HID's are junk and many people have problems with them, best of luck to you soldier.
      Quote Originally Posted by Chaoz View Post
      Psh speak for yourself whips and blacks are no longer friends.. **** whipped creme even makes me quiver

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      07-11-2012 06:43 PM #31
      Hahaha yea, i guess i didn't look all that hard. I'll check it out. Why hate ECS though? Something i should be concerned about?

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      07-11-2012 07:04 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Nirvana838 View Post
      Hahaha yea, i guess i didn't look all that hard. I'll check it out. Why hate ECS though? Something i should be concerned about?
      If you ever have to deal with their customer service, it sucks big hairy balls. I have had a couple issues with them that i wont get into but we will just leave it at there customer service sucks and if it says its in stock, its not always in stock.
      Quote Originally Posted by Chaoz View Post
      Psh speak for yourself whips and blacks are no longer friends.. **** whipped creme even makes me quiver

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      07-11-2012 07:07 PM #33
      I've only ever ordered my forge DV from them with no issue but I've run into the in stock but not in stock scenario with other sites. I'll keep an eye out for it with them as i may get my headlights from them.

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      07-11-2012 11:20 PM #34
      I've been ordering from ECS for 6+ years now. NEVER had a problem. Always get the right parts, always on time, and their customer service has been nothing but stellar for me. Anytime i've had to call and ask some questions on something i wasn't sure of myself, they were always helpful in advising me.

      just sayin.

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      07-12-2012 02:31 AM #35
      ecs

      have done the "in stock" thing to me too a few times now. and the shipping prices are



      op just replace your lenses with glass ones.
      http://volxtuning.com/products-page/...dlight-lenses/

      or they have these 20th ecodes. ive heard good things about their reps.
      http://volxtuning.com/products-page/...lights-smoked/

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