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#1: 01-16-2010, 11:55 PM
Yet another HID Kit Review: APEXCONE Raptor V2
 
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HID threads are becoming nearly as numerous as threads asking “which type of oil should I use?”, but unlike most of the numerous oil threads, I think many of you will be benefited by my findings here.

Firstly, I mean no disdain towards vendors selling other types of kits, or HID setups. I have bought from two separate vendors here, enjoyed a positive experience overall and appreciate their patronage to our site. I am not affiliated with, nor do I have anything to gain by this review. I have simply endured various types of frustrations with other kits, and have found what I believe to be a superior value. Again, I only wish to better our community by offering another option for those of you looking to enrich your automotive lighting experience.

DDM Tuning is a United States distributor based out of California for various brands including Bilstein, Eagle eyes, Apexcone, H&R as well as their own DDM branded products. Many of you, myself included, have used the DDM Slim kits sold by various vendors on our site and others at a great value. Although using these kits are effective methods of installing a basic HID setup on your vehicle, their reliability, as reported by myself and others, is subpar in many cases. I recently did a review of the VOLT HID kit, and compared and contrasted to my DDM Slim here: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100651

I had been very impressed with the VOLT kit, until I used one in an install that didn’t work much better than the DDM Slim kits I had used previously. I decided to branch out, and try a new setup offered by DDM Tuning. These are Apexcone’s new Raptor V2 line of economy hid kits. After speaking with some of the folks over at DDM Tuning, I decided to go with the 55 watt setup over the 35 watt setup for a few reasons. The 55w ballasts are slightly larger than the 35w ballasts because the components are built better so as to sustain the increased electrical demands. I am also told that their redesign is considerably more robust and durable than the raptor V1s. Additionally, they provide more light output, although I will get to that later.

Upon initial inspection, I have to compliment their exterior design and durability. They’re much heavier than other ballasts I’ve used, and appear very well built. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Both top and bottom are very reflective, with etching on the one side explaining model, wattage, etc.




Bulbs look to be fairly standard, and connections also look to be similar to those used in other ballasts. (IE you can buy another set of bulbs in different color or size, and they plug directly into the ballast) I opted to buy the Wiring harness instead of making my own so I could test the setup both with and without it.





I also purchased new bulb caps to drill, so I can return to stock if it becomes necessary. (part number 84953AG060)



Install took about 20-30 min. (same as any other hid kit install) One of my gripes about this kit is the difficulty associated with mounting a larger ballast in our engine bay, and still having it look clean. No mounting hardware was included, other than a pair of zip ties. I completed the install first with the relay harness, and then again without it and never reinstalled it. (I will explain this later)

At 6000k, light output was marginally better than other 6000k 35w hid offerings. I say 35w because I have used other 55w kits that seemed to produce substantially more light, however at those levels there is little to gain in terms of more visibility. Pictures Below:







Now, all of these pictures are taken with the kit installed without the wire relay harness. I said above that there was not a noticeable difference between installations. The legacy’s electrical supply is more than ample to successfully ignite, and continue to burn them even through the car’s ignition process. Not only was this true with the legacy, but also on the same WRX that struggled with the VOLT kit as mentioned at the end of my VOLT review thread. The video below shows the kit installed, with the car turned off, but the headlights turned to the ‘on’ position. I then start the car, HIDs ignite, survive crank, and continue to burn. All without a single problem, or change in the output of light.




For under 50 bucks, I don’t think you can do better. If your legacy is like mine, and likes burning out h7 bulbs at least once a year, these are well worth it. The price even includes a lifetime warranty.

If you’d like to learn more, the web address is: www.ddmtuning.com

They also frequent BMW enthusiast sites where a large part of their customer base is. (Which is how I did a lot of the research and communication) The largest of which is located here: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=286

Let me know if I can answer any questions.

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