I wanna know what is the best HID kit for a 2010 escape; i don't care about if they are illegal because i live in Puerto Rico and the police are to lazy to give you any crap.
I've done a lot of research lately on these HID kits, and who makes the best ones. Within the last few months I did my headlights, and just the other day I did my fog lights. But after all the researching here is what I've concluded....
-Almost, if not ALL the kits you buy are made in China.
- If one is looking for a top-of-the-line kit, the name that keeps coming up for ballasts and bulbs is Phillips. They seem to be the supplier for gear to the manufacturers, but those aftermarket kits are hard to find and VERY expensive.
- The kits you can purchase off of Ebay seem to be just fine, and most come with a decent warranty. Expect to pay between $80-$100. The company I ordered from was actually pretty cool. Once I completed my first order, they gave me access to this "special" ordering website with "special customer" pricing. Basically I can get any standard kit (2 ballasts, 2 bulbs, mounting gear, any color temp and installation plug) for $41 shipped. They've got a bunch of other stuff you can order too, like extra lights and slim ballasts etc. If you want their information I can give it to you. When ordering, make sure you specifically state your year, make, model and proposed usage (headlight, fog light etc). This way they send you the right plug adapter.
- Ballasts for the most part are ballasts. Some kits for an extra fee will give you "slim" ballasts, which work well in smaller places. They aren't that much smaller then the standard size ballast, but if you have the need go for it. Ballasts also have two flavors, 35 watt and 55 watt. The 35 watt is what you will find 90% of the time in the kits on ebay and online. These kits should definitely suit your needs, and run off of the stock plug, so there is no need to run a separate line to the battery, and will avoid having the lamp error appear on the newer model information centers. 55 watt ballasts run off of a direct line from the battery, and are EXTREMELY bright. 55 watt ballasts are an absolute ticket target in the states. But as you stated, it might work for your situation.