this honestly is just something that a regular mechanic doesn't get experience with. They just wanted more light and it would make sense that more lights = more light but as we have seen it just does not always work. I will tell you that while you hate to write that check you grin a little bit inside every night after that when you turn them on after getting a good retrofitThank you, Scott, for the input. ++
Maybe some others following this thread will see the value of APPLICABLE information versus ranting and bashing.
“…custom lighting in the hands of a group of oil techs - but I'm not sure if you don't grasp what we've been saying, or if you just don't want to accept that your shop is out of their league.”
I don’t know where you got “oil techs” ? They are not grease monkeys.
And I absolutely DO grasp what you and everyone else is saying and I value a good deal of the feedback.
And FWIW, this shop is NOT out of their league, but thanks for passing judgement on something you know absolutely nothing about. Speaks volumes about you.
Well put, duh09. I texted with them tonight as a matter of fact and took them up on their offer of a full refund AND explained that I’d be going with the madd headlights… which I intend to ins myself.How do you continue to defend a shop that's had your car in and out since March 1st and continued to hand you back a car with WORSE than factory light output??
We are still talking about the shop that handed you your car back in early March, knowing that you were there with light issues, and they didn't even think to test the lights out at night? And then again this past weekend and STILL shittier than stock light output?
You followed up after the first incident of terrible lighting when you were warned about the terrible light output of eBay lights and BOOM TWO whole months later, the car comes back to you with some shitty eBay lights. Cool, they put some quick disconnects on the shitty eBay lights. That will be great for when they take them off your car and toss them in the garbage where they belong.
And then you still take your car back to these guys and start sending them links to retrofit parts? I specifically sent the direct link to the actual entire headlight, that Madd Retro will build for you, because I have 0 confidence in your incompetent shop to be able to build a set of retrofits.
I'm glad your guys are really good at matching the green wire to the green wire on their Metra radio wiring kits, but it's blatantly apparent to anyone reading this thread that they haven't earned your money or your business.
At the end of the day, it is your money, so you're free to burn it any way you see fit, but no matter whether you like what I'm saying or not - I'm not wrong in any assumption about this shop. They should flat out be embarrassed and ashamed that in 2 months, they could not give you anything of value and couldn't be bothered to turn the lights on at night to see that they weren't even in the ballpark for what you're asking for.
I will make sure they do that. AND…(!) I let them know they will need to replace or rig up something where they removed where the side markers snap into place. They said they will for sure.I really do not blame the shop for the mistake, nor you. As I said they were tasked with getting more light and it makes sense that more lights would mean more light. You might have some work on the wiring to get it back to stock for the new lights.
duh09,No surprises here.
Custom built retrofit lights are going to just about be your only option for that light output you are wanting and expecting.
Another plug for Madd Retros
We've all been there: You're driving down the highway at night, street lights aren't going a good job. Maybe you're tired or your nighttime vision just isn't as good as you remember. Either way, you should be able to see more than 15 feet in front of you. Does seeing hundreds of feet sound...maddretros.com
I hate that he’s not responding, I recently dealt with him in getting my s197 lights and my sn95 lights. The SN lights took a little bit longer than expected to get finished, but he did them, and did a good job.duh09,
I took your suggestion and ordered up thru MaddRetros (Brandon) to the tune of over $700. Bulbs I got via Diode Dynamics and Brandon and I went painstakingly through my headlight order. That was in June. Last week he said
5 days. It’s been a week PAST that now and dude won’t even respond to my texts asking for an ETA. HELL, I even offered to drive out and pick them up when they’re ready since he’s only about 75 minutes away (but some ugly LA freeways!). And still no response. If you know this guy, maybe you can rattle his cage a bit, because I’m beginning to sense I’ve been scammed. I hope not because have his address and I don’t think he’d enjoy a visit from me.