Before I start, I'd like opinions on the best headlights to install for both style AND bright lights. I just got done reading a huge thread regarding "not" installing HID's on Cruze's but I don't know if that was him being mad at people with HID's or him actually knowing what he's talking about. If I SHOULDN'T use HID's, what lights can I get that are stylish AND bright as **** because my stock yellow lights are ******* horrible. In regards to tail lights, will really any LED tail lights be brighter/faster (activation-wise) than stock? I'm seeing ~$250ish for stylish LED tail lights but don't know much about the installation process or anything like that.
I can answer pretty much all your questions.
First of all, if youre looking for headlights are stylish, consider aftermarket full replacement headlights, that contain projector beams and LED daytime running lights. They also come in black casing so you won't need to tint them, and won't get a ticket either.
If you just want to replace the headlight bulbs, there is probably a reason why that guy was complaining about HIDs.. the Cruze comes with regular Reflector lights, not Projectors, so HIDs, especially the very bright ones (55watt, 8000k+ color) are very bright and blinding since reflector lights shine more vertically than projector beams. Projectors have a horizontal cutoff that allows HIDs to not be as seemingly bright towards someone closely head on or behind, and Projectors generally shine FURTHER than reflector lights, so HIDs are more preferred personally with projectors.
I have HIDs in my car, and I run 35watt, 6000k (pure white), and people say theyre not TOO bright, but I love how much more I can see of the road, and how it is white, rather than yellow tinted.
LED bulbs will always activate faster than traditional halogen bulbs. And usually brighter too. You can easily tell the difference between cars with LED taillights and halogen due to the instant light response of LEDs vs the very slight activation time on/off of halogen bulbs. But really, the difference is negligible. Especially since the center brake light is the most important braking light, and I'm pretty sure its LED (not 100% on this, but on most recent cars it is)
There are guides to installing headlights and taillights on the forum.. Nothing too crazy, but that depends on your tools and mechanical expertise.
Keep in mind if you smoke your headlights and/or taillights, especially in a dark tint, that could be illegal in your jurisdiction (and enforced). That will also dampen the light output; LED's and HIDs help to offset this.
18'' wheels are definitely able to fit on the 2013 Cruze LS. Quality of the tire doesn't really matter with regards to it fitting, but you should get a decent quality tire, at least as good as the stock ones.thespr;2303841Now.. : I've had my 2013 Cruze LS for about 6 months now and I've recently decided to start putting into money customizing it.[/COLOR said:So for now, here is my list of what I want to do to the car:
- HID headlights with RVinyl blackout smoke tint cover, and LED tail lights with the same blackout smoke tint cover.
- Window tint
- 18" black or chrome wheels (currently on the stock 16" alloys and it makes me nauseous)
- Vinyl Wrap
Now I have a few questions regarding some of these:
- Are 18" wheels acceptable on a 2013 Cruze LS? I've tried reading around and most people say it's perfectly fine as long as you get good quality tires. If not, I'd probably just do 17's.
- Anyone with experience/knowledge of vinyl wrap, I'm curious to know what you think is the required amount of wrap for a full wrap and how the process usually goes regarding getting it installed by a shop.
- Does anyone know a good Pearlescent White Vinyl Wrap? The one I see is the 3M 1080 Scotchprint Satin Pearl White Vinyl Wrap - However, it looks kind of yellow in the picture. I want either a BRIGHT white wrap and I'd black everything else out, or a Metallic/Satin Chrome Blue wrap and I'd get chrome wheels.
I'd love to hear any feedback, answers to the questions, and recommendations regarding lights/tires/wrap/design.
Would also love to see your custom Cruze's so I can get a feel for something I may like. I'm currently leaning toward bright white wrap w/ everything else blacked out, or a slightly chrome blue wrap with most of the rest chromed out. Let me know what you think!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Your sizing will probably be along the lines of 225/45/18. But that depends on how much sidewall you want, and how wide you want them to be, keeping in mind the width of the new wheels.
I have tons of experience with vinyl wrap. I recommend going to a store to get a quote and see the samples in person. the 3M Satin White Pearl is NOT a bright white. It is Satin, but is is DEFINITELY not yellow. It is actually a BEAUTIFUL color if you ask me, especially with a black 2nd tone. My previous coworker had his 2007 BMW 550i wrapped in that, with Black trim offset and it was a stunner.
There are two different ways of doing a full vinyl wrap: The cheaper way is to take the wrap and put it around pieces of the car, and then just cut at all the body edges. This is the cheaper and quicker way of doing it, but you can tell if you look close at the edges that it is a wrap for sure due to this. The second way is much more expensive (figure around a few grand out the door). It involves taking every body panel out and wrapping the vinyl around it and behind. Thus, when it is put all back together, it is a seemless wrap with no lines at the edges of the panels.
Time wise, the cheaper way can probably be done in a day or 2, it depends on the store. Vinyl wrapping is tricky and some people are quicker than others. The proper and more expensive way to do it can take between a weekish to a month.
Also keep in mind that any TEXTURED wraps will cost more because they are harder/timelier to do; the Metallic Chrome Blue wrap you speak of would be more expensive than a regular color. If you want bright white, just get a gloss white wrap, and black everything else out (it seems like you want to do this more, and I would do the same).
Let me know if you have any more questions.