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Old 04-29-2006, 07:45 PM   #1
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Official Comparison - Predator Chromium VS DDE Raptor CWP Edition

First and foremost, we are happy to report to those of you that have the Predator Chromium product, you should be very pleased with these results.

Without further ado...

Predator Chromium came out in January 05. DDE Raptor came out in February 06, but not really til March 06, but not really til...well, you get the point.

PICTURE 1: Clearly shows how much sharper, brighter, and more brilliant the Chromium ring itself is compared to the bare Raptor ring.


PICTURE 2: Clearly shows how much sharper, brighter, and more brilliant the Chromium ring itself is compared to the bare Raptor ring from another angle.


PICTURE 3: The Raptor ring is dull, almost lifeless, while the Chromium ring sparkles as more light hits it.


PICTURE 4: Now we start getting into the meat of the comparison. The backing plate on the Chromiums is actually chrome dipped for a mirror like surface. The Raptor, is just silver paint. The Chromium ring is flat to reflect as much as possible, the Raptor ring is channeled, you'll see the "genius" behind this technology later.


PICTURE 5: Note the sharpness of the grooves, the lack of residue, and the overall complete finish of the Chromium ring on the right.


PICTURE 6: The two rings side by side, the Chromium on the right. Note the sloppy additional wiring required to make the system "work" in the cold weather climates. Also note that multi colors of wires are required to make it work, so that when you actually do put it into your headlights, all you see is a tangle of wires, not like BMW wiring.


PICTURE 7: Garage engineering leads to garage quality. Note the cheap aluminum tin foil look of the backing of the Raptor ring. Note the milky residue at the corners. But wait...See picture 8.


PICTURE 8: Garage engineering leads to garage quality. Note the cheap aluminum tin foil look of the backing of the Raptor ring. Note the milky residue at the corners. Note the additional wiring, the messy milky residue.


PICTURE 8: Who wants 2 of these bulky things in their engine bay with octopus wiring coming out?


PICTURE 9: The now famous COLD WEATHER PACKAGE is nothing more than a single core wire with insulation that is 10X the diameter of this wire. This wire supposedly "heats" up and makes the rings warmer, except, IT DOESN'T WORK. In order for that wire to generate enough heat quickly enough to make it work it would require being 10X thicker and if it was, it would set the whole ring on fire.


Finally:

PICTURE 10: This is what you are asked to install and figure out. Please note, this is only 1 HALF of the whole kit. Think about doing the other side? Anyone got a whole day to devote to doing a simple modification? Want to do something easier like an engine swap instead?
 
Old 04-30-2006, 10:14 AM   #2
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Wow, looks pretty good
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:37 AM   #3
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Simply amazing...
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any on car pictures?
 
Old 04-30-2006, 08:09 PM   #5
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any on car pictures?
Of?
 
Old 04-30-2006, 09:16 PM   #6
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who makes raptors? I thought umnitza was making raptors? I guess I heard wrong lol
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On car pictures of both. I think it would show the contrast very much if you had the chromium on the left side of the headlight and the Raptor CWP on the right side of the headlight but both on the same headlight to show how different they are.

It's not the same trying to visualize it on the car.
 
Old 04-30-2006, 10:20 PM   #8
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It doesn't help showing on a car, you can play tricks with camera, lighting, and all sorts of other factors to make one look better than the other.

The bottom line is quality. And by doing a closeup discussion of the quality, you get a better understanding of what one product is and isn't.

Here's a writeup from an actual customer of both.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=341112
 
Old 05-01-2006, 07:27 AM   #9
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i guess that's a no.
 
Old 05-01-2006, 10:01 AM   #10
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It's a no because it's impossible to show this level of detail on the car. And because in real life you get to see these defects whereas the camera hides them.
 
Old 05-01-2006, 11:32 AM   #11
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so basically it looks the same on the car then?
 
Old 05-02-2006, 09:15 AM   #12
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ah ok, i misunderstood you.
 
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