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post #1 of 7 Old 08-03-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Request: HID headlight install help

So the first of the parts I ordered for my build just started arriving today so I'm going to start with the HIDs...

I got the H13, 10k kit off eBay...by the looks of it, compared to others I've used it looks pretty solid.

Before I start installing em I was wondering if anyone has a writeup of how to cleanly install HIDs (tried to search here- maybe one of the 'other forums'?)...or at least any pointers? Seems pretty straight forward, but since I've never poked around that part of the engine bay, let alone touched or removed the lights I'm wondering if there's anything I should be aware of before I go to install them.

Most importantly- WHERE DO YOU GUYS MOUNT THE BALLAST? I found a couple spots, but I bet some work better than others (protect from heat and water). Since I know a bunch of you are running HID kits any help would be appreciate so the install goes as smoothly as possible.

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Mount the ballasts wherever you can, there are a few different style ballasts. Not sure which kind. Mount them securely, vibration kills. I haven't had any water give me fuss on mine. They have been in the water as well, however the lights weren't running either.

I remove the air filter housing, and flop over the power steering reservoir to get to the passenger side light. The drivers i think i just slide up and out the coolant reservoir and get to it. Dont forget to put it back in! lol

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You are going to blind oncoming traffic using an HID bulb in a housing not designed for HID's. ...and the easiest way to get to the lights is to remove the grill.

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You are going to blind oncoming traffic using an HID bulb in a housing not designed for HID's.
Welcome to Hawaii- I'd say 50%, if not more of drivers I see here have HIDs in housings not designed for them. I've run HID's in tons of cars "not designed for them" and have yet to experience any negative issues. A lot of the roads I drive on have poor lighting, if any, so all the extra light helps!

In fact, I'm running the same 10k kit in my Maserati- got pulled over by a cop once and he actually complimented me on how cool my headlights looked lol!
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Mounting options suck due to the short pig tail. Fogs I installed on the inside steel part of the bumper as high as I could, headlight balast are wrapped in a tar like window flashing that I used to get from work, mounted sitting on top of the front body to frame mount locations.

You will not need the relay kit for the fog light kit, but the head lights you will, and if you have the high beam option you WILL need the resistor to keep them from fluctuating back and forth (pulsing) like crazy. Aim them down a bit as not to blind oncomers and you won't get flashed and trust me you will have WAAAY more light. When I was trying to get my kit lined out I would just drive with the HID fogs and they alone were way brighter than the stock headlight. I even got pulled over by a Dps officer and I showed him why I was driving with only the fogs and he even said the stock headlights were a joke. Everything is plug and play so pretty hard to screw up.

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10K....super glare useless purple lights in a reflector housing...that's gonna rock.

Get ready to do some capacitor work to get them to not flicker with the engine RPM in a JK.

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10K....super glare useless purple lights in a reflector housing...that's gonna rock.

Get ready to do some capacitor work to get them to not flicker with the engine RPM in a JK.
x2 on the 10ks will suck pretty bad, worst light output of 'em all really. You'll need the capacitor and diode deal as well.

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