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Old 10-11-2017, 12:46 PM   #1
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HID Bulb Swap

What's everyone, I just bought new aftermarket 6000k D2S HID bulbs to replace my factory bulbs from a pretty reputable company ( I will still be keeping my factory bulbs for back ups just in case of course ) . Reason doing so is I swapped my fog lights over to LED which have a slight blueish tint to them so I wanted my hids to match them. I have taken the headlights off and apart before to my black housing project but it has been a very long time since then and I can't remember how I got the assemblies off. I have taken the 3 main 10mm bolts out that hold the light but it only slightly budges as if something is still holding it back which I can't tell where. There is another bolt underneath the bracket but there's no way to get a socket or wrench in underneath to get to it not sure if it even has to come off or not. Any one have a diy write up on how to get them off? Pictures attached of the bolts I removed


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that's the finally bolt correct?
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Yes, you need to remove the 10mm bolt underneath the headlight - I believe there are only 3 bolts holding it in. Then you should be able to pop it out.

Is that a picture of your car, do you have hydraulics because that thing is slammed?!?
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Yes, you need to remove the 10mm bolt underneath the headlight - I believe there are only 3 bolts holding it in. Then you should be able to pop it out.

Is that a picture of your car, do you have hydraulics because that thing is slammed?!?
okay gotcha, and I have Airlift performance air suspension
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:01 AM   #6
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Crazzzy, looks good bro!
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What HID kit did you use, was it get PNP?
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What HID kit did you use, was it get PNP?
His car has HID stock.
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Yeah I know, all the ILX are, but looking to swap out the bulbs, wasn't sure if I can just swap bulbs or need ballasts and everything?
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It looks like he just changed the bulbs not the ballasts. The idea for him was to change the color temp from 4300-4500 to more 6000 which is more of a bluish white (also known as crystal white) to closely match his fog lights color temp.
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Then no. Just get quality d2S bulbs
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Then no. Just get quality d2S bulbs

That's all I was asking, looking for a recommendation on Bulbs.
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There really is no reason to change the ballast unless you want a higher watt/output. But the set up is a bit different here, where the stock ballast screws onto the bottom of the headlight assembly. The wires go through a harness into the headlight mount area. It is pretty clean, I wouldn't want to mess around with this. More likely just change the bulbs to better quality or different temperature.
The ballast is on the bottom.
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The stock wiring goes into the black plug directly into the ballast (square silver box). Underneath the ballast there is wires that lead to another harness (which has a seal) that leads into the mount for the bulb. To access the bulb you need to remove the large grey plastic circular cover.
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Hahaha... Nice ILouieX, I actually use DDM Tuning as well. That is what I am using for my HID amber fog lights.
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Problem with DDM tuning bulbs is that the wiring for the HID bulbs would not be plug and play, you would need to splice the wires to fit the stock wiring into the stock ballast. Using DDM Tuning ballasts probably would not fit where the stock Ballast is located - You would probably have to relocate it.
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Problem with DDM tuning bulbs is that the wiring for the HID bulbs would not be plug and play, you would need to splice the wires to fit the stock wiring into the stock ballast. Using DDM Tuning ballasts probably would not fit where the stock Ballast is located - You would probably have to relocate it.

Know of any Quality bulbs/companies that are plug n play?
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Problem with DDM tuning bulbs is that the wiring for the HID bulbs would not be plug and play, you would need to splice the wires to fit the stock wiring into the stock ballast. Using DDM Tuning ballasts probably would not fit where the stock Ballast is located - You would probably have to relocate it.
Ok, my mistake... Yesterday I did a coolant flush and oil change and decided to take a look at the stock HID bulbs. It is a little bit of a pain to get at them but you can access the bulbs from the engine bay. Most importantly I will confirm that it is plug and play with probably any D2S bulb. I think I will be ordering a set from DDM Tuning - I have ordered from them many times in the past and their newer bulbs are pretty decent. I want a little more whiter look probably the 5500K temp and $35 for the pair is cheap enough to try.
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