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Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

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Old 09-03-2009, 06:39 PM   #1
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My Angel Eyes almost caught fire! Opinions needed.

So I noticed one of my eyes was flickering, I popped the hood and looked at the clips that connect the rings to the ballast and it was smoking! Ive had them for 2+ years no problems.

I know that this is a somewhat common problem with the predator chromiums but damn!

So is the only fix to get rid of the black clips and solder the connection then heat shrink it? How much safer are they then?

What effect will this have on the “lifetime warranty”?

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Old 09-03-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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i heard of these catching on fire. i notice one side was flickering on my car for a bit, but i secured the ballast and it was fine. down the road they took a crap on me. when i unlock the car they come on with the interior lights, i start them up then they just turned off. im guessing mine was a bad wiring harness. so i dettached the red line which was t-taped to the red/gold wire in the engine bay, and unhook the brown wire and wrapped it up to a fuse in the glove box. no more remote feature but at least they are running when i start the car now

i know that had nothing to do what you were asking for, but if its lifetime warranty i would replace the whole set rather than fixing it yourself, just to be safe.
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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I doubt the sponsor I bought them from would replace the whole kit. Ill probably just end up soldering and re-crimping the ring wires to the harness with lots of heat shrink and electrical tape.
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:32 AM   #4
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Soldering is the safe bet, the weak point of these kits are the black plastic connectors so bypassing those will eliminate the problem.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:46 AM   #5
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there should use some registered connector, say AMP. The current is very large, poor contact at the connector can cause overheat and fire. soldering is a possible way.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:06 PM   #6
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Soldering is the safe bet, the weak point of these kits are the black plastic connectors so bypassing those will eliminate the problem.
Do you guys sell just the rings of the LED kits? I didn't find any thing on your website.

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Thanks everyone!
I just got done soldering and heat shrinking all the connectors, 2.5 hours later!

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Old 09-04-2009, 11:07 PM   #7
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:09 PM   #8
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My CCFL angel eyes have attempted to catch fire twice. Like there was literally a fire, lots of smoke and sparking. I still have them though, no more stupid black plastic connectors though. I ripped those suckers out. Pic:

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Old 09-04-2009, 11:23 PM   #9
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^^Damn! I think I saw your thread about that. Thats crazy, Im glad I caught mine before it got worse.

Eventually I'll go LED, just need to convince myself to buy them.

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^^Damn! I think I saw your thread about that. Thats crazy, Im glad I caught mine before it got worse.

Eventually I'll go LED, just need to convince myself to buy them.
Yep. I dont know how sponsors still sell these. Then after the fact, you get answers like these "the weak point of these kits are the black plastic connectors so bypassing those will eliminate the problem."

Well if the plastic connectors are the problem... why do sponsors sell them...

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I would guess its maybe because that's the only option out there?

Just a guess.
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