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Old 02-15-2010, 06:46 AM   #21
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So far no problems without the harness, umm about removing the headlight...I couldn't get the sucker off..Does anyone know how to take it off, i looked for all the bolts and scews, i can't seem to take it out. You prob need to do it this way, by removing the tires to actually be able to see and strap everything correctly. As far as water tight, its pretty water tight. It comes the right wires. I duct taped everything just incase. Thanks for the feedback
Just be careful with duct tape. It is metallic and therefore electrically conductive.
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:30 PM   #22
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Mike I got them!!!! It drops my jaw every night. And thank god no cluster problems (knock on wood)
One of my ballasts died on me..I think it was defective, I submitted a ticket at DDM. Gluck with yours
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:21 PM   #23
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I ordered the H11-5000K kit from DDM Tuning with the relay harness. In addition I got an adapter from ebay that allows you to plug the harness (car end) into the ballast (H11 to 9006). This will make the wiring plug and play with no splicing.

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Old 02-23-2010, 05:14 PM   #24
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I ordered the H11-5000K kit from DDM Tuning with the relay harness. In addition I got an adapter from ebay that allows you to plug the harness (car end) into the ballast (H11 to 9006). This will make the wiring plug and play with no splicing.

can you point me in the right direction? I tried searching ebay couldn't find adapter from h11 to 9006.
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can you point me in the right direction? I tried searching ebay couldn't find adapter from h11 to 9006.
Sure can-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Xenon-HID-Wire-Harness-H8-H9-H11-Plug-Ballast-Connector_W0QQitemZ140383162532QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Car _Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item20af7d10a4

or just search for "H11 connector".
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:57 AM   #27
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No problem, anytime!
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:20 PM   #28
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I did the fog light HID's last night on my '02 330xi. No need to remove the front wheels. Just simply remove the headlights. There's plenty of room below. Push back on the wheel well liner to insert the HID bulb into the socket. Saved alot of time and my back.
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Thought I'd share a few installation notes. In no way is this meant to be taken as a thread hijack. I give all due respect and credit to the OP.

I have read posts concerning the instrument cluster going "haywire" when turning on the HID fogs. I am using a relay harness to isolate the HID system, and have had no such problem or any other problems since the install.

No need to remove the front wheels. Remove the HL's, and all the room you need is there underneath. You can push the fender liner back enough to change out the foglight bulbs-



A good place for the ballasts-



I didn't like the relay harness from DDM at all. It required a total rework. So there were parts leftover. Since you only need one trigger to the relay, I used one of the H11 plugs to plug the stock harness on the driver's side. Makes an excellent water tight seal.



I used the "drug bin" for my relays and fuse block. It also houses items for audio & angel eyes.



A close-up-



A night & day pic. They are 5000K. They really don't qualify as fog lights at that color. I have 3000K's on order. I'll see how I like those.



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Thanks Rickna, What other mods did you do on your 323xi?
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Thanks Rickna, What other mods did you do on your 323xi?
No problem, other than it's a 330xi (LOL). I did a complete audio install, angel eyes, blackout theme, wheels & tires.
In the works are Eibach Pro springs, Koni Adjustable Sport shocks & stainless steel brake lines. LED tails are waiting for blackout film, LED front turn signal, & LED sidemarkers.
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My bad about thinking you were driving a 323xi . I think I am due for tires, and springs and shocks in the near future. I am also working on a alpine audio system with a kenwood double din head unit.
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My bad about thinking you were driving a 323xi . I think I am due for tires, and springs and shocks in the near future. I am also working on a alpine audio system with a kenwood double din head unit.
No biggie, I was just having fun? I dunno.
The double din is not an easy install. You will need a kit that modifies the heater box and one of the air direction flaps (and linkage), it should also include a bezel. It involves some cutting and its tedious work. Done properly, it's great & worth it, IMO. Search around there are some good write-ups around here somewhere.
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Yea, I have already tore up the heater box, the only main problem I am having is modding the dampers and connecting them together. Will give it another try though in the future. As for now I'm just waiting to do some other projects. Also I did install some AE's and HID's recently. Only problem is that the align of which the light is shooting is only a few feet in front of the car. I am thinking about getting FX-R projectors to fix that and the way it shines.
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This is what I used, but I got it a little cheaper-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...Q5fAccessories
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If anyone's interested, I have a pair of H11 5000K bulbs for sale.
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Thought I'd share a few installation notes. In no way is this meant to be taken as a thread hijack. I give all due respect and credit to the OP.

I have read posts concerning the instrument cluster going "haywire" when turning on the HID fogs. I am using a relay harness to isolate the HID system, and have had no such problem or any other problems since the install.

No need to remove the front wheels. Remove the HL's, and all the room you need is there underneath. You can push the fender liner back enough to change out the foglight bulbs-



A good place for the ballasts-



I didn't like the relay harness from DDM at all. It required a total rework. So there were parts leftover. Since you only need one trigger to the relay, I used one of the H11 plugs to plug the stock harness on the driver's side. Makes an excellent water tight seal.



I used the "drug bin" for my relays and fuse block. It also houses items for audio & angel eyes.



A close-up-



A night & day pic. They are 5000K. They really don't qualify as fog lights at that color. I have 3000K's on order. I'll see how I like those.



Dang, how didn't I see this? lol. Thanks for adding to it. For some reason I can't get my AE relay working right from day 1. It just doesn't work lol
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Dang, how didn't I see this? lol. Thanks for adding to it. For some reason I can't get my AE relay working right from day 1. It just doesn't work lol
Thanks. Test the relay. If you test it correctly, you will hear it "click".
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