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Old 01-22-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Ballast Suggestions?

My 3rd OE ballast (in 2 years) has decided to start failing. I'm kind of tired of this as you can imagine, so I'm thinking it's time to switch to an aftermarket ballast

Ideally I'd still like to stick with a brand that's used as OEM on other cars (as opposed to chinese ballasts meant for kits). I've been looking at the Denso Slims and Matsushita Gen 5s on TRS. Neither are waterproof, but apparently they're pretty easy to make water proof so that's not a huge concern. The Matushita's particulrarly look really small, so I'm hoping that would help with mounting issues.

But that's just my preliminary research. Has anyone here switched to a different ballast? And if so, how did you go about mounting it?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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Definitely something from TRS. I haven't switched ballasts but I heard those are top notch.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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Kyle took this with his HTC DNA. His words exactly were: "So tonight again i installed his Morimoto 5 five on my drivers side because and the 55 Umnitza on my passenger.
I wanted to see if there was a difference and there is.
The Umnitza 55w is definitely brighter than the Morimoto 5five.
The Morimoto is actually dimmer than the Umnitza 55w. I would say 10-15% difference. My buddy was really impressed with the Umnitza ballast.
I believe the Morimoto 5five is a true 50w and correct me if im wrong the Umnitza can bus is a 55w? I really don't think 5w difference is making the headlight that much brighter and crisper.
In person you can clearly see a difference. Especially on the sides further from the cutoff. Also note, drivers side Morimoto is not as crisp and white and it has to much blue spectrum on the top of the cuttoff."
Thanks Kyle for your experience!
We have the Canbus 55W in stock. Not many though.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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i intend to stick with 35W. My lights are bright enough, but the OE ballasts are rather unreliable

Edit: After talking with Matt (at TRS), I decided to buy the Matsushita Gen V ballasts. I'm *hoping* I can mount them in the headlight housing itself... but if not, I have a couple ideas that should work. Now I have to devise a method of wiring up the bixenon solenoids while keeping the wiring clean

If anyone's interested, I'll do a write up.

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