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Old 11-13-2006, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hid set up question

This should be an easy one for you guys.
(i tried search button already)
I just bought an hid kit for my 325I. I do not have projectors, so i modified the stock bulb holders, so i can use them with the HIDs. but i have a few problems.

1 could anyone suggest a location for the converters( big squeare thingys). got them set up but not good locations. please suggest.

2 when i turn the lights on, they first give off a burst of light, go out and then slowly become brighter.
Is this NORMAL?!

3 LIGHT BULB OUT! indicators. I have sent a couple of pms to visionbulbs, no answer yet, but will give them time to get back to me.Maybe it is a wiring problem( although I followed the site's install DiY )

4 and last but not least, of my problems. eventually the lights flicker! is this suppose to happen?! on a hid kit that is brand new?

i realize that my problems are not your guys problems, but would apreciate the input, and any advice you can throw my way.
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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Go to your dealer and tell them you want your LCM flashed so that it accepts hid xenons. Then the problem of your Lights out Bulb indicator PLUS the flickering will be solved.

And that they come more bright at startup is normal.

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Old 11-14-2006, 11:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help MeLLa .
Now, anyone with sugestions on where do i place the converters.
I heard something about turning the wheel and uncliping a plastic. any leads?
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:23 PM   #4
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common guys, i know you guys know.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:05 AM   #5
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1) Can't help you there, I'm still waiting on my HID conversion kit
2) I think it's not entirely unheard of for the xenons to kind of explode up and then slowly come back up to power, but you it sounds like the power might be surging when they first come on. Not sure, though.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:17 AM   #6
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Colombacho, I did the same setup as you 3 months ago and still going. I put the square box ...on the driver side i put it on the fender hump in the engine bay. Then on the passenger i put it under the window sheild wiper fluid?? that big clear jug.

The light bulb out indicator dont bother . Mine stay on while driving normally but when I turn my headlights on the bulb indicator lights go off.

Not sure about your flicker...cant help you there

When I turn my lights on they have that burst of light and then they power up to normal lighting
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:33 AM   #7
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-the burst then slowly geting brighter i'm pretty sure is completely normal. The gas inside the bulb has to warm up to operating temperature for brightness.

-The bulb out warning is because the HID kit pulls 35 watts instead of like 54 or so. Along with the fact that only one of the plugs is used. That makes the car think both sides are out. You can try and pull fuse 32 but since you said you are having some flickering issues you can get your dealer to reprogram your car for xenons.

-Mounting the ballasts i believe OEM it is done right underneath your headlight there is a bracket that the headlights are held in by and that bracket is mounted to the car. There are one or two holes on that bracket for ballasts.

Just a heads up using HIDs without projectors is dangerous to other drivers and i thought about doing it but went ahead and bought P46's you can get just the P46's from umnitza withouth the HID kit since you already have it. I'm not saying you have to do it and you might have found a way to mounth the HID bulbs so they don't scatter as much.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:38 AM   #8
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I know I will get bashed on for saying this but I like how they are in my non projector headlights. I only been flashed once the whole time i had them in. Maybe later I will get the p46 but i dont see put that money towards my headlights when their are other things out there for my car worth buying first.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:18 PM   #9
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best of luck fixing them but for the love of god..... buy p46s... they only cost about 200 bucks and they will make the light output look nicer and won't blind oncoming traffic
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:56 PM   #10
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NICE! confidence restored on the forum.
well seriously, thanks everybody for helping. Will post pics of the head lights, oddly enough it cuts off at a certain hight and does not disperse light every where. but will post evidence soon
thanks again.
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Old 11-15-2006, 02:02 PM   #11
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-The bulb out warning is because the HID kit pulls 35 watts instead of like 54 or so.
Sort of. The reason isn't because the xenons draw less current, the reason is because the xenon bulbs do not have a filament that offers any measureable resistance. The LCM interprets this as a burnt out halogen bulb (which also has zero resistance). Hence the errors.

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Just a heads up using HIDs without projectors is dangerous to other drivers
Agree with this.
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