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Old 01-11-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Removing Stock Xenons and Installing H7 HIDs

So I wanted to go from 6000k to 8000k. I got a cheap kit online. I have installed 9006 HIDs on 2 cars in the past so I thought these would be a breeze. I was wrong. I ended up taking out the 2 lamps and taking them to pieces. I disconnected the stock xenon ballasts and found a way to use the new kit. However, the new kit had one loose red wire and one black, both with metal tips. I ended up getting the lights to work without ever connecting them to anything. Now when I turn on my HIDs, sometimes all my meters (RPM, MPH, fuel, temp.) flicker for a second and then go back to normal. This also resets my clock, trip calculator, mpg, and all that jazz. Did I botch the install? Does anyone know what those 2 wires connect to?

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Old 01-11-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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Im confused.. you ditched your hid setup for h7's???????????????????????
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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yea...knowing the end result i know i probably chose to do the wrong thing. I took out the xenons for an H7 HID kit
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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If you wanted to go to 8000k, all you needed were different bulbs.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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it sounds stupid. i basically tried to swap the stock hids for aftermarket hids, just a different color
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:57 PM   #6
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after i did the installation it hit me that i could have used different bulbs. anyway...how do i fix my current problem?
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:09 PM   #7
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:10 PM   #8
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replace with OEM and buy the bulbs you want.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:58 PM   #9
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So I wanted to go from 6000k to 8000k. I got a cheap kit online. I have installed 9006 HIDs on 2 cars in the past so I thought these would be a breeze. I was wrong. I ended up taking out the 2 lamps and taking them to pieces. I disconnected the stock xenon ballasts and found a way to use the new kit. However, the new kit had one loose red wire and one black, both with metal tips. I ended up getting the lights to work without ever connecting them to anything. Now when I turn on my HIDs, sometimes all my meters (RPM, MPH, fuel, temp.) flicker for a second and then go back to normal. This also resets my clock, trip calculator, mpg, and all that jazz. Did I botch the install? Does anyone know what those 2 wires connect to?

Thanks in advance
Why are yo doiing this?

HIDs are an upgrade to H7s. I'm not saying you can put HIDs where H7s go, I'm saying you wish you had HIDs instead of H7s in the first place.

You are making a giant leap backwards. You are asking how to replace the mercury vapor yard light with a candle.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:00 PM   #10
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:22 PM   #11
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So I wanted to go from 6000k to 8000k. I got a cheap kit online. I have installed 9006 HIDs on 2 cars in the past so I thought these would be a breeze. I was wrong. I ended up taking out the 2 lamps and taking them to pieces. I disconnected the stock xenon ballasts and found a way to use the new kit. However, the new kit had one loose red wire and one black, both with metal tips. I ended up getting the lights to work without ever connecting them to anything. Now when I turn on my HIDs, sometimes all my meters (RPM, MPH, fuel, temp.) flicker for a second and then go back to normal. This also resets my clock, trip calculator, mpg, and all that jazz. Did I botch the install? Does anyone know what those 2 wires connect to?
this sounds like a short problem.. just put everything back and change ONLY the bulbs(d2s) to the temp that you want..
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Cheap HIDS are NOT shielded electromagnetically ... they'll cause your radio to buzz when you turn them on and possibly interfere with any other electronics.

Congrats.
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Cheap HIDS are NOT shielded electromagnetically ... they'll cause your radio to buzz when you turn them on and possibly interfere with any other electronics.

Congrats.
You're saying that like it is a definite.
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Cheap HIDS are NOT shielded electromagnetically ... they'll cause your radio to buzz when you turn them on and possibly interfere with any other electronics.

Congrats.
READ IT AGAIN!

He's taking the HIDs out of the car, not putting them in.
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READ IT AGAIN!

He's taking the HIDs out of the car, not putting them in.
Well then ... that makes no logical sense at all.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:44 PM   #16
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I never understood wtf H7 HID bulbs were... aren't H7 halogen?
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:54 PM   #17
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H7 is just the size of the bulb. I didn' think the ballast would be compatible with another bulb color, hence the replacement. However, I am retarded and acted spontaneously. I cut the wires for the stock ballast but made sure that I left enough wire so I could reconnect them god forbid I messed up. I'll be kicking myself when I'm sitting there reconnecting the wires at about 6 spots.

If you all want to take shots at me, go for it. Its very well deserved.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:13 PM   #18
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I never understood wtf H7 HID bulbs were... aren't H7 halogen?
yea, I think they are
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I never understood wtf H7 HID bulbs were... aren't H7 halogen?
as above is only the bulb/connector type. you can find h7 halogen as well as h7 hid kits.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:04 PM   #20
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H7 sockets are designed for halogens, but some companies put H7 bases on HID bulbs so that they can make plug and play bulbs. These bulbs are almost always inferior in quality compared to proper D2S bulbs... And H7 housings aren't optimized for HID bulbs, so the light output usually sucks too.
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