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HID installation (hidden ballast)

Hi everyone!

Well the car just went in storage for the winter, so like last winter I'll be working on it all winter long.

I just finished installing my HID kits (6000k/35w) low beams and fog lights.

Nothing really special except for the fog light ballast position, I figured that even though I have a lifetime warranty and they are water proof it is still a very wet location down there, so after a couple of minutes I decided to hide them inside the aluminum bumper frame, they actually fit perfectly, I added rubber pads underneath and on the side, for a couple of reasons :
-in case water goes in there they will be raised 1/8"
-to prevent rattling noises

I had to remove the bumper/bolt on top of the bumper frame but after I slid the ballast in I put it back in place and it will stop the ballast from slipping out for any reason.

I bolted the low beam ballasts on an existing bolt right behind the headlights with the metal brackets that came with the kits.

I also changed the daylight running lights to LEDs (5000k)

The light beams seems to have a nice color and are a little bit brighter than the stock OEM bulbs (I compared side by side) I'm happy not to have that yellowish look anymore
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Here are the pics for the low beam installation
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Nice work, I am debating to do something similar with my sky..(finally)
Which system did you buy and how much?? if I may ask...

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Nice work, I am debating to do something similar with my sky..(finally)
Which system did you buy and how much?? if I may ask...
Beware of the cheap kits on ebay! I paid 50$ each, lifetime warranty, 6000k, H11 bulbs, they are basically the same cheap kits selling on ebay, but I bought them from a company near my house, because if I have any issues whit them I will get service very quickly, I've seen the same kits on ebay sell for 40$ from China but with a one year warranty, I've had some issues, that's why I don't recommend them.

-The low beam bulbs were slightly loose , I had to add a 1/16" round "spacer" behind the orange gasket, then they fit tight... didn't have this issue with the fogs.
-color mismatch, ok I pushed the issue on this one a bit, telling the seller that my car looked like a "Christmas tree" but I did notice some very very slight color differences on the garage door and the seller gave me a pair of extra bulbs that settled this issue, now I have two extra bulbs and I'm thinking of putting one on the reverse light...

Also I'm in Canada so it's always a trouble to get my hands on nice after market car parts, because most of them are in the USA, with the high shipping fees and extra border fees + sale taxes, it ruins the deal... but since you're in the USA I would recommend a renown brand with free shipping and lifetime warranty.

I wouldn't get those 55w but that's just my opinion, the first thing I noticed with the 35w kits is the better lighting and sometimes I see these cars coming towards me on the road with blinding lights, I don't want to be like that, Altough we seem to have great headlights that project the light in a very precise manner, it's your call, good luck!
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OK, who's the guy buried in your engine? (Middle pic.)

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I was just thinking the same thing!!!!

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Ho, do you mean Carlos? ya he was giving me a "hand"...
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Get it? "hand"...

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I thought his name was "Thing".

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OK, who's the guy buried in your engine? (Middle pic.)
Ya! at first I thought that`s a Ghost photography
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