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Old 03-07-2012, 08:36 AM
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So far anyway.

I see people removing the fender liner to access the white retention clip for the back of the headlight housing. That is NOT necessary at all. Just open the "access port" in the fender line as seen in the photo.

#2 release the white retention clip Before you remove the two bolts in the front holding the headlight housing, that way you dont have to worry about the headlight popping out accidentally while your over by the tire.

#3 There is a 'ball plug' for lack of better description that also holds the headlight housing in place. You have to gently pry between the fender and the housing with something gently to 'pop' the housing out

the second pic is facing the headlight (which is already removed) showing the white clip and you can see where the ball plug thing goes and the inside of the access port.

#4 I do Not see how you can remove those two bolts holding the housing without removing the grill. But removing the grill was a quick and easy task so its no biggie to do.

The third picture is just the free headlight housing showing the little round port that needs to be drilled for the wiring grommet from the HID bulb

The instructions with my HID kit SUCK! I didnt finish the job yet
I'll add my experiences to this thread as I go
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:31 AM
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I got the **************** HID kit installed, but the passenger side light will not turn on. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:43 AM
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I turns out I had the plug coming from the relay into the passenger side ballast plugged in backwards. I didn't notice it could go either way. All is well and these 55W retro-solution 55W HIDs are FANTASTIC! The one big think I dont like is that I can't use my Auto light function
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I turns out I had the plug coming from the relay into the passenger side ballast plugged in backwards. I didn't notice it could go either way. All is well and these 55W retro-solution 55W HIDs are FANTASTIC! The one big think I dont like is that I can't use my Auto light function
Any pics of the installation? I've used their stuff before on a different vehicle with great results. Do you have to cut the reflector housing or does it "clamp on?"
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I was so involved in the install I forgot to take a bunch of pics. Sorry. You do have to cut a hole in the round black removable dust cover to fit the grommet that's part of the bulb harness.
I use my auto lights now too. No issues so far but I disabled area lighting in EVIC so that they don't light before I start the engine
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I was so involved in the install I forgot to take a bunch of pics. Sorry. You do have to cut a hole in the round black removable dust cover to fit the grommet that's part of the bulb harness.
I use my auto lights now too. No issues so far but I disabled area lighting in EVIC so that they don't light before I start the engine
They say don't use automatic lights and dont flash them off and on... and all that crap... I have an HID kit installed in my Cadillac for 5 years and have done this all the time with out a problem, I just treat them like a regular old bulb. I wouldn't worry about it.

I also have a HID kit installed on my GSX-R 1000, flash my lights all the time.
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Good to know. I think the bigger issue would be if they ignited before start up and then were on during engine start up. What about the Gixxer? Doesn't the light ignite right when you turn the ignition on? No issues eh?
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Good to know. I think the bigger issue would be if they ignited before start up and then were on during engine start up. What about the Gixxer? Doesn't the light ignite right when you turn the ignition on? No issues eh?
On the gixxer, as soon as I turn the key, the HID comes on, then goes off when I hit start, then comes right back on. People say its bad for the bulb, but I have had the same bulb in there for years.
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That's good to hear Steve! I'm leaving Auto lights on and forgetting about it
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That's good to hear Steve! I'm leaving Auto lights on and forgetting about it
Yea man, I wouldn't worry about it. Usually if it's a bad bulb it only lasts a few weeks before it goes bad.

In my Cadillac I had a bad bulb with my original install back in 06', I almost went to the sellers house and strangled him. On that car you have to remove the inside wheel well covers, and the entire front bumper to get to the headlight housing... Talk about pain in the ass, its like a minimum 1 hour job just to change a light bulb...
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