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Old 10-08-2013, 03:12 PM
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Question HID Lights And TIPM

I've upgraded to PIAA'S because we all know that the headlights on the 2011's are poor. But I was into the dealer on a headlight issue and asked his opinion about HID's. Without hesitation he said "stay away from them as they can fry your TIPM and your looking @ around $1200 to replace" I'm still under warranty so I don't want to do anything to compromise that (if I haven't already with the PIAA'S), but I see lots of the 11's with the HID's and wonder if this is a common problem or is this just a standard dealership answer. I would really like to go HID's but not sure if it is practical while still under warranty. Any suggestions or opinions welcome!!
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If you installed a kit with a wire harness with it then it becomes a unit that is attached directly to the battery like any other option you add on, that it be an air pump or off road lights, the only part that is connected into the system is at the light bulb level and this is only used as a trigger, barely any amperage. No issues if you run this way, I have run on Chrysler vehicles HID kits with wire harnessed for over 15 years and never had a problem, Also on Ford and Honda and Mazda, also one Hyundai, the area you might run into issues is if you are using direct canbus ballasts, the cheaper the units the more amperage they draw when powering on, sometimes the draw up to 10-15 amps, this can cause problems with your TIPM module, over time of getting that amperage draw will weaken the module and it can go poof or if a ballast shorts same thing, with a wire harness there is a built in fuse and its direct to the battery, nothing can hurt the TIPM, yes if a short at the bulb connection happens it could but the likely hood of that happening are minimal, . This is another way manufactures keep you linked to the dealer, the TIPM is a nice unit as you can link in and change the way your lights or other powered modules will be accessed by the system, but it also give the user less information like if a fuse blew you would just change it, not the same with the TIPM, that you have to see the dealer to change the module, and its around 800 - 900$.
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I have been running my HID's in highs, lows and fogs for over a year now and no issues. My 09 Quad Cab had them, so did my 05 RSCB 4x4 Sport and even my 2006 Civic Sedan had 'em. I love HID and will never go anything less.

Just make sure you use the relay harness and a set of in-line capacitors and all will be well.
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Thanks for the info guys, I know I can always count on getting straight up answers and solid advice from knowledgeable people on this forum. This has really helped to put this into perspective! I can't wait to get them now!!
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If you do not have projectors make sure you bring down the angle of your reflector a few degrees, this will help to not flare out to much with on coming traffic. Most HID bulbs now come with the plasma ball at the same location distance as the original Bulb that was in the housing, always good to check them compared to your original bulbs before you install them.
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If you do not have projectors make sure you bring down the angle of your reflector a few degrees, this will help to not flare out to much with on coming traffic. Most HID bulbs now come with the plasma ball at the same location distance as the original Bulb that was in the housing, always good to check them compared to your original bulbs before you install them.
This^ I always forget to mention that.

My wife followed me (I was in my escort) yesterday for 2.5 hrs at various distances and various angles. Never once was I blinded or glared. Park it 10-20 feet from a wall and put a 7mm socket onthe screw heads inside the fenders and rotate them down a bit. It will not affect the light output much (Still HUGE improvement over stock), but wont blind/kill people either. Stand about 20 feet in front of your truck and look it dead in the eyes at a slight kneel. If you can stare at the lights directly for longer than a few seconds, you are probably good.
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