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Old 03-21-2014, 04:04 AM
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Thanks Monster 5601!!! So I installed the wire harness and UNFORTUNATELY I'm still experiencing problems.

I did notice however when I start my car, I will get a brief notice on my dash that a headlight bulb is out but then it goes away after a few seconds. BOTH bulbs light up but after a few minutes the driver side turns off.

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+- cables from wire harness are cabled up to the battery

Passenger: one power cable from wire harness connected to ballasts and then from ballasts to HID bulb. spare connector from bulb is not connected. Gold capacitor is grounded to metal frame

Driver side: two cables from wire harness cabled up. power to ballasts and ballasts to HID bulb leaving the other connector from bulb to the other connector from wire harness. (hope this makes sense) Additionally the gold capacitor is also grounded to the metal frame.

Am I missing anything?
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Does your harness have one or two relays?

Did you run a ground wire from each ballast back to the battery? Do not use the metal frame member around the headlamps, I found on my truck there was several ohms of resistance between it and the battery.
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Does your harness have one or two relays?

Did you run a ground wire from each ballast back to the battery? Do not use the metal frame member around the headlamps, I found on my truck there was several ohms of resistance between it and the battery.
So do you suggest making a cable extension and running to the ground terminal on the battery? The wire harness with the retrofit source has several grounds.

- 1 for each ballast connector (2 total)
- 1 for capacitor
- 1 for each resistor (2 total)

So you suggest not making your own ground and trying to use the factory grounds?
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one relay? (bulky black unit)

each side has gold resistor that connected to a ground connection. (metal frame not around the headlamp)

the relay itself had a positive and negative that connected directly to the battery.

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Yes, it is a good idea to use a relay harness. If you do not use a relay, your HIDs will likely flicker because of the way the headlamps are powered by the factory harness (PWM). The relay can handle the short off voltages in the modulated power cycle (see the scope shot of the headlamp power feed) and not unlatch preventing flicker.

You also need load resistors to keep the current pull high enough to make the BCM think they halogen bulb is there and functional. Despite popular believe, a HID ballast pulls about half the current the halogen bulb uses.

I ran a ground wire from each ballast mount point to the battery.

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so over the weekend I had a pretty lengthy road trip in which my HID kits were on for a couple of hours at a time. During the drive both my HIDs would be lit and then after a few minutes (~15-30min) my drivers side would turn off for a while then back on for a while then back off.... is it a ballast issue? also the error is displayed once the truck is turned on.
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So do you suggest making a cable extension and running to the ground terminal on the battery? The wire harness with the retrofit source has several grounds.
I ran a ground wire from the battery to the grounding point of the ballast and load resister on each headlamp.

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one relay? (bulky black unit)

each side has gold resistor that connected to a ground connection. (metal frame not around the headlamp)

the relay itself had a positive and negative that connected directly to the battery.
My relay does not have a ground on it so I'm not familiar with your harness. I ran a ground wire from the battery to the grounding point of the ballast and load resister on each headlamp.

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so over the weekend I had a pretty lengthy road trip in which my HID kits were on for a couple of hours at a time. During the drive both my HIDs would be lit and then after a few minutes (~15-30min) my drivers side would turn off for a while then back on for a while then back off.... is it a ballast issue? also the error is displayed once the truck is turned on.
This would indicate your loading resistors are not loading the headlamp power feed. Could be a grounding issue.
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UPDATE: I rewired everything including the ground which resolved the issue of the "error"; but, unfortunately the bulb still went out. And, even after several minutes my other bulb/ballast went out. I followed the instructions as indicated and nothing seems to be working. After several attempts at troubleshooting and taking off my frontbumper/headlights, I had enough and put back my stock bulbs. I can't say I'm a happy camper. extremely frustrated!!!!! Calling the company tomorrow to request a refund.
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and it gets even worse.. NO REFUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or even EXCHANGES for the 35 watt setup. DONT GO WITH RETROSOUTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

they want me to test with a multimeter which is total bullshit. I paid $170 which is three times as much as other kits and you expect them to just work. So with the saying, " you get what you pay for", it doesn't always apply. Now I'm forced to spend another countless hours to try and resolve this issue otherwise $170 goes to waste.

HELP SOMEONE!! Anyone in Sacramento, CA that can assist.
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