Placed an order for the Raptor kid with 35W H11 5000K bulb choice.From the link posted. Both are DDM products, the Slim kit is just a different type of HID kit compared to the Raptor. Slim was meant for cars where you will have a hard time fitting a ballast, but it's a plus for anyone as the kit is easier to conceal.
Just looked into the hood last night; just got me wondering where I can hide the Raptor kit. Of course i would like to conceal it to the point of not being "in your face" (primarily for the dealership).From the link posted. Both are DDM products, the Slim kit is just a different type of HID kit compared to the Raptor. Slim was meant for cars where you will have a hard time fitting a ballast, but it's a plus for anyone as the kit is easier to conceal.
Forgot to post this question. Do you have to remove the rubber seal before you insert the HID (or while taking out the halogens)? A DIY video for an older MZ3 shows that this was taken out prior to insertion of the HID bulb.Some people are putting the ballasts against the inside of the fenders, but you need some STRONG adhesive tape for that. I tried it with my 3M tape and it wasn't enough to hold the Slim ballasts. It's a great hiding place if you can manage it.
Unfortunately DDM shi;pped the Raptor kit with Spade connectors..and am in search of H8/9/11 male connectors...ebay returned no results...Also, had the same question about headlight adjustment.Nice job. How does one go about aiming/adjusting the headlights on the 3? I haven't located any normal looking adjuster screws.
The connectors are the same ones as posted by Dano on page 1. Ther are the spades..exactly the same. I purchased the Male connectors on ebay; however, I am going to try and install today using the spades..by just shoving it in the stock harness.could you post a more detail description of the connectors by any chance I will definitely do this now that i see how simple it is
My Raptors came with the spades...seems like DDM ships out whatever they have in stockRaptors ordered on 9/30, recieved on 10/9. Connectors included.
If by saying Metal Mounts is indicative of the circular area which clicks in the housing when you turn the bulb? if so, nope it was plastic. I received my replacements today. Will change the affected headlight this evening. I hope that the threading in my housing is not affected by my previous forceful install. If my stock bulb sits in the housing as expected..I will breathe a sigh of relief.Well that stinks!
At least you got the metal mounts for the bulbs right?
Not sure of the answer to Question1.This is the first I'm seeing "metal mounts" for the bulbs? Not mentioned at all throughout this thread, I did visit the "Official HID" sub category somewhere else in this forum and noticed that someone indicated that to do this HID modification you need to change the headlight housing to the Xenon one if your car came with stock halogen bulbs?
1. Please explain what is meant by "metal mounts" for the bulbs
2. is there a different Xenon headlight housing/assembly that needs to be changed to upgrade to aftermarket HID's if your/my Mazda 3 came the stock Halogen headlight assembly?
Dude! no need to apologize, in fact I should be saying THANKS! for your posting of the DIY. I would not have considered doing this if it was not for your posting. I bought the Male Connectors from e-bay just as you suggested as well as mounted the Ballast's in the location you mentioned.By metal mount, yes I am talking about the 3 prongs that click into the housing to hold the bulb securely. If people are getting plastic ones then that's just the randomness of DDM I suppose. In my research after having purchased the Slim kit I dsicovered everyone who had ordered the Raptor kit was getting the H9 connectors (not spades) and metal mounts (not plastic).
Sorry if this turned out to be bad advice, but I can only go with what I know.
Ok I had ordered the Raptors and they came with the spade harness and the Plastic Tabs (3 tabs) I doubt there are harnesses with just 2 tabs as you mention. I know they were plastic cos i goofed up on my 1st install where in i forced the turn of the bulb into the housing. It turned but something snapped and the bulb popped out. I noticed that the plastic from the tab broke off and fell into the housing.its pretty much random but i think majority of ppl who ordered recently have been getting the spades. The raptors come with 3 metal tabs on the bulb that fit into the housing while the slims i think come with 2 plastic tabs on the bulb. The spade connectors arent that bad. You can just but 2 covers for them cheap on ebay. That way if the polarities are reversed you can switch them instead of sticking the male connector upside down on the female one.
wtf...you guys got luckyExactly the same thing I got today in the mail. Loving them alot!
Hmm..I zip tied the HID harness along with some stock wiring for neatness...do you think this might cause the interference? I will probably have to separate them out and see if this works.You probably have a bad connection somewhere leaking some current, that'd be my guess. Check over everything again, make sure your HID wiring isn't wrapped around stock wiring, etc.
Hey Dano!You probably have a bad connection somewhere leaking some current, that'd be my guess. Check over everything again, make sure your HID wiring isn't wrapped around stock wiring, etc.