Well, finally installed the HID kit. BUT...guess nuthin can go smooth with me...the first headlight i tried installing, I messed up. ..I assumed the Red seal around the bulb had to be removed..well ok..so I went along with this plan...of course the bulb dd not sit properly..so I figured maybe there is a reason the seal was there ..so I put the seal back in (THE WRONG FREAKING WAY) and i tried forcing the bulb in...used Dano..suggestion and used a wrench to turn the bulb into the housing..and viola!! it turned...BUT wait a minute..it popped out...AND noticed a piece of plastic on the inner part ( it was from the HID bulb kit which broke off) of the housing tried to get it out but the bugger fell into the housing...so..DAMMIT..no way to get it out..anyways I now have the HID bulb in the housing...and holding it in the hole are strips of electrical tape:argh 1::argh 1::argh 1::argh 1::argh 1::argh 1:
The other side went smoothly..Ballasts were placed along the fender..(place where Dano had his) I used 3M tape that is double sided specifically used to hold the molding of a car..got it from Autozone.
Well the lights work fine...BUT the side I messed up on..I noticed a banding on the road...its quite prominent ..but the HID's really light up the road quite well...I now am thinking of getting the Bulb harness for the messed up side. Will have to call DDM tuning and see if they sell this separately.
Will post pics of my project soon. BUT its a breeze to install the kit
Oh dang man, that's a huge bummer! The kit is so cheap you might as well buy another and you'll have backup bulbs God forbid one goes bad, do it right before water gets into your housing.
could you post pictures on road at night
I'd love to, I actually plan on it, I just haven't had the time to get out my DSLR and go find a good place with optimum lighting. My condo complex is too lit up at night and there's no good place to bounce the headlights off to show the throw well.
Kudos on your posting! AWESOME job! How has the performance of your DDM HID kit been holding up?, any problems and/or warranty issues? I've got a 2010 3S, had an 07 Mazda 3 touring sedan that had Xenon headlight and my new 2K10 has halogen, really miss the performance of the Xenons and I've been researching these upgrade kits/options and yours was very precise and informative! I also don't like the look of all the wires and will probably go with the slim ballast 35W and 5000K bulbs (low beams & fogs) to keep it simple and have a more tidy install.
Some of my research indicates some problems and warranty issues with DDM, at this point this is my only major concern with pushing the order button.
Any further insight you can offer with your experience with DDM?
Thanks, and again..... GREAT job on your posting!!!!
No problems at all with the kit so far. My mounting points have held up perfect, nothing has moved a millimeter. Bulbs don't flicker, are as bright as anyone could possibly want, and work as promised.
DDM does ship out some bad units, mostly ballasts or bulbs (kinda hard to fudge up wiring I guess), but it's not really a fault of the company, more of the fact the units are mass-produced and sold cheap so you're bound to get a bad kit now and again. That's what you get for $35. If you want to spend $300 and be guaranteed a functional kit, go ahead, but it's throwing away money. I keep trying to tell people this kit ain't bad quality, but for $35 it just sound unbelievable. I was blown away myself what you get for the money.
DDM was fine for me. I ordered the kit, it was in the ship queue on their website the next day and I had it within a week.