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Old 08-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #211
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Install took a bit longer than I expected only because it was hard to find a spot to ground the harnesses and I couldn't find a good mounting point for the resistors (I'm one of those who doesn't want to drill holes yet in the car since it's only a week old)...
Just noticed this is your post and I experienced the same issue. I'm not surprised there isn't as much room as my Accord had to route/place stuff, but I was surprised with the lack of options regarding leftover holes to mount grounds.

Not that I've done a ton of HID kit installs, but this one was the most inconvenient. Where did you end up grounding?

For the driver's side I found a hole up in the fender area that looks usable, as well as an existing ground the near the headlight housing area.

The passenger side though... I just went ahead and drilled, which was kind of a pain considering I don't have my good metal bits with me at the moment...

EDIT: Ah, just went back and looked and FocusBoy had a good suggestion:

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Use the Top Alternator bracket bolt for the ground on the passenger side. Or use a self tapping screw and ground it to the frame.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #212
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So I'm guessing you already installed HID's in your Focus? My biggest concern is the connection itself... On the back of headlights there are rubber gaskets designed to keep moisture out of the headlight. Do these kits require you to modify these in any way? Do they keep a tight seal around the headlight once installed? And lastly, did you have to dip your headlights down after installation?
I used a hole punch and popped a hole about the size of a quarter in the headlight gasket. Usually with HID bulbs there should be a rubber fitting thing on the HID bulb cable that will fit in the headlight hole.
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So I'm guessing you already installed HID's in your Focus? My biggest concern is the connection itself... On the back of headlights there are rubber gaskets designed to keep moisture out of the headlight. Do these kits require you to modify these in any way? Do they keep a tight seal around the headlight once installed? And lastly, did you have to dip your headlights down after installation?
No modification is needed. You will have to cut a hole in the dust covers, but there is a grommet that seals it back up. Nothing other than that.

Bwill, good, strong double-sided tape is a life saver. Try some 3M poster tape. You may have to use a couple of pieces, even sometimes stacking them on top of each other, but that's how my ballasts and resistors are mounted, and it's been 3 months with no issues.
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No modification is needed. You will have to cut a hole in the dust covers, but there is a grommet that seals it back up. Nothing other than that.

Bwill, good, strong double-sided tape is a life saver. Try some 3M poster tape. You may have to use a couple of pieces, even sometimes stacking them on top of each other, but that's how my ballasts and resistors are mounted, and it's been 3 months with no issues.
You misunderstand, I'm talking about mounting the ground wires.

Trust me, I had the 3M double sided tape covered :)


Also, for those of you buying DDM kits for the first time, just be very aware you are buying some really cheap stuff (if the price didn't tip you off).

I got two kits from them, just to see if anything had changed and to show a few friends who were considering the option. I wasn't expecting much, and didn't get much in return. Package was beat up a bit and 3 out of 4 slim ballasts did not work out of the box (and they were in the good part of the box). Bulbs all worked when I tested them and they did send me the correct colors this time. At least you get a nice warranty though eh?

So just a heads up for those who haven't had the pleasure of working with Chinese electronics. There's a risk when you buy cheap.

I'll be switching to Morimoto 3Five stuff later (whenever I'm done messing with these and get projectors).
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Ok so I ordered everything from the first post. Followed the diagram and nothing. Not even a flicker. I think they sent me the wrong kit. I will take pictures of my relay and post. Been here for 2 hrs and tried everything. If anyone can help please pm me.
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Take some pics and we'll see if we can help... I normally take pics of my installs and do small write ups to help people out; but I was so caught up in trying to figure out where to put things, I didn't even think of doing so... I just wanted to finish up and fire the lights to see if I was going to get that stupid message!

I cut a slit in the headlights' rubber dust covers in order to run the wires through... I have this thing against making holes in this car... just too early. lol

My resistors are hanging out the frame wall right in the fender areas too, away from any form of plastic...

I've installed HID's in my last 5 cars; and this one was by far, the most annoying one... all because of this new 'warning message' garbage! :)
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I know what you mean. My last 6-7 cars I have put HIDs in but this thing. I'm pretty sure they sent me the wrong relay harness.
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Ok so I ordered everything from the first post. Followed the diagram and nothing. Not even a flicker. I think they sent me the wrong kit. I will take pictures of my relay and post. Been here for 2 hrs and tried everything. If anyone can help please pm me.
And you've tested your kit?

If you don't have something to test with, just try hooking them up to the driver's side fog light (as it's super easy to swap stuff in and out with the headlight assembly out).
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The low beam plug does not connect to the relay harness. Like I said it was the wrong connectors. So I ordered another relay harness to see.
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The low beam plug does not connect to the relay harness. Like I said it was the wrong connectors. So I ordered another relay harness to see.
Do you mean the relay harness doesn't connect to the ballasts or resistors?

The relay harness isn't supposed to connect to the low beam harness, only the two ballasts and the driver's side resistor.

I did notice the resistor connector meant to join the car's low beam harness to the resistor doesn't seem to fit very well. It connects, but you need to apply a bit of force (as carefully as possible of course). That was my only real issue, besides switching the wires around in the low beam harness so the resistors would work.

I guess when I go to replace the ballasts and have the car torn down I'll make a video to show everyone what I did. Hopefully I'll have some time next week.
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