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Old 11-23-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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HID conversion

I bought an OPT7 HID conversion kit online and installed last week. Everything was working great till one night on my way home from work, one wasn't working. So I switched stuff around to see if I could narrow down the problem. Moved bulbs, relays, etc. I came to the conclusion that the bulb was faulty, so I contacted the seller and he sent me a new bulb. Installed that yesterday before work and when I left from work, the same light was out again. Obviously its not the bulb. Anyone got any ideas? When I switch the lights off and back on, the left one stays on, the right one flickers a bit then goes off.
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possibly faulty ballast or ground? do you have them on a good ground if you have to ground yours out?
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Reinstall halogen bulbs as intended. I guarantee that fixes the problem.
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If it's flickering then it's gotta be the ballast.
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Good ole 5yr old HID kits still being sold at full price in 2013... It's a damn shame. Don't know what to tell ya.
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Hid bulbs are very reliable. It is usually a ballast problem.
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It was a plug and play kit, so no ground wire. And when I replace the halogens they work fine. Guess I'll contact the seller I bought it from, get me a new ballast.
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It was a plug and play kit, so no ground wire. And when I replace the halogens they work fine. Guess I'll contact the seller I bought it from, get me a new ballast.
What kit exactly? And from where? You got me curious
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Did the "bad" bulb work on the side that was not having issues?

Plug and play or not, you want a good ground. Check for a loose ground wire or add one to the harness for the ballast.
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What kit exactly? And from where? You got me curious
eBay. Seller was BurkeMotorPros. And it was an OPT7 HID conversion kit. It was really simple to install

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Did the "bad" bulb work on the side that was not having issues? Plug and play or not, you want a good ground. Check for a loose ground wire or add one to the harness for the ballast.
The first time, the bulb I thought was bad didn't work on the other side. That's why I requested another one. But this second time, I haven't had a chance to try it out on the other side. I'll have to do a little investigating tomorrow.
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I had a kit that did the same exact thing . The tje light would not come on on the passenger side some times and some times it would . It eventually made that one blow.
Then after about 6 months the kot got to where it would randomly cut off while driving. Pretty dangerous . I eneded up putting the halogens back in until I can fimd a reliable kit.
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Did you get the "Antiflicker" kit? Or are you powering those ballasts off of the factory halogen harness?
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Did you get the "Antiflicker" kit? Or are you powering those ballasts off of the factory halogen harness?
Yeah, they came with an anti-flicker capacitor wire harness.
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eBay. Seller was BurkeMotorPros. And it was an OPT7 HID conversion kit. It was really simple to install The first time, the bulb I thought was bad didn't work on the other side. That's why I requested another one. But this second time, I haven't had a chance to try it out on the other side. I'll have to do a little investigating tomorrow.
35w xenon kit? I found a few on amazon. Didn't know if they were the same.
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35w xenon kit? I found a few on amazon. Didn't know if they were the same.
the silverstar zxe bulbs I have are 55/65w, so I got the 55w hi/lo xenon kit. This guy has them cheaper on eBay than they do on Amazon. And it's BurkeMotoPros, without the "r", I typed it wrong in the last post.

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Yeah, they came with an anti-flicker capacitor wire harness.
actually, I take that back, the wire harness they gave me were the computer warning cancelers. I've asked for the anti flicker power harness relay.
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Good ole 5yr old HID kits still being sold at full price in 2013... It's a damn shame. Don't know what to tell ya.
Amen.

I once (ashamed to admit it) bought these Ebay kits. Bought one for my son as a Christmas gift several years ago, and a set for my 2005 F150. My son's lasted about 3 months. My passenger side flickered on and off, and after 3 stops by the Dallas police department, I removed them and tossed them in the dumpster. I tried cleaning up the connection points, tried moving them from left to right in an attempt to troubleshoot the fault(s), and finally came to these conclusions:

1) Buy cheap, get cheap.
2) HID's are meant for projection type headlight housings; using them in any other housing only splaters the light, pissing off others who have to share the road with you.
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I'm not perfect either. Had my first kit for four months, never could fix them after countless phone calls to the seller. Tossed them SoB's after finding a much more reliable source.

Aftermarket HID kits are just unavoidable it seems. Cheap, easy, everyone loves blue light all over the road and my favorite, headaches otw home from work. However I admit I do still link out to people who ask. Might as well educate them of a quality kit if they're set on HID's. I used to tell people with halogens to aim their lights after installation, but after spending [hours] myself it still wasn't perfect. Take it from a guy with experience HID'ers.
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The problem comes with putting HID kits in non projection headlight housings. No aiming is going to help; they still will splatter light rather than focus it.
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Oh, I definitely agree, forget a clean beam pattern in these situations. When I had purchased my aftermarket HID's, I took the lazy route and decided to put the whole projector retrofit off and just install bulbs and ballasts first. I at least wanted to have them "under-aimed" so they wouldn't blind oncoming drivers, but from certain angles it was inevitable. So, that's my HID story, haha.
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I think we are on the same page!
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