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Old 12-10-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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For $30 (if ordering your HID upgrade set from www.ddmtuning.com), and a knife as your only tool, why wouldn't you want to do this upgrade?

Things you'll need:
1 - HID upgrade kit for 9006 bulbs. This includes; 2 ballasts (full size as slims aren't needed), bulbs and all needed wiring.


2 - 3M premium double sided tape. This stuff is VERY sticky and bonds to almost anything. You'll be sticking this to metal so make sure the metal is warm. Use a hair dryer/heat gun if you need to.


3 - Knife or razor blade to cut the tape.



Now, it'* time to get started once you have everything you need.

First thing you'll want to do, just to make things A LOT easier really, is remove the front shroud. It'* held in my 7 plastic rivets. You can use the tip of your knife to pull these out very easy, or a flat tip screwdriver if you have one handy.
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After that, you'll want to remove your headlights. They are held in by a simple pin system. Just rotate the pin out of the clamp area, and pull it out.


After you've started to work the headlight out, make sure to unhook the quick disconnects from the high and low beam bulbs. Set the headlight off to the side, wherever you feel safe putting it. You'll be left with this hole.


Now, remove the low beam bulb from the headlight. If you want to keep this bulb for some reason, make sure not to touch the glass with your bare hands. Now, install your HID bulb into the housing. Same thing applies here, don't touch the glass. These bulbs have less to grab so it may be hard to get it into the housing. Make sure you get at least a 1/4 turn though, anything less means it isn't seated properly and may fall out.


You'll notice a male and female 9006 connector hanging from the bulbs. You can just plug those into each other as they aren't used.

Now, plug in the power from your low beam into the HID ballast. Sometimes your truck might be "reverse polarity". Meaning that what you think is positive is actually negative, and vice-versa. The good thing is you plug into the ballast whatever way is needed until it works.

What I did is plug in the power, plug the ballast into the bulb, and turn it on. If it doesn't fire, it'* backwards. Reverse it and try again. If it still doesn't work, you've either got a bad ballast or bulb. Call for replacement. The bulbs can only be plugged into the ballast one way, so you can't mess that up.


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Once you've got that figured out, apply your 3M tape. Leave one side of the protector on so it doesn't stick to you or anything else until you're ready.

Now it'* time to mount your ballast. The easiest spot is inside the fender. Make sure you clean this surface first so that the tape will stick. Also make sure the metal is warm so do this on a warm day or use a heat gun/hair dryer to heat the metal. Remove the other side of the tape, and carefully slide the ballast into the hole, and stick it on. Press as hard as you can for about 30 seconds to a minute.


Now go ahead and plug the bulb into the ballast, and replace the headlight to where it goes. There'* a hole that you can tuck all the wiring into for a nice clean look.

Repeat for the other side, then admire your work!



Please, feel free to post your questions and I will answer them.
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I must buy a Silverado so I can try this.
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Im sorry this is a old posst im bringing back to life. I'm replacing my lows andfog * with a hid kit. Is there any other steps or pretty cut n dry? This is in a Bonneville. Thanks
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What year is the Bonneville?

I have HID lows/fogs in my Bonne as well. The fogs are just hooked into the factory wiring the same way I wrote about in here. The lows are hooked up via a relay. I don't really think the relay is needed, but it is very nice to have.
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2000 ssei . I did not get the relay . What does the said relay do
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It hooks up straight to the battery so that the initial "surge" of power needed to fire the HID bulbs isn't running through the factory wiring. You should be good though. I've had my HIDs (fogs/lows) since mid 2010 and they're still good.
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Looks as if u have projectors is that needed abaolutly? I no to reduce glare it help
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No, not absolutely needed. As you can see in my Silverado that I don't have projectors. It'* not bad actually.
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I was hoping youwould say that. I got my kit today I should haveit installed ina few day'*. Looks to be. A quick job. Now I just needto figure out where the KR is coming from.
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Install should take about 20-30 minutes I'd say. Where are you going to mount the ballasts? I have mine 3Med and zip tied to the radiator support bar.
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