08 Element SC: Aftermarket Xenon HID kit install.
Christmas was good to me this year. I had been hinting at a Xenon kit from Blinding HID
(second one down, 6000K bulbs, and the standard 35W digital ballasts) and it seems the hint caught traction.
I live out in the country, lots of dark, windy roads with lots of deer and rabbits. I find with the stock low beams, they don't fill in the periphery much, and so I find myself driving with my stock fogs on nearly all the time. I figured that a proper set of Xenons would suit me well.
I installed the kit this afternoon, and it was super easy to do. Now that it's dark and I've had a chance to try them out, I'm a bit less than impressed. As I said, dark, windy roads. For the average city-dweller, I think this kit would be great. Personally, I think I'll see if Blinding HID will allow me to upgrade these ballasts to the 55Watt jobbies, as I understand the difference between 35 and 55Watts will, in effect, drop the output of the bulbs as though they were one colour toward the blue. i.e. the 6000K bulbs ordered would look more like 8000K. At order time, it's a $35 upgrade option, so who knows? I might just have to bite it, and replace the whole kit with a better quality one.
Anyways, onward and upward.
Here's the kit. seems pretty straight forward.
I started by mounting the ballasts, and making sure the wiring harness would reach. I decided on under the lip inside the upper fender. There's a perfectly sized gap there for it, and a convenient hole for the mounting bolt. I used the stuff they sent to firmly attach the metal straps to the ballast itself. The brackets are pretty thin, I figured the bounding of my super sporty suspension might jostle it, so I made sure it was firmly attached. 3M double sided grey tape between the bracket and the fender (then the bolt, just in case). That stuff is amazing.
The rest of it was mostly snaking the wires back to the ballasts. flip the switch, and at first the passenger side didn't light up. No biggie, flip polarity of the connection to the ballast, as mentioned in the lower-right of the instruction card: