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Old 03-31-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Best HID ballasts?

I want better HID ballasts. I've already invested too much money into my crappy setup to waste more time with garbage. What's the best product out there? Right now I'm looking at the 50w morimoto ballasts with the proper can-bus set. Good enough? I already have morimoto 4300k 9006 bulbs.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=163
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=238

Also considering this setup with 3000k bulbs.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=3957
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As an aside, female sealed beam plugs are H4, right?

I think I'm going to run the h4 can-bus system to a 9006 harness to the ballasts to the bulbs. This should be a plug and play system that allows me to keep my sealed beam connectors while eliminating the error code.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:41 PM   #3
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As an aside, female sealed beam plugs are H4, right?

I think I'm going to run the h4 can-bus system to a 9006 harness to the ballasts to the bulbs. This should be a plug and play system that allows me to keep my sealed beam connectors while eliminating the error code.
when you do this please post the details
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:02 PM   #4
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As an aside, female sealed beam plugs are H4, right?

I think I'm going to run the h4 can-bus system to a 9006 harness to the ballasts to the bulbs. This should be a plug and play system that allows me to keep my sealed beam connectors while eliminating the error code.
I just installed US spec ellipsoids on my car that had sealed beams. I got the needed pigtails for ellipsoids and soldered them in. I did away with the third wire for the low beam high setting (basically insulated it so it wouldn't ground out) and then plugged straight in to a set of ballasts for HIDs that I picked up for free (they were used). No warning light on the check panel so far.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:44 AM   #5
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I just installed US spec ellipsoids on my car that had sealed beams. I got the needed pigtails for ellipsoids and soldered them in. I did away with the third wire for the low beam high setting (basically insulated it so it wouldn't ground out) and then plugged straight in to a set of ballasts for HIDs that I picked up for free (they were used). No warning light on the check panel so far.
Yeah, but you should really use a relay harness. You can fry your wiring if the HIDs draw too much current. I couldn't even get mine to fire regularly with the stock wiring. Since the relay harness only uses one plug for the signal you wind up with the error code. The can-bus adapters should solve that - as well as serve as the H4 connector.

Not to mention I really don't want to cut off the stock sealed beam connectors.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:52 AM   #6
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Can-bus for HID ballasts?

Care to enlighten an ignorant but curious guy? I can't see what can-bus really would have to do with the headlights on an E30.
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Can-bus for HID ballasts?

Care to enlighten an ignorant but curious guy? I can't see what can-bus really would have to do with the headlights on an E30.
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=238
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Oh. It's "can-bus". Makes more sense now. (just used as a generic term for something that monitors headlight function)
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Im running hids with my sealed beam connector and I do not have a check panel light on.
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How about some OEM Hella or Bosch ballast's? While pricey I imagine you can them through Blunt.

My state just banned aftermarket HID's. If you have them installed you need to remove them for inspection.
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Im running hids with my sealed beam connector and I do not have a check panel light on.
That's because as OP said, you're not using a relay harness.
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I just ordered the following from theretrofitsource.com:

Morimoto Elite HID System:
Morimoto 35W Ballasts
Morimoto 4300k 9006 bulbs
9006 wiring harness
Ballast Mounts

I also added a h4 can-bus system that should accomplish the following:

Allow me to keep my sealed beam plugs
Eliminate the headlight error on the check panel
Serve as a h4 to 9006 adaptor

This whole kit should be a super high quality plug and play HID system. It shouldn't have any flickering or power issues due to the included harness. My headlight wires will be safe.

Having that said, most people won't like the price tag. The whole setup cost me just under $200. I may also buy some new low beam housings to complete the setup. Mine have pitted lenses and old reflectors.

I'll report back with my findings.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #13
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You dont need the can bus thingy. The e30 can drive the ballasts directly, and the check panel works fine. So whatever doodad is in there does nothing on an e30, because you dont need the relay harness either.
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You dont need the can bus thingy. The e30 can drive the ballasts directly, and the check panel works fine. So whatever doodad is in there does nothing on an e30, because you dont need the relay harness either.
I'm so tired of messing with it that I'm going to overbuild it. Worst case scenario I'm out 30 bucks and my headlights work. With that said, if I have the same issues with this as I did with the last 3 (!!!) sets of cheap ballasts then I'm going to lose my mind. I'll probably throw all 8 ballasts, all 3 wiring harnesses, all 12 bulbs and my us ellips into a wood chipper and drive my e30 into a lake.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:27 PM   #15
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Any OEM ballast ( such as denso or phillips ) would be the best. None of this aftermark crap. Install a real set of HID and you will be just happy!


Morimoto is pretty decent next to oem. TRS has shitty customer service at least on my end. At least their products are good.
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