Many people have asked me "what is up with my headlights", well lately I have had duct tape on them because I hadnt figured out how to finish my project of doing a HID retro conversion. Basically taking the old halagen headlights and replacing them with HID projectors from a newer SUV. Upgrading. Now many people simply put "HID KITS" in there headlights just replacing the bulb,which is a poor excuse for proper lighting. The original housing cannot focus that much light and simply blinds everyone else on the road. But when I pull up next to a wall and shine my lights along with a range rover or BMW it would take a true lighting guru to tell which was mine ,a 77 international scout or a 80,000 dollar BMW SUV.
Xenon-Vision Bi-Xenon HID Install
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. There is NO need to disable the Daytime Running Light (DRL) module if
you have the Bi-Xenon HID kit. The reason being that the DRLs will run off
the low beam and will not flicker as I initially thought. If you have the
non-Bi-Xenon (no HID hi-beam), then you WILL have to disable the DRLs (from
what I understand).
2. If you happened to have disable the DRLs, it is likely that your
interior dome light will not work, as was my experience. No idea why the
DRL module is connected to the dome light but I'm not a Toyota engineer.
3. There are two things that look like grounding wires in the kit ... they
actually are not. They are connected to the battery terminals. The wire
coming from the two fuses go to the POSITIVE terminal while the wire coming
off the control unit go to the NEGATIVE terminal. I unscrewed the nut that
helps tighten the clamp around the battery and then placed the wire in
between the clamp and the nut.
4. The clips only fit one way except for the one on the ballast. You will
see in the video how they should connect but the red wire should go to the
5. There is a metal bar in the front of the car with holes in it. Run the
wiring through that to ensure that the wires don't melt on the radiator or
get caught in the fan (that would be bad news!).
6. Lay your wires out to get a sense of how things connect together.
7. It is normal to have one of the original headlight wiring harness not
All in all, the install is very easy. I did it in about an hour and a half
but if I knew what I just wrote above, it probably would have taken 30
Hope this help anyone that is installing the Bi-Xenon kit in their Yaris!
If you have any questions, please quote this post and I will do my best to
answer them for you. Cheers
PS. This is a bit of a rough edit job ... I'm no Sony Vegas master ...
How To Install an HID Headlight Kit -EricTheCarGuy
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I really enjoyed making this video and I LOVE driving my Element at night
now. This video is a step by step process of how to install one of these
kits. I've put in some what I hope are helpful hints along the way to make
the job easier for you. Here are the links mentioned in the video
including the one for the kit that I used. Remember be sure to check your
local laws concerning installing a kit like this before you commit just to
be sure you'd be in compliance.
8000K HID kit used in the video: http://www.motorfiend.com/8000K-HID-Kits/
Adjusting Headlights video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ3OZnzR1Zc
Automatic Center Punch:
Universal drill bit:
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How to: Upgrade From a Plug n Play HID kit to a High Performance Headlight Projector Retrofit
The four main components required to upgrade from a plug n play HID kit to
a full xenon or bi-xenon retrofit are gone over here.
The projector: the key component that collects and focuses the intense
light from the bulb into a proper beam pattern.
The D2S bulb: standard bulb type for all high performance HID projectors
The AMP/D2S adapters: the converter cables that allow you to run a D2S bulb
with a set of existing "HID kit" / aftermarket ballasts.
the Projector: focuses the light from the bulb into a strong, uniformly lit
beam pattern with a proper upper light cutoff line to light up the road
perfectly. The most important part!
D2S bulb: required bulb type for use in true xenon/bi-xenon headlight
projectors. You cannot re-use your generic 9006, h1, h4, (etc) HID kit
bulbs and expect a good output.
AMP/D2S ballast adapters: convert your generic HID kit ballasts for
compatibility with the base of the D2S bulbs.
The shrouds or bezels: simply put, the trim piece that covers the projector
after it has been retrofitted into your headlights. Our OEM designs make
for a finished, factory look.
Technology: How a bixenon headlight projector works with a quick lights-on demo
Here wee have a quick overview of how a bi-xenon headlight projector works.
A true high performance headlight upgrade involving a bi-xenon projector is
vastly different than a "bixenon" plug n play HID kit. Projector systems
use a light "cutoff shield" inside to define the shape of their beam
pattern. Bixenon projectors have a hinged cutoff shield that will move out
of the way when the high beam solenoid is activated, letting more light
project through the lens, and creating the high beam.
Demo projectors are a Hella E55 bi-xenon (common in BMW's/Mercedes) and an
Acura TL bi-xenon (exclusive to the 04-08 Acura TL's)
This is the same technology found in all modern high end cars from BMW,
Mercedes, Lexus, Nissan, Acura etc.
Driving at Night with the HID / Xenon Headlights
Here I am driving around at 2 am showing how the HID / Xenon Headlights
make a big difference. I hope this uploads in High Quality, as I have made
the Video. These HIDS are 6000K version. HID kits are available down to
4500 K and up to 30,000 K which will be less light.
Headlight Lens Restore using Toothpaste!
CGHQ Website: http://www.classicgamershq.com
Headlight lens restoration using regular toothpaste is real. It doesn't
take much effort, but the type or brand of toothpaste does make a
difference. Watch to see the results i came up with.
How To Clean Civic Type R Headlights with Toothpaste
We show you how to clean the misty haze layer that can appear on your
plastic headlight lenses over time making them look dull and transform them
into new shiny headlights!
All you need is toothpaste and a cloth!
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Before you purchase any HID kit, watch this guide to learn the basics of
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the basics of how to hook it up to your stock wiring harness.
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