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Jeff
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Xenon retrofit instructions Reply with quote

For those who want an idea of what they're in for when buying and installing a Xenon kit such as HID4U / Aceparts etc...

The kit I chose to buy was the ProMax 55W Xenon kit from HID4U. It's a H7 bulb kit, comes with everything you need and is of top notch quality.

You'll need: Not much to be honest. Depending on how you fasten the ballast you might want double sided tape or 3M velco like I used....(Amazing stuff)....

Ok, first up, they say to test the lights to make sure they work with your car. This isn't so easy on a 996 Porsche with the way the lights detach from the plug etc... So, I just went ahead anyway Smile

Now, where were we? Oh yes, grab your manual, read the section on removing the headlights. You need to peel back the boot sides a bit to get to the unlock hole. Remove big grommet / bung and insert headlight unlock tool.... The headlight will slide forward and a twist pull etc and it will be in your hands. Do the same for the other side and take them somewhere convenient to work on them.....

Now, you need to bore a 25mm hole in the back of the light assembly - the door. See below for picture of the rear of the light and below that for the boring of the hole.



Ok, now you have a hole you need to remove the old globe... check your manual for the correct globe, but FYI it's the top globe when the light is the right way up.


Remove the little clip that holds the globe in while you are at it. You can't fasten the HID globe without doing this. See picture later....

Now before you fit the grommet through the door of the light etc, remove the plastic cover from the globe. You see, you can't get the plastic base off without passing it backwards over the grommet (I made this mistake!). Be careful not to touch the globe at all! See picture below...


Now insert the globe into the light assembly then clip light holder back into place so it's around the wires.... when you go to put it back in you'll understand why we had to do this....Pic below. You'll see in this pic I have also plugged the wires in for the power.


Ok, so now I suggest you use electrical tape to cover those partly exposed plugs. It's possible they could short out... better to be safe...If you want to be really special you could use heatshrink....


Ok, now pull all the wires through the hole you bored earlier. you should now have the below!


Right, now to mount the ballasts. I found this perfect spot in the pic below. It's out of the way, secures perfectly flat against the car, stuck with heavy duty weatherproof velco from 3M. I got it from DemonTweaks, great stuff.... however before you do this, clean up all surfaces with IPA. It's an alcohol cleaner that you wipe everything down with before applying adhesives. I got mine from Maplin - Also brilliant stuff. Without it nothing sticks as well (and is the stuff 3M sell with their tape)....


Ballast location.....


Now insert light back into hole. Tip, on the sides of the lights are two guides that are designed to slide through "rails" within the assembly. If you have a look as you try and insert the light you'll see what I mean....

Repeat for the other side and you're done....
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have had the kit fom Aceparts for about 4 months now and attempted the install but couldn't see where and how to attach the ballast. Now I know I'll attempt this ASAP, thanks Jeff.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great work Jeff !
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Jeff! But I would also recommend wrapping the ballast in some bubble wrap to provide some additional protection from moisture and vibration. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PolarExpress wrote:
Nice one Jeff! But I would also recommend wrapping the ballast in some bubble wrap to provide some additional protection from moisture and vibration. Thumb


Does the ballast not get hot? Would bubble wrap be ok?
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PolarExpress wrote:
Nice one Jeff! But I would also recommend wrapping the ballast in some bubble wrap to provide some additional protection from moisture and vibration. Thumb


I didn't see a need given my kit came with tek screws to fasten the units hard to a surface. The instructions say to hard mount it as much as possible. It's hard mounted... can't move at all.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff wrote:
PolarExpress wrote:
Nice one Jeff! But I would also recommend wrapping the ballast in some bubble wrap to provide some additional protection from moisture and vibration. Thumb


I didn't see a need given my kit came with tek screws to fasten the units hard to a surface. The instructions say to hard mount it as much as possible. It's hard mounted... can't move at all.


Ah, cool - sorry I missed that yours was secured down. In that case, forget about the wrap. But no, I've tested my ballast after it was on for a while and the ballast remained cool/tepid to the touch although wrapped in bubble wrap.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff, nice write up Thumb worship
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N o problem guys. I figured it was a pretty simple install but so often I do things and wish I'd just photographed it in case anyone was interested. It's any easy install but some people can be intimidated so at least giving them a rundown on at least what I did, gives them an idea on what they're possibly in for, which in the end, isn't that bad at all.

Obviously I'll update everyone if I come across anything over time I would change / do differently.....

Sorry if I seemed short, I'm not one for huge detail.... Smile I hate writing docco! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear All
I've just had a "Virtual Daylight" Xenon Kit fitted to my 996 with 2 hours labour only by the Porscheshop. No drilling of the lens holder either.
Kit was £163.80 +VAT. Job was done while I waited.
Very pleased with the result Thumb .
Regards Big Bob
PS I know I cant claim any kudos for doing it myself, but after a lifetime of getting out and getting under, its nice to leave it to some one else you can rely on like the Porscheshop thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,

Ok I went to fit my HID kit today. No joy!

The facelift headlights are completely different from the pre.
When you take the light housing out it's longer to start, then opening the case the bulbs are set out differently. Thought I could work around that but the main beam housing won't hold the Xenon bulb.

Has anyone done the install on a facelift 996?

Thanks.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart wrote:
Hi All,


Has anyone done the install on a facelift 996?

Thanks.


I fitted a "Virtual Daylight" Kit purchased fom the Porscheshop, but to the Dipped Beam only. I did not have a problem with lead lenghts or bulb fitment for what I did. I did not do the main beam. Poscheshop suggested this was not necessary. They were right.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Bob wrote:
Stuart wrote:
Hi All,


Has anyone done the install on a facelift 996?

Thanks.


I fitted a "Virtual Daylight" Kit purchased fom the Porscheshop, but to the Dipped Beam only. I did not have a problem with lead lenghts or bulb fitment for what I did. I did not do the main beam. Poscheshop suggested this was not necessary. They were right.
Regards Big Bob


Thanks, I was trying to install on the dipped beam but think it's a compatability issue with the pre and facelift versions. I'll try looking at the one from Porscheshop. HIDS4u sell a specific version for the 01' onwards. Sad
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart wrote:
Hi All,

Ok I went to fit my HID kit today. No joy!

The facelift headlights are completely different from the pre.
When you take the light housing out it's longer to start, then opening the case the bulbs are set out differently. Thought I could work around that but the main beam housing won't hold the Xenon bulb.

Has anyone done the install on a facelift 996?

Thanks.


that's interesting as I know of a few who have done the conversion on the facelift

H7 bulb IIRC

this PDF guide may help

http://www.porscheclubgb.org/clientftp/Register/996/tec_hid_diy.pdf
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sundeep wrote:
Stuart wrote:
Hi All,

Ok I went to fit my HID kit today. No joy!

The facelift headlights are completely different from the pre.
When you take the light housing out it's longer to start, then opening the case the bulbs are set out differently. Thought I could work around that but the main beam housing won't hold the Xenon bulb.

Has anyone done the install on a facelift 996?

Thanks.


that's interesting as I know of a few who have done the conversion on the facelift

H7 bulb IIRC

this PDF guide may help

http://www.porscheclubgb.org/clientftp/Register/996/tec_hid_diy.pdf


It's still an H7 bulb but the fitment/ latching mechanism to keep it in place is different. I can adapt everything else but this bit, it would mean cutiing the wires and threading the stock clip on to the Xenon bulb then soldering the wires back together. Not sure if I should do that, and even if I do I'm not sure it will work.
Just looked at that pdf, it shows the part that needs modifying but doesn't say exactly how. It's the exact same kit I've got so I'll have another try tomorrow.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just chop the plastic so you can pass the wires through the plastic thing.... Don't chop the wires of the hid light.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I managed to fit them and everything seems ok-ish. I modified the clip slightly to let the wires pass through.
However, the drivers side which I fitted first seems to be less blue/white than the passenger side. When they fire up they're the same just off blue white colour but when they settle the passenger side retains more of the blue. Am I looking at a duff bulb or something else?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

give it a few hours of running to settle down, otherwise it could be a duff bulb
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I guess I'll just have to take her for a 2 hour drive then Very Happy
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest these kits seem to be quite hit and miss so I wouldn't be surprised if the bulbs are different. Not necessarily "duff" but just not perfectly matching. While my HID4U kit was spot on, many others have had dud bulbs first up....Still, mines working a treat so I'm stoked.
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