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Hey everybody!

Ive made my first mod to my ct. I installed my HID's today that I picked up for 80 dollars. Sure beats the 450 the dealership wanted to charge! Check out the picks and tell me what you think and ask whatever questions you would like about the install.

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Sorry for them being side ways, stupid iphone lol but you get the gist of it
 

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I was thinking about doing this for my sister's CT... how hard/long did it take to complete the job? is there a guide somewhere that walk us throught it?

Sorry I am a noob when it comes to self modification work.
 

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I was thinking about doing this for my sister's CT... how hard/long did it take to complete the job? is there a guide somewhere that walk us throught it?

Sorry I am a noob when it comes to self modification work.
It took about an hour, I installed these on my old accord coupe so they are quite similar. So you could probably use a DIY for the coupe. It's pretty easy, I just turned the wheel all the way in and pulled the wheel well liner back as far as possible after removing the clips holding it in.

From there you can see the low beam headlight. What you do is put the new HID bulb in place and connect the two metal tip ends of the wires into the OEM connect that you unplugged (just make sure you match the colors, black to black and red to red. Tape those together so they don't separate.

Then you connect the other HID wires together to the ballast and from there you just need to find a place to hide them. I stuck them on the inside of the front bumper in front of the wheel well will double sided tape.

If this isn't descriptive enough, like I said you could use a DIY for the coupe that i found over at driveaccord.net to help you out visually. I didn't need to remove the front bumper or the wheels but it's up to you.

Hope that helps your decision.

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I was thinking about doing this for my sister's CT... how hard/long did it take to complete the job? is there a guide somewhere that walk us throught it?

Sorry I am a noob when it comes to self modification work.
I think I found a detailed guide either here or linked from this forum - very descriptive and with pictures. If this mod interests you there's at least one that you'll find with a bit of searching.

I'm considering doing a lighting upgrade on my CT - LEDs for the interior lights and upgrading the standard bulbs throughout the exterior set - but I'm not sure I'm ready to go HID yet.

My understanding is that you lose the "AUTO" functionality when you install HIDs. Is this information correct?
 

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I think I found a detailed guide either here or linked from this forum - very descriptive and with pictures. If this mod interests you there's at least one that you'll find with a bit of searching.

I'm considering doing a lighting upgrade on my CT - LEDs for the interior lights and upgrading the standard bulbs throughout the exterior set - but I'm not sure I'm ready to go HID yet.

My understanding is that you lose the "AUTO" functionality when you install HIDs. Is this information correct?
From my experience, you don't lose the auto, I tested this by shutting the car off with the lights on and they went off with no problem. I'm so used to shutting them off when I get out of the car anyway that I dont leave them on. But I believe the auto on/off still works since it operates from a light sensor that cuts power to them I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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You're absolutely right the auto function still works. But it is best to use a relay because it will draw power from the battery directly instead of from the starter. A lot of things need to be turned on when you start your car and all that power is generated from one source. The ballasts require a lot of power and by attaching a relay and having lights power on from the battery they will always ignite on the first try. Its a preference but not mandatory.

You "lose" the auto function doesn't mean it stops working. It's more of a choice. You stop using the auto function if you don't want to over work the ballast so they can last longer. I live in the city and with the auto function they're constantly turning on and off because its not detecting the time of day it's detecting light. Skyscrapers, underpasses, big trees = night time to the sensor lol...
 

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silvercrosstour10, that looks awesome!

Where can I buy the HIDs you used?
I bought them from a local seller I found on a classifieds site so if you live in Calgary, Canada I'll give you the contact.
 

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You're absolutely right the auto function still works. But it is best to use a relay because it will draw power from the battery directly instead of from the starter. A lot of things need to be turned on when you start your car and all that power is generated from one source. The ballasts require a lot of power and by attaching a relay and having lights power on from the battery they will always ignite on the first try. Its a preference but not mandatory.

You "lose" the auto function doesn't mean it stops working. It's more of a choice. You stop using the auto function if you don't want to over work the ballast so they can last longer. I live in the city and with the auto function they're constantly turning on and off because its not detecting the time of day it's detecting light. Skyscrapers, underpasses, big trees = night time to the sensor lol...
Thanks for the notes - both from you and to SilverCT. FWIW, I like having auto lights for in-city driving particularly for that reason. When I go in an out of a parking deck (both at my apartment and workplace) it's handy to have them switch on without having to take the hand off the steering wheel while nav'ing a quick turn from of the ticket kiosk. As for the HIDs, I should have considered the relay keeping things "right and holy" as far as circuit behavior goes. That said, I'm still leaning toward just upgrading the standard bulbs, to keep things simple. But that's just a "lean" - I can still be convinced otherwise.

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Are you all refering to odd circuit behavior as they do not turn on all the time? or one turns on and the other does not? this is kind of common with aftermarket HID kits when not installed properly.

There are "Flicker Filters" that come with some kits, but they do not always do the trick. In my old car, we had to wire them without the flicker filters, complete the circuit on the drivers side OEM headlight plug (so nothing is plugged into it but it looks like something is). and wire both HID Amps to the passenger side headlight...

HHaynes, My friend owns a car audio shop who installs HID's at his home on weekends at a great price, he does them properly... He is going to be doing my installation probably next weekend, I'm sure I could set it up so we do it at the same time...

He is in Orange County by the way, was 40 miles each way for me from Granada Hills...
 

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That sounds interesting. Let's drill down on the details and figure out what the final out-of-pocket would be. I'm waiting on my state tax return to show up in my bank account (hopefully it will be something other than an IOU).:rolleyes: But if it shows up I'll likely pull the trigger if the numbers jive. I'll ping you via PM
 
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