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Old 03-26-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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How to: Install DDM Tuning HID kit

Now this write up will apply to most other HID systems, they are for the most part the same.

I installed the DDM tuning (not the apexicone raptor kit, thats another one that i have no experience with) 35W 6000K Hi/Lo HID kit. I wanted to keep my high beams so I spent alittle extra for these, well worth it


Lets get down to business....

First off, as with any electrically based modification, unhook the battery. You might as well pull both cables off as we will be working with them later....


Now, Pull the battery out of the truck and set it on the ground, so you have more room to do the passenger side bulb. I suggest doing this side first so you have enough room to mess around and can figure everything out before you move to the drivers side, as that is a very tight area with the coolant and washer fluid tanks being right there.

Pull out the old bulbs and put them somewhere safe. Remember, when handling any bulb whether it be HID or halogen, never touch the glass!

Chances are you have to trim down the bulb retaining ring, as it is so deep it will hit where the wires go into the bulb.



Dont use this picture as a reference of how much you need to trim, I had to go back and cut more off.

Now take the HID bulb, and part of the base (where you see the blue O ring gasket) twists off, twist that off and remove it. Also if you see a clear O ring under that, throw it out it isnt needed. Next, put the bulb retaining ring that you just cut, over the bulb, then reinsert the base of the HID bulb and lock it down.


Afterwords, just install the bulb like any other bulb


PASSENGER SIDE BULB



Now its time for the other bulb. Repeat the process that you did with the passenger side bulb.

Trim the retaining ring, pull the HID bulb base off, pop the retaining ring on, reinstall the base, and then fit that bulb in. Careful not to hit or scrape the bulb. I found it easiest to go bulb pointing in from the side of the coolant tank towards the radiator, and move the bulb towards the fender, then turn right and fit the bulb into the headlamp housing.

DRIVERS SIDE BULB


Make sure when you install the HID bulbs, the white wire is facing down, not up

Next, take the wiring harness and lay it out on the ground



You are going to see the following on this harness


Two 9006 Plugs: These go into the ballasts

3 thin wires with silver tips:
These go into one of the 9007 Plugs from your OEM harness.

4 AMP connectors
(2 sets of 2): these plug into the HID bulbs

One POS and one NEG connection: These attach to the positive and negative battery terminals

Two small plugs with very thin black/white wires:
This is the high/low function wires, be careful with these as they are very thin. I swear they came out of a toy RC car

One black box where all the wires pretty much lead to: that is the control box for the HID lights

Now its time to put the harness in the truck, and if you are like me, you will look at for about 10 minutes and just guesstimate where things should go.

I put the control box end and the majority of wires on the battery end of the truck (passenger side). Then run the single lone 9006, AMP, and Hi/Lo connectors to the drivers light.

I ran the wire for the drivers side on top of the radiator and under the air snorkel.

Now its time to plug in the ballasts, this is really straight forward. You cant mix up plugs, just plug in the 9006 plug and the AMP connectors. (Do this for both lights, Pass and Drivers)

Next, we have to mount the ballasts in an area that will keep them away from hot things and provide some air flow. Before you touch that 3M sticky tape though, I advise that you cut one of them in half as the control box needs to be mounted as well, and I couldnt find a good bolt to mount it on

Make sure before you mount them, CLEAN the area of any chickenshitbullshit. I just took a microfiber towel and wiped them clean.

This is where I mounted the Passenger side Ballast, right on the inner fender


This is where I mounted the control box, on the inner wheel well


This is where I mounted the drivers side Ballast. Now I gaurantee I will catch some crap for this location, but anyone that has this kit will see as fast as I did, theirs no room to put it anywhere else. The only exposed part of inner wheel well you can get to is to curved to mount it on, the inner fenderwell is to far away. So this was the only flat spot that i could put it on. I mounted it and its fine so far.




Now before we hook the harness to the battery cables, we have to hook it into the stock harness.... Now I'm sure you've noticed that blue plug shapped like the 9007 plug. Insert the 3 wires with the silver tips into the plug.

Once that is plugged into the OEM light harness (I used the Passenger side, closest) its now time to connect the power.

Simple as this, Black to Neg, Red to Pos


Once that is done, put the battery back in, connect it all (make sure you dont catch any wires) and then try them out!

Now I just want to make a note, the camera makes the HID's look way more blue then they actually are. They are actually alot more white, its just that 6000k has a hint of blue, and the camera brings it out

*click for fullsize*




Heres the link to the DDM general instructions
https://www.ddmtuning.com/support/in...emid=1&nav=0,1


Edit: Here's some night shots



Low beam


High beam






Low beam


High beam
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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wow, big difference! I might have to try this for mine. Thanks

this the kit you got?

http://www.ddmtuning.com/index.php?p...=101&parent=85
Thats it! 35W 6000k 9007 Hi/Lo
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:12 PM   #3
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Nice tech writing!

Also, will you keep the pics in your photbucket account?
Asking because many other folks delete their pics and the write-ups are worthless because their narratives lack clarity or details.
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I just tried to install this system in my Bronco this morning, and can not get it to work.

The three wires that plug into the OEM harness are brown, white and blue. I have tried every possible configuration, and still can't get them to fire.

Has anyone else had this issue with one of their newer kits?
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I just tried to install this system in my Bronco this morning, and can not get it to work.

The three wires that plug into the OEM harness are brown, white and blue. I have tried every possible configuration, and still can't get them to fire.

Has anyone else had this issue with one of their newer kits?
The 9007 Hi/Lo wires on your DDM harness are brown white and blue? Send them an email and ask what wire in a 9007 setup on the harness is for hi, lo, and neg...


Two stupid things, you do have it hooked to the battery right?

Also, when I was testing the kit, I put the pins directly into the trucks 9007 harness, I only locked them in the blue plug after I figured out the pins. If they aren't pushed in far enough it wont work
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nice i love mine i have the same kit, had too install it after the smoked headlights just to be able to drive it.
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I just ordered a HID set from TCM GLX, so we'll see how it goes!
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Ya i swapped HID's in my 79. Probably one of the easiest and best upgrades.
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I thought about getting these a while back, but decided against it worrying about their quality and wondering if they would last.

I did by a kit of theirs that replaced some 100 watt h3 bulbs that were in an old set of KC lights I had. Been over a year and they still work, but they have very little run time on them.

Don't let the 35w thing fool ya, they are much brighter than the 100w h3 bulbs I had.
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ive had mine for over a year now and they are great, they have melted the fuse once but i bumped up the size of the power wire and had no issues since. i drive down a washboard road ever day to and from work and the bulbs have held up fine
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I just order a kit and im doing the assembly on it right now. My ground wires come out of my ballasts and are only about 8 inches long. Can i ground them to body or does it have to hook up to the negative pole on the battery?
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I just order a kit and im doing the assembly on it right now. My ground wires come out of my ballasts and are only about 8 inches long. Can i ground them to body or does it have to hook up to the negative pole on the battery?
are you sure you have a DDM kit? I installed some random HID kit that my friend got for free in his 00 explorer and it had two ground wires, I put one on the battery and one on a well grounded bolt to the body
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No, it's not a DDM but this was the only thread on HID's i could see so i posted in here. Probably should have said that. I got a bi-xenon setup and everything is connected correctly i think. The only problem is my high beam light on the dash is always on dimly and when i flick the high beams on, the light on the dash brightens up but, my head lights don't change. Do i have a cross in wires somewhere?? My connections are almost identical to the ones in this setup except for the ground wires.
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I purchased a 55w DDM kit and installed in my daily driver. I didn't mount the ballasts at all, didn't use any zip ties. I got home late, saw the box and installed them outside, in the dark with a flashlight. It took me around 15 minutes as I had to remove the driver's headlight due to the battery. Enough of that though, you don't care.

These lights flat out perform - I'm running the 55W 6K lights in the low beams and I love them. Not a single issue, I've had the lights for around 6 months and they are still the same exact same color and output pattern. The GF is jealous and I recently had to buy a set for her car - being a Toyota I got the relay harness and it was a very complete kit and installed just as easily.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy - they are cheap, carry a lifetime warranty and flat out perform.
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I just order a kit and im doing the assembly on it right now. My ground wires come out of my ballasts and are only about 8 inches long. Can i ground them to body or does it have to hook up to the negative pole on the battery?
You should just ground each of those shorter pigtails to the body. Then other than your headlight plug there will be one more power and ground. Those you connect to the battery. They will make your headlights move in and out.
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