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Old 10-22-2011, 08:44 PM
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So I realized that we did not have a DIY for HID conversions so while I was doing mine I created one.

First, I will start off by saying I replaced the highs and lows, fogs are coming but those are an easy installation (plug and play)

I bought both of my kits from HID extra, high beam are 9005, low beams are H11, and fogs are H10s.

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First start off by opening the hood and removing the radiator cover by pulling the tabs.
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Next pull the bolts (4) out of the top, the grill just slides forward off two tabs on the side. You might have to get in there with a screwdriver to pry them loose but I did no problem. The next photo shows it better once the grill is removed. (red arrow)
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Remove the two bolts to the headlight
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Now in order to pop the headlight out, you have to push up (or pull down cant remember exactly) on a little white tab at the back. In order to do this you have to open the little cover in the wheel well.
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The headlight should just pull out now.

Next comes the wiring. With HID Extra their kits were perfect. Basically you pop the old bulb out. Use the existing wiring harness and run that to the ballast. Then from the ballast to the bulb. There is no relay harness that you need like on the older 3rd Gens, however with this headlight there is no place to mount the ballasts in the housing or attach them to the headlight. Also you will need to run wires through the existing housing. I just went through the access door, that way if I screwed up I just just replace the door not the whole housing. With HID extras kit it came with a nice waterproof seal that had the appropriate wires running to and from. HID extra gave me some capacitors, I did not know if they were nessesary on the 2011s but I put them in anyways.
What I also tried to do was keep the reds and the +s (labled on the side of the ballasts) together. That way things are easier to track if the light does not come on. Polarity does matter. Other then that everything is just plug and play.
*NOTE* I get no error codes on the headlights, but I do get a low tire pressure error every now and then. But it goes out after 5-10 secs.
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After that just stick the ballasts in only space available haha and tie them up, and pop the headlight in.
You will see a relay setup for some LEDs that I wired but that is not part of this DIY...
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And VOILA!
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:15 AM
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I like the puple LED's on the bottom. Where do you get them? Do they go inside the light or just attach to the bottom?

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I like the puple LED's on the bottom. Where do you get them? Do they go inside the light or just attach to the bottom?

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Its just stuck on with 3M tape on the outside. The thing I like about them is they look purple here, but they are really a deep blue light.
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Nice job ricing out the truck.
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Nice write up! Someone needs to add HID's in those fog lights!
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Nice write up! Someone needs to add HID's in those fog lights!
Thought it was needed!...I sure do! I am going to school at the moment so kinda don't have the cash for it haha. I am still going to go with 4300K in the fogs tho...
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I hear yah, well once you get them you'll absolutely LOVE them lol. You'll be shocked of how wide the beam is!
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I hear yah, well once you get them you'll absolutely LOVE them lol. You'll be shocked of how wide the beam is!
Oh im looking forward to it! I have had the first snow here already and im needing that low light to get past the snow!
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Oh im looking forward to it! I have had the first snow here already and im needing that low light to get past the snow!
We already got snow here in New Jersey and I parked in a drift and it made the snow glow looked pretty sweet. but then driving during the snowfall it just looks awesome! And installing your HID Fog lights takes less than 25 minutes the longest part was mounting the ballasts lol
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Do you not experience a wall of snow with your HIDS? Cause I know with having 6000Ks here, man you could not see anything in our blizzards. Hence why I am going with 4300Ks, might not look as sharp but should help in that aspect!
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I did not notice a wall of snow since I've had them installed first winter and first snowfall w/ the HID's...now i'll be looking lol, i was prob. to stoked to just be driving in snow for the day lol.
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I know when its a blizzard here, everyone HATES HIDs, anything over 6000K. It just lights those flakes right up and you seem to see shorter ahead of you then when you had stock bulbs! That is why on my 07 I had it so that in those cases I was just running off my fogs, 4300K, It would cut through the snow and fog like crazy!
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stupid question, how do you remove the plastic clip on the top shroud? i dont want to break them, they don't come off easy
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stupid question, how do you remove the plastic clip on the top shroud? i dont want to break them, they don't come off easy
Which ones are you talking about EXACTLY...just for clarification...
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Thats what I figured....they just pull out. Sometimes they are hard to do, but they just POP and there you have it. If you are careful you might be able to put a screwdriver underneath and pry it...but all I do is just grab the rad cover and pull where each tab is....

I have seen some of the same type of tabs, that you unscrew the top part and it releases pressure on the lower part and they just pull out....unfortunately this are not them!
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thx! ... now you need to make one for the fog light :P
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Just a note of caution about HIDs. I can't speak for elsewhere but I know that unless the vehicle comes from the factory with them they are illegal here in BC. Definately worth checking with your local law enforcement if you don't like getting tickets.
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Just a note of caution about HIDs. I can't speak for elsewhere but I know that unless the vehicle comes from the factory with them they are illegal here in BC. Definately worth checking with your local law enforcement if you don't like getting tickets.
I heard a different story from my Brother who is an RCMP officer in BC.
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I have also driven in BC, passing by RCMP officers. I also know of people who moved out there with HIDs, not for long with no problems either (no more then a year) Now I still don't know how the rules are implemented throughout each province as everyone says a different thing. BUT what I am told is because the vehicle is registered in Alberta it still follows Alberta rules. The only thing that they can do is if something is mandatory illegal, take radar detectors for example. But as far as emission rules and whatnot, I do believe that Alberta registered vehicles still abide by Alberta regulations. I don't know if HIDs fall under that category of being illegal to everyone in the province like radar detectors, IF in fact they are illegal. What I do know is I have not been pulled over, nor has some of my other buddies...

I will say tho, that at least here in Alberta they don't give many people a hard time. For those guys that do, they are either running on brights or have them misaligned. In which case they are issued a citation to get that fixed, as it is illegal to run with your brights on when within a certain distance of another vehicle. Also one thing I know too is for all you guys that have hellas on the front of your truck, it is illegal to have them mounted without covers on them when driving. It could be the same type of thing in BC
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