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Old 02-07-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Thumbs up How to Install HIDs in Your Halogen Housings

Read the entire thread before beginning on your project.

I want to start by thanking Xenith Xenons for the 6000K GEN kit and Betro02 for assisting me with my install in Spanish.

The first and most important step in this process is to get a Camaro. I'm not going to tell you how to do that, but I will tell you this. Your dealer is an idiot.

Now, you need some tools. I just found my favorite Mexican, Betro02. He helped me a lot by providing the tools and experience he learned from installing HIDs in his truck. He also pointed me in the direction of the best nachos I've ever eaten before we got started.

Here is what comes in the Xenith Xenons GEN kit for H13 bulbs.

You will get 2 ballasts. They look like this.


You will get 1 control module. This is it.


The box will also contain 2 lights in harnesses that match your stock H13 bulbs.


Let's begin. Start by popping your hood. In order to do this, unlock your car door and open it. Do you need pictures?





Pop your hood by pulling this.


Pop it like it's hot!


Speaking of things that are hot, you need to unplug your battery. It's in your trunk under your spare tire if you have one like me.

Unscrew this.


Remove your spare if you have one.


That's your battery cover. Take it off.


This is important. Remove the cable.


This is how a detached cable looks.


This is pretty easy so far. Now, let's get some work done!

Find your bulb. It has a green harness with a red button on it.


Stick your hand down there and get it. Try not to get stuck, like Betro02.


If your lights were just on, you can use them for warmth, like we did.


It's cold outside. What else can I say?


Now that you're warm, go back to the front of the car. There's a fuse box on the passenger side. At the front of it, there is a positive. We had to improvise a little to get the included cable to fit here, but we figured it out.


Remove the screw from the positive at the front.


Take the positive cable and attach it here.


Put the screw back where it belongs.


When you drop it, you'll yell, "No!" Don't worry. It lands right here.


Pick it up and put it where it goes. Don't drop it this time!


You can ground to the side of the engine bay using OE screws.


Plug the stock harness into the HID harness.


Plug in the other wires. They should click. If they don't click, then you should unplug them and try again. Failure to make them click could result in a yellow flicker, lower light output, or an incomplete circuit (no light at all).


We tested the first bulb after all of this. If you test it, don't leave the protective styrofoam on the bulb. You'll quickly smell burning. HIDs are hot. Be very careful.


The kit comes with 2 zip-ties. We used 3 to attach the ballasts and control module to OE cables and 1 to attach some loose cable to some OE cable on the driver side. I'd recommend getting 2 extra zip-ties.


Go do most of that stuff again to the other side. I recommend starting with the passenger side because it is

Here's the before-after comparison. :seesaw:

This is how your halogens look.


This is how your high beams look. They're brighter.


Holy crap—that's bright!


I wear my sunglasses at night so I can avoid HID blindness.


Now, go get some HIDs!
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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awesome write up...thanks
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:51 PM   #3
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How much was the kit you went with and whered you get it from? I'm thinking of adding HIDs to my LS.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:58 PM   #4
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is this the kit?

http://www.xenithxenons.com/product_p/gen-kit.htm
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:07 PM   #5
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sick write up !!
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
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That is the kit. You want to select H13—this number is also written on the stock bulb base if you want to confirm—when you pull down on the list. Also, it is worth noting that standard xenons only give low beam light. For an extra $35, the bixenons also have a high beam. I went with 6000K. They are super white with the tiniest hint of blue.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:55 PM   #7
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How does this kit compare to the AAC HID conversion kit they have for $225?
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:55 PM   #8
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very nice writeup!
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:09 AM   #9
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LOL this write up is HILARIOUS LOL. I loled hard when you taught us how to open the hood... Very good sir =D
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:12 AM   #10
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Good job, on the write up. I liked the sarcasm in your post. Made me laugh.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:32 PM   #11
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what button do i press to open the hood pictures please
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:43 PM   #13
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I'm going to start posting DIY threads on topics like this.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:31 PM   #14
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That is the kit. You want to select H13—this number is also written on the stock bulb base if you want to confirm—when you pull down on the list. Also, it is worth noting that standard xenons only give low beam light. For an extra $35, the bixenons also have a high beam. I went with 6000K. They are super white with the tiniest hint of blue.
Very Nice! These in 6000K will match my fogs and DRL switchbacks perfect! I have been debating between many sites on what kit to get, and this price seems convincing. Although I don't mind paying more for a really great product.

Do you know what kinda of warranty or coverage they have on bulbs and ballasts going out? I know some of the more expensive companies hold a pretty good warranty if anything fails.

Edit: http://www.xenithxenons.com/category_s/20.htm Seems pretty fair.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:52 AM   #15
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My favorite DIY write-up so far! I actually learned something, and your sense of humor made it fun to read. I hope to see you do a few more. Thanks for the write-up (and the luaghs)!
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:32 PM   #16
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Are these for non RS cars or for both?
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:24 PM   #17
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Are these for non RS cars or for both?
RS cars already have LEGAL HID. This is for installing illegal hid kits into non rs cars that take halogen lights.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:19 AM   #18
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Here is the write I did for the AAC lights. I didn't go through all the steps of disconnecting the batter and all. I just waited till the end to do the battery work. I also attached my postive lead to a differnent location and hid my negative a little more out of the way.

I think anyone reading and wanting to do this mod would benefit from my steps as well. Between these two threads just about everything should be covered....including how to open the hood.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69917

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How does this kit compare to the AAC HID conversion kit they have for $225?
I can't comment much on the differnces because I've only used AAC's kit. My guess will be that the OP is the same in reverse. He hasn't tried the AAC kit for comparisons either.

With that being said the biggest difference is probably going to be warranty. AAC is lifetime.....at least the lifetime they are in business. The others won't have much at all for a warranty. Thing is that the others are cheap enough that they are almost disposable. However, even if you have a warranty with them chances are there won't be much customer service.

I'm not necessarily recommending AAC because I've had my issues with their ballasts. I'm also not trying to bad mouth what the OP bought. Just trying to come up with the differnces in price.

If I had it to do all over again I wouldn't even mess with HID bulbs (see reference below). I'm just trying to let you know of some possible differences between the two.

However, like the OP said, if you do go down this road pay the extra money and get the Bi-Xenon kits. You'll never want to have a Halogen again....even if it's just a high beam.

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RS cars already have LEGAL HID. This is for installing illegal hid kits into non rs cars that take halogen lights.
Going along with this statement.....anyone even remotely intrested in HID in their non-RS should really only look at doing HID projectors. I've had both HID bulbs and now HID projectors. Projectors are 10x better than just HID bulbs.....that's above and beyond one being technically legal over the other. Look through my thread and you'll see picture differences on my car between HID bulbs vs HID projectors. The projectors are one of the best mods I've done to my car.

I know most people think that their HID bulbs are way better lighting...an they are vs Halogen...but from someone that has used both, I can tell you HID bulbs don't even begin to hold a stick to how bright and crisp HID projectors are.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120440


I can also point you to people that can install these into your Halogen housings for you if you don't want to do it yourself. Just PM me and I'll get you their info.
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Oh....and to the OP.....as someone that was born and raised in the oven of TX...... your snow embanked drive way trips me out. I took me a min to even realize what the hell that was. I can't even remotely imagine having that outside my door.
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I ordred then GEN kit, but they did no have any H-13 bi-xenon in stock, so they upgraded me to the 3G KIT. Should be here next week.

Question, I was looking at the instructions, and it said they will not work if the DRL's are on, and that they have to be completely disabled... Really? Is that the case?
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I ordred then GEN kit, but they did no have any H-13 bi-xenon in stock, so they upgraded me to the 3G KIT. Should be here next week.

Question, I was looking at the instructions, and it said they will not work if the DRL's are on, and that they have to be completely disabled... Really? Is that the case?
I know some of the higher end ones are designed for the DRL. The AAC ones I have are and I haven't had any issues ....at least not with the DRL......with Oracle's.

I have heard that some of the cheaper ones aren't desiged for the low wattage that the DRL have. Don't know if that's true but that's what I've heard. Then again that's what they are basically telling you.
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Making aftermarket HIDs work with DRLs (non-RS camaros, obviously)

For the DRLs, you just need to put a capacitor in parallel with the +(low beam) and - connection at the stock headlamp harness.

This 4700µF capacitor from your local Radio Shack should do the trick:



This will keep the relay from chattering when the DRLs on. I recycled an HID kit from my old car, and bought the H13 bulbs from a local shop. The only thing I had to do was add this cap since my old car didn't have DRLs.

The attached diagram is just something I found online to show you what I'm talking about. I don't take any credit for it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:18 AM   #23
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Does the 6k hid kit melt the fog housings on the RS
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:56 AM   #24
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it is true about the cheaper kits and drl i bought a set off ebay and they worked great unless my drl were on then they just flickerd on and off so i had to turn my lights off everytime i got in the car so i spent the $$ on the acc kit and problem went away i wish i had seen this post sooner i would have put a capacitor in damn
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For the DRLs, you just need to put a capacitor in parallel with the +(low beam) and - connection at the stock headlamp harness.

This 4700µF capacitor from your local Radio Shack should do the trick:

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This will keep the relay from chattering when the DRLs on. I recycled an HID kit from my old car, and bought the H13 bulbs from a local shop. The only thing I had to do was add this cap since my old car didn't have DRLs.

The attached diagram is just something I found online to show you what I'm talking about. I don't take any credit for it.
Do you happen to have any pics of the connection?
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