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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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WARNING: HID Upgraders Beware

So i did some research on this forum about converting my 3i touring low beams to HIDs. This seemed like a simple enough task as many companies provide plug and play kits. I decided to purchase a kit from tophidkits after asking around the shop i work in. The kit arrived on time, and i installed it. Easy enough, plug and play with relay harness, although it turns out that the relay is not completely necessary since the stock wiring provides enough power. When the time came to test the lights, the brown hit the fan. One side worked flawlessly, while the other side would flicker for a few seconds and shut off completely. I tested for bulb problems by switching the two bulbs. The flickering stayed on the same side. I then swapped ballasts, where the flickering followed the same ballast. Common sense says this is an issue with a bad ballast. The bad item was returned to tophidkits, tested, and returned to me with a note saying nothing was wrong and that i needed more parts, cancellor cables. These parts were then purchased and installed, with the flickering problem still occurring. Again i switched bulbs and ballasts, the flickering always following the "bad" ballast. I called the company again today and they refused to warranty the product, even when i had purchased the lifetime warranty in the original order.
If anyone has had this problem and it is not the ballast, feel free to enlighten me as to a solution and i will thank them greatly. If this does indeed seem to you as a bad ballast issue, i highly recommend NOT purchasing your kit from this company. Tech support has been terrible both times i have contacted them, and a refusal of warranty seems outright ridiculous. My last step is a trip to the lawyers office.
BTW- The HID running off of the good ballast looks great, i recommend the upgrade if you are interested
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 03:42 PM
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Thank you for the info. I had issues when dealing with DDM Tuning. However, I think I am in the minority seeing as though most everyone else is in love with them. Their customer service/feedback and the overall experience was terrible for me. I would not recommend DDM Tuning.

All I ask, as I'm sure you do, is for people to do proper research and read plenty of reviews about the company you plan on buying your HID's from.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2010, 03:04 PM
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I have nothing bad to say about my DDM HID 35w kit. Shipping was a little slow but that was to be expected, everything else went smooth. Go through them if you're still up for the conversion

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2010, 03:17 PM
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I received my DDM kit within 1 week of ordering. I have yet to see if they work as I dont have my car with me right now.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 05:56 PM
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I have been using HID's in my motorcycles for 3 years now and just bought a new kit for my Mazda 3. Usually flickering is caused by the ballast not getting enough power to start the bulbs then carry them through warm up for the first few seconds. I would def relay your ballasts to help avoid that. I have never used DDM but I do recommend EURO EFX. Their ballasts are digital and the chips are now engineered to prevent all flickering with or without a relay on top of that the ballasts have a fail safe that will prevent it from frying if it gets too hot due to poor placement. EURO EFX new ballasts do not need a relay and the chips are made in Germany. They are 100% water, dust and shock proof. EURO EFX also provides a free "No Hassle No Matter What" life time warranty and they do back it up 100%. The only down side to EURO EFX is their kits will cost $100 more then DDM but I personally am a firm believer in you get what you pay for. 40 bucks for a HID kit from DDM seems a little too cheap to get a real quality product. In the end though it's your decision but I would much rather buy from a company that's known as one of the best and who will 100% back up their warranty's and products.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 12:01 PM
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alright... BASICALLY, i had the same exact problem as you, i had a relay and i had ordered 6k bulbs (really light blue) and for some reason the company had sent me one bulb that was 6k and the other was 8k. And so i decided to send them back and asked them if i could get both bulbs the same color. But before taking them out of my car i noticed that the 6k bulb was flickering but the 8k one wasnt. I tried taking out the relay and just putting it in the stock headlight housing and the 6k one still flickered, but the 8k didnt. So i figured that it mustve been the color. All my friends kept telling me that it couldnt be the color of the bulb that was causing the flicker, but i didnt doubt myself, so i called the company and ask them to replace them. I got new ones shipped in from the same exact company, and i ordered 10k this time. I just got them yesterday and installed them last night. THEY LOOK BEAUTIFUL and they DO NOT FLICKER!!!! ITS AMAZING :P
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