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Help with HIDs

Hey I just converted from the stock halogen bulbs to an HID kit(35 watt 10,000k) on my 2010 Mazda3. The kit was working great when I got the lights aimed and everything. I took the kit out because I wanted to switch up bulbs to a different color and realized I like the 10000k too much. I put them back in and now the aiming is very bad. The driver side projector can be adjusted easily up and down and I see the circular light on the ground from the projector. On the passenger side, I can move the adjustment nob thing easily and the light moves up and down but I don't see the circular light from the projector so it looks like(from inside when driving) only the driver side light is working but both lights show up on people's bumpers just fine. Has anybody had this happen to them or does anybody know what is going on?? Thanks!
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I don't think you have to re-aim when putting in a HID kit. You are only replacing the bulb...

But to answer your question, no, I haven't had experience with this.

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yea there's no need to reaim your projectors when installing HIDs. Did you by any chance touch the bulb itself a lot while handling it? maybe that did something?
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[quote author=warehimer33 link=topic=192463.msg4053844#msg4053844 date=1308618848]
Hey I just converted from the stock halogen bulbs to an HID kit(35 watt 10,000k) on my 2010 Mazda3. The kit was working great when I got the lights aimed and everything. I took the kit out because I wanted to switch up bulbs to a different color and realized I like the 10000k too much. I put them back in and now the aiming is very bad. The driver side projector can be adjusted easily up and down and I see the circular light on the ground from the projector. On the passenger side, I can move the adjustment nob thing easily and the light moves up and down but I don't see the circular light from the projector so it looks like(from inside when driving) only the driver side light is working but both lights show up on people's bumpers just fine. Has anybody had this happen to them or does anybody know what is going on?? Thanks!
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Replacing the bulb shouldn't cause your headlight to go out of wack, sounds like you used too much pressure. Happened to my driver side lamp as the HID is a PITA to get locked in. If its aiming at the ground, ya, your alignment is waaay off. I found that my driver side wasn't moving until I turned the adjustment knob all the way to the down and the lamp snapped back in to place and then the adjustment worked ok. If all else fails, take it back to the dealer and have them adjust it for you. It could be that the gear mashup for the one light is messed.

Aside note, why are you going with 10,000K? Thats a blue colour, and is useless for driving. Might as well not have lights on in the first place. Something like that is prob. close to illegal as well.

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[quote author=Trainass link=topic=192463.msg4082508#msg4082508 date=1311960034]
[quote author=warehimer33 link=topic=192463.msg4053844#msg4053844 date=1308618848]
Hey I just converted from the stock halogen bulbs to an HID kit(35 watt 10,000k) on my 2010 Mazda3. The kit was working great when I got the lights aimed and everything. I took the kit out because I wanted to switch up bulbs to a different color and realized I like the 10000k too much. I put them back in and now the aiming is very bad. The driver side projector can be adjusted easily up and down and I see the circular light on the ground from the projector. On the passenger side, I can move the adjustment nob thing easily and the light moves up and down but I don't see the circular light from the projector so it looks like(from inside when driving) only the driver side light is working but both lights show up on people's bumpers just fine. Has anybody had this happen to them or does anybody know what is going on?? Thanks!
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Replacing the bulb shouldn't cause your headlight to go out of wack, sounds like you used too much pressure. Happened to my driver side lamp as the HID is a PITA to get locked in. If its aiming at the ground, ya, your alignment is waaay off. I found that my driver side wasn't moving until I turned the adjustment knob all the way to the down and the lamp snapped back in to place and then the adjustment worked ok. If all else fails, take it back to the dealer and have them adjust it for you. It could be that the gear mashup for the one light is messed.

Aside note, why are you going with 10,000K? Thats a blue colour, and is useless for driving. Might as well not have lights on in the first place. Something like that is prob. close to illegal as well.
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well, all aftermarket HIDs are illegal, so that's a relative statement. But I agree that anything over 6000K is less than practical
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[quote author=GTpntbll link=topic=192463.msg4082514#msg4082514 date=1311960240]
[quote author=Trainass link=topic=192463.msg4082508#msg4082508 date=1311960034]
[quote author=warehimer33 link=topic=192463.msg4053844#msg4053844 date=1308618848]
Hey I just converted from the stock halogen bulbs to an HID kit(35 watt 10,000k) on my 2010 Mazda3. The kit was working great when I got the lights aimed and everything. I took the kit out because I wanted to switch up bulbs to a different color and realized I like the 10000k too much. I put them back in and now the aiming is very bad. The driver side projector can be adjusted easily up and down and I see the circular light on the ground from the projector. On the passenger side, I can move the adjustment nob thing easily and the light moves up and down but I don't see the circular light from the projector so it looks like(from inside when driving) only the driver side light is working but both lights show up on people's bumpers just fine. Has anybody had this happen to them or does anybody know what is going on?? Thanks!
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Replacing the bulb shouldn't cause your headlight to go out of wack, sounds like you used too much pressure. Happened to my driver side lamp as the HID is a PITA to get locked in. If its aiming at the ground, ya, your alignment is waaay off. I found that my driver side wasn't moving until I turned the adjustment knob all the way to the down and the lamp snapped back in to place and then the adjustment worked ok. If all else fails, take it back to the dealer and have them adjust it for you. It could be that the gear mashup for the one light is messed.

Aside note, why are you going with 10,000K? Thats a blue colour, and is useless for driving. Might as well not have lights on in the first place. Something like that is prob. close to illegal as well.
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well, all aftermarket HIDs are illegal, so that's a relative statement. But I agree that anything over 6000K is less than practical
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Psh. Anything other than 5000K is less than practical. You ARE entitled to my opinion.

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I'm sorry you feel that way
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[quote author=GTpntbll link=topic=192463.msg4082514#msg4082514 date=1311960240]
[quote author=Trainass link=topic=192463.msg4082508#msg4082508 date=1311960034]
[quote author=warehimer33 link=topic=192463.msg4053844#msg4053844 date=1308618848]
Hey I just converted from the stock halogen bulbs to an HID kit(35 watt 10,000k) on my 2010 Mazda3. The kit was working great when I got the lights aimed and everything. I took the kit out because I wanted to switch up bulbs to a different color and realized I like the 10000k too much. I put them back in and now the aiming is very bad. The driver side projector can be adjusted easily up and down and I see the circular light on the ground from the projector. On the passenger side, I can move the adjustment nob thing easily and the light moves up and down but I don't see the circular light from the projector so it looks like(from inside when driving) only the driver side light is working but both lights show up on people's bumpers just fine. Has anybody had this happen to them or does anybody know what is going on?? Thanks!
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Replacing the bulb shouldn't cause your headlight to go out of wack, sounds like you used too much pressure. Happened to my driver side lamp as the HID is a PITA to get locked in. If its aiming at the ground, ya, your alignment is waaay off. I found that my driver side wasn't moving until I turned the adjustment knob all the way to the down and the lamp snapped back in to place and then the adjustment worked ok. If all else fails, take it back to the dealer and have them adjust it for you. It could be that the gear mashup for the one light is messed.

Aside note, why are you going with 10,000K? Thats a blue colour, and is useless for driving. Might as well not have lights on in the first place. Something like that is prob. close to illegal as well.
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well, all aftermarket HIDs are illegal, so that's a relative statement. But I agree that anything over 6000K is less than practical
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This is very true, and you're less likely to get bothered by the cops if you keep the colour temperature at a normal one, and don't go over 6000K, have the lights aimed properly, and put them in some damn projectors instead of reflector housings!

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Where is a good place to get hids? Does anyone know of a reputable company that will know everything that I need?

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Where is a good place to get hids? Does anyone know of a reputable company that will know everything that I need?
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The vast majority of the forum members buy from DDM, and from what I hear, most of them are very pleased. I've heard a lot of stories about having to get bulbs/ballasts replaced, but they have a lifetime warranty so I guess it just depends on how much you can put up with.

I personally chose Phillips cuz they're one of only two companies car manufacturers buy their OEM HIDs from, but that's also cuz (thanks be to God) price wasn't really a burden for me.
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