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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Is the 2012 Mazda3 already HID equipped?

Obviously a noob question:
I just got a brand new 2012 Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv i.

I'm assuming I cannot just put in 6000k bulbs; I need a ballast or something because otherwise it won't support it.

Is this true?
If so, can someone direct me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance from an appreciative car noob.
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It's technically illegal to put aftermarket HID into a non-HID equipped car.

Because those projectors were never designed to accept HID bulbs. What you end up is a lightsource that produces glare and hazardous to other drivers on the road.

Yeah, I hate getting blinded by all the idiots with their aftermarket HID, so I won't tell you where to get them.
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It's technically illegal to put aftermarket HID into a non-HID equipped car.

Because those projectors were never designed to accept HID bulbs. What you end up is a lightsource that produces glare and hazardous to other drivers on the road.

Yeah, I hate getting blinded by all the idiots with their aftermarket HID, so I won't tell you where to get them.

Actually the non-HID projectors are not the issue. It is the people who put HID's into a reflector housing that was not designed for those type of bulbs.

Regardless of where the light source is coming from, as long as it passes through the projector lens it will always end up in the same area after it passes through the lens. You're light cutoff will be approximately the same whether you have HID bulbs in a non-hid projector housing or vice-versa. Think of it as a reverse camera lens. It doesn't matter whether the your primary light source is in front, behind, or to the side, the light will still travel down the lens and hit the film or light sensor in the same spot each and every time.
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It's technically illegal to put aftermarket HID into a non-HID equipped car.

Because those projectors were never designed to accept HID bulbs. What you end up is a lightsource that produces glare and hazardous to other drivers on the road.

Yeah, I hate getting blinded by all the idiots with their aftermarket HID, so I won't tell you where to get them.
HID's in non HID Housings are fine...I have aran HID's in reg. housings & Projectors I make sure I dont blind people.

Its how you "aim" the lights is how to make it correct....People dont re-aim their headlights after installing HID's thats why you get Blinded by them.


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HID's in non HID Housings are fine...I have aran HID's in reg. housings & Projectors I make sure I dont blind people.

Its how you "aim" the lights is how to make it correct....People dont re-aim their headlights after installing HID's thats why you get Blinded by them.
So, you just bought HID bulbs, and you put them in?

If so, where did you find them?
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theretrofitstore.com u need bulbs and ballasts but that comes in the kit. search around on the forum there are a few threads with sites for good deals and good products (yes theres a difference)
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It's not true, halogen housing/projectors were designed to allow more glare/flair/light above the cutoff to light up overhead signs.

HID projectors allow less light because they're already very intense.

So when you put HID bulbs into a halogen housing/projectors, there is more leak above the cutoff.

That's why it's illegal to have a HID ballast in a non-HID equipped car, reflector or projector housing alike. Because the ballast suggests you have HID in a non-HID equipped car.
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I guess you guys may think I am a dick, but I have hids in my 2012 skyactiv, non-hid equipped projector housing. The cutoff is very low and the light spread is very minimal. My gf has a 6 with the same hids and the same kind of housing and I have driven behind her and she has driven behind me. They don't flare up and the cutoff is light right under the taillights of the car in front of you. I have had good luck with Kensun HIDs so far. They are about 50 bucks a kit. I think we took an h7
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I have hids in my 2012 skyactiv, non-hid equipped projector housing. The cutoff is very low and the light spread is very minimal.
jeffdroid, were the only components that you needed for your hid kit the ballasts and the bulbs?

OR did you need a separate harness for between the oem plug and the ballast?
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I did not use a harness because these are only 35w hids. If I ran 55watts, I'd use a harness. I have no issues with no harness but a harness wouldn't hurt if you wanted to be even safer. We are h7 btw
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