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That's why the cheap HIDs are that much worse. Because the location of the burn in the bulb is extremely different in a halogen bulb vs an HID.

This is the other main reason I always recommend the Morimoto bulbs from TRS, because they moved what they could to get the burn closer to where a halogen burns, so they put out a very similar pattern.
Could you please provide TRS's site location ? I have (2) 2014 M3's in the family; an i Touring for my daughter with halogens and a 'S' Grand Touring for myself with bi-xeons adaptives...the difference is literally day and night ! I realize that the HID's won't do the job that the bi-xeons do, but they have to be better than the stock halogens.
 

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YES!

That's why the cheap HIDs are that much worse. Because the location of the burn in the bulb is extremely different in a halogen bulb vs an HID.

This is the other main reason I always recommend the Morimoto bulbs from TRS, because they moved what they could to get the burn closer to where a halogen burns, so they put out a very similar pattern.
TRS offers (2) different H11 (low beam) bulbs...the 3Five and the XB35for $20 more. They indicate that the XB35 bulb is designed differently for many Japanese cars because it repositions the bulb bar to prevent ground shadow. Do you (or anyone else reading this) have any experience with ground shadow with their standard H11 bulb...is ground shadow very noticeable ? Does the H11XB35 make that much of a difference ? Also, they offer (2) different harness types, the HD relay and the Canbus...your thoughts/opinion/suggestion ??? Thanks ~
 

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Xb35's are only a little bit better, for the price the 3fives are more than adequate. Ballasts are very important in an hid setup as well though. Also...you mean the electrode placement? That doesn't really play any role in light output. I'd say go for the just the hd relay. I'm fairly certain the newer mazda's don't have canbus systems yet.
 

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Xb35's are only a little bit better, for the price the 3fives are more than adequate. Ballasts are very important in an hid setup as well though. Also...you mean the electrode placement? That doesn't really play any role in light output. I'd say go for the just the hd relay. I'm fairly certain the newer mazda's don't have canbus systems yet.
Thank you. As much as TRS has such a good reputation, I decided to try an Amazon kit (http://www.amazon.com/OPT7%C2%AE-Bolt-HID-Xenon-Conversion/dp/B00CC2ZBIU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1408568953&sr=8-3&keywords=opt7+bolt+ac+H11) for less than 1/2 the price. It's a very solid/quality looking kit with a (2) yr warranty and many positive reviews. However, when trying to do the install I couldn't get the factory halogen bulb to release from the socket. I'm a fairly strong guy, but it wouldn't turn either way to release and I didn't want to force it too much. I'll be taking it to my local pro to install. Anyone else have a problem getting the halogen to come out ?????? BTW...I went through the wheel well as done by a previous post, and it was really simple just removing a few plastic tabs gives very good exposure.
 

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You can't get the metal clip to release? I've always had luck pushing it towards the front of the vehicle, then down towards the ground, then it'll pop and you can rotate it out of the way. Its kinda hooked in place if that makes sense.

If the metal clip is out of the way and the bulb won't come out, that ain't right cause there's NOTHING else holding it.
 

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You can't get the metal clip to release? I've always had luck pushing it towards the front of the vehicle, then down towards the ground, then it'll pop and you can rotate it out of the way. Its kinda hooked in place if that makes sense.

If the metal clip is out of the way and the bulb won't come out, that ain't right cause there's NOTHING else holding it.
Thanks Philrab, but I didn't even see a metal clip, and I took off the rubber boot to make sure I wasn't missing anything. It looks just like a typical twist and pull bulb socket that I've done many times. I tried turning it in both directions to line up the slots with the tabs, but it barely budged with all my hand strength. Thought about using a pair of vice grips, but 2nd thought decided not to...didn't want to damage the electrical connector. If there is a metal clip that I'm missing would that prevent me from turning the bulb socket to line up with the tabs ?????:ugh:
 

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Im having trouble with my morimotos as well. I just got them, I feel like the bulbs are just hanging in the housing loosely, the springs arent hugging them very tight at all. when i am on the road i can see the light swaying back in for in both housings. maybe its time to buy new housings. The springs on the back seem almost useless at this point.
 

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Thanks Philrab, but I didn't even see a metal clip, and I took off the rubber boot to make sure I wasn't missing anything. It looks just like a typical twist and pull bulb socket that I've done many times. I tried turning it in both directions to line up the slots with the tabs, but it barely budged with all my hand strength. Thought about using a pair of vice grips, but 2nd thought decided not to...didn't want to damage the electrical connector. If there is a metal clip that I'm missing would that prevent me from turning the bulb socket to line up with the tabs ?????:ugh:
Just realized you have a 2014. Can't help, never messed with one.

BUT, the Newb Thread linked in my sig has a link to the 2014 factory service manual. If the link is dead, I have a stores copy as well.
 

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OK. I got a set of HIDs from a local joint but I am at a loss for where to mount the ballasts. I prefer them out of the way for a nice, clean look. On the 2012 they mounted up and under the headlight housing but that isn't really an option here. Thoughts?
 

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i have a 2008 3i sedan and i zip tied the ballasts vertically to the frame where the back of the headlights are on either side. just enough room to zip tie or screw them on nice and tight out of the way, it also makes it easier to check them should you have any issues down the road, and allows for all your wiring to be neatly done behind the headlight housings. I have angel eyes , Spyder Fogs, LED Mirrors, all wired on either side of the car so it made it extremely easy for me to tidy it all up.
 

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i have a 2008 3i sedan and i zip tied the ballasts vertically to the frame where the back of the headlights are on either side. just enough room to zip tie or screw them on nice and tight out of the way, it also makes it easier to check them should you have any issues down the road, and allows for all your wiring to be neatly done behind the headlight housings. I have angel eyes , Spyder Fogs, LED Mirrors, all wired on either side of the car so it made it extremely easy for me to tidy it all up.
Thanks. I ended up placing mine there, though I used industrial strength Velcro as with my previous installs. It's not the clean and hidden install that I like, but I guess it doesn't look bad. :)
 

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I just picked up my HID kit from DDM tuning this past week. I'm local so I just went into the store. Cost me $30 for 5000k 35w. The color output is a lot more blue than expected even though I wanted more of a white color. Anyways, so far so good with DDM. Luckily they have a lifetime warranty with their products. As for the installation, I was able to get the right headlight (non drivers side) just fine since there's enough room on that side but the drivers side headlight.... It's almost impossible to get to through the engine bay even with my small girl hands. I was trying to see if I can move the fuze box out of the way but it wouldn't budge and didn't want to push at it too much. So I ended up going through the wheel well.



 

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... I was able to get the right headlight (non drivers side) just fine since there's enough room on that side but the drivers side headlight.... It's almost impossible to get to through the engine bay even with my small girl hands. I was trying to see if I can move the fuze box out of the way but it wouldn't budge and didn't want to push at it too much. So I ended up going through the wheel well.
They look nice. Do I also notice a color-matching high beam or is that a trick of the camera?

As for installation, I found that if I take the cover off of the air filter and push that aside, there is just enough room for my average-sized hands to squeeze through and make the change.
 

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They look nice. Do I also notice a color-matching high beam or is that a trick of the camera?

As for installation, I found that if I take the cover off of the air filter and push that aside, there is just enough room for my average-sized hands to squeeze through and make the change.
I didnt color match the high beams. It's just the reflection.

Hmm, I didn't find that removing the air filter cover helped at all since the bulb is so far to the side. Maybe I'll try again or something
 

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Xb35's are only a little bit better, for the price the 3fives are more than adequate. Ballasts are very important in an hid setup as well though. Also...you mean the electrode placement? That doesn't really play any role in light output. I'd say go for the just the hd relay. I'm fairly certain the newer mazda's don't have canbus systems yet.
How can we tell if 2015 M3 has canbus? anyone know? This post says they do have canbus.
 

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CAN-BUS is the one of the method of communication ,,, so it's not matter if error is communicated analog communication or CAN-BUS
communication.

If our car has bulb out detection, then regardless CAN-BUS or analog communication, we see error.
If there is no bulb out detection, regardless CAN-BUS or analog communication, we don't see anything..


I think lots of people not understanding what CAN-BUS means, also it's because of stupid marketing terms flooding without proper explain.



Anyway,,, yes out headlight system does uses CAN-BUS communication method to exchange signal of ON-OFF etc..
But it does not have bulb out detection.

So system uses "CAN-BUS" method but will not cause issue using HID kit within its communication category. Because it is "CAN-BUS " communicated On or Off
status of light operation and it is NOT communicated to tell if bulb is out or not.
 
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