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hi..

i thought this post may be useful to some people struggling to change their D2S bulbs.

I recommend removing the bumper and headlights to replace the bulbs. it would make it much easier both or you and your fingers :p

Removal of bumper guide can be found here:
http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=41782.0

to start off with... here's how ur HID headlight should be like:


twist the cover anti-clockwise to open it to gain access to the bulb:


this should open access to the bulb:




Then you should be able to twist the igniter socket with you fingers. turn anti clockwise:






Then the bulb's base becomes exposed:


With your thumb, push the clip forward while moving them to the side:




Once both clips have been pushed out, pull it forward to let the bulb loose:




Then simply pull the bulb out:










And simple install in reverse order with the new bulb. its as easy as that...

oh here's some fun shots with my SLR's Macro capabilities..






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Re: How to replace stock OEM D2S Xenon HID bulbs

please sticky :D
 

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Thanks man...this will come in handy when I upgrade mine.
 

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Perfect timing for this thread as I was just planning on ordering new bulbs for my headlights. I didn't realize the bumper would have to be removed just to change the bulbs. What a PITA.
 

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[quote author=hashboogie link=topic=70688.msg1558060#msg1558060 date=1184464833]
Perfect timing for this thread as I was just planning on ordering new bulbs for my headlights. I didn't realize the bumper would have to be removed just to change the bulbs. What a PITA.
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Well, you don't have to remember the bumper or the headlight assembly to replace the bulbs, but it is recommended. I took mine out and put them back in without removing the assembly, but I also had about 15 gashes all over my fingers and hands from trying to shove them down in there. I'm definitely taking it off once I upgrade the bulbs. I hated having sore and cut up hands for a week.
 

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[quote author=SuperTrooper link=topic=70688.msg2905640#msg2905640 date=1233554237]
Do all 2008 Mazda 3's come with Stock HID headlights?
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i believe only on the 'S Grand Touring' trims they are equipped with OEM HIDs. :)
 

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hey.. i recently bought the stupid d2s bulb.. how much do u guys think would cost me if i take it the dealer and let them do the job??? im new here.. thankss
 

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Do you need a conversion kit to be able to switch the Stock lighting to the HID lighting
or can you just switch the bulbs and it'll be fine?
 

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HID's need a special ballast because they use very high voltage to ignite the bulb. so yes, you need a kit.

does anyone have any recommendations on an bulb upgrade? I saw that the ones in the walkthrough are Phillips. What are the OEM bulbs?
 

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Thanks, this tutorial was great. :), I just replaced both bulbs on mine, took a little longer than it should have, but they are working at least.
 

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D2R bulbs will work, but you may be getting less light than a D2S.

D2R has a stripe on the bulb to limit the amount of light/glare, because D2R are specifically designed to be used with reflector-type headlights.

All projectors headlights uses d#S
 

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This thread should be sticky. Thanks for the post, totally a DIY in replacing the bulb in the headlight assembly. Can have this as a future reference.
 

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Awesome write up. I hope mine dont go out till i can afford new lights, they are so foggy, i have to use headlight polish on them daily. i was looking at some new lights that look stock on ebay, but i dont know if the HID housings are the same as halogen housings dut to the fact the HID housing has that twist cap.
 
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