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Ok guys, I'm starting my own thread about this. My drivers side HID bulb was out so I picked up some new 6000k bulbs and started the to replace them (removed wheels, liner, etc. and soon found out that the bulb was not out and that the drivers side HID is out. I tested the bulb from the drivers side in the passenger side and it worked fine.
I have done a little research and found a guy selling the ballasts out of a pair of broken RX8 headlights. The ballasts have a Denso/Koito part number of KDLT002. I did an Ebay search for that and found that this ballast is used on Lexus', etc and can be had cheaper than for the 8. One guy wants $100.00 for one brand new and the used RX8 ones go for $120.00. So do you think they all use the same bulbs, wiring, etc?
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Thanks, I ordered it so it should be here soon. I just have to remove the headlight and swap out the ballast. I'm wondering If I should order one for the passenger side as well just in case it goes out.
It wasn't just about saving 20. I saved 20 bucks and got a brand new ballast as opposed to a used one. I'm just now wondering how much life my passenger side ballast has left in it and the guy I bought the new ballast from only has one new ballast left.
Okay guys I finally got the Ballast in but FYI, you have to dremel your headlight to get the wire and connector into the headlight casing because the connector that goes to the HID bulb is too big to fit through since they do it before assembling the headlight. But its just a slit and the you pry it open enough to slip the wire in and the RTV is shut. I didn't wanna do it but baking the headlights was too much of a hassle. This is just a pic I found on the web for reference since I forgot to take pics when I was doing it.
But the Ballast worked great and my HIDS are working awesome. Only problem I had was that the 6k bulbs I bought were pieces of **** and would only work for five minutes so i had to put the stockers back in. But that is what i get for buying cheap bulbs off the street.
Okay guys I finally got the Ballast in but FYI, you have to dremel your headlight to get the wire and connector into the headlight casing because the connector that goes to the HID bulb is too big to fit through since they do it before assembling the headlight. But its just a slit and the you pry it open enough to slip the wire in and the RTV is shut.
What's the bold/italicized part mean? Will the dremel cut cause any issues with moisture getting into your headlight?
well guys, after spending a couple of hours messing with the lights--I even opened up the ballast to inspect damage--I could not find anything wrong with it. My next approach was to replace the aftermarket bulb on the side that I was having problems with one of the OEM. The issue was not able to be replicated using the original bulb even after repeatedly shutting off the head light on and off in a rapid sequence. I then proceeded to do the same using the aftermarket bulb and the issue came on again where the headlight would not come on sometimes, it would just make a buzzing sound which would quickly vanish and the light would not come on anymore unless I flicker the on/off switch several times.
I put back the OEM hid bulbs to use in the meantime and I will order a new pair of 6000k hids replacement bulbs for the OEMs look a little dull to me.
I suggest everyone to check their bulbs before they go and buy a new ballast. In my case the bulb is not burnt but it is now defective. I ordered that pair of bulbs from DDM tuning in early 2008 and they are still technically good--at least one of them is--for $20. I will just order a new pair again and I will now have an extra 6k hid bulb I will keep as a back up.
on a side note, it it easier to replace the OEM HIDs bulbs by taking off the bumper on the top part and pulling out the headlights entirely--they are secured by only 5 easily accessible bolts-- than by trying it to fit them through the wheel well... which proved to be quite frustrating in my case since I'm lowered and am running 275s all around.
Yeah I had some aftermarket 6k HID bulbs that were ****, the lights would shut off. When I switched back to the factory bulbs they worked fine. Soon after that my ballast went out. I suspect the aftermarket bulb damaged the ballast somehow because it was just too much of a coincidence.