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So I'm planning on getting an HID conversion kit from sharphid.com. I emailed back and forth with John and he thinks I should get the 55W as it has a better track record on S40s with DRL. Has anyone had good experiences with the 35W bulbs on their S40? Would I need to buy the harness? I don't really care if I get a BOW, I just don't want the problems of flickering that I've heard of in the past.
 

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Re: 35W or 55W HIDs (LennyQ)

I have the 55w kit from him, as he recommended it. Love the look, not too bright. The projector glass really diffuses it so it isn't annoying. Can't speak for the 35w kit.
 

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Re: 35W or 55W HIDs (carreragt7)

Have the same, best aftermarket install HID kit ive ever owned.
 

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How long until the wiper motor fries?<p>All I know is that everything that could go wrong on this car has (as far as aftermarket parts are concerned), I'm afraid to do an HID install. A relay kit would work but I'm not dealing with a BOW
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zerocover</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How long until the wiper motor fries?<p>All I know is that everything that could go wrong on this car has (as far as aftermarket parts are concerned), I'm afraid to do an HID install. A relay kit would work but I'm not dealing with a BOW</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Mine took about 2 months!!! THEN CRAZY WIPER MODE ATTACKSSS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sanatarium</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Screw the windshield wiper issue..</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Unless it screws you first <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Wiper has to be backordered cause they don't carry it in the US<p>Wait a month and you can drive in the rain again.<p>Did I mention $400 if the dealer finds out <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>But they do look amazing <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Here is a novel idea, instead of putting a relay on the headlight side of things why not put it on the wiper motor? I doubt the car checks if the motors working. <p>Hmmmm....<p>Is there anything else that fries with HID's?
 

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Unfortunately the only electrical knowledge I have is from high school physics but someone really should of came up with something by now, it is so frustrating that I might pay a car electrician to just wire the HIDs seperate from everything else on their own fuse....
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>PasS40ion</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Wiper has to be backordered cause they don't carry it in the US<p>Wait a month and you can drive in the rain again.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Try RainX your windshield, I hardly use my wipers now, unless I'm at slow speeds or it is just a small amount of water.<p>Anyway, without the separate kit, it is quite straight forward as to how you should connect your kit (Factory harness => ballast => HID bulb). With the separate battery harness, it is slightly more complicated (Factory harness => relay switch on battery harness) and (1 end of battery harness => battery, other end of battery harness => ballast => HID bulb). As for which side to which harness, each harness has a different plug type, so it is hard to go wrong.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>fone</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Try RainX your windshield, I hardly use my wipers now, unless I'm at slow speeds or it is just a small amount of water.<p>Anyway, without the separate kit, it is quite straight forward as to how you should connect your kit (Factory harness => ballast => HID bulb). With the separate battery harness, it is slightly more complicated (Factory harness => relay switch on battery harness) and (1 end of battery harness => battery, other end of battery harness => ballast => HID bulb). As for which side to which harness, each harness has a different plug type, so it is hard to go wrong.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha my motor has been replaced, but I can't justify rain-x for a permanent solution though it does work really well!<p>And from what I have heard about the battery harness no1 has had success of HIDs firing up when used with the harness...
 

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I have 55w HIDs with the battery harness, though it was mechanic installed by the previous owner, but I have replaced the ballast and bulbs myself to 55w from 35w. The only flaw in my set up is that the low-beam failure warning appears everytime I start the car or switch on the headlights.
 

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Rain <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>What are those rubber things for anyway?<p>Sorry I forgot not everyone lives here:<br><IMG SRC="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f5/Baja_California_Desert.jpg/400px-Baja_California_Desert.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>PasS40ion</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>haha my motor has been replaced, but I can't justify rain-x for a permanent solution though it does work really well!<p>And from what I have heard about the battery harness no1 has had success of HIDs firing up when used with the harness...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>PasS40ion what brand HID's are you running? So I know never to buy them!
 

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Actually , what is this crazy wiper thingy ppl are talkin about? I'm on HID's but don't think I had any issues with my wipers
 

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John from SharpHID told me there were only 3 such cases where the wiper motors were fried on the s40's, and there is no evidence that they were caused by HID installs....true?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LennyQ</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">John from SharpHID told me there were only 3 such cases where the wiper motors were fried on the s40's, and there is no evidence that they were caused by HID installs....true?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well mine were definitely caused by the HID's
 

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It is the HIDs. all people who have had the problem have HIDs when the wiper motor went out of control it was when I was switching from city lights to auto mode, and install wasn't a problem I didn't get screwed until 2 months later. <p>My intentions are not to degrade the kit, but the companies selling it need to look into REAL solutions to make sure these things do not happen rather then tell their customers that THERE is no proof when he clearly admitted there were 3 cases...<p>Just Ridiculous.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by PasS40ion at 8:39 PM 5-12-2009</i>
 

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What is it about the HID kits that would cause the motors to fail? They draw the same amount of voltage as a regular halogen thus the reason a ballast is required to produce the increased voltage for the gas filled bulbs.
 
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