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Hey guys,<p>Recently I purchased a 5000K HID kit from John at SharpHID. Installation took less than 30 minutes and I must say that the difference is amazing. What's more is that I was able to completely hide away all of the wires and ballasts to out of view places. I know that there were a few people out there with S40s with issues but after reading through the installation guide, I am wondering if it was an old kit that they were using. The installation guide shows where you have to take an exposed power wiring and wrap it while connected to the bulb connector in electric tape. Perhaps due to bad connectivity, this is where people were failing with their HID setup. The kit I received did not have any exposed power wires and everything (absolutely everything) was plug and play. It was so user-friendly that I would have more difficulty putting together a Lego model. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: SharpHID Review (1SOUL)

Yup, I love my kit from them as well! Super easy install, work like a charm!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1SOUL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The kit I received did not have any exposed power wires and everything (absolutely everything) was plug and play. It was so user-friendly that I would have more difficulty putting together a Lego model. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, it does require drilling a hole on each back cover.<p>I didn't buy mine from SharpHID, but it's the same kit.<p>It indeed works very well.
 

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I've reinstalled and had no problems with the DDM kit (same one sharpHID sell) after having DRLs disabled, I have come to the conclusion that the daytime running lights with lower wattage than headlights always on screws with the hids and causes a discharge. So if you don't get your DRLs disabled I would suggest keeping your setting on headlight Always On mode, to avoid problems.<p>Enjoy!
 

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Re: (PasS40ion)

Yeah, my DRLs are not disabled and my lights are in the always on position, never had any issues.
 

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My install was as easy as yours. I keep my lights in "off" position and haven't had any problems (haven't had my DRL's disabled - I'd like to, but it's not worth the $100 my dealer wants).
 

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Revolve, I kept my HIDS in auto function and had no problems for 3 months, but imo you would be safer keeping them in always on mode.
 

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A note for those who are keeping the headlights in the on position all the time. I'm not sure if the headlight sockets are surge protected, but the voltage from the battery does surge when on ignition. I have the battery harness, so my HIDs take power directly from the battery unregulated and I was lazy and had my headlights always in the on position and one of my ballast blew shortly (I deduced that is the casue), so now I had to turn the switch off before actualling starting the car. Had my DRLs disabled.<p>Don't make the same mistake as me.
 

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thats not true you got a shotty ballast .<p>I have my fogs on 24/7 and turn on with my car and over 2yrs not a single problem.
 

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I have the battery harness, so that might do away with any surge protector that is built into the original harness. Those ballast were just over 2 years.
 

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Re: (PasS40ion)

My lights are always on the "0" mode and I do not have my DRLs disabled and they have no issues.
 

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Re: (1SOUL)

what did you guys go with, the 35w or 55w HID kit? or is it just preference?<br>also the correct kit is the $85 kit? Is the additional $25 wiring harness kit necessary?<p>thanks.
 

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Re: (Jonsi Jonsi S40)

Mine is the 55w kit, and I got the extra thingies (harness, BOW, whatever their names are, can't remember). Works like a charm.
 

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55W with BOW harness here, didn't work without the harness, but not sure if 35W vs. 55W makes a difference.
 

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im also thinking of getting HIDs. i dont understand why ppl disable their DRLs :s and also i dont really see a difference in my lights when i switch the light switch between the 3 positions. only thing ive noticed is that the middle position leaves ur parking lights on.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zubilius</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">im also thinking of getting HIDs. i dont understand why ppl disable their DRLs :s and also i dont really see a difference in my lights when i switch the light switch between the 3 positions. only thing ive noticed is that the middle position leaves ur parking lights on. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah it is much cooler to just change the DRL bulbs to bright blue or purple or whatever you want! Yes and the "0" position is identical to the 1st position for me
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Kallvin22</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Yeah it is much cooler to just change the DRL bulbs to bright blue or purple or whatever you want! Yes and the "0" position is identical to the 1st position for me </TD></TR></TABLE><p>don't confuse the DRLs with the city lights... What I am talking about is disabling the halogens that are dimly lit during the day which turn to the full 50-60w at night. ppl do this so that they can turn off their projector lamps during the day, I did it because I believe that is the mode that screwed up my wiper motor after running HIDs for 3 months perfectly.<p>That is also the diff between the 0 (auto mode) and Always on mode.
 

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Do you guys have any issues with extreme weather? I don't have SharpHID, but sometimes its either the left or right bulb has trouble starting up. Usually only happens in 100+ and anything below 20 degrees.
 

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As per request, please find the pictures of my new install below:<p><IMG SRC="http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2133/382908110617d8f19f86.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8621/38282815671821212700.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I bought the DDM 55M 5000K kit from John at SharpHID. Installation took less than an hour and I was able to hide the clutter from the ballasts completely. The 3M tape that was included in the kit was weak for me so I used automotive tape.<p>I truly dislike the blue-ish type of white and I was going for a pure white look. As is, the 5000K kit seems to have a hint of blue. At night, whenever I see blue HIDs coming in my back rear view mirror, I automatically think of ricers. I don't know, I guess blue has a bad connotation with me. To each his/her own. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Pure white seems just clean and much classier! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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