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copenhagen6123 02-20-2013 11:20 AM

DDM HID Kit Install and Review
 
So I ordered the 55w 6000k DDM Tuning HID kit. It was an upgrade from the 35w and I also ordered the mounting brackets as well. Grand total before shipping $43.99. So after my third set of headlights (DRL MOD not done prior to this) I figured that it was worth a try. I ordered the kit on 2/3/13. Standard shipping the kit came in yesterday 2/20/13. Why did it take so long...... it came from China. Here is what I got.
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...IMG_1366-1.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1367.jpg

So the box had me skeptical of its contents but everything arrived intact and the ballast are aluminum not plastic like i thought they would be. Even the bulbs had their own hard plastic cases.




http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1368.jpg

The install is pretty straight forward and can be accessed in PDF form on the DDM tuning website.
https://www.ddmtuning.com/support/in...mid=13&nav=0,1

The install is pretty easy and the only tools needed are basic hand tools to mount your ballasts and a drill with a 7/8" bit to run through the back of your headlight dust covers.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1372.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1373.jpg

Removing the headlights are pretty straight forward but it might be easier to remove your intake box to have more room to work.

I did remove the battery to mount the ballast and it made the whole install ten times easier.

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1374.jpg

There was plenty of room for the harness and I used an existing tapped hole to mount the ballasts.
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1376.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1377.jpg

I will update with pics of the lights on when it gets dark. I also did the DRL mod today and if you haven't done it yet here is the link.
http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2117

Claw 02-20-2013 04:50 PM

Nice writeup.. cheap kit, you get what you pay for. Hope yours last longer than mine (2 wks on my first set, 3 years on my second). Have TRS Retroquiks ready in case they burn up again.

Joe (pa) 02-20-2013 05:28 PM

Nice, I'll be looking into these

Indiglow 02-20-2013 05:33 PM

i had two sets of these, both lasted 1 month, then i got diode dynamics FTW

copenhagen6123 02-20-2013 05:50 PM

I was hoping that they weren't coming from China but it is what it is. My buddies run them on their scoobies and have had no issues. Hopefully they last longer than two weeks though. Did anyone inquire about the "lifetime warranty"?

copenhagen6123 02-20-2013 11:48 PM

Took a couple of shots tonight. http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1378.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...3/IMG_1380.jpg

Indiglow 02-21-2013 05:34 AM

The warranty is a crock. Theres a thread or two about it on this site.

andriykoua 02-28-2013 12:46 AM

Thank you for the write up OP. What year is your Legacy and why did you go with 55 instead of 35?

Catalyst 02-28-2013 10:38 AM

Block those squirrel finders!!

04caliwrx 02-28-2013 10:53 AM

I have this kit on all 3 of my cars and i have never had an issue with them at all. I have had to warrenty one sex on my 1995 GSR and the were very easy to deal with

copenhagen6123 02-28-2013 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Catalyst (Post 4316405)
Block those squirrel finders!!

Squirrel finders? Oh and by the way Catalyst love your car no homo.

copenhagen6123 02-28-2013 11:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andriykoua (Post 4315896)
Thank you for the write up OP. What year is your Legacy and why did you go with 55 instead of 35?

I have an 05 limited.
Went with 55w hoping they would be a touch brighter and drown out any potential that my headlights might look blue.

Catalyst 02-28-2013 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by copenhagen6123 (Post 4316581)
Squirrel finders? Oh and by the way Catalyst love your car no homo.

That's the other Catalyst lol, nice car though :)

Theres a flap inside the halogen projector that lets light shine above the cutoff to illuminate rapd signs and such (look at your last pic). When you put hids in this light will really glare other drivers. You can very carefully bend the flap down with the bulb removed. It's a bit tough if you don't know where or what this flap is though.

KevinA 02-28-2013 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Indiglow (Post 4303490)
i had two sets of these, both lasted 1 month, then i got diode dynamics FTW

I also have gone threw several sets of these. There is a reason they are $30.

andriykoua 03-01-2013 01:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by copenhagen6123 (Post 4316585)
I have an 05 limited.
Went with 55w hoping they would be a touch brighter and drown out any potential that my headlights might look blue.

I c. So how do they look at night? do you have any videos? I am also looking to get 55W 6000k, but I want to have the Xenon luxury look (stock)

P.S did you need H7 bulb spacers? or you don't need that for a legacy?


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