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Posted 09 March 2014 - 01:57 PM

JustI was asked awhile ago to do this how to and i finally got around to it today. In this install i used Cree LEDs but the steps are essentially the same between the two types of light kits....   HID Kits contain:   Bulbs Ballasts and occasionally a wiring harness for Bi/Xenon kits that have a high/low beam. My 1 ton that was known as Rehab had this type of kit. Just going to use a pic off of the net to show what would be in a HID Kit since i do not have any on hand atm. 

 

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Cree LED kits contain:  

Cree LED light assembly

Drivers 

 

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The drivers in a LED kit basically are similar in idea to the Ballasts in HID kits. Essentially both convert 12V imput from your vehicle into the required voltages to run the lights which in the case of LEDs is around 15w and in the case of HIDs either 35 or 55 watts.    The biggest advantages to LEDs is they have the same light ouput if not greater then HIDs and require far less wattage to power up. 


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

Tools and supplies needed:

 

Basic hand tools to remove headlight assemblies from your vehicle

Zip Ties and/or double sided tape to secure Ballasts or Drivers

Hid/LED kit of your choice. 

 

First you remove the headlights from your vehicle to access the bulbs on it. On GMT400 trucks the headlights are secured by two long bolts that are accessible from the top of the grill shell. On the Chevy Trailblazer like the truck in this how to there are two long tabs you access from the top of the headlight and pull upwards to release the headlight assembly from the core support. Once the headlight is removed you will need to locate somewhere to attach the Ballast/Driver where it has full reach to plug into the trucks harness. I originally had tried to do this by attaching the drivers to the back of the headlights but that didnt work as i soon found out so i wound up zip tying the drivers to the plastic support section behind each headlight as shown in the pic below. 

 

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Once you have established your final mounting place for the ballasts/drivers move onward to installing the bulbs in the headlights. At this stage it is literally a matter of twist the old bulb out and replace it with the new one. Then this is followed by re-installing the Headlight onto your vehicle and plugging in all the wiring. You may end up having to reaim your headlights after this due to the fact you now have much brighter lighting on your vehicle. 

 

Added steps for those who wish to use a Relay harness along with the above:

 

Remove grille/grille shell assembly from vehicle

Route harness so that the relays and connection points for battery and ground are near the battery then place rest of harness out of harms way from hot or moving parts.

Zip tie your harness into place to make sure it is secure

Connect the imput plug (female plug near the relays) to the headlight nearest it. (Example: on drivers headlight in GMT360 vehicles and on passenger headlight on GMT400 vehicles) 

Connect harness to ballasts/drivers

Reassemble front end of vehicle

 

Enjoy the increased output of your lights. 

I will update this thread further once i work on another HID install in the near future. Plus i will also dig up pics from when i installed the Relay harness on my old 1 ton. 
 


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:59 PM

thanks for the article, cant wait to see more


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 06:14 PM

thanks for the article, cant wait to see more

 

Not a problem man. I will def go through the install process again on the Jetta soon and will show how a Bi/xenon kit works when i do that install. 


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:34 PM

i have HID lights on the 4runner and an LED light bar, the LED light bar dwarfs the HID headlights and my HID offroad lights. so im thinking about doing LED headlights in the 91 burb, but im gonna need conversion lenses also.

 

do you have any pics of the light output from your LED kit?


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:02 PM

i have HID lights on the 4runner and an LED light bar, the LED light bar dwarfs the HID headlights and my HID offroad lights. so im thinking about doing LED headlights in the 91 burb, but im gonna need conversion lenses also.

do you have any pics of the light output from your LED kit?


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:06 PM

Is that highs or lows? I can't really make out a cut off line.
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

Is that highs or lows? I can't really make out a cut off line.


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:23 PM

You have any pictures of the cut off line? This is the only example I've seen with LED lows, but at this point the low beams are useless since they've been turned into high beams.
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