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To install the new euro assemblies you will first need to remove the NA spec headlights. To begin, you will need to remove the plastic peice in between the headlights. It is held in place by 6 screws, lovingly circled here:


The two on the sides also have clips that will need to be pryed out. Then lift up the panel and push it toward the rear of the car, and it will slide out of place.

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The next step is to remove all the bulbs and the sidemarker. It is held in place by a tab, gently press on it while applying forward pressure and it will come loose. You will now have access to the 5 8mm bolts that hold the headlights on. Two are hidden here:



The other 3 are on the top. You will want to use a 19mm wrench or something to hold the plastic nuts with while you undo the bolts; these are what position the headlight.

When undoing the bolts on the inside, be VERY careful not to drop it. I did, and it took awhile to fish out.



Also, I suggest you use a socket screwdriver. If not, you will need to use multiple extensions.



By now you should've gotten one light removed. Now it's time for another plastic bag to hold your screws and beer.

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Hella 6000K H7 HID kit. These are the contents of the package: 2 HID bulbs, ballast, connectors, mounting bracket, 3M double sided tape, and sheet metal screws.




Clearly, the back door of the housing must be modified to allow the HID bulb and connector to fit through. The instructions said drill a 23mm hole. I eyeballed it with a dremel. The best thing I found to do was to make lateral cuts using a cutting blade and making a square, then using the sander to smooth it into a circle. There is small circle alread on the cover to use as a guide.



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Now we can fit the bulb and wires through the hole. Seat the bulb and clip it in place with the retainers. Then, plug the red wire with a spade on the end into the positive connection that would originaly go on the standard light. Plug the black one into the ground connection.



Re-attach the dust cover and use a thick gob of silicon sealant to keep out moisture.

Now, put the ellipsoids in the car. They are bigger than the NA spec, and will require some wiggling, but they will fit. Plig your factory lowbeam into the lowbeam adapter that came with your ellipsoids, and do the same for the highs. Now, plug in all the wires coming out of the HID light, and find a place to mount the ballast. I used the double sided tape and moutned one on the washer fluid resevoir, and the other on a peice of the chassis where the snorkell used to be (also debaffled this afternoon).



Make sure you're screws are secure and you should be good to go. Replace your fuses to 15A, and start them up. Leave it on for 5 minutes before turning it off the first time, and behold:


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Nice, very nice. I hope to do the same soon.

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It's a very good example for people who want doing the same

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That's a much better sig, Prez.

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yeah, it was overdue for an update. Been waiting for these things to come in though.

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I didn't realize you had a push start. How much do those things cost and how hard is install?

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They are $60 at pep boys. There is much cheaper method though. I did a DIY on it. It's in the FAQ area. The most expensive thing I bought was a sticker.

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Yo prez did you turn the projectors? So is not aiming at the oncoming cars.
It's nice and bright now wait till you swap the projectors.

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im lazy. Unless people flash me I'll leave them how they are.

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Prez,

I thought the Euro Ellipsoids were H1? Yours is H7?

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they are. Mine are H7 though. Don't know why other than its because they arent OEM.

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