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    HID High-Beam Problem

    Hello everyone,

    I recently bought an '03 WRX which had a Xentec HID system installed by the previous owner. Both low beams light up, but only the passenger-side high beam will light up. I tried putting the known working bulb in the drivers side headlight, in addition to completely replacing both bulbs, and I still cannot get the high beam to work on the driver's side. I checked what fuses I thought would be applicable and nothing turned up. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I'm hoping I don't have to rip out the entire wiring and ballasts and start over, but will do it if necessary. Thank you all!

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    Sounds like a POS HID system and poor wiring. Do you have a multimeter?
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    I do not, but it's starting to look like a good investment. I'm assuming I should check it with the multimeter and see if I'm either getting the right voltage or zero voltage? Is it too difficult to just install a new HID kit from scratch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musclemuffins
    I do not, but it's starting to look like a good investment. I'm assuming I should check it with the multimeter and see if I'm either getting the right voltage or zero voltage? Is it too difficult to just install a new HID kit from scratch?
    A multimeter will help expose any electrical issues that you're having, in which case, you can proceed from there. They aren't all that expensive, either:
    Craftsman Digital Multimeter: Meter at KMart

    Plug&Play HID kits are not legal, nor are they typically an "upgrade". In order to properly convert to HIDs, you need to retrofit your housings, which is somewhat involved. For some HID information, see below:
    Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
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    At this point I think I just want to replace both of the entire headlights with "halo" headlights, and completely remove the HID kit that the previous owner installed. I was hoping I could just yank the kit out and put OEM bulbs in, but the original headlight connectors were chopped off to make way for the HID kit. Any suggestions at this point? pics below
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    Also, I'm unsure what this cable connects to? Any ideas?
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    After tearing apart the wiring job I realized just how bad this thing was slapped together. I basically took the whole thing out, bought OEM bulbs and connectors, and reconnected everything. Below is a pic of two wires that were smooshed together and held together by electric tape... I'm afraid what else like this is hiding in my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musclemuffins View Post
    After tearing apart the wiring job I realized just how bad this thing was slapped together. I basically took the whole thing out, bought OEM bulbs and connectors, and reconnected everything. Below is a pic of two wires that were smooshed together and held together by electric tape... I'm afraid what else like this is hiding in my car.

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    That brought a tear to my eye.. why anyone would think thats acceptable to do is beyond me. Here's hoping that the previous owner didn't touch anything else.

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