Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HID INSTALL **SPECIAL POST**


I CLAIM NO LIABILITY FOR THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS **PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK**
I USED (2) DDM TUNING 35 WATT  / 5000 K / H11   HID KIT 
+ (2) HID WIRING KITS  (MAY BE UNNECESSARY BUT RECOMMENDED)


LOCATE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE  TERMINALS FOR HID WIRING KITS


REMOVE ALL FASTENERS FROM TOP OF BUMPER


REMOVE ALL FASTENERS FROM HEADLIGHT
** FASTENER ON BOTTOM RIGHT IS ALSO IN PREVIOUS PICTURE***


REMOVE ALL FASTENERS FROM FROM WHEEL WELL


REMOVE FASTENERS FROM UNDER FRONT BUMPER 


PULL FORWARD ON FRONT BUMPER ** WITH CARE**
IT SHOULD COME FORWARD APPROXIMATLY 10 INCHES
GRASP HEADLIGHT FROM TOP AND BOTTOM
PULL FORWARD ON HEADLIGHT TILL IT IS RELEASES FROM LOWER FIXING POINT


REMOVE RUBBER CAP
UNPLUG BULB
REMOVE BULB
INSTALL HID BULB


CUT X IN RUBBER CAP AND RUN HID WIRES THRU THE CAP


DIAGRAM OF HID CONNECTIONS


TO ACCESS FOG LAMPS PULL BUMPER OUT
UNSCREW BULB AND DETACH FROM PLUG
INSTALL HIDS






50 comments:

  1. That's a lot of work. I wish I could get HID or LED headlights on my C-Max hybrid

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    1. Do you know if this is the same for a non Hybrid 2013 Fusion?

      Is the only reason you remove the whole bumper to get more access to the back of the headlights? It looks like there would be enough room to get the bulbs out without pulling the bumper.

      Thanks, and looks great

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    2. I have not seen the engine bay of a non hybrid fusion.. but I would assume the frame is the same... It is a very tight fit... and I would advise anyone trying to do this to take the bumper off. The ford manuel says it is required for proper headlight bulb changing on all Fusions. The fog lights would be nearly impossible to access without moving the bumper forward.

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  2. Does the bumper just slide out, or do you have to "pop" any clips that hold it on?

    Thanks again for all the info

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    1. There are no "Clips" .. the bumper does lock in with tabs on both of the sides along the wheel well, but when you pull they relaease and you just line up the tabs and push back in to lock them back into place.

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  3. This was a HUGE help to me tonight. Thanks for going to all the effort to pioneer this. I hope to see more posts like this in the future as I am a tinkerer by nature with my cars. I was really stuck on the lower headlight mounting point. I could see it when I looked in from the side wheel well opeing, but couldn't figure out how it was attached. I was reluctant to just pull it straight out for fear of breaking something. But after reading your guide I gave it a good pull straight forward and it finally popped out. It only took me about an hour of trying to figure it out before I came back inside and found your guide. Very appreciated! I decided not to do HID's but rather just go with the upgraded Sylvania bulbs. I replaced the fogs, low beams, and high beams with their ultra bulbs. I used LED's for the running lights, and I bought a ring of LED's to frame the fog lights. All went well, but the Ultra bulbs do not match the LEDs sot I'm going to try the Sylvania Silverstar zXe's which are closer to the 5-6K look of HID's. I think this will be close enough for me as I really don't want to go through all the hassle of doing the HID's. I've done them in the past in my Porsche, but it too was a major evolution. And the battery at least was up front for the relay. Did you throw any codes when you finished installing the HID's? Anyway, great post and again, a tip of the hat to you for pioneering this!

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    1. I am glad it helped, the lower fixing point can definatly be difficult. I have not had any Error codes at all. The HID's have been in over a month and are still going strong (even in the cold michigan winters).

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  4. Well I got it done using the Sylvania Ultra bulbs and was not satisfied. Low and fog lights still had the "warm amber glow" you'd expect from 4K HID's! Soooooo, I got sucked into Sylvania's advertising for their Silverstar zXe with "HID Attitude" expecting a look more like the 5 or 6K HID's. WRONG! Conclusion? There is no way to get "HID Attitude" (You've gotta love emotional marketing ploys!), short of buying HIDs. Boy did I get sucked in! So I've already spent over $200 on bulbs for the fog, low and high beams. I should have gone ahead and gotten the HID's. I will retrofit them soon, now that I know how to get in and out. It's really much easier than my Porsche was. The one thing that I'm curious about is your 12V source in the engine bay. I was stumped on how I was going to run a wire all the way back to the battery in the trunk. Can you describe your tap ponts in the engine bay for both leads with a bit more detail? That will prove most valuable. I was worried about getting into the hybrid power supply line and screwing things up! I figure on running the relay and using 50-55W 5K HIDs for low beams and 35W 5K fog lights (no relay needed?). Again, thanks for your insights! ~Wailer

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    1. Sorry to hear that the other bulbs didn't work out. Both points are located in picture #2 above. BOTH terminals are listed in the owners manual. The negative terminal is on the side of the driver side strut tower. The positive terminal is under that red cap that is shown in the picture. It is listed as the 12 volt accesory point in the manual. Both are bolts with standard socket patterns. The 12 volt accessory point does not effect the Hybrid High voltage system. The low beams will require a relay.. the fog lights (from what I have read) do not. I will caution you that using higher wattage Hids in the Low beams compared to the fogs will cause them to appear to be slightly different colors. 55 watt HIDs will look more white than 35 watt HIDs.

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  5. Good info! Maybe I'll go with 6K bulbs in the low beams. Great info on the 12V accesory point! I guess I should read the manual more carefully again. I imagine you could jump the car from those points as well. Awesome! Thanks!

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    1. I think you had it righ the first time, 6000k 55 watt lights will look more like 5000K 35watt

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  7. What % tint do you have on your FFH pictured above? After you installed your HID lights have you noticed any drop in MPG? I read that HID headlights are good because they require less power to operate when the engine is running, however when it is off or idle(in this case EV mode) it drains the battery significantly quicker than halogen bulbs. What's your take?

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    1. The tint is 20% of the front 4 windows and 5% on the little windows in the back and 5% on the very back windshield.

      There was no change in my MPG after installing the HIDS (I marked the install date on my Fuelly account). They always use less power(whether the engine is running or not) ... the overall system voltage being used is lower (only slightly) when I compared before and after on the in car display. I can not see any way in which the HID's would affect the MPG...

      The Sony audio system on the Titanium hybrid would drain way more voltage than any change in the lights, and I still dont think it would be enough to make a noticable differance.

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  8. Did you happen to take any pictures of your ballast placement? I just picked up a new fusion and ordered lows and fogs and was wondering how the space is for mounting the ballasts.

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    1. I placed both of the ballast for the low beams on the beam directly behind the headlight assembly. Plenty of room. The fog light on the driver side is attached to the horn bracket and the ballast on the passanger side is mounted to the washer fluid resivour.

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  9. Yeah, was wondering where and how you mounted the ballasts for both the lows and fogs. Did you use mounting tape or zip ties to keep them from moving? Thanks!

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    1. I tired adhesive... It wouldnt work (atleast in Michigans cold climate) ... I used three zip ties on each ballast and has been working great.

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    2. Awesome, thanks (and for the post above mentioning where you put them)!

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  10. Awesome DIY! Question...Did you have to install the "Error Code Eliminator" units(I didn't notice them in your pics)? And if not, are you getting any errors when you leave the light setting on "Auto"? Any flickering or misfires?

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    1. no I did not... I am not getting any error at all... no flickering... I had a midfire but It was a bad ballast

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  11. Hi, Very good Job.

    Just a question, did you connect you ballasts directly from the original low beam connectors?

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    1. Ballasts are wiried to the Low beam wiring harness and the low beam connector is connected to the wiring harness

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  12. I didn't notice you call into effect the 2 bolts on each side that need to be removed to fully pull the bumper off and even away from the headlight. One that can be reached from within the wheel well, right above the 3 clips, and the other is close to impossible, especially on the passenger's side where the coolant reservoir tank sits in front of it. It's actually holding the bumper right where the bottom curve of the headlight is. Did your Fusion not have these bolts?

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    1. Sorry, I realized I called it a coolant reservoir tank but it's really the windshield fluid tank.

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    2. Do not touch those bolts! They do not need to be removed in order to remove the bumper panel. After u remove all the screws and clips as mentioned on tgis guide, the bumper pops/slides outward on the sides, and then u can pull the entire bumper forward from the front. I almost went through the inpossible task of removing those bolts before realizing this.

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  13. I document all the fasteners on my car... I am not sure which bolts you are talking about... they do not show up on the official ford removal guide ... This is the link http://fusionhybridmpg.blogspot.com/2012/12/special-post-headlight-and-bumper.html

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  14. Excellent DIY! I have the Fusion Energi, and am considering doing this as well. Unfortunately, it has auto hi-beams, which means that when the HBs go on, the fogs go off. The constant on/off would probably kill the HIDs if I replaced the fog lights as well. Or, I could see if it is possible to keep the fogs on with the HBs. Had the car just a week - still getting to know her...

    Thanks!

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  15. Cool mod! I will do this ASAP. One question?

    Not sure what to order from DDM

    H11 HID kit with ballast
    Mourning bracket
    Do I need the HID harness??

    Does this just get me low beams or do I order 2 kits to replace the low and high in the same manner? So 4 bulbs with 4 ballasts?

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    1. You need the harness for the low beams... I would not suggest replacing your high beams with HIDS

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  16. One more thing. I have a 2013 Fusion Energi Titanium. I am guessing that the takedown instructions are the same as this car just has a much bigger battery bank. Only thing I hate is the lack of HID.

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  17. I installed some HIDs on the headlight from DDM TUNNING A few months back and they work great. but for some reason now every time i turn on the car only 1 bulbs works either the left or right. so then i have to turn off lights and turn on again for both to work. and i do have a relay installed. wondering if you have the same problem and what it might be.

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    1. Sometimes corrosion can be a problem, I used dielectric grease in all my connections once I had this happen and the problem went away... check your connections for corrosion...

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  18. Dont buy DDM Tuning products, advertised as US Las Vegas and California company. Ships straight from China to your door. Multiple items missing from my simple order and multiple more non-working upon installation. Found this out as I went through this install and one bulb didnt work. Even company's email contacts have suspicious addresses and they email you back at times indicative of Chinese business hours. Therefore I don't trust their "Quality" claims based on their dishonest business projection.

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    1. Honestly for the price you can't beat it... they come with lifetime warrenty... they have a wharehouse in CA

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  19. damn it. and the reason i bought them was because i didnt want china made ones. then where should i buy cause it seem that all HIDs are china made.

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  20. Installing on Ford Fusion 2013 SE with 2.5L (no fog lights). After installing without harness, the headlights came on until I started the car, then they flickered and turned off (systematically every time). Added the wiring harness but now nothing comes on ever. Project is turning into a nightmare.

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    1. Are you sure you wired the wiring harness correctly?

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    2. Just now found the connector pin in the harness that needed adjusting. Thanks for the quick response!

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    3. Patrick I'm having the same problem. What did you adjust?

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  21. Completed same job on my 14 Fusion Titanium. There's an extra clip behind the wheel well you cannot see that has to be removed. Relays are necessary for lo beams.

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    1. Hey Robert,

      I tried doing my 14 Fusion but couldn't separate the fender/bumper joint. I saw the bracket about half way up the wheel well, finally got to it and loosened it but still couldn't pull the bumper away from the fender. Trying to pull straight out toward side of car, should it be slid forward?

      Thanks, hope you're still around.

      Bet
      Ted

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    2. It should just separate; especially if you loosened the two bolts that hold the bumper tab retaining plate.

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  22. I have a 2014 ford fusion energy and I installed my hid with a relay and I keep getting my driver side bulb flickering when I use the turn signals... plz heeeelp

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  25. Hi, I just installed my hid kit by Xentec. It turns on fine when the car is on On mode. However, when I put the car on start mode, the hid just flickers and turns off. I read on another forum it's because of the voltage. The voltage is 12V on On mode and drops to 8.6V on start mode which is not enough power to turn on the hid's. How did you get the 12V power. I looked on your 2nd photo but it is not clear. Can you help me? Thanks

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  26. Hi, I just installed my hid kit by Xentec. It turns on fine when the car is on On mode. However, when I put the car on start mode, the hid just flickers and turns off. I read on another forum it's because of the voltage. The voltage is 12V on On mode and drops to 8.6V on start mode which is not enough power to turn on the hid's. How did you get the 12V power. I looked on your 2nd photo but it is not clear. Can you help me? Thanks

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  27. You have to buy Canbus compatible HID kits for newer Ford cars otherwise they flicker or turn off randomly.

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