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DreaM3
01-04-2003, 09:52 AM
Euro H7 free forms. This is mainly b/c a few of my friends bought HIDs for their cars back in the day. They worked fine at first but now they are flickering and shorting and what not, basically they don\'t ever drive at night due to their unpredictability. Theya re basically Hella ballasts and Philips bulbs with the \"regular\" plug the stock connector into the ballast then connect the other end to the bulb. Then replace this fuse to avoid the check control light. On eof them have looked further into the issue and found some of his stock wiring leading up to the ballasts to be melting/degrading due to the extra current draw from the ballasts which heated the stock wires too much and for too long.

To resolve this problem I\'ve heard it was best to run power to the ballasts directly from the battery with appropriate guage wiring and to use the stock connector, in conjunction with a relay, only as a way of switching on the relay. But this way will definitely trigger a check control light.

Comments and/or opinions on the issue and the recommended \"better/ideal way?\"<br>
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'97 M3/4a Cosmos/black
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01-05-2003, 12:34 PM
Honestly,
We have had 100's of customers with the same vehicle and had no problems so far. Our kit offers a 5 year warranty, and relay's (although not neccessary with this car type, we can put one in for peace of mind). The "low beam failure code" only gets tripped on some e36 bmw's. We use a mat/panasonic ballsts (same warranty, 5 years, same brightness etc etc) to get rid of this problem, the resistences are different than the LVQ212. Your car doesn't have an H7 free form housings unless some how you retrofitted a e46 front fashia on it, its either got a 9006/9005 or a H1 (euro housings). We have these kits readily available to board members.

Thanks,
Jeff

DreaM3
01-05-2003, 01:24 PM
replaced the H1 projectors in Euro e36s after \'94...They are made by ZKW...
So how good are the mat/panasonic ballasts as compared to Philips/Hella? Warranties are great, but I would sooner get true, tested ballasts that I wouldn\'t have to ever worry about, or worry less about, using the warranty (i.e. \"Mr Jung\" offered a great warranty but he is slow to answer any of his customers).<br>
Member #21772
'97 M3/4a Cosmos/black
Hedgehog named Theodore
AIM: FFM3Dream
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01-08-2003, 10:17 AM
Honestly, The Mat/Panasonic ballast is 10 time the ballast as the LVQ212 one. I never had a return on one that I can think of.

- Jeff


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