Okay, so today, i managed to get a day off, decided to tackle installing my new HID kit (RetroSolutions Digital HID). I pranced around the house all day and decided to do the light project around 4ish. I finished (re-aiming, etc.) at 1030p...motherf....
Anyway, the kit, as mentioned is from RetroSolutions. Digital HID, 6000k bulbs, 35w. I also recieved in the mail the can-bus code error module.
With the talks about wiper-motor- I am a bit concerned if this new kit will be my downfall- since i've been using the VVME kit for 30k miles w/out a hitch. I was only going to install the bulbs and keep using the VVME ballasts and also add the can-bus module. I eventually dediced to clean up the VVME install, and use all new parts from RS. I have mentioned before on another post that the ballast from VVME and the ballast from RS are of the same size, casing and only a few differences on operating specs (except the RS has lower amperage for start ups and re-strikes). The only difference I see from the ballasts is the label/spec info- plus RS being 'digital'. The Bulbs on the other hand has a very distiguishable difference from that of VVME's. It is shorter, and the arch location is slightly off- to compensate the halogen's filament location. These xenon bulbs are designed, as i read and gathered, for original halogen housings. The FKs projections i currently have are made for halogens (incidentally, the new dayline led headlamps from the GB are made for halogen bulbs).
As a result, the output is an even blanket of very white light (it's whiter not bluer like that of VVME's, although same kelvin temp, and the VVEM's output has a distinct bright spots upfront). The cut offs are fairly same, it is as sharp as it was w/ VVME's The output, IMO, is that of an OEM A3 hids (almost).
With the can-bus module installed. I'm not sure if it is RS's digital ballast or the work of the can-bus module- but the start-ups are 'softer' and full output is achieved sooner (5-7 seconds) while the previous VVME took minimum 15seconds for full brightness, and start-ups are typical bright flash, then softens and gradually achieves brightness.
Again, it's either the Can-bus or the RS's digital ballast- but i no longer have that slight interference when depressing the brakes. Used to, w/ the VVME's, when i depresse the brakes, the HID output will have that noticeable (for me) interference in the form of quick dimming of the lights (blink of an eye). parking into my garage, it was quite noticeable as the brighit spots on the wall show's the unstable interference from appying accel or brakes... W/ the CAn-bus and Digital ballast combination, i see no distiguishable interference at all. I'm happy.
I did try the wiper's and it worked fine.......................so far.
I have restarted and shut-off the car half dozen times already, and wiper still works............................................. ..........so far.
I will try to keep u guys updated w/ the progress as to the performance of these kit
I want to share also a bit of a scare experience when i installed these kits. After installation, i fired them up, and NICE... Then turned it off. So i cleaned up a bit, (not installed bumpers yet), then wanted to check it out again, and fired it up again, then let it sit for 10minutes for burn-in of the bulbs. came back out, then shut them off. Started putting the bumper back (also installed S3 grill- just wanted to see if i like it..i do, but that gap at the bottom bothers me..i'll keep it on for now, but will eventually return back to prems or Sline(need to get it painted) as i re-fitted the bumpers back on- i wanted to fire them up again- and the right was flickering like a strobe light- WTF?! turned it off, turned car off, then on again--and fired it up- still flickering- checked connections of the can-bus, and all were fine, fit, tight. I was like- " freaking ballast is probably bad ". just to check agani, i turned them on again, and this time both sides were strobbing like i'm in a dance club! I was panicked! Then i noticed the battery symbol was flashing on the mfd along w/ bulb out (fogs disconnected) . I tried to start the engine and all i heard was that dreadful "tktktktktkkktktktktk'
DAMN! i d rained the battery! I just realized for the amost-6 hours that i was working on the car- I had the doors open, the stereo going, and did not noticed that i left the interior lamps at full blast- constant on. D'uh! I was also watching British F1 gp on my laptop) So- I pulled up the good'ol Passat and jumped her- YAY! she started, and the HIDs fired-up BEAUTIFULLY!.
Drove around the block- and had to re-aim the right side (also, i forgot to put a customized hard foam "washer" so that the clamps will have a good tight pressure on the bulbs on the projector seat- obviously a common flaw on these cheap headlight/H7 applications). I re-seated the bulbs - so that the output/cut off is proper. The left side was fine, as i managed to remember to tighten it up w/ the custom washer i made.
I drove it about 5miles RT- from my house- via a 2 mile canyon drive, then back to the freeway loop back to my house. Drove thru some rutted roads to see if they will wobble like the VVMEs in these FKs- and they are as sturdy as OEM! I'm satisfied so far!...
i'm tired, bed-time.
Modified by tiptronic at 12:00 AM 7/2/2009