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Old 25 Mar 2013, 10:47 am
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Default Is it easy to install HID lights on a 2012 Civic?

I'm interested in purchasing a set of 6000k HID lights on my Civic, but I haven't the slightest clue on how to install them. I know my regular bulbs right now are a 9003. How hard do you guys think it would be to install them on my car? Thank you!
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Old 25 Mar 2013, 11:03 am
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If it is just a bulb change no big deal. If it is an entire assembly change then you get what you pat for just make sure the parts list includes a "detailed" installation instruction sheet.
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Old 25 Mar 2013, 11:16 am
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If your only doing the HID blub Upgrade then its faily easy and simple, takes about 10 min or less. Now if your doing the Hid conversion kit, it will take some time to install the ballast but isn't much complicated.

if your doing only the blubs...

pop the hood

locate the headlights

in some cars/ if you have thick hands, you might need to remove some parts like the coolant reseve or battery. since its a civic the hood is compact so id think you have too remove at least the battery.

next locate the blub attached to the headlight, its a wire on that runs into the headlights, with aome type of pin or attachment to hold the blub in place.on my acura I had to pull a rubber cover protectant thing before I got to the pin. the rubber part should slide right off, then you can just pull the wire out, but there's a pin attached to the plastic part of the blub, you have to push on the pin downward and pull the wire harness out.

then you have too thngs that look like metal paperclips, those are the ones that hold the blub in place. they are under pressure, so when you press them downwards/ upwoards they will come out by them selfs.

it seems complicated but its self explanatory.
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Old 25 Mar 2013, 11:32 am
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plug and play HID kits are illegal in every state. PERIOD. there isnt a single plug and play kit that is DOT or NHTSA approved.

i dont get whats so hard to understand about that. even if you bought those cheap "projector" headlight assemblies, they arent made to take a REAL HID bulb or they would have a bulb part number like D1R, D2S etc, not 9006 or H1. what 99% of the community doesnt understand is that even if you buy a "projector" headlight assembly its still illegal, and its still going to dazzle oncoming traffic. thats why real HID projector headlights cost around $400-$1000+ each, the projector unit inside alone costs $120+

take a look on to see the price of quality parts, and HID planet forums to learn how to do a proper retrofit


this is directly from the NHTSA:

HID conversions result in two to three times the volume of light and potentially imprecise arc placement. Such conversions often result in beam patterns that behave nothing like the original filament beam pattern, cannot be reliably aimed, and have many times the permitted glare intensity. In informal conversations with persons who have tested such conversions, the light intensity on one at a point aimed toward oncoming drivers was 22 times the allowable intensity limit. Another lamp was more than 7 times too intense. With poor HID bulb and arc placement, the glare intensity could be significantly worse.
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