Cheap-o eBay HIDs

Update by Per Schroeder to the Saab 92x Linear project car
Dec 5, 2006

We received our set of eBay-sourced HID bulbs and ballasts yesterday. The install took about an hour, much of which was taken up by removing a few pieces like the battery and intake snorkel, as well as removing the glovebox.

The kit itself just requires that you connect two wires for each bulb, connect up the harness and figure out somewhere to put the ballasts (which are about the size of a deck of cards). The bulbs themselves were meant for the H1 bulbs that our car has and clipped in just fine. We cut a small hole in the back cover of the light assembly cover and routed the wires through. A rubber seal keeps water/condensation from entering the light.

We had to remove the glovebox to disable our daytime running lights as the reduced voltage that the normal low beams use for DRLs is not enough to fire off the ballasts and Xenon bulbs. The DRLs are disabled by unplugging a relay that is hidden behind the glovebox.

We’ll get some pictures up tomorrow, but our first impression is “wow” those work pretty darn well. We’ll see how long they last, but for $120, including shipping, they’re certainly in the category of “we’ve spent more on stupider stuff.” Now we need to upgrade our foglights. We’ll see if Hella has something that will work.

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Ojala HalfDork
3/7/11 9:32 p.m.

I wonder how good\bad the HIDs were on the Saabaru over time.

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