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Old 10-17-2013, 12:13 PM
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Retroshop US or Retro Solutions? How were the instructions that were sent? Easy to follow for plugging everything in?

Asur, I thought the Canbus ballasts were good? Don't they control the current to stop flickering and harming the computer system? Sorry, I've only installed plug a play kit in a honda civic which was increadilbly easily and worked great for years.

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Retroshop US or Retro Solutions? How were the instructions that were sent? Easy to follow for plugging everything in?

Asur, I thought the Canbus ballasts were good? Don't they control the current to stop flickering and harming the computer system? Sorry, I've only installed plug a play kit in a honda civic which was increadilbly easily and worked great for years.
Good Canbus ballasts solve many issues with newer vehicles, but there is still a chance that if something happens (i.e. a defect, ballast blow) this will short out your TIPM, at that point its 800-1000$ for the unit, Cheap Ebay canbus products will also work but again, same story. A wire harness is an independent identity to the truck, it runs off the battery and has it own fuse system, if something happens, shorts or blows, the Fuse in the harness blows and thats it. I don't know how the civic is setup, I know the Ram has a light controller, it does not have a fuse either. Again, this is just my opinion from installing and using HID's for over 15 years.
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Does the kit from Retro solutions include the wire harness? So this part plugs directly into the battery with it's own fuse? I assume it would need to be grounded then to the frame of the truck? Does anyone have a diagram of how everything gets wired? I am hearing about capacitors, relay harness, wire harness. It doesn't take much but I am officially confused haha
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Does the kit from Retro solutions include the wire harness? So this part plugs directly into the battery with it's own fuse? I assume it would need to be grounded then to the frame of the truck? Does anyone have a diagram of how everything gets wired? I am hearing about capacitors, relay harness, wire harness. It doesn't take much but I am officially confused haha
Check out the FAQ's on retrosolutions site you will see how it all wires in.

Yes, wire harness end where ballasts are will get grounded to body of truck, so will relay ground, wire harnesses that you order with your kit as per there information for your year and truck will have both resistors and capacitors, a Fuse relay and all connectors, If this is your first time, do some reading, once you do one you will see its easy, again some knowledge in Electric, mechanics and auto lighting is important for a good installation. Well Basic knowledge about any install is good, if your unsure about anything get a thread started about your installation when you get you parts and members will chime in to help in your quarries.
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I run retro shop us Dual headlamps with projector conversion and HIDS. Had them do the conversion and supply HID kit with all harness's,Easy install and everything works, no error codes.
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I too am looking for a HID kit for my 2013 projectors. Can anyone definitively say what kit works 100%?
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I too am looking for a HID kit for my 2013 projectors. Can anyone definitively say what kit works 100%?
Theretrofitsource or Retroshop or retrosolutions all have kits that will work. Just contact them and make sure you tell them what year truck, what headlamp style you have, what color output you want, watt wattage and for what you need them for (lows, highs, fogs) and have them give you the list of parts you need to order. I have product from both theretrofitsourse and retrosolutions and have Zero issues with them or there products, just be patient with the email time it takes them to answer you as they seem more than busy. Retroshop many members here have products from them as they had these people modify there headlamps to be fitted with projectors. I made my own headlamps.

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Asur,

It seems that you have a lot of great info on HID's and HID installs. I've done searches but haven't found anything solid. I was wondering if you have a link to any of the "retro" company installs or if there is a place that I could find videos or etc. I'm just trying to get all the info I can find!
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Asur,

It seems that you have a lot of great info on HID's and HID installs. I've done searches but haven't found anything solid. I was wondering if you have a link to any of the "retro" company installs or if there is a place that I could find videos or etc. I'm just trying to get all the info I can find!
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I don't have any particular links, but just go to youtube there are a ton of video's on how to install them, how to handle the bulbs, how to wire them in, + if you order a complete set and decide to do the install on your truck yourself then start a thread and if you run into issues people will chime in and help you. you can PM me with questions, its actually not hard to install these, the first one is always the hardest, it only requires basic knowledge and some tools. Just how your truck headlamps come off is a good start. Where have most installed there ballasts, what ground did they use, etc.

Here i just put this query in Youtube and got this.

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Hope this helps, remember, each truck year is a little different, so get info on the specifics of your truck.
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I suppose I'll share my experience so far with HIDs in the 2013 projectors.

Light output: awesome
From where: HIDSRUS.com
Recommendation: don't order through them, poor customer service, not the best kits (definetly cost effective) - whole kit with shipping to Canada for lows and fogs was under $200
Kit: Canbus 35w 6000K AC ballast (no wiring harness), low beams and fogs
bulbs: 9006 - no cutting was required
Time: Took around 1-1.5 hours to do install (wasn't working fast)
Aiming: easy, hex screwdriver (T20 maybe?) and aimed them a bit higher than what they were, really helped with lighting
Fogs lights: work great, zero issues
Low beams: Passenger side, works great. Driver's side- slight flickering or pulsing in the light (only happens sometimes)

No bulb out error on the dash, no issue with tire pressure sensors, they have never come on. I have never been flashed by any on coming traffic, driving on the highway or downtown. The drivers side light doesn't seem to flicker all the time, and when I am driving I can't really tell. I think it might be doing it sometimes but then that could just be my brain playing tricks on me. Since I didn't use a relay harness (was intimidated by it) I went with 35w to put less strain on the factory wiring. There has been no weird buzzin sounds or clicking from the ballasts. I just can't figure out the issue with drivers side light. Since it's isolted to one side I am thinking it's 1 of 3 things. Loose connection, bulb or ballast. Since it happens sometimes, I think it might be a loose wire. I have tried to reach underneath to make sure everything is good, and that fixes it for awhile. When it warms up a bit I will try and tape the bulb connection to the ballast better. It's -30 here right now and I don't have a heated garage, so I really don't want to be fiddling with the truck at the momment.

Conclusion: I would be happy if the drivers side worked without a problem. Currently I am thinking about going back to haolgens or ordering a kit with a harness from retro solutions, retrofit source or Retroshop. I am also considering buying a higher end canbus HID kit from Euro Effects (EFX). A shop in town quoted me an install price for HID's in my truck, $690 installed... that's too much money for me.

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