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My Kensun HID install experience

Just thought I may post this for someone else considering an HID upgrade.

First off, these Kensun HID kits have literally THE worst instructions I have ever seen. Im a software nerd and have read a ton of manuals for various things over the years and these are awful. It's sort of a generic guide but gives no specifics on anything and really tiny pictures. Here are a few of my specifics I learned along the way.

For my 2012 WK2, I definitely needed the anti flicker kit as noted by numerous other forum posts, BUT so far, only for the headlights. I installed the fogs today and have ran around a bit this afternoon and night continually checking and there is no flicker and seems solid without the anti flicker kits. So about those anti flicker kits...When I installed the headlights, the passenger side worked immediately and was solid with the AF kit. Score. BUT the drivers side was still flickering for two days and I had taken the whole thing out and double checked all connections (it only works one way) but still either flickering or just completely out after about 45 seconds of driving. It would stay on fine while parked but as soon as you started going, then it would drop out. I had already ordered two kits assuming I would need both so I swapped the AF kit I had installed for another one and BAM!, it worked and has been good ever since.

Brandon's notes to help you out:

1. I had to trim the little nubs on the fog light completely off with a pair of wire cutters in order to get it to fit and snap into place. Feels solid. This drove me crazy for about 15 min. til I pulled it out and compared it side by side with the factory halogen.

2. Fogs:
For both sides, I was able to do this laying on the ground and only removing the one 10mm bolt that holds the inner wheel splash guard down near the bottom on each side. You can pin it back on the tie rod or something nearby. This makes the job TREMENDOUSLY easier so you can get your arms up in there.

For the Driver side, I was able to do all the work here by removing my K&N airbox out and going in from the top. For the passenger side, I removed the inner wheel well cap by untwisting and could get to everything without a ton of finagling.

3. I used my iPhone as a flash light and laid it inside the bottom of the bumper. Didn't have another wee tiny flash light available. This will also definitely help.

4. For the fog lights, my kit had two wires terminated with little flat prongs, not a click-together connector like the headlights. This is really lame. There should seriously be a connector for this. At least maybe even as an add-on option made by Kensun depending on your vehicle. What I had to do was look at the factory power wires and see which side was black and tied the kensun black wire into the factory black, factory white to Kensun Red and then it worked.

*Extra note that is very useful. I found a video made by another company explaining how this kind of wiring scheme works and tips. The tip is to grab each of the Kensun blades and roll up the ends near the base in electrical tape to make it thicker. Once you install and test they work, then wrap the two together and wrap that to the factory harness with electrical tape. This feels very janky to have to tape stuff together. It'll hold, but cmon. Seriously?

5. Ballast mounting tips:
For the Fogs I zip tied the ballast to the bumper then found a little factory hole in the bumper and tied that to the other ties to keep it from sliding off the side. Then I zip tied the rest of the huge bulk of wiring to the bumper with the rest of it. Inside it looks pretty ugly but its not touching anything and looks like it's not going anywhere. Time will tell.

For the headlights I zip tied the ballasts to the factory wiring near the grill. I did an additional tie to secure the whole bundle from dropping down too. Did another smaller zip tie to keep the bundle tight and tied it to another factory wiring harness. I actually bought some two sided heavy duty tape but I got gunshy and have a little more faith in zip ties.

These kits look really cool (6000k) all said and done. The flickering thing drove me crazy til I stopped, slowed down and started troubleshooting very methodically. The heavy bulk of extra wiring sucks, the design of the whole thing kinda sucks, and the open blade wiring - that one is no bueno to me, especially when the headlight kit did come with a click-type connector. Seriously though, worst of all are the instructions. Sooooo bad. Better instructions alone or better videos online and helpful hints for generic applications would make this a ton easier for most people.

Some others have asked about the auto-on feature and mine seems to work totally fine. They go from semi-dim to fully bright over about 4-6 seconds or so.

I got both kits for about $60 each on amazon and the Anti flicker kits were about $22 each on Amazon as well. I love the look for sure but if I'd just gone with my FIRST notion (going with a slightly blue, higher-end halogen), Id have saved a LOT of time and frustration.
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