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Matt 09-19-2009 12:07 PM

Xentec slim ballast question
 
I just ordered a slim ballast 5k/5k combo from Tony (what a fantastic deal) -- anyways, I'm curious if the ballast need to "breath" and how much heat they give off. I'm the type who usually goes above and beyond when installing and plan to wrap the ballast in some sort of plastic bag protective thingy and need to know if they ballasts can handle such an environment.

Tony, I'm guessing you're the only one who will be able to answer this, but thought it may be useful to keep the question public for future reference.

Thanks.

Scottina06 09-19-2009 02:50 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
surely they are waterproof and you dont need the bag

Chris 09-20-2009 10:07 AM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
Oh snap, Matt got HID's :)

On my mazda they got wet all the time and no issues in 4 years bro..

TimmyB 09-20-2009 02:19 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
I mounted my ballasts up higher in the engine bay with the wires facing down. They should be 100% water tight anyways with no need for any additional protection. They do seem to get hot, but not glowing red hot. lol. If anything you want them in the open and not covered so they can dissipate the heat from them.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/k...8/DSC00774.jpg

Mounted inside the fender next to the batttery. The other side I ended up having to mount it lower below the K&N air filter on the CAI heat shield itself. I first had it mounted on the inner fender next to the filter but it was such a tight fit the filter would hit the ballast and it was damaging the filters metal screen.

justa4banger 09-20-2009 02:46 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
thanks for the ideas on where to mount the ballast... i just ordered a kit from tony for fogs and lows...

got any pics of the passenger side?

TimmyB 09-20-2009 03:03 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by justa4banger (Post 64225)
thanks for the ideas on where to mount the ballast... i just ordered a kit from tony for fogs and lows...

got any pics of the passenger side?

Me? I'll go take one right now of it. For the fogs did you get relays too, I thought I heard somewhere relays are not needed for fogs, only for the lows and highs.

justa4banger 09-20-2009 03:24 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
i got the relay for only the lows.... the fogs apparently don't need one according to Tcmglx (tony i think).

I still have yet to decide on hi beams.. maybe hir's or something.

Honeslty i was all set to go with HIR's but the price was so cheap. i could pass it up. I know the light could be blinding, but screw it. i'm going to try it anyways.. Maybe i'l adjust the lights to point more downward.

Scottina06 09-20-2009 03:26 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
youll def. have to adjust the beams down.....HID's scatter bad in the stock housings

TimmyB 09-20-2009 03:45 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
I hardly even use my highs now after installing HID lows. The light output is unreal with them.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/k...8/DSC01924.jpg
In red is the relay that I just zip tied to a piece of metal thats there for the stock airbox mount, then in the blue is the ballast that I mounted to the CAI shield below the filter. Its out of the way and doesnt see any water from I can tell. But there's really no places to mount anything, and if I got additional HIDs for the fogs id most likely remove the bumper and mount everything nice and clean.

TimmyB 09-20-2009 03:48 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
Oh, and I had HIR lows, they are brighter than stock but the color is no where near the 6500K HID's or LED bulbs in my fogs. For the price id save and do all HIDs IMO.

Matt 09-20-2009 07:11 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
Thanks guys, I guess I'll forgo the extra baggage, lol. Just trying to be over protective, haha.

White Chocolate 09-20-2009 07:47 PM

Re: Xentec slim ballast question
 
Hey check out this thread http://www.jeepgarage.org/f5/xenondepot-xtreme-hids-2558.html its a good idea on where to install the ballasts, I was able to install all 4 ballasts side by side in my pictures as shown, not gunna lie lol, from what I've seen I may have thee best or the second best install on the site ;)


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