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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    KBCarstuff.

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    Wow, AWESOME thread fellaz, I honestly wish I'd have done my research yesterday and not wasted the day tearing everything apart to get to the headlights on wife's new SRX only to get the pulsing. The DDMTuning kit that we've had from our old accord is H11 and still works fine after 4 years...my plan is to solder in a capacitor I pick up from Radioshack using the extra external set of wires that run through the grommet that I don't need to use for install. These have the extra set of positive and negative sockets and should allow me to "make" an eliminator for about $3 in parts.

    If I'm successfully, expect a DIY in here.

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    Let us know how it works.

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    Here you guys go...success!

    To get rid of flicker on HID's when using them in your low beam DRL on your 2010 to 2012 Cadillac SRX (and then some).

    DDM Tuning kit, has a second set of wires with female/male plugs used for a harness, which the SRX doesn't need. We have voltage enough to power a small village in Nigeria



    First, go to Radio shack and buy a pair of (sold indiv.) 4700 ua 35V capacitors





    Cut the sacrifice unused wiring for use and pull through rubber grommet. Chose to keep the rubber grommet in once piece in case i needed to run the HID kit outside the housing assembly (in this case I didn't, everything tucked into headlight so no OEM splicing or drilling).



    Cut back and strip the wires



    add some heatshrink...can't tell you how many times I realize this after i've already soldered and it's too late



    twist everything together, capacitor should have arrows pointing at the ground/black wire



    wired up



    soldered



    heatshrink heated



    electrical tape added to ensure nothing makes contact with anything inside the housing



    like a newborn...everything tucked in. Double sided tape added to the ballast and it's attached inside the top of the housing



    and bam...no way around it, looks about a billion times better. Wife wasn't happy about her new car being disassembled numerous times but thanked me profusely (:mizouse after seeing what all the hard work and research was for.








    I hope this helps someone out. Wife's happy!

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    Great way around buying a error code eliminator. Nice job.

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    Why thank you! I will say that I found the eliminator on amazon for $15 shipped and I spent 10...but timing was an issue too. I really wanted to tackle this yesterday as I needed to pull those ebay turn signal bulbs (one was malfunctioning).

    It's amazing how the HID's transform the front of this car...

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    I have 1 question for Rockstar. Do the DRL's still work after the HID install? If not are the HID's always on in lieu of DRL's? Thanks for the detailed pics and explanation. I'm not comfortable doing this install myself, but would take these instructions to an installer.

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    Yes sir! They are on. Basically, it's JUST as if you had the car totally stock but instead of the ugly yellow filament bulbs, you have some gorgeous HID's on now. There is really no comparison...I'll get some night shots soon...they look amazing.

    And if soldering isn't your thing, just order a set of these, I believe they do the exact same thing (or ARE the exact same thing) as the capacitor I bought.

    Plug and play...so you keep your HID'S on as your Daytime Running Lights with no flicker
    http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Warni...ker+eliminator

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockstar143
    Yes sir! They are on. Basically, it's JUST as if you had the car totally stock but instead of the ugly yellow filament bulbs, you have some gorgeous HID's on now. There is really no comparison...I'll get some night shots soon...they look amazing.

    And if soldering isn't your thing, just order a set of these, I believe they do the exact same thing (or ARE the exact same thing) as the capacitor I bought.

    Plug and play...so you keep your HID'S on as your Daytime Running Lights with no flicker
    http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Warni...ker+eliminator
    Can you also post a link for the HID kit? Thanks so much!

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    But of course:
    It's here, but I will warn, although they do honor their warranty, it does take weeks to get a replacement. It's been somewhat hit or miss too as I've probably bought and installed 12 kits and have had maybe 3 ballasts crap out on me and need replacement.
    http://www.ddmtuning.com/

    All that said, this set I put in the SRX was from her accord that was working flawlessly for 4 years. I don't see any issues from it.

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    Hi guys, I'm new here so be gentle, please. We are picking up our new SRX Performance AWD in the morning and I have a couple of questions you experts may be able to answer. This whole DRL discussion is interesting to me because I detest the things and have never had them until a couple of months ago when I purchased a new car for myself. To make a long story short, I see no useful purposed for them and wished that they could be disabled on my car. I didn't realize that the SRX had them. Can they be disabled on the SRX? Also, if someone could explain to the fascination with DRL that would also be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    DRL's have proven to make your vehicle more visible to others even during the brightest times of the day (which reduce accidents). As GM is behind safety for all, it has decided to make DRL's standard on all of the vehicles it sells.
    Also, most of the countries GM sells vehicles in, have laws requiring DRL's on all vehicles sold (past 1991 in most cases- which is where the accident studies started taking effect). In this way, it is much more cost effective to just make all vehicles the company sells (regardless of destination) fit to the same standards. (Just look at what California has done for the rest of us with regards to emissions.)

    As for disabling them, there might be a fuse you can locate and pull, but I am unaware of this at this time.
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    Re: HID's are great but no DRL

    I receive a $3.21 discount from USAA for having DRLs... What can it hurt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by warnercc
    Hi guys, I'm new here so be gentle, please. We are picking up our new SRX Performance AWD in the morning and I have a couple of questions you experts may be able to answer. This whole DRL discussion is interesting to me because I detest the things and have never had them until a couple of months ago when I purchased a new car for myself. To make a long story short, I see no useful purposed for them and wished that they could be disabled on my car. I didn't realize that the SRX had them. Can they be disabled on the SRX? Also, if someone could explain to the fascination with DRL that would also be greatly appreciated!
    Many fleets have had their headlights on full time for years. I can't imagine why someone would "detest" DRL. As The Captain pointed out, DRL are required by law in many countries. Additionally, your insurance company offers a discount for DRL. I suppose you could see about pulling the fuse, but why not just let them help to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers, pedestrians, and bicycles.

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    You can twist the headlight switch to the left. Will have to do this every time you start, though.

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    For me, it's not so much burning the cheap drl bulb, but the auto headlights turning on my hids every morning in my garage. This is going to greatly shorten their life, since they go off after about a minute in the daylight.

    Way too much nannying going on.

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