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Bi-Xenons or HID?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Kallum, Mar 10, 2013.

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    [Mar 10, 2013]
    Hi all, currently going through a S3 conversion, but was thinking of just fitting a HID kit whilst I was changing my front bumper, but is it easy enough to fit the bi xenon headlamps from an 8p s3 3 door, or even easy enough to fit the newer bi xenon and led drl lamps from the s3/a3s??

    I have an 8p sportback s line
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    Don't bother with hid kits, do your research & you will see it blows the wiper motor, £300 later.
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    Wiper motor for windscreen? As I don't have headlamp wipers?'
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    Yes windscreen wiper motor.
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    I currently have a HID kit in my poor 8P, however, even though steps have been taken to prevent the wiper from blowing, i am still not happy with how the set up looks (from inside the engine back (messy) and from outside (horrible light scatter)).

    Having compared my lights to my friend's 8P with bi xenons, there is no doubt in the fact that bi xenons look miles better.

    Just purchased all the OEM retrofit requirements myself and can't wait to install now!
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    Can you not just do an OEM upgrade??
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    how much did it cost to get all the OEM kit? And what kit do you need??
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    need to know what parts are and how much first lol! I have no idea how to do an OEM upgrade?
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    Basically looking at:

    bi xenon headlight units
    2 x ballast
    2 x bulbs (d1s)
    wiring harness
    DRL bulbs (plus resistors if going for LED)

    Bumper with headlight washers
    leveling sensors
    Washer system to supply headlight washers

    Plus a new CEM if yours does not support bi xenon..

    you will be looking at spending the best part of £1000 (unless you can bag some bargains). Not the cheapest of mods!

    NHN, please correct me if I've missed anything!
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    I'd of said well over 1k! I've researched it myself and came out with the same list though, having said that I've probably missed out something too.
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    first things first, it would be handy to find out what revision CEM you have..

    things like the headlamp units can be found as a bargain if you're lucky.
    i got some very good condition ones, which included the ballasts and bulbs, for £250 delivered!
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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    i wouldnt touch hid's for the a3 ive been stung by the wiper motor failing , best bet is oem only !
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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    i can't get my head around the wiper motor thing? I remember fitting a H7 kit to a Clio a while back, and I'm pretty sure my audi runs H7s, and all u do is plug the connector for the H7 into the ballast pack and from the ballast it runs it's own wire to a bi xenon bulb! I can't get my head around that causing a wiper motor fault?
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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    Unfortunately there does seem to be a well known problem with aftermarket HID kits, and blowing the wiper motor..

    My car has some resistors / extra wiring preventing this from occurring, however it is an ugly solution. Hence why i'm going for a bi xenon retrofit..
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