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Old 04-10-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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Depo Headlight Install Instructions! Success

OK...I knows some of you were having some troubles...but I got a friend who is graduating from Automotive tech course at Centennial this year (also looking for apprentice position if you got any hookups)...and he was all to happy to do it while I chilled and took pics.

I didn't install the angel eyes (too blue IMO and I don't want to get hassled by POPO...but these would be practically the same procedure as the city lights).

STEP 1. You got to buy yourself 4 H1 bulbs for the highs and lows, and 2 W5W bulbs if you want city lights.

STEP 2. Bust open your DEPO's and install the bulbs. For the wiring, you MUST check behind the socket to make sure you hook up the right colours (grey to grey, brown to brown etc) from your plug and play- they are NOT oriented the same way on both sides...



STEP 3. Remove the radiator shrowd. Very easy. 4 phillips nuts.



STEP 4. Using an 8mm and a 19mm, remove the old headlight. There are three nuts along the top, and there are 2 8mm's on the bottom at the sides. You will need an extention socket to get at these ones. Do this on both sides



STEP 5. Hard part. You got to splice in the grey wire from the PNP to the parking light wire in order to power your city lights, or in most of your cases, your angel eyes. Use a voltmeter to determine which wire is which on both sides. Brown is always ground. When you have determined which wire is your parking lights, carefully strip the wire, splice, soder, and finish with electrical tape. Should look like this when your done. Do this on both sides.



STEP 6: CHECK YOUR WIRING. Even being careful, there were mistakes made- check low beam, high beam, city light/angel eyes, and turn signals (you don't want your angel eyes to flash with your turn signals now do you).

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Old 04-10-2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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STEP 7: Once your satisfied your wiring is good- install the headlight. I don't know what troubles you people were having, but mine just went right in. Install the headlight in first, then clip the turn signal in after.



STEP 8: Aim your headlights using an allen wrench and the adjusting screws behind the headlights. Then sit back and admire!!



Compare that to the old set...my passenger bulb blew out...so I needed new lights anyways...

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Old 04-10-2006, 02:31 PM   #3
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wow is it like your first mod in 5 years lolol
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Old 04-10-2006, 03:08 PM   #4
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thanks for the DIY!!!
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Old 04-10-2006, 03:15 PM   #5
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my passenger bulb blew out...so I needed new lights anyways...
new headlights be the expensive route to solving the problem of a blown bulb. .. looks good, nice writeup.
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Old 04-10-2006, 03:35 PM   #6
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thanks. I will try that tomorrow.
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by W5W bulbs do you mean daytime driving lights? So they'll be on all the time?
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Old 04-10-2006, 04:03 PM   #8
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hey everyone, thx for the thxs...

And about the W5W's...that is the city lights- those are those very tiny lights you see at the bottom of the high beam lenses...I spliced them into the parking lights so they turn on whenever I have my lowbeams on. They stay on when your highbeams are on too, but the highbeam light is so intense it would completely wash that little 5W light out.

The DRL's are still running through the regular bulb (H1), just at reduced power. The city lights will not be on at this time.

If you were running angel eyes, instead of city lights, you would be using the city light wire (spliced to the parking lights) to power the eyes instead.
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STEP 5. Hard part. You got to splice in the grey wire from the PNP to the parking light wire in order to power your city lights, or in most of your cases, your angel eyes. Use a voltmeter to determine which wire is which on both sides. Brown is always ground. When you have determined which wire is your parking lights, carefully strip the wire, splice, soder, and finish with electrical tape. Should look like this when your done. Do this on both sides.
Here is a thing, that would make your STEP 5 an easy job


No need to solder anything or strip any wires.
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:11 PM   #10
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how does that thingy work, and where can i get one?
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how does that thingy work, and where can i get one?

Here is a pic with wires, hope you understand how it works.

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so what do you call this

and where can it be gotten?
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so what do you call this

and where can it be gotten?
Partsource.
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Here is a pic with wires, hope you understand how it works.

i would so not recommend this route, i used to work at trailer hitch centre, and we used those on the inside to wire up the brake controllers, alarms, starters, etc. COMPLETE CRAP (even when we were using the 3m stuff, we even had the pliers designed for them)
IMHO those are the worst type of connections, specially if your looking to use those on the outside (where its exposed to water, salt etc.) it will corrode and turn to crap

if your gonna run wires on the outside, i would definately recommend soldering and then heatshrink tube, or butt-connectors with the heatshrinks built right into them (can just use a lighter on these heatshrink tubes)
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i would so not recommend this route, i used to work at trailer hitch centre, and we used those on the inside to wire up the brake controllers, alarms, starters, etc. COMPLETE CRAP (even when we were using the 3m stuff, we even had the pliers designed for them)
IMHO those are the worst type of connections, specially if your looking to use those on the outside (where its exposed to water, salt etc.) it will corrode and turn to crap

if your gonna run wires on the outside, i would definately recommend soldering and then heatshrink tube, or butt-connectors with the heatshrinks built right into them (can just use a lighter on these heatshrink tubes)

I'm using those for my headlights for over 4 years now. No problem whatsoever.
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