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ChescoS6
01-21-2008, 09:34 AM
I ordered my kit from VVME a few weeks ago and decided to install it today. I ordered 6000k and our bulbs are H7 if you were wondering. There are many threads on the subject but none addressed all of my questions at once. In particular the mounting of the ballasts. Hopefully this can help someone considering purchasing and installing these HID's.

First of all I ordered mine off eBay from member name "Flashplus". They were $35.99 plus $35.00 shipping, $70.99 total, what a bargain! The communication was good from the company and while the tracking website was slow to update I did recieve them in 8 days from China. It might take shorter or longer depending on where you are in the U.S. (I am east coast)

They came nicely packaged, they appear and have the feel of a quality product.

On to the install. I chose this method as it seems to be the cleanest looking and the ballasts are well secured. I apologize some pics are blurry I plan to take better ones to replace them.

Tools and materials needed:

Star bit for removing headlight bolts
Dremel with wood /plastic cutting bit.
Industrial strength velcro
scissors
zip ties
1" hole saw drill bit and a drill
electrical tape
Vacuum cleaner
Safety glasses
silicone

Step 1 Remove the headlights (3 bolts holding each) and remove the harness cable and turn signal wire.

Step 2 You will need to trim the lip that I am pointing to with the pen tip in the picture below. From what I can gather this is the factory HID ballast position? In the second pic you can see that the VVME ballast is a little too big.

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Pen_lip.jpg

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Not_quite.jpg

Use a dremel with cutting bit to trim off that lip on either side. BE CAREFUL when you do this as it is hollow behind it. I accidentally trimmed too much and made a small hole. If that happens to you just smear some silicone over it and be more careful on the other side.

Trimmed lip pic

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Triimed_lip.jpg

MESSY! That's what the vacuum is for!

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Vaccum_Mess.jpg

Step 3 Now vacuum everything nice and clean. Get all the little plastic debris. I took some fine sandpaper and smoothed it over. Test fit the ballasts. It's ok if they don't seat completely in the bottom because the velcro will take up some space. Take your industrial strength velcro and place one part on the bottom of the ballast and the other in your nicely trimmed spot. Make sure you remove the thin blue protective film on the bottom of the ballast first! I trimmed my velcro around that little indentation as you can see.

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Velcro_applied.jpg

Step 4 Next remove your low beam rear cover and use a 1" hole saw to drill a hole in the center. I centered mine over the word "in" where it said "Made in Spain". Now you have a nice hole to put the rubber grommet through. But NOT YET!

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Hole_saw.jpg

Step 5 Next you want to remove 2 things that make this MUCH MUCH easier. Actually it makes what seemed impossible, possible. First gently remove this little clip that my thumb is touching so you can thread the wires through the 1" hole.

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Remove_clip_outer.jpg

Thread the wires through the hole in the cover from the inside of cover out. It may take some wiggling with that big connector but it will fit! Now, remove this retaining clip that holds your bulb by sliding the top hinge part out.

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Retaining_clip.jpg

Step 6 Make sure your hands are clean and you do not touch the glass on your new bulbs. Remove old bulbs and replace with the new ones. Carefully replace the metal retaining clip that you removed over the new bulbs. Attach the 2 wires from the old bulb to the 2 wires on the new kit. Blue - red / Brown - ground (black). Now you can put the rubber grommet through the 1" hole you made. Make sure you have a nice seal and then tuck everything in neatly and replace the cover.

Step 7 OK, now we can plug all of the wires together. It should be pretty darn obvious where everything goes! Don't forget to put that little plastic clip back on the big wire!. Now you can push your ballasts into the velcro slots nice and firm.

Step 8 Use zip ties to neatly gather the wires together.

Very clean!

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/installed_under.jpg

Side profile

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/low_profile.jpg

Go re-install your headlights and pat yourself on the back. Don't forget to level them if you need to so you aren't blinding people!

I'll take pics tonight if I remember to. Hope this helps someone who is considering these lights, [:)]

generik777
01-21-2008, 10:01 AM
Mine took about a month to ship due to some 2 week chinease holiday, but they were worth the wait. And why didnt I think to remove the entire headlight housing when doing the install:)

yoda888
01-21-2008, 11:09 AM
I ordered 6 kits from VVME on 1/17. They were shipped on 1/18. I got them today on 1/21!!! Faster than if I ordered from the east coast in the US!

Now I need to get my A4 back so I can install them! =P

ChescoS6
01-21-2008, 01:14 PM
I forgot to mention that I ordered mine before the New Years weekend so that probably added a day or 2. [up]

ngrover
01-21-2008, 03:10 PM
The timing for this post was perfect, I just ordered mine from vvme and then I see this! I have the old-school headlights right now though. If there is anything different I'll update this thread.

speedydragon
01-21-2008, 03:50 PM
I ordered 6 kits from VVME on 1/17. They were shipped on 1/18. I got them today on 1/21!!! Faster than if I ordered from the east coast in the US!

Now I need to get my A4 back so I can install them! =P

6 kits? for what?! fogs, lows, highs, and rears? haha

yoda888
01-21-2008, 04:18 PM
For the turn signals too! I want to make sure people can see me when I'm driving. [:D]

Nah, we bought a bunch of kits for myself and my cousins. I thought the discount would be more in bulk, but we ended up saving $3 each. [=(] I guess $3x6=$18 saved total. So everyone gets a free gallon gas!




6 kits? for what?! fogs, lows, highs, and rears? haha

ChescoS6
01-24-2008, 04:28 PM
I finally had a chance to snap a couple pics tonight...and then my camera batteries died [headbang] Oh well, here's a couple. That's salt spots on the headlight btw. These are 6000k. I am happy with the appearance and light output.

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/close.JPG

http://www.audizine.com/gallery/data/500/medium/6000k.JPG

BONFIRE074
01-24-2008, 07:11 PM
im thinking about getting the VVME 6k kit as well..how much of a blue tint is there with the headlights? i dont want a crash blue but a slight bit og blue wont hurt, thanks

Bic-Ball
01-24-2008, 07:42 PM
i have a 4300 on my drivers side and a 6000 on my passenger side, the 6000 is whiter. i'm too lazy to put my other 6000 bulb on my driver's side :p

Revolution02
01-24-2008, 10:18 PM
i think you should do the clear corner mod!! it will look so much nicer!!

ChescoS6
01-25-2008, 04:23 AM
i think you should do the clear corner mod!! it will look so much nicer!!

Who? Me? I do have the CC Mod....with orange bulbs..... I wouldn't know how to make them appear clear at night.

Seerlah
01-25-2008, 04:52 AM
You should submit this thread to Audidiy.com. I myself saved it to my subscribed threads.

Edit: NVMD, I did not even see the DIY. I only thought they had the fog light mod. Honest mistake.

AudiSport12
01-25-2008, 05:48 AM
Who? Me? I do have the CC Mod....with orange bulbs..... I wouldn't know how to make them appear clear at night.

Just get rid of the amber parking lights for good so they just work as turn signals.

Take a piece of electrical tape and cover up one of the two contact points on your turn signal bulbs and your good to go. Looks like so:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0108.jpg

Seerlah
01-25-2008, 05:58 AM
There is a paint you can get for the bulbs that will still have it flash yellow so it is still street legal. Or you can just get the bulbs off ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/96-01-AUDI-A4-CHROME-Invisible-Bulbs-4-Clear-Lights_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33715QQihZ002QQi temZ120064994152QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1VQQtrksidZp1 638Q2em118Q2el1247

ChescoS6
01-25-2008, 02:09 PM
There is a paint you can get for the bulbs that will still have it flash yellow so it is still street legal. Or you can just get the bulbs off ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/96-01-AUDI-A4-CHROME-Invisible-Bulbs-4-Clear-Lights_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33715QQihZ002QQi temZ120064994152QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1VQQtrksidZp1 638Q2em118Q2el1247


Thanks for the link but $45 shipped for bulbs [eek] holy crap! I have bulbs from Auto Zone that have a blu / silver tint on them so they look nice during the day. I'll try the mod mentioned above about taping over a connection. It's the first I ever heard of that but it does look much better than orange [up]

Lazer Viking
01-25-2008, 08:18 PM
hids are a must have around here [up]

ChescoS6
01-26-2008, 06:29 AM
hids are a must have around here [up]

Yep, still lots of deer out there this time of year. I live about 25 miles south of Lancaster [:)]

Lazer Viking
01-26-2008, 07:57 PM
Yep, still lots of deer out there this time of year. I live about 25 miles south of Lancaster [:)]

we've talked, you live near oxford/notingham, and i work in oxford [up]

victorvu
01-26-2008, 09:01 PM
got a question. anyone know how to install a relay? i installed HID's on my suburban and the passenger side flickers then shuts off. Tried to swap the ballast, same thing, flickers only on the passenger side.

auto_euroticaA4
01-27-2008, 09:23 AM
installed my 6000k vvme's 2 days ago and i love them. convinced 3 of my friends to put orders in for them [:D]

oldblu
01-27-2008, 10:53 AM
but what about highbeams... I love my hight beams and so does the state of NJ; or else.

ChescoS6
03-01-2008, 01:47 PM
Just get rid of the amber parking lights for good so they just work as turn signals.

Take a piece of electrical tape and cover up one of the two contact points on your turn signal bulbs and your good to go. Looks like so:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0108.jpg


I couldn't get this to work. I pulled the bulb and tried taping over one of the connectors / contact points on the bulb and the bulb didnt light up OR blink but the other bulbs blinked really fast. What am I doing wrong?? Thanks

Tiluleshpingen
03-01-2008, 03:26 PM
i take it as you dont like gloves?. good work anyway.. :)

pipe7284
03-01-2008, 08:22 PM
nice, now i`m gonna go get my kit.

burner799
03-29-2008, 03:04 PM
I just got my kit. both ballasts work with one bulb....not with the other. I immediately regret the decision to get these over something else. Can't imagine the headache i'm about to get from trying to deal with them and getting a new piece.

lud
03-29-2008, 03:24 PM
you will have to buy a spare set of bulbs it will cost you 35$ i ordered about 20 kits to test on friends cars, had a couple of bad ballasts

Poopie
03-29-2008, 03:40 PM
I couldn't get this to work. I pulled the bulb and tried taping over one of the connectors / contact points on the bulb and the bulb didnt light up OR blink but the other bulbs blinked really fast. What am I doing wrong?? Thanks


or just snip the skinny wire on the turn signal connector. That put a bullet type connector on it for when you have to pass safety inspection

burner799
03-29-2008, 04:34 PM
I withdraw my prior statement lol. i didnt know the fuses are for each side individualy. one fuse was blown for some reason. replaced and everything works now.

can't wait till it gets dark outside to see how they look so i can aim them better. my light on the left doesnt have as sharp of a cut off as on the right. any ideas as to why?

Chop4Life
03-30-2008, 09:33 AM
so wait... you installed the kit in 1 piece non ecode housings?

burner799
03-30-2008, 12:34 PM
^^yupp thats what I did. I'm still adjusting them. i think they are too high. But, the left just doesn't cut off as sharp as the right one.

Chop4Life
03-30-2008, 02:53 PM
Oh ok cool!!i installed mines today in non ecode housings (1 piece) and i think the beam pattern is a little too low(i was low on gas and i have non sport suspension, higher in the back than the front..)i dunno.. i drove tonight with them and so far no one flashed me.. i like them lol!

prey
03-30-2008, 07:14 PM
heres mine with ecodes and vvme 4300k hid and yellow fogs.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l27/preypatel/P1000097.jpg?t=1206929359

A4Shizzle
04-01-2008, 04:26 PM
Hey, where do you get those yellow fogs? It looks sort of Lexus-esque, but way cleaner.

Yevmeister
04-01-2008, 04:37 PM
very helpful, i am going to order a set for myself soon

fernando
04-02-2008, 07:32 PM
just go my set today, tool about 1 1/2 weeks to come in, hope that i'll have time to install sometime this weekend.

prey
04-02-2008, 07:59 PM
Hey, where do you get those yellow fogs? It looks sort of Lexus-esque, but way cleaner.

its laminx yellow film, audiracers4 has a thread on about selling them, pretty cheap too.

Chop4Life
04-03-2008, 02:43 PM
Here are mine!!!! 6000k kit ftw!

its a little high on the left cuz the car is leaning to the right a little...(uneven pavement)

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/4997/imagem001tm8.jpg

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/5374/imagem003ic2.jpg

http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/7563/imagem002cl9.jpg

fernando
04-03-2008, 06:49 PM
well i finally installed my VVME 4300 HID kit tonight, it took me about 1 hr to do both sides, the istall was pretty straight forward, i was surprised they are really bright, the only thing that i'm not impressed with the way the bulbs come attached to the harness...i guess that is how the get you when one of the bulb goes your forced to buy the bulbs from them, the down side is that we have to wait 2 weeks to get a bulb.

CTdriver
04-03-2008, 06:59 PM
well i finally installed my VVME 4300 HID kit tonight, it took me about 1 hr to do both sides, the istall was pretty straight forward, i was surprised they are really bright, the only thing that i'm not impressed with the way the bulbs come attached to the harness...i guess that is how the get you when one of the bulb goes your forced to buy the bulbs from them, the down side is that we have to wait 2 weeks to get a bulb.

You don't need to buy the bulb from them.. all you have to do is go on ebay many of replacement bulbs..

I'm glad my non VVME kit came in less then 5 days.

And not impressed with the way the bulb is connect to the harness? you mean from the bulb base?

Urbndevelopmnt
04-09-2008, 03:01 PM
I purchased some VVME's and of course i had the luck that one of my ballasts are bad, So seeing as i just purchased it,i thought they would just swap it out right?
WRONG!
i get to pay 35.00 or wait 2 weeks while i ship out the bad ballast and see if its defective by their standards and pay 25.00.
of course i am paying the 35.00
This is crap...
third option was to uninstall everything,send the whole kit back and wait to get the OK from them and then ship me back a new kit.
Blah

pho1n1x
04-09-2008, 09:12 PM
yeah I got a bad ballast too. However, I've been lazy and been waiting to see if anyone had a spare vvme ballast they wanted to sell. If it comes down to it, i might just buy another kit and have a spare ballast and possibly a spare set of bulbs... maybe a different temp, 8K or something more ridiculous...

DownhillA4
08-30-2008, 09:56 AM
Just get rid of the amber parking lights for good so they just work as turn signals.

Take a piece of electrical tape and cover up one of the two contact points on your turn signal bulbs and your good to go. Looks like so:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0108.jpg

Are those 8000k lights?

Chop4Life
08-30-2008, 11:41 AM
Are those 8000k lights?

Yes they are.. these are my 6K VVMEs, the 8K is a darker blue... the 6K is more of a baby blue color

http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/3381/imagemqp5.jpg

DownhillA4
08-30-2008, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the response and the picture! Definately going with 6000k fogs & low beams. From the research & all the HID threads, 8000k isn't worth the blue look for the light you lose. 6000k seems to be the perfect balance of brightness and blue hue looks.

Chop4Life
08-30-2008, 12:08 PM
Thanks for the response and the picture! Definately going with 6000k fogs & low beams. From the research & all the HID threads, 8000k isn't worth the blue look for the light you lose. 6000k seems to be the perfect balance of brightness and blue hue looks.

no problem! that picture was taken right after i turned them on..so after a while they will be pure white.