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To the people who have a HID conversion kit on their rios? Did you installed a HID relay harness? Why? Is it recommended?

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I did not have to install one. I think it depends on the kit. Some kits require it, mine did not.
 

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Have you tried remounting the light? Could it be that it is not sitting in the housing correctly? Just a thought.
 

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My installer told me that you need a relay if you have DRL that turns on automatic
when you start the car. Since I'm in the states we don't have auto DRL. He did not put any relay.
 

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Hopefully it's a simple fix, as Tony Flags mentioned. I hve seen improper bulb installs cause all kinds of lighting brightness/aim issues. As far as the relay harness goes, I always recommend a harness with any HID install. There are so many threads on this topic, and there is a lot of people that will be in favor of, or against the harness. I would just rather have it so the risk of overheating the OEM wiring is minimized. I have seen the pros and cons of either choice, but this is my preference.
 

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While I don't have automatic DRLs no matter what I do the passenger's side will always be less bright than the driver's side. I even reinstalled OEM halogens to see if the problem persisted and it did not. So I took the ballasts out swapped positions and again the same issue appeared so I can safely say the ballasts are not the problem. Thoughts?
 

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Did you try switching the bulbs as well?
 

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While I don't have automatic DRLs no matter what I do the passenger's side will always be less bright than the driver's side. I even reinstalled OEM halogens to see if the problem persisted and it did not. So I took the ballasts out swapped positions and again the same issue appeared so I can safely say the ballasts are not the problem. Thoughts?
I installed a plug and play kit (6000k) with no relay and I experience this same issue. At first I thought I was just seeing things but the more I look at it, my driver side light is definitely brighter than the passenger side. To the point were one looks 6000k and one looks 5000k. I'm not gonna lie, I did go cheap and that may be the issue. I plan to get a better kit with a relay and see if it still continues.
 

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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
I installed a plug and play kit (6000k) with no relay and I experience this same issue. At first I thought I was just seeing things but the more I look at it, my driver side light is definitely brighter than the passenger side. To the point were one looks 6000k and one looks 5000k. I'm not gonna lie, I did go cheap and that may be the issue. I plan to get a better kit with a relay and see if it still continues.
I'm gonna install two relay harnesses today and I'll let you know if this solved my problems.
 
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