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j3gme

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469 posts

82 months

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Monday 11th August 2008 quote quote all
Just to let any one know I fit an h.i.d upgrade on my t350 last year , brill apart from every now and again when switching the lights on the dash lights would dim or not come on at all, so I decided to change them yesterday for a pair from h.i.d 4u kit(£200) not an ebay(£85) set like before I was told this kit was the best on the market and came with a slim ballast and some sort of in line choke of some discription which slowly & softly turned the 5000k lights on which I thought might help with the dash light problem I had with the old ebay kit I took off BUT it hasnt helped the dash lights dont always light up as bright as they should checked the pod menu everthing is ok in that department anyone know what it might be? also when switching on dip lights the main beam warning light flicks blue foe a second as you turn the switch

LastCerbera

1,350 posts

104 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
Hey, my old Tamora did exactly the same thing after I had the HID's fitted. Sometimes it would be ok, other times the dash LCD display just wouldn't illuminate. I never cured it and it was sold to the new owner with the fault still intact. I always worked on the basis that the start-up surge of the HID's caused a momentary voltage drop, which in turn stopped the LCD display from working. I suppose you could look at installing some kind of in-line capacitor, but without seeing a T350 wiring diagram (if one exists), I couldn't say where.

cramorra

1,341 posts

123 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
Same problems since I fitted my kit (ebay) last year - sometimes a "hommm" and a few criptyc movements may help (interesting in my case its only the dash lights not the display) and i am under the impression that if I switch slowly I.E. click parking lights (hommm break) then click driving lights it occurs less often....

stub101

336 posts

104 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
I have exactly the same problem with the HIDS that I got fitted to the dipped headlights on my T350 last year.

The dashpod backlights flicker off when the dipped beam are on but now when sidelights are on. More recently my backlight has stopped flickering and is now either on or off at its own discretion.

More worryingly this problem has started happening more along with - which I am not sure if it is linked, my dipped headlights have now stopped working when it has been raining! This has to be due to the ingress of water but when they do not work the dashpod backlight also does not work!!!!

Incidentally what fuses does everyone use? I had to upgrade mine from a 20 to a 25A and have since been told that this should perhaps be a 30A which may solve the problem - any ideas???

Any magical ideas would be hugely appreciated.

Guy J Russell

346 posts

76 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
A bit off topic here i know but I'm after some advice. I am about to take delivery of a Cerbera with the Speed Six headlamp conversion i.e. it was not a factory job. Dose anyone know if these conversions use the same genuine lamp units as the other models or at least the same type of bulb as i am wanting to also fit an aftermarket HID kit. Were there any differences in quality between the £200 and the EBay kit? Worth paying the extra? Regards, Guy.
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cramorra

1,341 posts

123 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
With the ebay kits it is a bit like gambling- some of them are a fair quality some an utterly waste of mony with poor ballasts leading to an uneven light distribution (and pos mot failure- mind you will if you declare it not pass an mot anyway because you will not fit a headlamp washer unit and a level regulation which are afaik required if you have aftermarket HID- but my cat never had mot probs- as some of the cars left the fact with HID anyway...)
Genuine Bosh or Hella kits "made in china" are probably not original and give you probs so the xtra money spend on something which you can at least track back if things go wrong may be worth considering but this does not see above save you from problems marrying your unit to your TVR
On the other hand standard Cerb lights are shcensoredte and you may want to improve (there are some halogen upgrade kits as well which may appeal- try www.powerbulbs.co.uk

j3gme

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469 posts

82 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
Hi not so much diffrence with the ebay hids just as good as the ones from www.hids4u.co.uk but to be fair the £200 ones do look to be put together better, so my advice would be to go with the more expensive ones

j3gme

Original Poster:

469 posts

82 months

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Tuesday 12th August 2008 quote quote all
Also upgraded fuses from 10amp to 20 amp even tried 30amp but still hasnt solved the problem.
j3gme

stub101

336 posts

104 months

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Wednesday 13th August 2008 quote quote all
My HIDS were from Ace Parts and theyre a step up from the ebay jobs but appear to use similar parts as the more expensive ones at hids4u, and are priced bang in the middle of the two.

Cant complain about their standard operation, just the few niggling problems that we are discussing here.

craigcaf

163 posts

29 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Did anyone ever cure this problem. Just fitted a set of HIDs to my T350 and exactly the same problem - dash backing lights dim sometimes but not all the time, and when switching headlamps on the full beam light momentarily flickers. Didn't go for the cheapest kit either.

Other than that the better lighting is worth it.

Must be a fix for this somehow.

Pursyluv

1,370 posts

62 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
I had HID's fitted last year by Glyn at RaceProved and haven't experienced any problems as yet, give him a call on 0114 269 2027, he may be able to advise.

The only advice i was given was - turn them on after the car has been started.

Getsis

1,450 posts

104 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I had the HID kit from TVR Power fitted with no problems but taken it out now as I'm not sure it would pass the MOT. Amyone got their car through the MOT with the HID's fitted?

natben

2,541 posts

119 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
HIDs fitted on my Cerbera and sailed through the MOT, I had to get the cats put back in though as they would not pass without so wasn't a TVR friendly MOT!!

natben

2,541 posts

119 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Guy J Russell said:
A bit off topic here i know but I'm after some advice. I am about to take delivery of a Cerbera with the Speed Six headlamp conversion i.e. it was not a factory job. Dose anyone know if these conversions use the same genuine lamp units as the other models or at least the same type of bulb as i am wanting to also fit an aftermarket HID kit. Were there any differences in quality between the £200 and the EBay kit? Worth paying the extra? Regards, Guy.
mine came of e-bay and have been fine for the last 3 years, here is my thread on fitting them to my Cerbera.
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

Laser Sag

2,213 posts

131 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Getsis said:
I had the HID kit from TVR Power fitted with no problems but taken it out now as I'm not sure it would pass the MOT. Amyone got their car through the MOT with the HID's fitted?
No problem getting mine through the MOT 2 months ago, carried out at Power when they did the service, HIDs fitted to low and high beam although do get the problem with the dash lights going off sometimes.

Buzz Billsberry

1,113 posts

119 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I've had the HID's fitted on the Tamora since I bought it back in April 2012. The kit I bought was a standard H4 kit with silcone covered wire, slimline ballasts etc and paid about £80 for them.I generally turn them on & off when the engine is running I was told when fitting the kit that it must have a quality earth so its been mounted direct to the battery. I've had no issues.I also so had the beams re-aligned as well.

The only thing is that from 1st Jan this year it is an MOT failure if your vehicle runs HID's & hasn't got adjust beam hight and wash wipe on the lens according to what I've read in the press. So when the car went for its MOT I swaped out the bulbs and stuck the orginal H4 Candles back in. But I'm sure if you have a 'friendly' MOT tester he may let this go as long as the alignment wasn't out.

I think its a case of luck whether your kit works or not but it seems a common problem

Buzz

craigcaf

163 posts

29 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
So is it possible and straight forward to put a separate ignition fed positive feed to the dash backlight LEDs so tgey are on 100% when ignition is on. in other words bypassing the current ecu adjustable brightness feed.

That would seem to me to be one fix. Any ideas?
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