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I am one of those people that refuses to be forced to look at wires and ballasts when I install my HIDs. So I remove my front bumper so I have open access to everything and can hide the ballasts. Good thing about a 3rd gen 6 is that taking the front bumper off is just about identical to removing a 2nd gen's. I also refuse to do a "plug and play" HID kit. I always use a relay harness, no ifs ands, or buts...but the set I installed last weekend has been installed in every car I have had since 2007...my 2007 Mazda3, My 2007 Silverado, My 2010 6, and now my 2014 6. They are a DDM tuning kit and have never given me a lick of trouble. So for those of you that say this was a waste of time...no it wasn't. It only takes about 10 minutes to get the front bumper off, so why not. Here we go.

1. Remove all the philips screws and push pins from above the grill, under the hood. You can tell which ones need to go...in this pic, they are already gone. There is also one under the little intake snorkle that has to come out from the left side as seen in the 2nd picture.





2. Next, remove the 3 push pins in either fenderwell, then the 4 philips screws under the front edge of the bumper that hold the fender liner to the bumper. Then get all the push pins along the front edge of the under body liner as well as a couple of screws No picture of that part...sorry.





3. Pull the fender liner back at the joint of the bumper and the fender, there is a philips screw with the head facing down. The bumper is actually cut out to fit a screwdriver...that was nice of Mazda. In the picture, which is sideways, the hole on the right is where the screw resides but the little semi-circle on the left is where you insert your screwdriver. This is a pic of the driver's side for reference.



4. Before you go any further, run a little masking tape along the edge of the fender where it meets the bumper. If you are new to this, run it up a few inches to protect the fender paint from the edge of the bumper. Next, pull the bumper out to release the clips.



5. When you release the clips, pull the bumper straight forward, unplug the foglight harnesses, either from your foglights or the back of the filler panel. No, these do not work unless you get the stalk with the switch that comes with the factory foglight kit...and here what you have.







6. Now, remove the 10mm bolt and the screw-down push pin on the top of the headlight at the fender



7. Then remove the bolt on the side closest to the lens. Also, go ahead and unplug the harness that connects the headlight to the car.



8. Now remove the bolt at the inside tip of the headlight, as well as a forward facing push pin on the other side of the plastic. It took me a minute to see it, but it's plain as day when you look at it from the center.





9. Pull forward and it's free.







I will apologize about the blurriness of the next pictures...not sure what happened but I am going to show the wiring and headlight harness.





H11 bulb goes right in. (Blurry)



I strapped the ballast to the horizontal brace behind the headlight, right next to the fender liner. I grounded everything using the factory grounding points, but I removed them, sanded them down to bare metal, and painted them after installing to prevent rust.





Driver's side







Now for a short explanation of what happened next since I apparently got excited and forgot to take pictures.

The relay harness has a main power lead that runs to the battery. I used one of the empty studs on the terminal (i just happened to have a nut for it). I used a MAXI fuseholder with a 20A fuse which is tucked next to the battery.
The grounds got put to the factory grounds in the pictures above. The trigger for the relay came from the red wire under the headlight going to the low beam. I used a t-tap and di-electric grease for a good connection. The rest plugs together to the ballasts. I ran my passenger side wire along a main harness in front of the top of the radiator and fastened with lots of zip straps. I wrapped my un-used headlight plugs in electrical tape to keep them dry until I get rid of the car. Put the car back to together, install the fuse, and you are good to go. I also aimed the headlights up a little bit. For this, you need a long #2 philips screwdriver to turn the adjustments screws.
Again...I'm sorry for the lack of pictures but I hope this helps.
 

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If you don't mind me asking, what color temperature are your lights?
 

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They are 4500k. Very white...similar to the OEM HIDs on my old 3 for which this kit was bought in 2007...yes, they still work perfectly. Looking the lights when on, they have an ever so slight purple tint but output is pure white.
 

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Very new to modding my 6 so sorry for the noob questions. Did your headlight come like that or was it retrofitted and painted? Or did you purchase them from somewhere? thanks and sorry for the noob question
 

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Painted? No, they are stock headlights.
 

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I just went through the fender. Didn't need to remove the bumper.
 

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Great write up. I did a HID retro fit on my buddies 3rd gen, never took the bumper off but all connections and ballast are showing

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be careful when you remove the bumper from the fender area, i cracked off a clip removing mine, you have to tug downwards then pull it towards you to unhook
 

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I just went through the fender. Didn't need to remove the bumper.
When you say you went thruthe fender, did you remove the wheel? Or just remove the 3clips and pry back the fender plastic and reach. Thru? Thanks, tackling this tomorrow with my 55w kensun 6000k I just got for $50
 

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I actually just completed this HID conversion without removing the bumper or the wheel wells! I removed the air filter flexible intake hose, then the cover, and the Fuse Box cover.. Then removed the 2 10mm bolts holding the Fuse box in place. That gave me an extra precious inch or so to get my hand through to the H11 low beam bulb.
I will post some pics once I figure out how, maybe in another DIY thread... it was surprisingly simple and easy, and I do not know for the life of me why someone would tear apart their bumper, other than completely hiding the Ballasts (which i like to get to mine easy n case of problems)
I mounted my slim ballasts nicely along the frame, with industrial sticky backed velcro, (again, in case i have to remove later)
I hope this helps others!
The Kit I used was Kensun H11 - 55w 6000k, ordered through Amazon and I love the brightness and color! Still has a nice cutoff level, not blinding at all. reminds me of my Acura I had, Bright white with a slight hint of blue!

1) i removed the Air filter housin cover you see in pic and the Fusebox cover. The ballast is shown nicely tucked away as stated in post


2) a little Stock (left) vs new 55w 6000k HID (right)


3) the finish


4) and the new girl by my girls at work




 

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There was no need to do all that specially when he installed a low quality kit like ddm which comes with crappy ballasts. If the ballast goes wrong, you have to dismantle everything again, is not like he is installing Denso ballasts and oem bulbs to go and strap everything in there to make it worth the effort
 

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good read........I see that your in Goldsboro, NC.......good to find someone is out that way ( my dad retired there USAF)
 

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I just got my DDM HID's in today. I've been using DDM since 2008. Only had one problem and customer service corrected it in a decent manner. I'll probably install them today

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I actually just completed this HID conversion without removing the bumper or the wheel wells! I removed the air filter flexible intake hose, then the cover, and the Fuse Box cover.. Then removed the 2 10mm bolts holding the Fuse box in place. That gave me an extra precious inch or so to get my hand through to the H11 low beam bulb.
Thank you for the fuse box tip. Although I couldn't see the pics in your post (looks like they are expired), I installed my HIDs the same way and it saved me a lot of hassle compared to going through the fender or taking off the bumper. Worked well for me. It is a tight squeeze and if you have really large hands it's going to be tough.

Does anybody notice the ballasts buzz at startup? The buzzing goes away after a few seconds but I'm curious if this is normal? FWIW I installed Morimoto XB35s with the relay harness.
 

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No need in removing the bumper to put on led bulbs on the fog lights look for a You Tube video how to do it super easy and since our 6’s have projector lights on the low beam HID kits is what you need to have good bright lights eBay has OPT7 Blitz 55 watt for $39.99 and the relay for $6.99 no relay no lights and the high beam one can use led bulbs I used 5K lights so the cops won’t pull me over one other thing view the You Tube video how to install high beams and low beams another tip some say 55 watts get hot but the factory halogen bulbs get hotter so buy the better 55 and not the 35 watt bulbs.
 
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