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    Getting tired of DDE problems...

    Ok, off and on my DDE's would come on, come off, be dim, be bright, etc.

    Now tonight the whole driver side doesn't work any more. Which means i have to buy ANOTHER ballast from Umnitza. So i disconnected the other side so i dont look like an idiot and for some reason the euro city lights come on? And now my passenger side high beam wont work, I dont think I have the wire wrong.

    What else can be wrong with my DDE's? Would it be that bad of an idea to upgrade to Predator Chromium (new DDE) if it's more reliable?

    PS: What is teh difference between Predator, and Predator Chromium exactly? Just brighteR?

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    i feel you on the dde problems and i got my shit from umnitza too

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    ^^^
    did you have to replace ballasts or what to fix them?

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    sounds like your ballast
    sucks that you have to fork up more $$ to replace their products that dont work properly
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    no i just let it be. its irratating, i thought they were tight. now they just embarrass me on the road.

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    So some neon DDE would be more reliable... even if they got cracked with the shaking of the roads, they would still be


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    Um your DDE's have ballests that run the??? I have predators and they dont have a ballast they just hook straight to 12 volts, er at least I think they do unless the ballast is inside the headlight housing.

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    i have he ccfl's and love them never had a problem

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    So the CCFL's are the ones with no ballast right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedawg
    So the CCFL's are the ones with no ballast right?
    hey have a small box never had a problem and are the brighest i have seen

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    ccfl has a lil ballast


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    the new chromiums carry a lifetime warranty and are rated @ 50000 hours they have proved very reliable over the past year with very few warranty claims, less the 2%.
    predator is the name brand of our latest ccfl line.
    they are available in 3 trims:
    thinline--> just the ccfl tube.
    oe----> ccfl tube + plastic cover for BMW oe look
    chromium----> ccfl tubes + oe plastic covers+ chrome backing for maximum output and great look.

    -zkw- -hella- -bosch- -depo- -prolumen- -kwd- -bbs- -predator chromium- -predator ice- -simota- -ecis-

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    ^^^
    so the OE predators are 100 on your website, and the predator chromiums are 170. So i am paying 70 for a chrome/metallic backing?

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    --97 SC'd ///M3--04 ///M3 VERT--07 ESCALADE--
    chromium are $199, lifetime warranty, upgraded ballast and 50000 hour life span.

    for $100 you get 4 ccfl thinline basic rings, not oe.
    as described on the site:
    "No mounting system - you must use silicone to install

    No additional features in the ballasts

    No wiring harness"

    Quote Originally Posted by Spieluhr
    ^^^
    so the OE predators are 100 on your website, and the predator chromiums are 170. So i am paying 70 for a chrome/metallic backing?

    -zkw- -hella- -bosch- -depo- -prolumen- -kwd- -bbs- -predator chromium- -predator ice- -simota- -ecis-

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    no its not your ballast. Check your PNP. You have a problem there.
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    why is it that when i unplugged my DDE's that the city lights came on? I thought the city lights wiring was cut for the DDE's.

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    This sounds extremely odd. I am almost 100% convinced that your wiring is incorrect. The DDE's will only work when wired with the correct polarity, but you can provide 12V to them a number of ways. Also, check the connection to your parking lights if thats how you have it wired. It sounds as if maybe you aren't getting a really good connection there and so you are having issues relating to that.

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    Your little black connector is crappy (the one between the ballast and each of the rings). The connection on the little tin pins are terrible for higher voltage. My dimming buzzing issues went away (on a previous kit long ago) when I cut the plug out and crimped it directly. I am 80% certain that is the source of your problems and headaches.
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    I have problems with my dde's in cold weather aswell. If it is really cold they are dim but if it is just a little cold only three of them work. This is extremely annoying and looks really stupid. I'm dissapointed in these 600+ headlights.

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    I had the same problem with my halos before, the bulbs kept on getting burned for some reason and it was really annoying. The electrician finally figured out that i need reisistors to keep the current at the right level. Never had problems since. Although i don't know how long that is going to last. I spent a lot of money on it already.


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    Mods, why the heck do my posts keep getting taken away from this thread?

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    umnitza, you have a pm

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    Hope you guys know that the raptors are out..

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    I've allways had problems with my dde's

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