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    Just installed ZKW + Predator Chromiums... wtf?

    Hey guys,

    Just got some ZKW's + Predator Chromium + stonguard... but have a small problem.

    When I first tested the DDE's, only two (out of the four) were working. I wiggled around the wires a bit and decided that I would take it back to Umnitza to see what the problem was. However, when I went to go take a picture with my camera, three out of the four were working when I tried again. (as you can see in the picture below)... Anyone know what might be causing this? Does the warm-up time still exist on the predator chromiums?

    Also, included in the box of ZKW's were two plastic red things which I took a picture of. Anyone know what these are?

    Thanks, Will.




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    Debaffled Airbox, Clears
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    The red things are to splice your city light's to your parking lights. It's the grey wire on the plug-n-play plugs they use. It is a little light inside your high beam that lights up.
    As for the DDE, I would guess some sort of loose connection, but if Umnitza is local to you stop by there and have them take a look. I don't really have any experience with DDE.
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    Send them back faulty dde ring.

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    Yeah, i'd say send it back to Umnitza....just my .02

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    those 2 red thing are clamps to tie into your corner lights. i believe its the grey wire (from pnp) to grey wire with yellow or purple stripe (from corner light wiring)

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    Did you actually start the car or just turn on the lights?
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    Check the ring. It might have cracked. I had an issue with that same exact ring. Umnitza took care of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcook54
    Did you actually start the car or just turn on the lights?

    Yep, tried it both ways and still didn't work.

    I'm gonna give Matt @ Umnitza a call tomorrow, thanks guys The only thing that I'm sorta pissed about is that I'm most likely going to have to remove/reinstall the headlight... the driver's side headlight is annoying as F*$@ to install because of that one innermost bolt..

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    ZKW Euro Ellipsoids + Predator Chromium DDE + Stonguard, 5000K Xtec Race HID Kit, Viper 791XV 2-way Paging System, CDV Delete,
    Debaffled Airbox, Clears
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    The same one on my ZKW / Lightning Enhanced Plus is "out". Well its very dim for a long time then it comes to its senses once I talk dirty to it

    Give that a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriHFH
    Yep, tried it both ways and still didn't work.

    I'm gonna give Matt @ Umnitza a call tomorrow, thanks guys The only thing that I'm sorta pissed about is that I'm most likely going to have to remove/reinstall the headlight... the driver's side headlight is annoying as F*$@ to install because of that one innermost bolt..
    Really? It's not bad at all man. It takes me all of five minutes to get both headlights out. Do you have the stock airbox?

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    Im pretty sure the red clips are called "tap-in connectors" could be wrong though

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    Quote Originally Posted by uansari1
    Really? It's not bad at all man. It takes me all of five minutes to get both headlights out. Do you have the stock airbox?
    Yep I've got the stock airbox . I had to remove the airbox altogether to access that last bolt. I also dropped one of the bolts down into the depths of my engine bay, but after looking for 30 minutes i gave up and just used one of the extra ones I had.

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    Modifications: TC Kline S/A Coilovers, Eisenmann Race 2x76mm Exhaust, X-brace,
    ZKW Euro Ellipsoids + Predator Chromium DDE + Stonguard, 5000K Xtec Race HID Kit, Viper 791XV 2-way Paging System, CDV Delete,
    Debaffled Airbox, Clears
    Soon: ???

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    Zkw

    Taken back to Umnitza, ask Matt to take a look at them. I had the same problem and they tested tehm and replaced them right there. Matt is a very nice guy he will work with you.

    Fhiserbln is right these connectors are to connect the Predator to the coner lights(parking lights) that way they will only go on withiut the need to putting the head lights on.
    Jose, San Jose, Ca

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    Quote Originally Posted by jszy25
    Im pretty sure the red clips are called "tap-in connectors" could be wrong though
    I've heard them referred to as vampire connectors, which is an appropriate analogy.
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    all fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by umnitza
    all fixed
    Yep, took it back to Umnitza and they fixed it willingly on the spot. Thanks again Matt, I'm sure I'll buy more from you in the future.

    Umnitza = highly reccommended... devilishly good customer service.

    1998 Estoril/Mulberry M3 Coupe
    Modifications: TC Kline S/A Coilovers, Eisenmann Race 2x76mm Exhaust, X-brace,
    ZKW Euro Ellipsoids + Predator Chromium DDE + Stonguard, 5000K Xtec Race HID Kit, Viper 791XV 2-way Paging System, CDV Delete,
    Debaffled Airbox, Clears
    Soon: ???

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    do u have hids, or is that color from the zkws? cuz i want to buy the same thing but idk if i should also buy an hid kit.

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