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Adding HID's

Okay, so I saw a few threads (can't remember if here or another forum) about the 9012 HIR bulbs being used in the new generation 300's and how that could pose a problem for finding an HID kit to install, as the only 9012 HID kits are low-beam only. After a lot of research, I found that 9006 bulbs and 9012 bulbs are interchangeable, except modification is needed when going from 9006 to 9012 (we are doing the reverse here).

I was just wondering if anyone has successfully added HID's to their new 300 that did not come with them? I went ahead and ordered 9006 XPU HID's, which are "smart" HID lights that are CanBus-proof and have 72 integrated computer chips. So even if no one here knows about installation yet, I will be happy to post my results once I get the (currently backordered) kit in.

Input is appreciated.
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On an HID note, I am less than impressed with the HID's that came with the vehicle. Can I just swap to a higher rated bulb? Does anyone know if the headlights are Hid's, will the fogs be as well?
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Really? Why aren't you impressed with them? But you can buy new D3S bulbs and swap them out pretty easily, just disconnect the old ones and put the new ones on. The fogs will not be HIDs, though. They are H11 bulbs, which you can get HID or even LED bulbs to color-match the headlamps. I have 5000k HIDs on order and I am thinking about getting the same color in LEDs for my fog lights. Hope that helps.
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Zach, I am coming from my '05 having 10000K hid heads and fogs, so its a bit underwhelming. Especially when driving next to an acura or merc with their hyper blues. Thanks for the info though.
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Ah I see. Yeah if you want a different color with the factory setup you can buy any aftermarket D3S bulbs and put them in place of the factory ones. I looked under the hood and noticed the bulbs are very easy to access so it should be a quick swap.
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...and have 72 integrated computer chips.
Nothing personal, but ROTFLMAO on that... Holy Carp, the BS Marketing on that one is astounding...

Back to reality, the shutter for high/low on the Halogen lights will work just dandy with the HIDs. Just need to make sure you seal those wires, so your lights don't get a lot of water in them.
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Thanks for the tip, and lol yeah I admit it does sound a bit ridiculous. As long as they work as described I'll be happy, 72 computer chips or not haha.
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I'm going to do the same, I just have to think about how I'm going to do it... I may do something a little different.
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So, I had a warranty call for my headlights ddue to condensation. I wen to the dealer yesterday to ask if I could get the black housing headlights instead, and of course, you know the BS answer they gave, Chrysler will only put back exactly what it came with. I mean, i'm already inconvenienced, hook a man up, jeez. So Zach, you're saying that the fogs are led's? so I just have to go with a brighter one?
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I might try asking for the same ones if possible! But to my understanding, the black ones are the higher model housings equipped with Smartbeam and such. I'm not sure what model 300 you have but if you don't already have the chrome Smartbeam housings it may be more than a simple swap to get them wired up anyways.

And no, sorry if I wasn't clear, the fog lights are standard yellow/white halogens just like in most other cars, but I mentioned LEDs as an easy, 5-second way to match the color of your HID's if that's what you're looking for. But they are not good for light output, they're really only for show. If you put HID's in your fog lights, they're bright and a bit harder to install but definitely have better output and color than factory halogen lights.
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