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  • Ultimate {Hella MICRO DE} FOG Upgrade: Halogen to HID (56k big no no)

    ULTIMATE HELLA MICRO DE FOG PROJECTORS UPGRADE GUIDE:


    This will guide you how to convert your existing or new Hella MICRO Modules from Halogen to Xenon.

    Q1. Why would I do that?
    A1. From personal testing the beam with the Halogen and Xenon power units is unaffected and remains the same, with very uniform hot spot and very even light distribution across the entire width.

    Q2. What is the upgrade cost?
    A2. I purchased a HID Kit from DDM Tuning for $25 + Shipping so ~ $30.00



    INSTALLATION:
    Lets begin with the parts list.



    2) Hella Units with rubber boots and OEM H3 bulbs.
    2) HID Bulbs H3 (NOT H3C)
    2) Ballasts
    1) Torx set.
    1) Pin
    1) Screw Driver
    1) Knife.
    1) Any other tools you may think you need!



    Step 1.
    Remove the original boot and bulb from the Hella Projectors.

    Step 2.
    Unscrew the 3 screws holding the aluminium plate which also serves as a guide for the bulb.
    Note: Keep that plate, we will reuse it.





    Step 3.
    Put the projector aside and grab the bulbs, next we will remove their connectors so that they may be installed in the original boot for the ultimate seal against dust and moisture.
    Start with the Ballast power wires and remove those.


    Step 3.1
    Remove the two pins which are red in each of the connectors. For the male you will need to pull it from the side.
    For the female connector stick the needle through the back side and it will push it out. Try not to poke yourself.


    Step 3.2
    Now take the push pin and stick it inside each connector, on top of the metal part there is a small tab that keeps the connector from backing out. YOu will use the pin to lift it while pulling the wire out of the connector. It should be a very simple operation if you push the wire in before you lift on the tab to release any pressure.


    Step 3.3
    Now that the connectors are out remove the two rubber grommets that seal out moisture and or dust. They are very thin so be careful.


    Step 3.4
    Now remove the original boot that came with your bulbs.


    Step 3.5
    Take the OEM Hella boot and cut the wires to remove them from the boot.



    Step 3.6
    Now slide your HID wires through the two holes. The fit is tight but they do fit.
    Then slide the boot about half way up the wire length, this should allow you to have enough slack to work with the installation of your bulbs.


    Step 3.7
    Slide back your little weather seal grommets.


    Step 3.8
    Snap the connector back in place. Note: you should hear a click once the metal part is all the way in. Also note the orientation of the tab and the location of the lock before you insert it.


    Your connectors should look like this before you insert the locks.

    This is how they should be once you are all set and done.



    Step 4.
    Slide the bulb in.
    Note the orientation of the return wire. You can install them in one of two ways, I chose to install with the wire down to keep any ghost spots in the beam.


    This is where you will use those washers to lock the bulb in place with the original screws.
    Take a look at the pictures and figure out what will work best for you. For me 3 different size washers worked perfectly.



    You can also use just two mounting locations instead of three as seen in the picture below.




    With everything secure you can pull the wires out a bit and then snap the cap back on... I left no more then 1.5" of wires between the cap and the bulb..





    FINISHED RESULT!!!
    2001 CCS (Euro Conversion)
    FX-R DDM-50W DL50 R8-LEDs
    2K4 Mercury Monterey FX-R Retro
    2K1 CCS (Euro Conversion) FX-R Retro
    FOG Comparison: Micro DE, Blazer, Bosch Mini
    HELLA MICRO DE Halogen to HID GUIDE


  • #2
    No just because I know someone will ask what the output is like... here is the answer...




    Also here is the hella size vs some of the other fog projectors out there..

    2001 CCS (Euro Conversion)
    FX-R DDM-50W DL50 R8-LEDs
    2K4 Mercury Monterey FX-R Retro
    2K1 CCS (Euro Conversion) FX-R Retro
    FOG Comparison: Micro DE, Blazer, Bosch Mini
    HELLA MICRO DE Halogen to HID GUIDE

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    • #3
      Great thread!!
      Feedback Thread
      Ford Fog Light Projectors
      Ford Fusion Fog Projector D2S Modificaiton
      Mini H1 Halogen Modification
      D2S Bulb Comparisons

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      • #4
        Some good and useful info here!

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        • #5
          Great post. I will be doing this as I have a set of DE's that I'll be taking off of a car I'll be getting rid of.

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          • #6
            I converted my Hella De into HIDs when I had my FJ. It made quite a difference and that was in 07.

            Where can one get a set of those Bosch Mini V1? What are the dimensions of those projectors. I'm thinking of retro-ing my fog lights on my 03 TL-S.
            2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5

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            • #7
              Im thinking of running quad MICRO DEs on a single bracket on each side of the car... both are equipped with DDM H3 4500k HID kits at 35W. Both on will make it impossible to drive but we will see how well they will perform in extreme weather.
              2001 CCS (Euro Conversion)
              FX-R DDM-50W DL50 R8-LEDs
              2K4 Mercury Monterey FX-R Retro
              2K1 CCS (Euro Conversion) FX-R Retro
              FOG Comparison: Micro DE, Blazer, Bosch Mini
              HELLA MICRO DE Halogen to HID GUIDE

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              • #8
                I've been looking to do this setup for a while since the Xenon version of the Hella Micro DE's is outrageously priced. How is the cut off of these compared to a "good" projector? I can't really tell.

                Do you think these or the Blazer fogs would be a better option for a good cutoff and output? It seems like the Hella's more widely used.

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                • #9
                  Very cool
                  There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber


                  1998 Ford F-150 | FX-R 2.1 / Philips 85122XV C1 / Matsushita Gen5 | Philips LumiLEDs | Plasmaglow Fire & Ice

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                  • #10
                    I think the hellas rock with HID and even in stock form they perform. The blazers have sharp cutoff but as far actual usable light on the road when the main lights are off they are not that good.

                    And the cutoff to be honest is not something thats that impressive when it sits so low to the road...
                    2001 CCS (Euro Conversion)
                    FX-R DDM-50W DL50 R8-LEDs
                    2K4 Mercury Monterey FX-R Retro
                    2K1 CCS (Euro Conversion) FX-R Retro
                    FOG Comparison: Micro DE, Blazer, Bosch Mini
                    HELLA MICRO DE Halogen to HID GUIDE

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CateraMV6 View Post
                      I think the hellas rock with HID and even in stock form they perform. The blazers have sharp cutoff but as far actual usable light on the road when the main lights are off they are not that good.

                      And the cutoff to be honest is not something thats that impressive when it sits so low to the road...
                      Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. Guess I'll be going with the Hella's. Just need to figure out how I'll mount them. Lol

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                      • #12
                        I love my micro de's. they really help when its raining. I put 3000k in mine.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dangeris View Post
                          I converted my Hella De into HIDs when I had my FJ. It made quite a difference and that was in 07.

                          Where can one get a set of those Bosch Mini V1? What are the dimensions of those projectors. I'm thinking of retro-ing my fog lights on my 03 TL-S.
                          I'm not sure about the dimensions but I can really tell you those projector are kind off small so I'm pretty sure you can snug them in your fog lights.
                          By the way those can be found in the older Chrysler LHS 94-97. Hope it helps.

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                          • #14
                            Are these any better than the regular ones?

                            http://www.summitracing.com/parts/HLA-009071081

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                            • #15
                              I believe those are the regular ones, just a different mounting style. but they could be a driving light which is more of a pencil beam vs a fog beam.
                              Last edited by angshan; August 27th, 2011, 10:38 AM.

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