Upgraded from the stock HID bulbs (D2S, Philips 4300K) to the Morimoto XB35 5500K - they are the new generation Morimoto D2S HID bulbs that are compatible with our OEM ballasts.
First, a friend of mine installed these HID bulbs in his G35 and I was amazed to see the HID’s in person!!! They looked really good and a lot more intense than the stock HID’s. He had them on for only 2 months and has had no issues — the prior generation Morimoto’s did not work well with the Infiniti OEM ballasts… so after some convincing and reading through HIDPlanet’s Forum, I took the chance….it was only a $50 gamble….LOL!
the shipping was really quick and I got to work on installing them myself. I ran into a delay because my pair of jack stands were tucked away in storage so I drove over to my buddy’s place and did the work in his garage….
I watched a DIY video on Youtube as a reference point:
Anyway, the installation was pretty straight forward. I did one side at a time.
1. Jacked the car up - used the OE ‘scissor’ style floor jack and for extra safety, used a 3.5 ton hydraulic floor jack and 2 ton jack stand for support.
2. Removed the wheels - had to use my handy breaker bar (1/2” drive) and 21” deep socket to break loose the lug nuts (damn mechanics over tightened them with an impact wrench)
3. removed the plastic tabs/button fasteners in the fender liners (just the top two) and pulled back the fender liner in order to reach in and access the back of the headlight cover
4. Once the back headlight cover is off(by turning counter-clockwise), you’ll see the back of the bulb connector which leads from the ballast (big silver piece). turn the connector counter-clockwise and pull straight out
5. Then push down and outwards the two silver pins which holds the actually bulb in place to prevent movement.
6. hold the base of the bulb and pull straight out (avoid touching the headlight housing and the surrounding parts (since my bulbs weren’t burnt out, I stored them in the container which the new bulbs were packaged)
7. Cleaned the new HID bulbs with alcohol wipes (provided) and used a new set of latex gloves at this point
8. Installed the HID bulb within the headlight housing and made sure the base of the bulbs' slots were securely seated.
the rest is reverse order from step 5
i took a few pix to show the light output on the XB 5500K….i still have awhile to break them in but initially, they are a lot better than my OEM bulbs…$50 price was a steal for a good upgrade. So if it's time for you to change your bulbs, the Morimoto XB35 D2S are a great option.
Driver side wheel off and upper fender liner rolled back to access back of headlight
View of bulb connector to HID bulb
New bulb installed - test fit. Driver side: new bulb / Passenger side: used OEM bulb…. only 5 mins of initial new bulb usage and the light output is intense.
Night drive test….new bulbs installed….what a difference!! its worth doing the job yourself - if you have the time and tools...