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So $30 for the HIDs and an additional $22 to ground ship to FL? Yikes! Did anyone else get hit with this shipping quote?
The DDM kits ship from China, so that is about right. I paid $12ish to ship to Washington.

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Unless they've changed since 2013, DDM ships UPS from San Diego, CA or Huntington Beach, CA... If you order 55w, they usually ship from China if they're sold out in San Diego.
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I'm seeing a shipping quote of $16.75 for shipping to Virginia.

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WHERE ARE YOU PRODUCTS SHIPPED FROM?
We ship most of the small items, such as HID kits, led bulbs from our Chinese fulfillment center; most of the larger items, such as LED bars, headlights, tail lights, bumpers from our California locations. Some items, such as suspension, intakes, and BMW OEM parts may be shipped directly from our suppliers depending on current stock level. We have 5 locations: San Diego, CA; Vista, CA; Huntington Beach, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Nanjing.China.
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First post - I take delivery of a '16 Mazda6 touring this Saturday and I already know I want to upgrade the lighting. I didn't order the GT as I wanted the manual transmission but before I place an order for the DDM kit I had a few questions -

1. Is the install on the '16 the same 30-45 minutes as was said earlier?
2. Does the DDM kit use the one bulb for low/high beams?
3. Will the auto off function still work?
4. 35W 4300k H11 for a 'normal' HID white appearance, correct?

Thanks in advance.
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First post - I take delivery of a '16 Mazda6 touring this Saturday and I already know I want to upgrade the lighting. I didn't order the GT as I wanted the manual transmission but before I place an order for the DDM kit I had a few questions -

1. Is the install on the '16 the same 30-45 minutes as was said earlier?
2. Does the DDM kit use the one bulb for low/high beams?
3. Will the auto off function still work?
4. 35W 4300k H11 for a 'normal' HID white appearance, correct?

Thanks in advance.
1. yes under the hood its identical to the 2014-15 model so install time should be the same
2. if you want full HID function you need 2 kits for this car, as the low beams and high beams are separate bulbs. lows(projector) use H11 and highs/DRL(reflector) use HB3
3. I have heard its a bit iffy with auto function where it would only fire one bulb and you need to cycle the switch to get both bulbs to fire up
4. yes 4300K is what factory OEM HID systems use.

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First post - I take delivery of a '16 Mazda6 touring this Saturday and I already know I want to upgrade the lighting. I didn't order the GT as I wanted the manual transmission but before I place an order for the DDM kit I had a few questions -

1. Is the install on the '16 the same 30-45 minutes as was said earlier?
2. Does the DDM kit use the one bulb for low/high beams?
3. Will the auto off function still work?
4. 35W 4300k H11 for a 'normal' HID white appearance, correct?

Thanks in advance.

2) requires 2 kits as stated above, but I want to point out that HIDs in high beams are an extreme overkill but also don't properly work since there is a delay in firing them on. You pretty much won't be able to quickly flash someone if you ever need that function

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I would probably just do the kit for the lows, I was just curious if these vehicles used one bulb for both lows and highs.

How do the DDM bulbs hold up? Every time I've tried aftermarket bulbs (silverstars, 5k...etc) I never seem to get more than 6 months out of them.
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I've used DDM for almost a decade with many cars and had minimal issues. However my recent experience with them sucked. One kit burnt out after a week. Took forever to get replacement issues resolved with their customer service and the kit they supposedly sent never arrived. I accepted the loss of $70 and moved on. Gave TRS a try but that kit was junk on arrival. So I gave Xenon Depot a try and have had no issues at all. Best HID kit I ever used. My recommendation is to spend a little more and get a quality kit


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I would like to throw my opinions on here really quick.

I have Canbus 35w 8000k HIDs installed on my '15 Mazda6 and they perform quite well. It has a lower light output since they're 8000k bulbs but they look nice.

My girlfriend has 35w 5000k Innovited HIDs on her '14 Accord and has a better light output than my car. They cost 40 bucks with prime which makes it about 6 bucks cheaper than DDM Tuning and only 2 year warranty vs. lifetime from DDM.

From my past experience with DDM Tuning, the bulbs seem to burn out fast. Their bulbs also don't match. For example, if you order 8000k, one side would look 8000k and the other would look 6000k. Other than that, it's up to you to see if the extra 6 bucks or so would be worth the lifetime warranty.
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I just got the 55W kit - went straight to the store to get them, however they won't fit at all. Completely loose like the plastic is not gripping into the housing. I packed them up again and have to return them :-(

Also saw all the warnings about the 55W - good that I didn't install them
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