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Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

I just got a pair of aftermarket xenon lights. Nokya H1 and H3's... Ive used them in my Honda Accord and my cuzins VW Jetta, they worked just fine... The question is the guy at the Mazda dealership told me that people have been coming in with burned up harness due to the excessive bulb wattage... Is that true, I just got my car 3 weeks ago. And i missed the white beams I had in my old car... I know that the nokya's are very good brand, had them in for 1.5 year and no prob... should i get a aftermarket harness put in, or do u think ill be fine with the bulbs themselves. the bulbs are 80W. I tried to find some with lower wattage, but couldnt find any. please respind asap if u know anything.. thankz alot.
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Reading Topic: Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

I honestly don't know, but it does sound fishy. The mazda harness would have to be seriously under-engineered to not be able to withstand the 80 watt bulbs. If you are concerned or not sure, you could use PIAA's Xtra bulbs... same wattage with more light (but more expensive)?

Check out www.autobulbdepot.com I've used them many times and really respect that company and their service.

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Reading Topic: Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

Wait, wait... xenon lights? Like true xenon (aka HID)? Or just gimmicky crap with "xenon" written on the case, even though they're actually halogens?

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not HID's... regular aftermarket bulbs... i was thinkin of goin with the piaa's, maybe in a few months... i got the bulbs in... it took forerver to get to them.. mazda sure didnt make it easy... i think the guy at dealership was just tryin to scare me if anything... cuz i asked him how to open it up, he asked me y, imlike to ut the lights in... he was like.. i wouldnt do it, u coudl melt the harness, and ive heard that before, but only if u use the 120 watt bulbs or something... or if it was a old car, im pretty sure 80 watts wont hurt it... thankz for ur quick response... one more think, u know how to get access to the driving lamp bulb, it seems impossible to get to.. thankz
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Reading Topic: Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

Dunno about access to the bulbs as unfortunately I don't have a '6 yet. It *looks* like they are side-mounted in the high beams. I'd look for another harness farther up the high beam projector that hangs out 90 degrees relative to the high beam harness.

Also, did you have to remove your bumper to replace the bulbs?

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nah, i aint about to do that much work for white light... if it were that hard, i wouldnt bother... i cant seem to find where it goes, so ill go to the dealership, and ask them to show me... hopefully they wont such a dick this time... thankz
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Reading Topic: Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

Could you kindly summarize the method you used to change out the bulbs? Another member did a bulb replacement here and was told that he had to remove the front bumper, then remove the headlight cluster, and only then gain access/clearance to replace the bulbs. I thought this is a pretty bad design on mazda's part so I'd LOVE to hear of another method. Thanks bro.

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well for the driver side, u ahve to take the cover off the fuse box, then reach ur hand(preferably small hand) inside the back of where the bulb is located... there is a black cover that you must remove, in order to access the bulb... after removin it u can take off the wire and remove the bulb... the driver side is the harder one... the passanger side is a lil easier, same steps, remove the black cover and take out the bulb... its pretty hard, i thought the honda accord was pretty diffcult but this is like brain surgrey compared to it... tis not that bad... hope that helps...
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Reading Topic: Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

OK, so it's just a clearance issue then... My Z was a pain in the ass but I managed it. if that's all it take (time, patience, and tolerance to pain) then I'm happy :)

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Reading Topic: Question about using aftermarket bulbs???

Yes, I can acknowledge - you DON'T have to remove the bumper... :)
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