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OEM Xenon Conversion 2008-2010 Mazda5?

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2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
I have a 2009 Mazda5 Touring model with halogens and i found there are quite a few oem xenon head light units on ebay these days:


I've searched on HID conversion threads in this forum with no definitive answer but how is the retrofitting of these xenon lights from Grand Touring trim down to Touring trim like?

Can I forgo the need for the steering wheel level controls? It looks like the oem ballast is separate and I'll have to splice in/out a few things

-C
 

icspots

Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
Comments only based on experience of watching people do this on the Mazda 3, not personally.

You can skip the leveling controls if you want, just bear in mind that if you weigh down the back of the car the lights are going to point upwards and give some glare to oncoming drivers. If the 5 is similar to the 3 then little of the wiring for the leveling system is in the not GT model. You do need to wire the ballast into the system. You should be able to trigger it off of the wiring for the low beams, but may need to run a relay to the fuse box to actually draw power from the battery.
 
:
2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
Comments only based on experience of watching people do this on the Mazda 3, not personally.

You can skip the leveling controls if you want, just bear in mind that if you weigh down the back of the car the lights are going to point upwards and give some glare to oncoming drivers. If the 5 is similar to the 3 then little of the wiring for the leveling system is in the not GT model. You do need to wire the ballast into the system. You should be able to trigger it off of the wiring for the low beams, but may need to run a relay to the fuse box to actually draw power from the battery.
Thanks for the info. I'll prowl the Mazda3 forums a bit more since its similar. The best solution is to look for a Mazda5 GT model in the junkyard for all the required parts. But I'm willing to wire things up myself.

Thanks for the tips
 

icspots

Paramagic
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2012 Mazda 5
Also you can buy non-OEM HID lamps and ballasts from an online store. I’ve had great luck with theretrofitsource over the years as they sell both OEM and aftermarket components. May even have adapters to wire directly up to your H9 plugs (pretty sure the 1st gen had H9 harness plugs with an adapter to H7). Would still need to confirm the power draw of the ballasts and the power delivery capabilities of the low beam harness. The ballasts pull a bunch of power when they turn on, but otherwise have a lower power draw during use.

Side note, if the Mz5 is like the Mz3 the ballast is actually installed inside the headlamp housing... or maybe it’s attached to the bottom. Can’t remember.
 

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