DIY: HID Conversion Kit for a CR-V

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DIY: HID Conversion Kit for a CR-V
HID conversion kits are an easy way to convert your CR-V's headlights to superior lights. (Sean Justice/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

HID conversion kits for a Honda CR-V are possibly the most common upgrade undertaken to increase the CR-V's headlight brightness compared with the stock halogen headlight assemblies. HID kits use high-intensity-discharge (HID) bulbs that are filled with Xenon gas. These Xenon HID light bulbs are electrified by a self-regulating ballast that provides a constant current plus a sufficient lighting power surge, improving nighttime lighting as well as increasing bulb life.

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Things you need

  • Xenon HID light kit
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Double-sided tape
  • Zip ties

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  1. 1

    Raise the CR-V's bonnet. Remove the existing headlights. The bulbs unlock with a slight turn counterclockwise. Unplug the bulb sockets from their wiring harness.

  2. 2

    Insert the HID bulbs into the CR-V lens opening. Turn the HID bulbs clockwise to lock them in place. Touch the HID bulbs only from the base to avoid getting fingerprints on the glass portion. Oil from your fingers will cause the bulbs to fail.

  3. 3

    Locate each ballast as close as possible to the HID headlamps. Attach the ballasts to the CR-V with double-sided tape.

  4. 4

    Connect one connecting cable between each HID headlight and ballast. The cables are plug-compatible and included within HID headlight kits.

  5. 5

    Connect the cables from the ballasts to the CR-V's power source. If using a relay, attach it directly between the ballast and the Honda power source/battery. Otherwise, the relay can trick the Honda computer into seeing the old 55-watt power rather than the lower 35-watt power of many HID lights.

  6. 6

    Tie the HID kit cables to other cables using zip ties if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Aim HID light beams slightly downward to ensure no blinding of oncoming drivers.

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