How to Convert an FTO Headlight

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are unhappy with your Mitsubishi FTO headlights, you can convert them to High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights. HID headlights emit more lumens, a measure of brightness, and last longer than the factory-installed halogens that your Mitsubishi FTO comes with. HID headlights are expensive, however: expect a pair to cost about £65. The good news is that the installation process is simple and straightforward.

Prop open the bonnet of your Mitsubishi FTO.

Press in on the side tabs of the wiring harness on the rear of the headlight assembly that connects to the low beam headlight bulb. Pull off the wiring harness.

Pull off the rubber weather shroud from the rear of the headlight assembly.

Press inward on the metal clip securing the existing headlight bulb into place. Put on a pair of latex gloves. Pull out the halogen headlight bulb.

Plug the wiring harness that was removed earlier into the socket on the ballast that comes with the HID installation kit.

Mount the ballast to the rear of the headlight assembly with the double-sided adhesive pad that comes with the HID installation kit.

Insert the HID headlight bulb into the headlight assembly and secure it in place by re-engaging its metal clip.

Plug the wiring harness that comes pre-attached on the ballast to the socket on the back of the HID headlight bulb.

Repeat these steps for the headlight assembly on the other side of the front end of your Mitsubishi FTO.

Things You'll Need

  • HID headlight installation kit
  • Latex gloves
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