Originally Posted by RaffyK
Why was the copper retainer removed? On all my HID installs we used the retainer to keep the black plastic bulb holder pushed in. It is critical that the depth of the HID bulb be correct so that it does not create a halo (black spot) effect when the high beam is turned on.
Which/whose kit are you using?
Are you running separate ground wires?
Perhaps we are talking about two different copper retainers, I was referring to to the copper retainer that was pressing against the bottom of the H3 Bulb, it was the negative side of the circuit. I had to remove this to allow the H3 bulb to fit in the centre of the black plastic housing and it associated metal collar.
I think that you are referring to the copper retainer that holds the entire assembly for the H3 bulb in place. This second copper retainer has the two brown negative wires attached to it. This retainer is still in place, although the bulb assembly is not quite 100% tight, about 16th of an inch of play exists. If it were not for the heat, I would pad the plastic assemby with a little piece of paper, but not in here. But to be honest it looks OK. I was considering wrapping some bare copper wire around the retainer as a means of packing the gap between the retainer and the plastic, but this will bring its own risks also.
I eventually got the H3 bulb to sit in place inside its souround. I am not completely satisfied with it. I wish that I could hold it tighter in place with something to press it forward, but there is not an easy way to acheive this. I am intending to try it for a little while and see how it goes. I have not re-assembled it all yet, and I have not installed the ballast even yet, so if you want to make any replies, please do so.
I have read some of the comments about the single negative cable and the current being drawn at power up. At this stage, I will probably not use relays etc, if it all works when I put it back together, I will probably be satisfied. Of course relays would be better if the cable is going to over heat, but there is all the associated complications of mounting relays and ensuring that the cables are not snagged or come loose.
Thanks Raffy for your time. If I am wrong on the retainer, please let me know asap.
BTW, it took me three weeks to strip the tupperware first time, I removed the two side panels, the screen, the top plastic souround and the bottom two panels in 30 minutes and the nose cone today, not too bad!