My ’17 Optima Hybrid EX just had Halogen projectors using an H7 bulb for low beam. My previous car had OEM HID headlights and I really missed them driving my Hybrid in the dark. I purchased a Morimoto HID conversion kit from K5 Optima Store to install. Thanks to David for answering my questions and promptly shipping them out!
There are plenty of good instructional videos for installing HID conversions in Halogen projectors so I’ll just stick to my experience installing it in my 2017 Optima Hybrid.
The kit is high quality with weatherpack connectors. The2017 Optima requires a Canbus harness instead of relay harness. Canbus is sensitive to load, so the car must be fooled into thinking there isn’t an HID bulb in place of the H7 bulb. Otherwise you’d get warning lights on dash.
Not griping here, just the facts.
The kit does not include H7 adapters which are needed to hold the H7 HID conversion bulb in the housing. I sourced a pair that were solid, that is no slit in them. The slit allows you to slide the adapter over the wires. If HID bulb connectors were removable and small enough, they could possibly fit through the adapter. I just cut a slit in my solid adapters. Note, if you have to slit adapters, do it 180 degrees opposite of the tabs on adapter where the flat edge of bulb sits. Bulb only fits one way in adapter.
While it shows the connectors removable off the HID bulb in the instructions, it appears the H7 HID bulb connectors are solidly attached. This means after drilling the hole in the headlight cover, I had to remove wires from a connector to get them through the hole.
Mark the side of connector with the Red wire so you get it right upon reassembly. You’ll also need a proper tool to remove the terminal. Before reinstall you may have to bend the tab on terminal so it locks in the connector.
The connector is offset on rear of HID bulb. When inserted in adapter, the bulb would not sit flat. I had to grind some plastic out of the H7 adapter and off the side of connector on HID bulb.
H7 Halogen bulbs are not sensitive to polarity. HID are. The two wires to the H7 bulb in the headlight housing are Black. I used a test light to confirm positive terminal with the headlights on. Check both sides to be sure of positive terminal in event they are reversed.
The Hybrid is pretty busy under the hood, especially on the driver side. I used 3M double sided tape to secure the ballast, igniter and Canbus modules. I had to install the ballast on top of the fuse/relay housingon driver side. The Canbus module is attached to front of relay housing. The ballast clears the hood by inches. If I ever have to get into that fuse/relay box, I’ll just have to remove ballast connectors.
I can’t wait to drive at night to see the difference.