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FM radio static from Hid balists

well its just like the title sais but prob miss spelled like everything else i wright.

well after putting in the hid kit my radio has been really statticy when ever i turn the hid's on. i dont know how to get rid of the interferience. iwas told that there was a think i can put on to a ground to disapate the static idk?

but its really anoying. i'm hopeing that someone has something for me to try. i also made sure the balasts are grounded.

thanx anything will help
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Is the radio and the ballasts grounded close to each other? That is the only thing that makes sense. Also make sure the radio is grounded to something metal in the dash not sharing a ground with something else. Good luck with that.
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well the drivers side balast is close to the batery ground cause there is not enoufgh wire to streatch out. plus there arnt many spaces to mount it i could find.
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Hrmmm..maybe daisy chain that ground wire to a longer wire and get it away from the battery just for the heck of it.
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ya i could extend the wires for the hid kit and bring them somewhere else lol
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try that.. hope it helps man I had a bad spark plug effecting mine while back... was a pain in the butt b/c I love just listening to my radio... good luck man!
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hey mat do they make them just to buy? or do i got to rip some off other cables lol. id like to try anything that works.

i have checked the web for my prob but everyone that has it dosent know how to get rid of it?

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I bet Radio Shack has them.
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Radioshack should have them.

It's a possibility that the Advance Auto on main street would have them, but I don't know about that.
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Didn't click the link, but ferrite noise suppressors should help. Radio Shack does have them if that's what they were talking about.

They are sold in "clip on" versions. You run the power wire (usually just that) around it a couple of times and then snap it closed. They come in differerent sizes. I use them to suppress electrical noise for my ham radio gear. Depending on how your system is wired, you might need to wrap the control wires, and MAYBE the ground, but probably not the ground.

A short ground wire is the BEST ground wire. Lengthening it will likely make the problem worse if it does anything.

In-line noise filters might work as well, but might be more expensive and I question any HID ballast which doesn't have the appropriate decoupling built in. These must be somewhat inexpensive ones I would think.
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so when i get the clip on thingys they just go around the power wires going to the ballast? or do they go around the whole cable cause the power wire has 1 ground 1 high beam cable and 1 low beam cable. hid only works on low beam anyways high is a halogen bulb
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Low beam mainly then. Low beam and ground if required. I think you can ignore the high beam for now.
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ok kool i'm going to try to find thme tomorrow and see if they work. ill try them out. if there are any other thing u guys can think of that might help plz tell me so i can see what works the best.

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Place them as close to the HID ballast as practical. You've seen these before but not known it: they're built into most PC interface cables (monitors, some USB and printer cables and so forth) these days to suppress radio interference. They appear as a tubular bulge in the cable but are covered with plastic so you can't see what they are.
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Thats the exact referance that is illustrated in the link, the computer cables...

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Yes. Universal way to suppress radiation from cables. We've used them in ham radio for decades and decades in various forms from ferrite beads to toroids of various proportions.
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do they sell bigger ones and smaller ones. if so should i get the biggest i can get my hands on?? if they are not to $$$ lol becasue its a good amount of static i'm getting over the radio almost canceling out totaly some stations.
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There are actually different types for different interference ranges -- but almost any will decrease your noise level. Larger ones are generally more effective, and you need ones with a hole large enough to accomodate 2 or 3 turns of your wire. The more turns you can wrap in it, the more effective it will be.

You can also find them at http://www.allelectronics.com -- they are a surplus outfit and generally have good prices if your buying more than a few. For just a couple you can probably find the ones you want at your local Radio Shack.
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and last thing what do u mean by turns? i think i know just want to make sure i never used before? wana make sure i know how to use these contraptions lol.

thanx nelz and mat for the extra help!
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When you the thing open you can lay a wire or wires inside 1/2 of it, then snap it closed.

If instead you lay a wire in one half of it, then wrap it around the back and lay a second "turn" in it before closing it, it will be twice as effective.
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o i get it ok thanxi should have enoufgh slack on the wires
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Quote:
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well its just like the title sais but prob miss spelled like everything else i wright.

Try Firefox 2 it has built in spell check.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
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thanx but i dont have time for it so i just trype whatever comes to my fingers first dosent matter what letter i type i just keep going.

anyways i tried the ferrite beads and it was a no change thing i bought 4 for 12$ and doubled them up and did 3 turns threw each and it dint make a diffrence. then i did around the wires that go from the ballast to the bulb and still nothing :(

any other ideas lol i'm up for anything!!
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Yes it does! Pretty cool too -- I like it...except sometimes I'm in a hurry and ignore it, lol...
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