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    HID Projector Retrofit (Pic Heavy)

    okay guys, here goes nothing. trying my go and retrofitting my halogen headlights with projectors and throwing in a new set of HID's. I have already built and installed mounts & ballasts for my "old" 35w, 6000k HID's. I loved those but myself being somewhat of a perfectionist wanted to see if I could best myself... here goes nothing.

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    so here's what I started with, not enough to say "custom fabricated" but hey... they work.
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    and the view with the 35w, 6000k bulbs.

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    and what I've been working on lately...
    ordered a set of projectors and these came, I called and yes... Santa delivers.

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    not a fan of chrome, so I separated the shroud from the projector housing and rattlecanned the chrome with a self etching primer.

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    should get them painted gloss white tomorrow, if time at work allows.
    we all like our ass pats and attaboys... fyi.

    I'll try to post on the daily. let me know what you guys think or have seen done... thanks.
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    To keep this in the How-To Library, you will need to post a step by step tutorial that others can follow to achieve the same thing you did. Otherwise, this would be just a project thread and will get moved to the Appearance & Body or Electrical section. Let me know what you want to do.

    Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing the results. I admire people like you who retrofit projectors to improve lighting instead of just slapping an HID "conversion kit" into a factory housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XtremeRevolution View Post
    To keep this in the How-To Library, you will need to post a step by step tutorial that others can follow to achieve the same thing you did. Otherwise, this would be just a project thread and will get moved to the Appearance & Body or Electrical section. Let me know what you want to do.

    Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing the results. I admire people like you who retrofit projectors to improve lighting instead of just slapping an HID "conversion kit" into a factory housing.



    can you move it to the appearance & body section, please.

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    got them painted gloss white, they look so much better in person. surprised myself with a rattlecan.
    I'll bake the factory headlights, separate and complete the project and install this weekend.

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    gonna pull the mounting plates I fabbed up and paint them tomorrow. Seattle tends to be enemies with bare metal...

    I have the victory red Cruze, red engine bay obviously... should I paint the plates white?
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    Pull the projector apart with the 4 screws holding the lense holder on and paint that metal shield facing the lense any color you want.
    In the daylight the lense will glow the color you painted it.

    I did the same to the minH1 projector and it gives a decent "demon eye" effect.

    Just throwing this out there. Also you can space the lense for more of a color flicker

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    I take it you went with aftermarket housings? I spent all Sunday baking mine and the only results I got were a sore elbow and probably a Jersey shore tan.

    Look forward to your finished project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMVallo View Post
    got them painted gloss white, they look so much better in person. surprised myself with a rattlecan.
    I'll bake the factory headlights, separate and complete the project and install this weekend.

    20130213_152623.jpg

    gonna pull the mounting plates I fabbed up and paint them tomorrow. Seattle tends to be enemies with bare metal...

    I have the victory red Cruze, red engine bay obviously... should I paint the plates white?
    Good luck with that!!! I tore my rotator cuff trying to pry mine apart

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    I would have to say it is nearly almost impossible to get the stock housings apart without butchering them. I went with aftermarket housings and I had no issues with getting those apart, or quality of the light housing.

    Ive done a retrofit twice and these OEM headlights can be taken apart, but very carefully, time consuming and high possibility of messing up the plastic to make a proper seal.
    (I have a pair of my previous retrofit for sale in the classifieds)

    I wanted my lights to look as clean as possible, with no tool marks on the plastic, or silicone on the sides.


    Goodluck getting the OEM lights apart!

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