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A7xschecter6661 10-12-2012 11:01 PM

Why you should retrofit your lights
 
Hey guys, just gonna post some pics of my retrofit and why it's awesome to do!

Halogen pics: Silverstar ultras, 3000k HID fogs
HID pics: Morimoto Mini H1 6000k, 6000k Fogs

Retrofitting
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...projector2.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/.../complete2.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/.../complete1.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/.../complete3.jpg


On the car
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...61/photo_1.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/.../photo_2-1.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...61/photo_3.jpg


Light output

Lows with fogs, this comparison will not be accurate because the halogens had 3000k hid fogs and the hid pics have 6000k headlights and fogs, but i will include them anyway.
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...1/halogen2.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...r6661/hid2.jpg

Low beam alone
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...1/halogen3.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...r6661/hid3.jpg


Highbeam
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...1/halogen1.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...r6661/hid1.jpg




The main comparison point is the highbeam and how much light is available. I had an issue with a headlight adjuster breaking, but a member on here mailed me one from a junk headlight.
Yes I still need to aim the low beams with projectors up so I can see a little further, but it is awesome on highbeam!!!


More pics in post #18

Slammed_2.0 10-13-2012 12:26 AM

Wayyyy too low

A7xschecter6661 10-13-2012 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slammed_2.0 (Post 4402768)
Wayyyy too low

Yah yah, already broke one adjuster and they aren't easy at all to get ahold of.

Beam needs to go out about 10 more feet, but I feel like the driver adjuster wants to snap again, the passenger one moves freely [facepalm]


Then both projectors are slightly rotated, but it's not driving me nuts enough to adjust them lol

popwarhomie 10-14-2012 11:17 AM

Yay im still the only one that left the bars in my headlights with my retrofit [hihi]

Looks good. Def need to be aimed up more though like you said.

DarderSauce 10-14-2012 12:40 PM

I wonder how hard it would be to paint the black housing to color match your paint and if that would look good?

If you could do your retrofit all over again, which kit would you use and why... Links to said kit is a must

popwarhomie 10-14-2012 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DarderSauce (Post 4404538)
If you could do your retrofit all over again, which kit would you use and why... Links to said kit is a must

I have Morimoto MH1 4.1/ E46-R shrouds/ Morimoto 3Five ballast and 3Five 5000k bulbs.

I love mine(4.1) but I would like to try the MH1 5.0 because they now have foreground limiters, better highbeam solenoids, Better lens,and blocked squirrel finders.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=227


Im planning on running FXRs some day but I still love my MH1s

A7xschecter6661 10-14-2012 04:01 PM

I have the Moritmoto MH1 Version 5.0s

The whole kit is $270 for projectors, bulbs, ballasts, wiring harness, and shrouds.


I was going to paint everything black but it was just one more thing that could get messed up, and this took me long enough to do (with the adjuster breaking and getting a bad highbeam relay). Everyone that has seen them in person says they look awesome in chrome and like the could be 100% stock. I also considered buying my color paint and doing the housings, but like the above another thing to wait for and mess up.

I did not leave the bars in the headlight because I figured they might get in the way of the beam, though they probably wouldn't have.

I have the headlights aimed up higher, but I still feel like the new adjuster I got is going to break, so I am not pushing it, I am almost always on highbeam so it does not matter to me anyway.

Maybe I will snap a few more pics tonight since I aimed them up more

badazz2010focus 10-14-2012 04:19 PM

Exactly how hard was it to pull these apart and do those little pieces of plastic serve a purpose? because if I where to pull mine apart I'd just do it to remove those pieces of plastic

A7xschecter6661 10-14-2012 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by badazz2010focus (Post 4404777)
Exactly how hard was it to pull these apart and do those little pieces of plastic serve a purpose? because if I where to pull mine apart I'd just do it to remove those pieces of plastic

Literally the hardest part is pulling the lenses off.
I did 280 degrees for 15-20 mins in the oven and slowly worked my way around the lens with a screw driver.

Eventually you get enough loosened and it just pops apart.

Then you take out the halogen metal reflector that says "focus". Grind a little around the hole so the bowl of the reflector sits in the old bulb hole correctly. Tighten the nut on the back.
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...projector4.jpg

The picture of these
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=3181
shows you what they look like. On the back side it is threaded with a nut. So basically you open your housing, take the metal "focus" piece out, round out the hole, drill a small hole below it for the solenoid wires to run through, slide projector in, and tighten the nut on the back, aim and reseal.

Put them on the car and aim them, pull them off and tighten the nut more. Put them back on the car and check the aim again, do the final tighten, put them back on and make sure you got it right

Then I took a heat gun and went around the inside channel where the lens pops in and peeled all the old adhesive out. Then put in 3M window-weld butyl tape and heated it then replaced the lens.

It's honestly a few hour project. I took all day to do it like 10am-6pm, but that included running out to try to find a new aimer and taking it nice and slow. If I did it again I could probably do it in 3-4 hours if I was moving quick.


It's honestly very easy and the output is so much better than stock. Finally HIDs without getting flashed! [ohcrap][wrenchin]


Slammed 2.0 has a "how to" on it here
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=264843

I followed that and it worked fine for me, there is one picture that looks very tricky because of the chrome reflector. His looks like he actually cut a hole in the whole back of the reflector.

This is his picture where it looks like he cut the reflector and just has the lens inside the housing.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y23...t/DSCN3286.jpg


This is how it actually looks, more from the side so you see the back bowl of the projector
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...projector3.jpg

badazz2010focus 10-14-2012 08:49 PM

I wouldnt be pulling them apart to retrofit I'd pull them apart to get rid of the plastic pieces...they dont serve any purpose do they?


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