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Old 07-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #31
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I am very interested in these retrofits.... I would be willing to buy a set from ya... if you can make them for less than what Ford is asking.....
I would also be interested to see how it turns out :D
You prob could start a small business doing retro fits <.<
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #32
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I would be interested if the lighting was truly an improvement. My neighbor has a BMW with HID's and they are poor compared to the lights my 2012 Focus has. The low beams have a sharp cutoff and don't reach very far, yet the dealer told him that is normal for these types of lights. My low beams are almost better than his high beams despite the fact his car cost literally twice as much. I would not make a change strictly for looks, only for a substantial lighting boost. Form is 2nd to function to me.
The cutoff on these headlights is amazing for not being HID. I would only upgrade if it was a major improvement because compared to my sable, it's a night and day difference, literally.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:54 PM   #33
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I am very interested in these retrofits.... I would be willing to buy a set from ya... if you can make them for less than what Ford is asking.....
I would also be interested to see how it turns out :D
You prob could start a small business doing retro fits <.<
I would be interested to purchasing a set too, if you want to sell that is.

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The cutoff on these headlights is amazing for not being HID. I would only upgrade if it was a major improvement because compared to my sable, it's a night and day difference, literally.
Even if there is little to no improvement, projectors make the HID lights in the focus "legal". Or alteast much less obvious to law enforcemnt. Right now i have HID's in my projectors and i always worry about that ONE time, but obviously not enough to not run HIDs.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:13 PM   #34
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I would be interested if the lighting was truly an improvement. My neighbor has a BMW with HID's and they are poor compared to the lights my 2012 Focus has. The low beams have a sharp cutoff and don't reach very far, yet the dealer told him that is normal for these types of lights. My low beams are almost better than his high beams despite the fact his car cost literally twice as much. I would not make a change strictly for looks, only for a substantial lighting boost. Form is 2nd to function to me.
The Bosch HID Projectors in the BMW's are by far the least favorable HID projectors that most retrofitters know of. I've seen BMW owners upgrade to Lexus projectors or Mitsubishi Projectors Just because there OEM BMW HID's SUCK! so i know for sure retrofitting a 2012 focus will be a upgrade and make everything legal and have a great cut off
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #35
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Agreed on this projector.

Was looking at these as well to use if I had to go the retrofit route.

Interested to see your progress craigsfocus!
If this is the case, I have a set of Lexus RX headlights, instead of selling them, I'm going to use them.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:12 PM   #36
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Dude! Definitely!
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I'll also be interested to see what kind of shroud you go with. That's the only part I'm still up in the air about.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:08 PM   #38
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So I got my "lab rat" headlight on Friday. Working on getting it apart now. Kind of disappointed with what I received. The headlight was destroyed. The black backing is gone and the inner reflector is separated. But its still somewhat useable for what I am gonna do. There is enough of the backing to be able to practice getting the clear lens off. Here are some pictures of what I got.



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Old 07-18-2012, 08:23 PM   #39
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So I just got what was left of the black backing off. The tools I used: A steak knife, razor blade, flat head screwdriver, and some oven mitts. The Permaseal is very hard stuff to work with. First I looked around the headlight and used a razor to cut off the adhesive that was sticking out, more adhesive you can get off, the better. Then I heated it up at 250 degrees for 7.5 minutes. Started working at the adhesive right out of the oven (use some oven mitts because the headlight is HOT), then once the adhesive became almost impossible to work with, I popped it back in the oven. I repeated that process 6 times. This requires and steady hand and some patience. Be careful when you are working the adhesive out of the headlight, the plastic is slightly brittle, it does have some give, but it will let you know when you went too far, by breaking. Work around the headlight as quick you can, but carefully, because the permaseal gets tougher to work with relatively quick.

I am still waiting to get my Projectors. I had some unexpected things pop up that is delaying my little project.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #40
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bump for updates. this is a neat project!
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