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Old 10-24-2012, 07:29 AM   #51
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Did you take the solenoid and the spring off before you painted it? I don't have a kit yet so I can't determine if you can or if you need to paint it with that on.

I was going to blast the with a heat gun.
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Did you take the solenoid and the spring off before you painted it? I don't have a kit yet so I can't determine if you can or if you need to paint it with that on.

I was going to blast the with a heat gun.
The whole assembly comes apart fairly easily. Just make sure to note how it all goes back together.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:40 AM   #53
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The whole assembly comes apart fairly easily. Just make sure to note how it all goes back together.
Ya I was going to snap a bunch of pics, putting it back together wrong is not something I want to do. Else I'z be
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All done, ripped my driver headlight apart again and fixed the issue.

The projectors come with 2 different rubber seals for the back of the projector bowl against the reflector housing.
The driver side I rounded out a lot and used the big one, the passenger not so much and used the small one.

This caused my driver side to be lower than my passenger, even when it was adjuster higher.

Ripped it apart again and swapped the washer and now it works beautiful.
I will get better pictures when its not so foggy out!

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All done, ripped my driver headlight apart again and fixed the issue.

The projectors come with 2 different rubber seals for the back of the projector bowl against the reflector housing.
The driver side I rounded out a lot and used the big one, the passenger not so much and used the small one.

This caused my driver side to be lower than my passenger, even when it was adjuster higher.

Ripped it apart again and swapped the washer and now it works beautiful.
I will get better pictures when its not so foggy out!
I wondered if those rubber washers could've been the culprit. Just been too busy to open them again. I know what I'll be doing once the semester ends
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:33 AM   #56
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I wondered if those rubber washers could've been the culprit. Just been too busy to open them again. I know what I'll be doing once the semester ends
Did you put the big ones in? If so that's your problem.

I made the driver side hole big, and the passenger smaller, so I put the big one on the driver side which aimed it down and the passenger one worked and aimed fine.

Swapped out the washer and put it back in and it was adjusted so high (from me having it aimed to make up for the stupid washer) that I had to lower it

Now my lights are officially amazing

And using the windshield urethane is awesome! I ran the heat gun around the assembly 3 or 4 times.

Pried the lens with a screw driver in one spot and pulled it off by hand and it goes back on nice and seals good.
I can have the grille and headlight off the car, unplug the bulbs, bring it inside, heat gun it and get the lens off within 10 minutes, it rocks!
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Did you put the big ones in? If so that's your problem.

I made the driver side hole big, and the passenger smaller, so I put the big one on the driver side which aimed it down and the passenger one worked and aimed fine.

Swapped out the washer and put it back in and it was adjusted so high (from me having it aimed to make up for the stupid washer) that I had to lower it

Now my lights are officially amazing

And using the windshield urethane is awesome! I ran the heat gun around the assembly 3 or 4 times.

Pried the lens with a screw driver in one spot and pulled it off by hand and it goes back on nice and seals good.
I can have the grille and headlight off the car, unplug the bulbs, bring it inside, heat gun it and get the lens off within 10 minutes, it rocks!
Yeah, I used the big ones. My train of thought was something along the lines of, "the big washers have more rubber which should be better against vibration"
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Yeah, I used the big ones. My train of thought was something along the lines of, "the big washers have more rubber which should be better against vibration"
But it just so happens to be, too much rubber = point at ground

Next step is running my fogs on a separate switch so I can use them with high beam. I am not sure if the dealer has to deactivate something in the computer or what. Luckily my mom works at one and I can get anything 10% over cost, and tires are currently $5 over cost. She is looking at getting the cooper cs4s (wonderful tires!) for my sisters car at just $90 a piece.

Anyways, I was thinking of switching the high beam and low beam wires on my plug, then my low beam would technically be activated when the switch was on high beam, and when I pulled it back to low beam it would switch to high and have the fog lights on too...

Don't feel like it yet though, the high beam indicator on low beam would drive me nuts
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Here ya go, more later tonight



Glad I stayed chrome, it looks good ^


Before I had them adjusted 100%
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Once I get mine done we can compare Chrome vs Blackout. I did hit a snag on one of the lights tho.

This guy sent me a light I bought from ebay and said he took it off his focus with no modification or repair but the interior housing is snapped in 2 spots and there is glue overflowing from a few spots around the edge of the lens. What a douche, won't refund me without paying return shipping so I would have no light and be out $20 for shipping. I want to break the thing in half and send it back to him in 2 pieces.

Anyway I had to open a case with eBay and hopefully they rule in my favor.

*Fingers Crossed*
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