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Old 04-25-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Projector Headlamps and hid's

Hello fellow fanatics,
So I'm new to owning my Focus Svt and the previous owner had projector headlights but unfortunately the sun had baked them to where they had tiny cracks all through the lenses. So I used eBay to find some new ones and they have new standard bulbs, but I have tons of deer out by me and an hid would be the preferred light. Has anyone done the hid conversion with aftermarket projector lights? Any red flags to look for or advice would be helpful.


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ebay projector headlights are not hid ready. either retrofit stock halogen headlights with a kit from theretrofitsource.com, or find a pair of hella mach or dynabeam headlights (about 500). hids in those projectors or reflector bowls is terrible. I highly recommend a morimoto mini h1 retrofit. 270 for everything you will need. bake the headlights open, mount the projector, tighten the bolt, put on the shroud, reseal and go with the cheapest and best setup available aftermarket
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this kit will literally bolt right in to a pair of stock reflector bowl headlights, with zero modification. someone new to it could do it in a few hours. there are also TRS videos on youtube about how to do it. that kit has everything you need from bulbs, ballasts, to the projector, shroud, everything. all you need is an oven to bake the headlights open
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=227
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Sweet thank you for the information very much, I will look into buying that kit.
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If you have any questions, email them, and go onto the hidplanet.com forums. Matt @ TRS is on there almost always with answers, and the morimoto mini h1 is a favorite. the version 6 just released, and this is the pics of the light throw/cutoff

I can also answer some questions, as I was like 99% sure I was going to do this, then I got an amazing deal on the Mach hid's.
keep us posted on what you do!
also, here's a pic of a retro'd focus

how-to over on FJ (very good write up)
http://forums.focaljet.com/mk-i-exte...storation.html
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Hids once again

Does the kit you suggest have the high beam also, how does that work?
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Feeling Slightly Retarded But Justified.

So I really liked the appearance of the projectors in my avatar picture but even after extensive cutting and polishing the sun cracks were still there, I ordered a killer looking set of standard halogen style reflector headlamps and used them for a whole week when I decided crap these look fine but really are not what I had my heart set on.
With a little research I found a nice looking set of projector headlamps complete, And the existing kit was indeed not HID so now the search continues. I really appreciate the info on baking the housing open but I worry about getting a good seal and prefer the look of the ones I purchased. It does appear the H1 size will fit the low beam projector side, Next I will try and find a high beam to incorporate. Thanks all for reading this and your patience, take care

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If you crack open the lights to do a retro fit kit you might as well reuse the originial lights that came with the car.
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The quick look

Here's a quick look at the headlights I installed the prior pictures are the high beam and hid side by side I believe with a little work it will all jive very nicely.
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