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Old 02-21-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Planned - Mach HID spruce up

Whatup folks? One of my ballasts went out on my Mach's. On top of that, I have tried restoring the lenses about 3 times now. Even used the good 3m Kit. They're still fudged up. So I'm going to be doing a complete spruce up-

-Replace both ballasts (either 35 or 55), aftermarket
-replace both bulbs, aftermarket
-swap OEM non-Mach lenses onto the Machs (sealing with the butyl rubber of course!) (OEM 00-04 regular headlights)
-paint Machs black while I have em cracked open
-clear Lamin-x to protect

I'll be posting progress and pics in this thread. Plan on starting to order items now.


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Old 03-03-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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How about these?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I'm planning on replacing mine (with Depo ones) after winter and coat them with this

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html
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How about these?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I'm planning on replacing mine (with Depo ones) after winter and coat them with this

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...lant-idea.html
Those Depos look spot onto the OEMs!!

Good for replacing the whole thing!

I bought a set of brand new OEM 2000-2004 headlights off of ebay. $60 for the pair and $30 for the shipping! These will be my donor housing lenses to swap over to the Machs, via heat gun and screwdriver. I'd rather not stick em in the oven.

I will be pairing that with some LaminX clear on order with the UV option.

Trying to figure out if I want to spend the extra cash on TRS 3Five ballasts with relay harness. Also want to the paint the Machs black while I got them open and see if there is a clear lense upgrade for the projectors.

I want these mofos to be FRESH and as bright and clear as I can. Will get around to HID retrofit in the fogs next :)
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TRS emailed me back and suggested the Evox-r projector swap. I found on the other Focus site that they don't fit.

So..

OEM housing lense swap
Laminx clear w/UV
TRS E55 clear lenses
TRS Morimoto 50w ballasts/bulbs (5000K)

I would love to swap some upgraded projectors in there but they won't fit and I don't want to mess with fabrication.
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I've done the TRS clear lens swap and I thought it was worth it.

Putting headlights in the over sounds weird and it kept me from painting my Machs for a while. Since the method is all over the internet I gave it a go and it wasn't as bad as I thought, if you use a heat gun keep it moving so you don't concentrate the heat in one spot.
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Cool! Cool!
That's a good idea...Definetly a great place to buy from...I got my D2S and fogs 6k from them and love the look and added visibility
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I've done the TRS clear lens swap and I thought it was worth it.

Putting headlights in the over sounds weird and it kept me from painting my Machs for a while. Since the method is all over the internet I gave it a go and it wasn't as bad as I thought, if you use a heat gun keep it moving so you don't concentrate the heat in one spot.
That is very cool!!

My brand new OEM regular headlights just came in (donor lenses).

I will be ordering the 50W 5000k Morimoto system, LaminX and E55 clear lenses on Friday (payday!).
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hey, i have machs i just got and am planning to get em atleast working before i get em on my car lol. i sanded and polished em alright, but not perfect, definitely better though. anyways, as for the new hid kit, how do you plan on wiring that in? i am in need of a new ballast, but it's cheaper to just get a ddm tuning hid kit it appears. the machs i got came with the ford pigtail already, so would i just plug power into the wire originally for the low beams? and ground to the negative wire? this is what I'd assume, but please correct me if i am wrong.
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hey, i have machs i just got and am planning to get em atleast working before i get em on my car lol. i sanded and polished em alright, but not perfect, definitely better though. anyways, as for the new hid kit, how do you plan on wiring that in? i am in need of a new ballast, but it's cheaper to just get a ddm tuning hid kit it appears. the machs i got came with the ford pigtail already, so would i just plug power into the wire originally for the low beams? and ground to the negative wire? this is what I'd assume, but please correct me if i am wrong.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=295910

Don't go with DDM. They're run by scumbags. Get something like this http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=242

Pricier than the cheapo guys but worth it. 5 year warranty and much higher qaulity than DDM or any of the cheapos. (DDM will NOT honor your lifetime warranty, check my thread above, scamming aholes).

I believe the 35w kits plug right in to the Machs, but the 50w kits will have to have some creative wiring. I'll have my buddy help me with that.
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yeah, I love TRS. i found just a ballast on ebay for not very expensive, so i'm going with that so I can just get the headlights on right now
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