Focus Fanatics Forum banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,252 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
So for a while now I've hated the output of my headlights. I thought about doing the whole HID in the stock housing thing, but saw how everyone bashes that and how my light output will be worse and blah blah blah. So I did my research and decided that if I'm gonna go HID, I might as well go all the way and do it right. So I got a spare set of headlights and transformed them from this...



to something a million times better and another reason to make my car as unique as possible. this...



I haven't had the pleasure of driving at night yet, but here's a shot of the output of the 5000K bulbs from about 10ft away.



I wanted to do the demon eye setup, but again, after some research, I opted not to and just painted the shields inside the projector red.

shields out:


projector with shields in:


So at least now, when there's light shining into the projectors, they'll light up red and still be legal, keep the cops off my back, and I won't feel like I wasted money on something I can only enjoy while I'm parked... at night.

If anyone is looking into doing a retrofit, the Morimoto Mini H1 projectors are really easy kit to install. After getting the headlights open, it only took trimming the bulb holder ring to fit an adapter piece and opening up the slit where the bulb shield sits to allow the wires for the shield to run through(see pic)



and trimming the rubber cover over the headlight housing to fit the rubber grommet that the new wiring runs through




The projector just bolts into the place where the headlight bulb originally sits



After that, if you're like me and want as much of a factory look as possible, you'll buy a shroud that's too big for the reflector bowl, but fills it in nicely, you'll have to trim the shroud to fit.

Total cost of parts and materials was a little over $300

One last thing... pic of them fired up on the car...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,365 Posts
I was dropping off the screwdriver I accidentally pilfered during the hood install, and Andre gave me a prevue. I want to alert every 06-07 owner how well these Morimoto Mini H1 projectors fit the stock reflectors. Great job! Guess I am going to have to invent an excuse to come see them in person.
[thumb]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
What shrouds did you use and how are they mounted? I used the Mini Gatling and they look good but dont fill it up enough so its bout time for my forth retrofit lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,252 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
What shrouds did you use and how are they mounted? I used the Mini Gatling and they look good but dont fill it up enough so its bout time for my forth retrofit lol
I went with the orbit shrouds. They mount with retainer rings and I trimmed them to be a really tight fit inside the reflector bucket.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,252 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Wow, that is a nice red. What kind of paint did you use?

I might need to steal the paint scheme on your shrouds and try it on the mini gatlings.
I used rattle can touch up paint. Just got the kind that matched the color code for my car.

Best retrofit, I have seen. Damn nice work!!!!
thanks [thumb]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,095 Posts
Was it Glossy or Matt?

I know they said use matt finish on the cutoffs so it doesn't give you any glare but I wouldn't think the shrouds would make a difference.

Only problem with that is you would have to get 2 different types of paint for something that isn't going to take much paint in the first place.

EDIT: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Just saw what the annodized red looks like on a set of shrouds on a slowbalt. HOLY WOW, going to have to find some of that stuff. Good for up to 550* so I think it will stand up to what I will be using it for.

Pics can be found at this address:

http://www.cobaltss.net/forums/supporting-vendor-deals-group-purchases-133/beater-terminator-headlight-2-day-special-231596/
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,252 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Was it Glossy or Matt?

I know they said use matt finish on the cutoffs so it doesn't give you any glare but I wouldn't think the shrouds would make a difference.

Only problem with that is you would have to get 2 different types of paint for something that isn't going to take much paint in the first place.
These are the paints I used.

Touch up paint part # - BFM0306
Engine enamel paint part # - DE1605
Housing paint part # - DA1603
Clear coat paint part # - DA1692

All Dupli-Color since I'm somewhat of a fanboy [giddy]

And yes, I had to buy 2 different kinds of paint. I wanted to make sure the external paint matched the car, its my CDO, and I wanted to make sure the sheild paint would withstand the heat from the bulbs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,095 Posts
These are the paints I used.

Touch up paint part # - BFM0306
Engine enamel paint part # - DE1605
Housing paint part # - DA1603
Clear coat paint part # - DA1692

All Dupli-Color since I'm somewhat of a fanboy [giddy]

And yes, I had to buy 2 different kinds of paint. I wanted to make sure the external paint matched the car, its my CDO, and I wanted to make sure the sheild paint would withstand the heat from the bulbs.
Can you get color matched, annodized, high heat paint? Also does that clear coat stand up pretty well to the heat?

I was thinking of painting the housing but once I throw some Lamin-X 6% tint over the lights the chrome reflectors will look kinda cool.
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top