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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-21-2006, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Talking My HID Retrofit Project

Well you have all heard me bash on the EBAY, HALO, and all "plug and play" HID kits that are sold on the internet. Now is my room to talk. I am hoping to have this project finished by spring time. As I progress through this project I will post more and more pictures as I go. Also when I am all said and done, I will take tons of comparison photos of "HID kits" and my True HID Retrofit and show you the light.



Ahh yes I have recieved my extra lights in the mail!



I drew up every little detail of the housing on the lamp. I will be designing and experimenting with mounting locations.


It took me about 40 minutes just to get one headlamp apart. I had to heat where the cover met the backing with a hair dryer to heat up the sealant. I got the assembly seperated in about 30 minutes. The chrome shroud came off easily but the reflector itself was held to the frame pretty well. It took lots of prying and precision but I finally got it off. I have more than enough space to place any Xenon projector I can find here.

I have decided the projectors I will be using are the Hella E55 3 inch Projectors. (Audi A6/RS6 BMW 5 series)

This is a picture of the Projectors.



As I said before, I will update as I progress, with tons of pictures!
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-21-2006, 12:50 PM
 
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Few questions...
How much were the extra lights?
How much were your projectors?
Thanks
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post #3 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 02:14 AM
 
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Will you still have high and low beam functions?

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Yes I will still have a highbeam and low beam. The projectors I am using are a bi-xenon projector.
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post #5 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 10:45 PM
 
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so you are basically going to cut a hole in the reflective housing, and place the projectors in it? sounds like its gunna look cool!
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post #6 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well I recieved my projectors in the mail today so I figured I'd start working on the retrofit.

The Hella e55 Bi-xenon projectors


The back of our stock reflector


The back of our stock reflector with cap and rubber cover off
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post #7 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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I had to bend this Bulb nose off because it was held in with some crazy glue that I couldn't get off:


What I initially cut off:



Then cut off again and smoothed out:
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post #8 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Me hard at work


The cobalt peeking at its new eyes:


The projector temporarily mounted in the reflector


Note: I will have a shroud around the projector so the extra metal won't be seen.
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post #9 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 01:12 AM
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wow, that's awesome! you should do a how to when you finally get finished. how much has the project run you so far?


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wow, that's awesome! you should do a how to when you finally get finished. how much has the project run you so far?
Hehe, Lots less than anybody would think. I will let everybody know how much I spent when I am finished.
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