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HID Retrofit - DONE RIGHT


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054440 posted 03/02/12 03:31 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Before I start, don't ask how much it cost, because it was really expensive and most people probably won't pull the trigger on it. I paid a premium penny to have it done professionally vice attempting it myself. As you can see, there was an extensive amount of cutting involved and I didn't want to ruin a set of 93' headlights if I screwed up. I've seen several threads about people saying that they were going to attempt it, but haven't seen any pictures besides the one's that Curtis has done.

They started off as stock 1993 headlights. The chrome was flaking and peeling off on the inside of the housings, so the housings were painted semi flat black, and Morimoto Mini H1 Bixenon projectors were added in the low beam section of the headlights. The E46 shrouds were painted white and then the front was masked off to create a small white ring around the shrouds. The headlights are being powered by a set of Denso ballasts, LW H1 5000K Bulbs, and a plug & play wiring harness. The rear section of the headlights were repainted a semi flat black to freshen up the look. The OEM sealant with the Koito butyl sealant for superior protection. Conversion performed by LightWerkz in NJ.

The mounting brackets aren't shown in the pictures, but were painted to freshen up the lights too.







Since the projectors are bi-xenon, I didn't have a need for the high beam section of the headlight. Since the chrome was peeling, it was painted flat black to match the projector side. I'll likely be adding an LED bulb and use that side for my day time running lights.

Opinions welcome.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054444 posted 03/02/12 03:40 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I approve this message.


If you want them even blacker looking installed tape the glass off and paint all 4 sides. They do look badass, congrats.



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Edited by curtis (03/02/12 03:41 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054449 posted 03/02/12 03:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Curtis: I was trying to hold out for you brother, but I know you have a long list of things to do. You were my only option before sending them out to be done professionally. As the master of retrofit on the board, I'm glad you approve.

They'll look good with the foglights you did!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054468 posted 03/02/12 06:30 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Is that JB weld on the back side...?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054469 posted 03/02/12 06:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I trashed the idea after I did some measurements and realized that the minis wouldn't fit without major modifications. I'll stick with halogens for now.

They look great though. Get some pics up when you get them mounted on the car.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054481 posted 03/02/12 07:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting Alpha Male:

Is that JB weld on the back side...?




It's actually epoxy of some sort to seal the projector to the housing.

Wop: I was hoping that the housing was large enough to go with a better projector, but there really isn't any other option besides the MH1. I think Jeremy put a set of TSX projectors when he did his headlights, but I believe he had to hack the housings up pretty good. Appreciate the comment coming from you. I was curious what you would say once you read HID retrofit in the subject(figuring it was another ebay kit).

I'll have them mounted on the car next weekend.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054592 posted 03/03/12 12:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
those are dope!, i plan on doing something similar but have a few projects ahead of it. in for install pics.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054596 posted 03/03/12 01:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I like em, would like to see them on the car aswell.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054598 posted 03/03/12 01:28 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
They look great! Install pic please...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054813 posted 03/04/12 09:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
was gonna try it myself purchasing stuff from the retrofit source



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054949 posted 03/05/12 05:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Soooo.... the high beam has no reflector behind it? Just black paint?

Looks cool, but the functionality of the high beam looks like it's been seriously compromised, no?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054952 posted 03/05/12 05:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting mitsuturbo:

Soooo.... the high beam has no reflector behind it? Just black paint?

Looks cool, but the functionality of the high beam looks like it's been seriously compromised, no?




You are correct in the first sentence, as the reflector was painted black. WRT to the second comment, I would have to disagree. The projector is bi-xenon, meaning the projector will have low and high beam functionality. If the projector was only for low beam, then you would be correct. Since the projector is both high/low, the high beam section of the headlight will now be used with an LED bulb for day time running lights.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054961 posted 03/05/12 06:39 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^^ good call - everything looks very professional - any specific type of LED unit going in the high beam spot?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1054967 posted 03/05/12 07:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Not exactly sure on what LED setup I'm going with, but the color will likely be yellow to match the JDM foglights that I had Curtis modify a year or two ago.



I was thinking something like the one listed below with a yellow output.



My main concern is that a yellow halogen bulb will likely be too hot for the paint inside the housing.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1055041 posted 03/06/12 09:58 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting dustyduff:

Quoting mitsuturbo:

Soooo.... the high beam has no reflector behind it? Just black paint?

Looks cool, but the functionality of the high beam looks like it's been seriously compromised, no?




You are correct in the first sentence, as the reflector was painted black. WRT to the second comment, I would have to disagree. The projector is bi-xenon, meaning the projector will have low and high beam functionality. If the projector was only for low beam, then you would be correct. Since the projector is both high/low, the high beam section of the headlight will now be used with an LED bulb for day time running lights.




Awesome. So it really was "done right". Outstanding!

It should look VERY nice when mounted and functional.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1055194 posted 03/07/12 09:29 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Those Look Good!!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1055844 posted 03/10/12 06:06 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      

Threw them on the car really quick to see how they'd look. No output shots for a while though. I need to move my power steering lines that run to the PS cooler before I finish mounting them completely.


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1055852 posted 03/10/12 06:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Pics DO NOT do these lights justice. They look fantastic on the car.

Beautiful car Mike can't wait to see it all finished!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1055978 posted 03/11/12 03:25 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
looks very good on white like that. for some reason that tiny lil pic wont blow up though.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1056008 posted 03/11/12 08:03 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting JSchleim18:

Pics DO NOT do these lights justice. They look fantastic on the car.

Beautiful car Mike can't wait to see it all finished!




Thanks Jeremy!!! The photo was taken with my i-phone, so the quality isn't the best. I'll get better photos when the car is road worthy in the next few weeks. The JDM bumper was there for test fitting while I figure out the paint scheme (you can't even see the clarity of the modified JDM fogs). I'll post some better ones in my build thread next week. I'll update this thread whenever I get some output shots.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1059774 posted 03/30/12 11:35 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Those look great. I've had some friends that had there bugeye headlights done by lightwerks instead of doing the jdm/edm swap. Could you pm me the cost. I'm curious cause I had looked into sending mine to them before.

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looks incredible. Great work.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1061288 posted 04/08/12 06:02 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      






i just finished a projector setup from off a infinity j30.
waiting for the hid's to come in...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1061316 posted 04/08/12 08:50 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Why is there so much of a gap between the top of the headlight and hood?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1061326 posted 04/08/12 09:40 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
the infiniti j30 headlights are so close to fitting directly into the vr4.
however, the body of the j30 is rounded and the galant is sqare so the lines are off a bit.
but if you got lazy and you didn't care much, they would fit and the factory bulbs work too.
the two projectors are stepped about an inch stock. this works, but my intercooler pipes got alittle snug to the bulb so i separated the two projectors and mounted each separatly. i had to cut the factory housing up extensively. i used fiberglass resin and mesh to put it back together.
the j30 low beam has a cutoff. the driving/highbeam does not have a oem cutoff. so i will be puttting 9006 6000k hids in the low beams and hopefully hi/lo 9005 bi-xenon hid bulbs(they switch from hid to halogen) for the driving/highs.

the project was very tricky to get right,i still have to get the hood gap right. still burning off steam in the housings too.
the cut off is beautiful. although a bit low, the lines are level and aimed nice.
once i fix the hood gap the lines should be at a better height
i will post driving pictures when the hids's come in.

side note- i like the look of the factory housings at night. the projectors just give you two circles to looks at.
i might have to add angel eyes or led's to make them look more interesting at night.
from behind the wheel, the light is equal from the projectors compared to oem so far.
once the hid's go in the beam should change.




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