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Old 05-30-2007, 01:25 PM   #51
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This Writeup has been updated, pictures fixed and some corrections made in the text. (May 30, 2007)

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thanks as always.... I'm planning on doing this soon w/ valeo projectors I have from before so expect some pm's in the near future!
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Thanks for this JLude! i didnt do a retro but Its a great guide for taking out the headlight. I replaced mine today and this helped a lot

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Thanks for this JLude! i didnt do a retro but Its a great guide for taking out the headlight. I replaced mine today and this helped a lot

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Hey it's the thought that counts!

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Old 06-18-2007, 10:43 PM   #54
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hey JLude great write up man....i understand the basics involved in doing the retrofit and soon will be doing mine. All credit to you doing this write up..

Just got one question; How exactly you made the shroud? The whole template thingy, i just don't get it...plz could you explain a bit....
also wats the purpose of shroud anyways?
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hey JLude great write up man....i understand the basics involved in doing the retrofit and soon will be doing mine. All credit to you doing this write up..

Just got one question; How exactly you made the shroud? The whole template thingy, i just don't get it...plz could you explain a bit....
also wats the purpose of shroud anyways?
For the shroud I used aluminum sheeting from Home Depot. I first made a template out of paper and test fit the paper shroud and cut it till it was perfect, then I traced it onto the aluminum and cut the aluminum and we have a shroud! the purpose of the shroud is 2 fold:
1. To block light from leaking from the sides of the projector and creating glare.
2. For appearance, to make it look more pleasing to the eye.
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hey wat kind of blade did u use for the dremel....? wat size was it??
i'm having hard times cutting with the blade i m using...
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hey wat kind of blade did u use for the dremel....? wat size was it??
i'm having hard times cutting with the blade i m using...
You should be using Heavy Duty cutoff wheel. These are made to cut metal so it cuts through the reflector material like butter.

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Arghh, the only thing I don't have is a dremel. I cant think of anything, but any alternatives to using one?
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Arghh, the only thing I don't have is a dremel. I cant think of anything, but any alternatives to using one?
Yea, send them to me instead and have me do the work for you.

A dremel only costs about $30 at walmart, dude.
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Arghh, the only thing I don't have is a dremel. I cant think of anything, but any alternatives to using one?

A dremel is your friend. Like Jesse mentioned, you can get one at Wal-mart, Home Depot, Lowes...I'm already on my 3rd damn dremel
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:09 AM   #61
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A dremel is your friend. Like Jesse mentioned, you can get one at Wal-mart, Home Depot, Lowes...I'm already on my 3rd damn dremel
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Overall with all the tools, adhesives, springs, bolts, etc etc. Around $575. But I bought brand new OEM BMW/Mercedes bulbs, ballasts and Audi projectors. The OEM ballasts have a life expectancy of 2,500 hours which is about 100,000 miles of driving with the HID's on the entire time.
At what speed?
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What kind of HID kit do you use? The ones off HIDplanet.com? And where can you get a wiring harness or is it included in a kit?
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What kind of HID kit do you use? The ones off HIDplanet.com? And where can you get a wiring harness or is it included in a kit?
I use any type of OEM ballast that's equipped for D2S/D2R bulbs. I have a friend of mine who makes PnP harnesses
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oh my god dude, thats hard to do. I was thinking about doin this until I saw this write-up. Well done to you. Great write-up.
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:32 PM   #66
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oh my god dude, thats hard to do. I was thinking about doin this until I saw this write-up. Well done to you. Great write-up.
Indeed! that's why most people who get Retrofits elect to send them to myself or Brian for the custom work. It's not for everyone!

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What kind of HID kit do you use? The ones off HIDplanet.com? And where can you get a wiring harness or is it included in a kit?
It's best to use OEM, HID ballasts and you must use D2S bulbs with HID projectors and D2S OEM ballasts already have the correct connectors to work with the bulbs. Any OEM ballast is better quality than the best aftermarket crap.
OEM ballasts and bulbs have to pass rigorous testing before an auto manufacturer will use them. Aftermarket ballasts and bulbs do not go through testing so you have no idea what kind of quality you are getting!

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What ballasts are the best to use for TSX, Valeo projector? Or does it really matter what OEM ballast you use, as long as its OEM?
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[quote=JLude;1486151]Indeed! that's why most people who get Retrofits elect to send them to myself or Brian for the custom work. It's not for everyone!

It a bit harder for me cause i'm in the UK
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It a bit harder for me cause i'm in the UK
So you'd be needing RHD projector uhh? The E46 and Valeo's can be swapped from LHD to RHD or can get some Euro Accord projectors. That's what I had to do for a couple of people in Australia
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So you'd be needing RHD projector uhh? The E46 and Valeo's can be swapped from LHD to RHD or can get some Euro Accord projectors. That's what I had to do for a couple of people in Australia
Do you just swap the right and left projectors? That can't be all there is to it. You'd have to flip the shields on the inside of the projectors to get them to spill up and off to the left instead of up and to the right.

Do the shields in the Valeos and E46 lights come with removable and flippable shields?
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Do you just swap the right and left projectors? That can't be all there is to it. You'd have to flip the shields on the inside of the projectors to get them to spill up and off to the left instead of up and to the right.

Do the shields in the Valeos and E46 lights come with removable and flippable shields?
yep, all you have to do is flip the shields and you're done
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Do you just swap the right and left projectors? That can't be all there is to it. You'd have to flip the shields on the inside of the projectors to get them to spill up and off to the left instead of up and to the right.

Do the shields in the Valeos and E46 lights come with removable and flippable shields?
You can flip the shields on Valeo by just turning them over. On the E46 single xenon some of them (the ones from HIDplanet.com for instance) can be simply flipped from RHD to LHD and back with a little lever, then I just JB weld them in place.
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I am wondering if you guys could clear some stuff up.

So you get oem ballast and projectors, but does it matter to get the same brand of projectors and ballast? like E46 projector with ballast. and also the bulbs you just need to use DS2 bulbs for all oem projector? or does it vary from brand
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You do want to have matching projectors and you want matching ballasts but the projectors and the ballast don't have to be a matching set (but it does always help). And as far as the bulbs different projectors might take different bulbs. It is better to use D2S bulbs as JLude said earlier, "D2S OEM ballasts already have the correct connectors to work with the bulbs" If that doesn't help then maybe the experts(JLude or Brian) could chime in!!
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