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Old 07-26-2010, 04:24 PM   #51
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I always use self taping screws and add JB weld on them so that they don't back out
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I always use self taping screws and add JB weld on them so that they don't back out
Self tapping screws to hold the projector to the reflectors? No bolts with washers and nuts on the backside? I would not trust self tapping screws to hold well enough into the friable reflector bowl material which just splinters when you screw into it. I'm not saying your method isn't solid I'm just not sure how self tapping screws can even be screwed into the reflectors which are very dense and friable material.
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Self tapping screws to hold the projector to the reflectors? No bolts with washers and nuts on the backside? I would not trust self tapping screws to hold well enough into the friable reflector bowl material which just splinters when you screw into it. I'm not saying your method isn't solid I'm just not sure how self tapping screws can even be screwed into the reflectors which are very dense and friable material.
That's where the JB weld comes in handy. You add the JB weld on the backside of the screws so that they don't come loose from all the vibration. I wouldn't suggest it if it hasn't been working for me with all the lights I've dealt with
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:54 AM   #55
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What direction should i mount my e46 shrouds on my FXR's...it seems that is i put the round part on the top where the solenoid is on the bottom it might not cover the solenoid completely....but if i put the round side on the bottom where the solenoid is and the flat part on to it dosen't cover the top part all the way.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:39 AM   #56
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What direction should i mount my e46 shrouds on my FXR's...it seems that is i put the round part on the top where the solenoid is on the bottom it might not cover the solenoid completely....but if i put the round side on the bottom where the solenoid is and the flat part on to it dosen't cover the top part all the way.
Different people do this different ways. Personally I have found it works much better if you put the flat part on the bottom. You'll have to trim some of the flat part away so it will seat down deep enough over the solenoid. Also you will have to cut some of the upper part of the headlight reflector away so the bezel can seat down all the way on the top. Then I just cut the "round" top part of it off straight and level with the top of the reflector, then cut a piece of thin aluminum flashing to cover the gap in the top and use high temp silicone to glue it to the bezel and also to the reflector, this works to cover the gap and also makes your bezel MUCH stronger attachment so it will never loosen up on you.

You can see how I did it for the most part in these pictures:



Notice that the flat part is on the bottom, you can see a tiny bit of the FX solenoid but once in the headlights you can't see it.


In this last picture see how I dremel cut the round top part of the E46 bezel to follow the exact curvature of the headlight reflector on top.
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Hmmm ok. so i have to cut some of the headlight? I was afraid i would have to do that....and this aluminum flashing is just a piece of aluminum like at lowes or something?
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:06 AM   #58
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for testing project postion in reflector, how did you connect 12v and did you connect direct to light with DS2 bulb adapters?
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Hmmm ok. so i have to cut some of the headlight? I was afraid i would have to do that....and this aluminum flashing is just a piece of aluminum like at lowes or something?
You need to trim the shroud that you mount to the projector so it doesnt hit the headlight lens. The flashing is just some thin sheet metal. When you cut the shroud you'll be exposing the projector from the top, so you use the flashing to cover the hole.


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for testing project postion in reflector, how did you connect 12v and did you connect direct to light with DS2 bulb adapters?
You have to use a ballast else you can blow your bulb or damage the battery.
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Shimee pretty much hit the nail on the head. The flashing I use is aluminum and is thin enough to be cut with scissors I found it at Lowes or Home Depot.
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i guessing going to need to cut pretty big hole in reflector to fit FX-R.
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i guessing going to need to cut pretty big hole in reflector to fit FX-R.
yea, it's a pretty decent size
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how far up on reflector did you have cut?
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I don't ever take measurements, but you cut up the reflector bowl enough to fit the projector through. I just use my air die and cutting wheel and start cutting. Using a dremel is the same thing
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wow this projector is tall, did you cut into high beam bowl (just alittle)?
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wow this projector is tall, did you cut into high beam bowl (just alittle)?
Just a little bit, but not to where you can't still put your stock bulb in
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any cutting on the projector?
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Self tapping screws to hold the projector to the reflectors? No bolts with washers and nuts on the backside? I would not trust self tapping screws to hold well enough into the friable reflector bowl material which just splinters when you screw into it. I'm not saying your method isn't solid I'm just not sure how self tapping screws can even be screwed into the reflectors which are very dense and friable material.
how long bolts do you use?
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Some cars you can go based off the reflector bowl, but other cars, you'll need to make a platform, cause when the housings might be sitting flat, the reflector bowls are a little angled such as civics and newer accords
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Use 2-3 inch long bolts and cut them off after you've locked them in.
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What's the best way to clean up shrouds and reflector bowls?

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I just use my shirt. You don't really want to use any chemicals, cause you risk cleaning the chrome paint off on the reflector bowls
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Nice. I like it. What about the lenses?
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+1, goo gone is not safe for the reflectors
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Use a nice, fluffy microfiber towel if you want the easiest method of removing any fingerprints or crap from the reflector bowl. But be careful because even heavy scrubbing will start rubbing the finish away.

Most headlights are made on the cheap and are not actually chrome plated. For one, the material they use for the reflector cannot be chrome plated because it cannot be electrostatically charged. Instead they use an aluminum vapor deposition method for the finish. This electrochemically bonds a thin layer of aluminum with the reflector bowl and isn't a mechanical finish like chrome. So even alcohol can reduce the finish and strip it away.
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