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Old 01-07-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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since im in the process of doing this and found that theres no real good write ups or info for the 4th gen prelude, i will be making this thread for any questions you may have.

i'll be updating this thread as i finish my retrofit and hopefully it will help others out with their own retrofits.

first off get some projectors!!

i went with the TSX projectors cus there are easy to get, have a nice cut off and arent too big unlike the s2k projectors for example.











they are from an 06 model so they had the fresnel lenses but i ordered some clear lenses from the retrofit store.



next up taking your headlights apart..

i have the JDM 1 piece so sorry for you USDM guys and gals preheat oven to 350 degrees. remove the 5 metal clips from the headlights and of course the bulbs and rubber caps. theres also 2 bracket things, remove those also, it is 2 screws each. place the headlight on a cookie tray with a towel under it. turn the oven off and place in over for 8 minutes. remove after 8 minutes and carefully start to pry at the edges with a flat head screwdriver. take your time and work carefully! it should comes off after you have went around the whole headlight with your screw driver.















making poorman custom shrouds...

i got this idea from hidplanet forums, you get a 3''-4'' abs plastic reducer from the heating air duct isle at home depot and a travelers coffee mug from walmart, total cost under 10 bucks!! take the chrome ring off the coffee mug lid with a flathead and trim the reducer to fit nice and snug over the projector housing















the reflector bowl and the top half of the projector, i was test fitting and seeing how much needs to be trimmed... its alot













i cut the holes today and did some more test fitting, still trying to figure out how to mount them and aim them right.
































after some research on hidplanetforums i found some other guy used this mounting method and it seems to work pretty good. i got the hardware from home depot, 1" L brackets, #8 32x5/8'' nuts and bolts, and #8 washers and lock washers (i used the washers for color mod). so far i only mounted one side with a nut and bolt so i can go test out the cutoff level and make adjustments before securing the other L bracket. im still gonna put some jb weld on the back of the prjector and reflector bowl for extra strength









put the headlights on and did some test aiming, these are with the fresnel lenses BTW











heres some pictures of the projectors all mounted up in the housing, upgraded to ninja star lock washers and nylon lock nuts. i dont want to risk these things coming loose on me









got my cut off as level as i can, these are with the clear lenses BTW







i added a 3rd upper mounting bolt, to keep it more secure. i got 1 1/2" bolt with a nylon lock nut and some lock washers on both sides.









ok so i gave up on my custom shrouds because they didnt really cover everything the way i wanted them too plus splatter punk basically gave me some e46 shrouds for free. thanks again bro!! i had to trim then alot to fit, mostly the top part and some of the bottom







this is the stuff i used to attach the shroud to the projectors, works really well i think and gets rock hard in 10 mins and can withstand high temps up 500 degrees.



then i attached the shroud..









then i added some foil tape, to the exposed parts in the back





after putting the projector back in the housing, you have to trim some of the black plastic piece thats held in the headlight lense. remove the 2 screws and remove the black piece, then trim as needed to fit the projector and shroud.







i also had to trim the back of the housing to fit the bulb clip, and make sure it works and doesnt rub on anything



now clean everything off really good and put the headlight lense back on the housing.









sealing the headlight back up, i used the same method i did to open the headlight, but only 300 degress this time at 8 mintues. the little metal clips that come with the headlight really help holding it together when you go to reseal it, just a tip.

install onto car and enjoy, you just saved yourself about 200-300 bucks

























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good job cannot wait to see the finished. For sure good choice on the clear lenses. This will be one of my Mods.
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Very nice write up. This has been done by someone by the name of BERTMAN. However, his write up is found in his build thread. I'll probably sticky this page for a while or put it in the faqs since it is a very good tool Good job, reps to you!
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Very nice write up. This has been done by someone by the name of BERTMAN. However, his write up is found in his build thread. I'll probably sticky this page for a while or put it in the faqs since it is a very good tool Good job, reps to you!

thanks and yea i saw his build thread, but none of his pictures work anymore
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but is there a chrome shroud/bezel thingy that you're missing that covers the mounting flange of the projectors?
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i see that you made the "poor mans shrouds" are you not using them?
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but is there a chrome shroud/bezel thingy that you're missing that covers the mounting flange of the projectors?
well its not that im missing it, i still have to make it

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i see that you made the "poor mans shrouds" are you not using them?
haha slow down turbo, im done even half way done yet, right now im in the mounting and aiming process, after i have them right where they need to be and mounted down, then i will finish my custom shroud/backgroud.
or i might get the e46r shroud and call it a day lol
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lol i swear there is never a DIY on making retros that have clear pics! good shit though man HIGH FIVE!
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i like your mounting idea i did bolts through the back and a tone of jb weld, getting rotation alignment was a pain,

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Definitely a very good write up. I will use it for sure when I start mine somewhere down the road.
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