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Unread 01-24-2012, 06:55 PM   #76
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This is a 50 watt VVME, 4300K HID kit in Morimoto MH1 4.1 bi-xenon projectors. They are mounted in OE housings with lexan lenses.

The first set of photos was all taken with my Nikon D2x in manual mode. Shutter speed, ISO, f-stop, etc., are all the same. The fence is higher then the asphalt where my Jeep is sitting. The lights are at the proper height. The other photos are varying, including showing the interior LED lights activated. I still need to work on my specific aiming points (Passenger side is pointed a bit toward driver side), but this should give you an idea of what it looks like. The 50 watt kit is a bit more white/yellow-ish than my prior 35 watt kits, but there are only about 1.5 hours on them right now:























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Unread 01-24-2012, 07:44 PM   #77
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man that looks awesome! keep up the good work
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Unread 01-25-2012, 02:04 AM   #78
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They sure light up the road nice!.Is it possible to get a close up of the finished light to see how the seal looks?You said you used RTV sealant?How cold does it get in PA and would RTV hold up against our -40c here in Alberta?
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Unread 01-25-2012, 04:08 AM   #79
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Being a newb to all this, I've saw you mention rotating the projector. Does this mean just loosening a lock ring or moving screws?
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Unread 01-25-2012, 07:11 AM   #80
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I'll grab some shots today on my lunch of the housings up close. Here in PA it can drop as low as 0F in winter or as warm as 105F in summer. The "Ultra Black" RTV I use states:
  • Fast-curing formula that is sensor safe, has a low odor and is noncorrosive
  • Meets the performance specs of OE silicone gaskets
  • Temperature range is -65 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees Fahrenheit intermittent; resists auto, shop fluids and vibration
  • Retains high flexibility, oil resistance properties through use of a patented adhesion system

I've also used the clear silicone too which states:
  • Seals, bonds, repairs, mends and secures glass, metal, plastics, fabric, vinyl, weather stripping and vinyl tops
  • Protects and repairs electrical wiring and may be applied to horizontal or vertical surfaces
  • Waterproof and flexible
  • Temperature range of -75 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit; resists oil, water, weather, vibration and grease
Permatex is the brand of RTV that I purchase from the local Pep Boys or Home Depot, Lowes, etc.


You can rotate the projector while it's inside the housing. There are 3 large tabs on the back. Most likely can't do it with your hands while it's mounts, I'd suggest a larger wrench. If you have not installed the housing in the Jeep you should be able to do the adjustments with your hands.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #81
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Finally put the cell phone down and took out my DSLR. Here are some good shots of the retro I took today:

As you can see they are dirty and still need some sanding to get the ends perfectly flat:


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Unread 01-25-2012, 07:07 PM   #82
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How much are these going for again?

Look soooo good!
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Unread 01-25-2012, 07:24 PM   #83
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Get some replacement turn signals and that thing will look even better.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 07:29 PM   #84
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Looks good! Was followin your thread on hidplanet really sucks about not being able to use the fresnel lense but oh well! Is your zj stock? Any other sguff done to it
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Unread 01-25-2012, 07:57 PM   #85
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Thanks again, guys.

I have around $300-ish total of parts into the retro, plus lots of hours of trial, error and finally some success and it's still not 100% complete. Need some more sanding and such for aesthetics. I'll be selling them for a decent price for the output quality people are going to see It will definitely be worth it. Already confirmed with my buddy and we're starting to order in parts for the retros!

I'm debating some "diamond clear" signals. We'll see how that goes.

I have a K&N filter (not intake, but drop in) on order at work & custom exhaust. It's honestly all lighting really. I wheel it (See this thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f58/w...-hill-1314936/ ). It has 215,9XX miles on it, so I'm not looking into any performance mods. I enjoy my 16 MPG average on these 30's with no lift lol. If I do anything it'll be a 2" lift, and leaving the 30's.

Oh, and my buddy at work is still working on the OE lenses with some mill work. I'll post up progress photos when he finishes it.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 09:51 PM   #86
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You get the lenses to work ill def buy a set or buy just the lenses , as I've been dieing to do a retrofit of my own
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Unread 01-26-2012, 12:06 AM   #87
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Looks great! Love that cutoff line. Keep us updated!

Off topic: Is that your rear O2 sensor wire dangling under there? Mine's the same way, no CEL and runs fine so i refuse to fix it. haha
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Unread 01-26-2012, 10:36 AM   #88
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If I get the OE lenses to work with the milling I'd probably be able to talk my buddy into "selling" his labor for each set. If not, the only real choices are Lexan as I have done, or really crappy glass which costs $100 for a pair.

psy: Yep, it got ripped off when I crashed into that tree a while back. My MPG improved (14 to 16) when that happened, so I yet to rewire it as well My CEL comes on and then goes off every few days.
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-Former Jeeps: XJ, YJ, XJ, YJ, TJ, ZJ, ZJ
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Unread 01-26-2012, 11:50 PM   #89
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Fingers crossed for the milling!
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Unread 01-27-2012, 07:48 AM   #90
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Much better than version 1... good job.

Probably missed it, but i imagine a headlight harness upgrade is a good idea as well, or do these projectors draw less?

No issues with condensation this time around?
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