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Unread 08-13-2011, 02:25 PM   #421
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Yeah right now I'm taking on as many hours as I can so I can get extra money for my build for some goodies and I'm going out of town 3 times in the next month but only one of those is really going to cost me when I head to texas for a week to chill.

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Unread 08-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #422
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Yeah right now I'm taking on as many hours as I can so I can get extra money for my build for some goodies and I'm going out of town 3 times in the next month but only one of those is really going to cost me when I head to texas for a week to chill.
Heading to Texas to chill? I'm afraid it'll be more like to cook. Most of the state is in a severe to extreme drought with temps hovering around 100 or more daily. Why not go somewhere nice like Colorado?

Rat, I really can't imagine having that much trouble with one project. Is there any way to track down the idgit that drilled those holes? Might wanna whack him over the head with a BFH.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 08:59 PM   #423
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Heading to Texas to chill? I'm afraid it'll be more like to cook. Most of the state is in a severe to extreme drought with temps hovering around 100 or more daily. Why not go somewhere nice like Colorado?

Rat, I really can't imagine having that much trouble with one project. Is there any way to track down the idgit that drilled those holes? Might wanna whack him over the head with a BFH.

Haha man I feel your pain, I'm in South Central Kansas and its been the same temps here as it has been in texas. We're in a severe drought too, thankfully we got a little relief with some rain the past week, but it wasn't much. But I won't be going down there til September 14th, so hopefully it will be cooled off a little bit...Eh I'm going down with my uncle and cousin for 5 days since my parents are going to Branson that same weekend.
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Unread 08-14-2011, 12:28 AM   #424
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The brackets are cheap enough, and hub assembly is only a 10m job per side in the back since theres no massive amount of geese to deal with. But now I gotta wait another week for a part I already had.

The holes are like 15° off...couldn't possibly have been done on a press. Never seen the design in anyone else's build before, they may have been run off on someones home torchmate.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 01:25 PM   #425
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well, since i'm always harping about hid's in reflector housings. how's this?



bought this kit from trs.
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_id=237
black housing lights from ebay.

the projector

measures about 5" from lens to light socket.

this particular kit is good for those of us who don't feel like making a full custom housing for this style headlight. there are some out there that the reflector mounts to the light housing on 3 posts and you adjust from there. mostly imports. on the zj the full headlight mounts on those 3 posts and you can't very well bolt a projector to them.
this kit is designed to run through a hole in the back of the housing and clam down with a nut and o-ring.

i used the black housings because they're black, duh, and they're sealed with butyl rubber glue making them very easy to take apart.

first step was to peel the clear plasic from the back. i filled them with near boiling water and let them soak in hot water in the sink for a few minutes. careful prying with a flat screwdriver got the plastic mostly separated then i had to cut the butyl with a utility knife.


well, the light socket for a 9004-9007 bulb is smaller than the diameter of the tail of the projector so you have to enlarge it. 1.5" is what you're shooting for abouts.
you'll also want to remove the raised portion of hte socket from the back of the light.

you'll also need to drill a small hole for the high beam solenoid.
here's a shot checking the fit.



there's a small flat that the shield that goes in front of a normal halogen bulb mounts to. that needs to be removed as well.

after that, spray the inside of the housing with some black paint to fully cover the chrome so you don't get any reflection. install the projector and orient it.


throw some new butyl rubber glue into the channel on the housing and press in the clear panel.
and for less than 2hrs of work you now have real, honest, hid lighting.


follow up with some pattern tests when i get a chance in the dark.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:43 PM   #426
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Looks good. Cant wait to see the night shots.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #427
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Looks good. I used the same projector on my 07 gsxr 600 retrofit. It's a decent projector for the cost and ease
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Unread 08-21-2011, 07:53 PM   #428
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Some pattern shots.
The left light needs rotated counter clockwise a touch.

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Unread 08-21-2011, 11:10 PM   #429
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Awesome pattern, what didnt you like about the ones off ebay? These look higher quality.
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Unread 08-22-2011, 01:44 PM   #430
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Awesome pattern, what didnt you like about the ones off ebay? These look higher quality.
Here John

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i am officially abandoning the dual halo headlights as a failed experiment. the quality and durability is just not there.
ordered black background clear lights from ebay and will eventually do a theretrofitsource.com bixenon conversion with proper projectors.
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I used them only with the correct halogen bulbs. The mounts are problematic and the halos have "burnt" out. Led's going bad this fast is totally unacceptable.

Looking great. I wanna do that with my headlights.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 10:10 AM   #431
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welded new tabs on my bumper to relocate the fog lights. kevin's bumper has them on the top of the stinger hoop.
also swapped in h3 hid capsules and flipped the lenses around since i'm mounting them "upside down".

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Unread 08-23-2011, 06:14 PM   #432
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finally put in a new radio today too. clarion cz500. not the best, but it'll get me by.

heading out to indy for the race this weekend. should be fun.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 11:35 PM   #433
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i like the idea of hid's on my yj. i came back to look at yours at your suggestion. as $ allows this will be a welcome upgrade from the factory sealed beam lights.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 07:02 AM   #434
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blew all my shocks this weekend screwing around at higher speeds than i should have been. guess i needed new ones for the heavier axles anyways.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 07:58 AM   #435
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Ouch.................
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