Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby entrax » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:52 am

thread revival, but i just wanted to add my contribution:
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Generic 35w Ballast (got it cheap for $20)
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It's much sharper than the OEM hella projectors in my parent's e46 and i'd say that it's closer to the cutoff/spread of an acura TL/TSX which is considered to be one of the best oem projectors on the market. it's got 0 glare and 0 lumens above the cutoff.

oh and it's got highbeam and there is no problem putting the headlights back down because the back is identical to stock and the protrusion of the projectors are towards the front.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby MWP » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:46 am

So what's the custom formed front glass bit?
That can't have been a easy or cheap thing to make?

Are you happy wih the high beam brightness and throw?
It looks a bit dim / unfocused in the ani gif.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby entrax » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:18 am

the front glass thing i don't have a good picture of but i took some acrylic sheets from a plastic supplier for $10 from their scrap pile as i didn't need it to be a big piece. then i went to my old school where i'm still buddies with the teacher (i buy him a 6pack and i get the woodshop + metal shop for a school year :D) and cut pieces big enough to cover the headlight, but small enough to heat in my kitchen oven. next i took the old glass and made a mold using drywall stucco and added my own shape to it to accommodate the protruding projector. shove all of that into the oven, let the glass melt into the mold and next was back to the metal shop to use the band saw to cut the pieces to size and the rest is easy, some caulking to put it all together. total time spent was probably 3 hours and $15 in supplies.

as for light performance. it's ridiculously great.
- in that picture, i'm about 8 meters from the wall and the width spans approximately 5-6 lanes AT 8 meters. in other words, the spread is serious.
- as for throw, honestly, i only use high beam if i want to see what's above the cutoff, otherwise, the throw and brightness is at least over 300m away. i'm not sure why the gif shows a ghosty cutoff line but in person it's just one big beam, no line in the middle. it's a benefit for me as i drive daily home late on the trans canada hwy where some parts have no overhead lights. by the way, that picture was taken with the generic then 3 year old (currently 4 year old) ebay crapper ballast. when i'm done with my retrofit, it'll be sporting morimoto ballasts and oem philips D2S bulbs.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby MWP » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:42 am

Nice work, im impressed :)

So are the Mini-D2S Projectors designed to be mounted in a H4 housing, or was that just the convenient way for you to do it?
I wonder if those projectors come in a RHD version. Hmm.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby entrax » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:02 am

MWP wrote:Nice work, im impressed :)

So are the Mini-D2S Projectors designed to be mounted in a H4 housing, or was that just the convenient way for you to do it?
I wonder if those projectors come in a RHD version. Hmm.


the projectors are designed to fit directly in any h4 housing. in fact if the housing wasn't so shallow, it would be a plug and play retrofit, no cutting, no custom brackets/glass.
i like their mini-h1 projectors better though, the cutoff/spread is even more impressive, they also fit directly to h4's but you lose the ability to run oem hid bulbs.

on my parts list i've linked the projectors' website, and when you purchase on the left side, you can pick lhd or rhd :P
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby soarer.jzz30 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:02 am

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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby CSAlltrac » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:54 pm

Entrax has probably the best set up you can currently find for our cars. The hard part is starting with a quality housing, then chopping it all up. When you go that same route there are TONS of options to make the exact kit you desire wih the performance you're looking for. That route can also get very expensive and takes a bit of craftsmanship. But in the end you're paying for quality components as well as a good spread so you're not a boy racer blinding people with your sweet blue lights. Anything else on the market for us is next to a waste of money. I would still love to try the "trucklite LED 5x7" Super expensive but looks to be a quality item. Just unsure of how they would look/perform on our cars.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby 801Alltrac » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:48 am

This would be the led trucklite lights CS is talking about and yes they aren't cheap but leds still need time for them to come down in price but like these guys on yota say well worth $400


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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby FC Zach » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:23 am

I've been eying those LED lights for some time now just like CSAlltrac has and I think I may make the purchase later this week. After reading the great reviews on the Yotatech (thanks for the link 801Alltrac) I have no reason to doubt these lights now. Will make pics sometime after they arrive.

The website I'm ordering from seems to be a little better on the price compared to others.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby ZeroDrift » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:34 pm

I actually just picked up a set of the Trucklite LED headlights. They are currently on my MK1 MR2 while I am rebuilding my 'Trac. Must say they work quite well- however with the low amp draw these have, the MR2 no longer has an operational hi-beam indicator lamp.
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby FC Zach » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:50 pm

Wonder how that can be corrected? ?
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby FC Zach » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:34 am

Mounted LED lights yesterday, here's a comparison with Low and High:
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Interesting look to them, definitely different.
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Both installed Low and High:
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Very satisfied with the results of the light output and I like how there is a cut off with low beams on so there isn't any chance to blind oncoming traffic.

With high beams on there is no longer an indicator lamp as ZeroDrift had mentioned. Wonder if I could duplicate the resistance or whatever it is I need to mimic with a resistor? Now I just need to figure out what I'm measuring and how. . .
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby 801Alltrac » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:48 am

OMG :D that looks great, great work FC Zach
I knew they would look great, I wonder if there is a resistor would work
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby FC Zach » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:01 am

I'm wondering if I could measure and record the ohms with the factory and new light installed then just buy a resistor sized close to the difference of the two? Does that make any sense? (It does in my head lol) Then do I just simply install it inline on the high beam wire?
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Re: Headlights/spotties... what have you done?

Postby 801Alltrac » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:28 pm

That's what I think would work
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