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3rd Gen BHLM + Retrofit Projector

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by MESO, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Apr 29, 2016 at 11:42 PM
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    MESO

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    OBJECTIVES:
    -Swap the OEM projector with upgraded Bi-xenon (Now I will have 4 HighBeams:D)
    -Black out all chrome

    THE GOODS:
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    From left;
    -H11 to H11/9006. This will PnP and split the highbeam signal over to the new Bi-Xenon
    -D2S Bulbs 6k
    -D2S XB35 ballast
    -RX-350 NON-AFS projectors. (STi-R clear lens, and tuned)
    -Re-sealing rubber
    -HD relay

    First:
    pull grill/bumper off to access the side headlight screws;
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    mask off and throw em' in the oven. First try: 240deg @ 18min. Sealant was still hard, so back in at 260deg @ 10min.
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    Started to break loose, but needed 1 more bake and finally got it off;[​IMG]

    The turn signal is in a separate bucket. Low/high beam are together in the same one;
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    They look very similar but the light output is night and day:rofl:
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    Thankfully, the new RX350 projectors share the same bolt pattern as the OEM ones. Only 1 problem- highbeam solenoid makes contact with the housing.
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    So I took a dremel and cut a notch(all red area)
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    Will update tomorrow with the painting and re-assembly.

    In the meantime--Here are a few light output shots;(~50yards)
    OEM low beams;
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    Single RX;
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    :mudding:
     
  2. Apr 30, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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    TRSJimmy

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    Finallly!
     
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  3. Apr 30, 2016 at 11:19 AM
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    I didn't build it hoping for your approval, I built it because it meets mine!
  4. Apr 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM
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    Very nice. Any collateral damage to the housings? Let me know if you need any tips patching them up - I'm an expert by now!
     
  5. Apr 30, 2016 at 5:08 PM
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    MESO

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    ^ Surprisingly, not much. Few corners got bent when prying it open, but hit it with a heat gun and its back to normal. Getting the permaseal out was EXHAUSTING. I tried the heat gun, but it seems that it has a higher melting point then the plastic:censored:. Just used a flathead screwdriver and some elbow grease and scraped it out.
    Headlight housing cleaned up and ready for some retro-rubber;
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    Wanted the orange side markers just a LITTLE darker. 1 quick mist spray of lens tint(From the inside!) worked perfect
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    Got some painting done today. I wanted the look of the TRD PRO lights, which leaves a chrome ring around the projector. Masked off;
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    lightly scuffed with scotch brite and sprayed with Krylon MAXX matte black paint;
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    All parts layed out. Ready to re-assemble
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  6. Apr 30, 2016 at 8:27 PM
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    Can't wait to see them assembled and installed. I toyed with the idea of the chrome ring - maybe I'll be inspire to do it on my next set.
     
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  7. Apr 30, 2016 at 9:43 PM
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    MESO

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    WOW these light look sexy! Perfect balance of black and chrome IMO. (at least the PRO got something right!):D
    All assembled, will seal them and install tomorrow.
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  8. May 1, 2016 at 2:34 AM
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    I agree. Looks great. Good job man!
     
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  9. May 1, 2016 at 3:55 AM
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    DAMN. I can appreciate this. Very nice.
     
  10. May 1, 2016 at 7:03 AM
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    Thanks guys. Also, I painted the cutoff shield inside the projector with high temp black paint. This gives the projector a darker look when looking at it from the front.
     
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    Those look pretty bitchin.
     
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  12. May 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM
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    Re-sealed. Retrorubber in the channel then back in the oven @ 230 for 10min. 10 Spring clamps per light to hold pressure as it cools.
    I ended up flipping the stock rubber gasket around and cutting a notch to fit the igniters. Then a zip tie hold it tight;
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    Toyota knew I was doing this, so they provided me a perfect access cap on the bottom:) This is where I can stash my silica packs for extra moisture insurance;
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    Back on! I'll get beam shots when it gets dark:)
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  13. May 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM
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    Very very nice! Thank you for documenting the process. Some day I hope to do mine!
     
  15. May 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM
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    No prob. Couldn't find any solid info on this yet swap yet so glad to help others in the endeavor.

    planning on some baja designs led pods:)
     
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    Yeah, I gots boost
    The fact that you actually swapped out the projector, and that it was fairly simple is what really gets me all bent out of shape. :thumbsup:
     
  17. May 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM
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    That looks really good. Do you think if i just did the BHLM i could do it in a couple hours?
     
  18. May 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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    Yeah, I gots boost
    You're going to want to let the wet paint cure, but theoretically... Yeah you probably could if you're comfortable doing this kind of stuff. If you've never busted headlight apart give yourself 6 hrs. No joke. My first couple of times took me a while since I was being so careful.
     
  19. May 1, 2016 at 6:03 PM
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    Looks great!!
     
  20. May 1, 2016 at 6:10 PM
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    This was much easier then my 2nd gen retro.(had to grind, cut off parts, mount a universal projector, etc)
    I knew going in the projector would be the same bolt pattern, so that was nice. But the permaseal made up for it:frusty:

    MAYBE
    I did this over a 3 day period working ~ 3hours at a time. But it takes some time to bake them, pull apart.. then paint. and prep the housings(remove all glue) and re-seal them. then re-assemble the whole front end.
    Any questions just let me know!
     

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