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BLHM + FX-R install color/style question

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by fallon, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Nov 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    fallon [OP] Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    TRD Sport 4x4
    I plan on pretty much following http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/212064-hid-retrofit-2009-tacoma-extended-cab.html

    I think I have everything all figured out, except for second guessing my plan of doing everything (halogen bowl, all chrome trim & shrouds) in low gloss black.

    Metallic grey Tacoma
    I'm slowly starting to stealth it up & have some low gloss black rims about to get snow tires on em.

    Any suggestions on what to do color wise?
    • Go all low gloss black
    • Low gloss black on everything but leave the shrouds chrome
    • Low gloss black on everything but metallic grey the shrouds
    • Something else slightly stealthy?

    Any flaws in my parts list & plan? Plan on pulling the trigger before the TRS Black Friday deal expires on Monday. I'd successfully talked myself out of doing this as I had a perfectly working truck & use daily for commuting... then the drivers side headlight burned out 2-3 days later & the wife is flying out of town for a couple weeks so I'll have a spare vehicle.

    The parts
    • H4/9003 wiring harness
    • Osram 66240 D2S SVS 4200k + $150 upgrade
    • Re-sealing glue + $10
    • Gatling Gun shrouds
    • (Debaiting) XB LED amber halos + $50

    Other stuff
    • 2.75" hole saw
    • Permatex high temp sealant
    • 8 stainless steel 8/32 2in bolts, nuts and washers
    • Duplicolor self etching primer (already have)
    • Duplicolor DE1634 engine paint (already have)
    • Possibly VHT metalic grey wheel paint (already have)

    The plan
    1. Pull housings
    2. Heat & crack open housings
    3. Verify stock halogen alignment
    4. Mod housings
    5. Test fit FX-Rs
    6. Verify new FX-R alignment (fix if needed)
    7. Remove FX-Rs
    8. Scuff with Scotcbrite type pads
    9. Clean with Dawn & water
    10. Dry really well
    11. Mask off remaining lenses
    12. Duplicolor self etching primer over all bezels & the OEM halogen reflector bowl
    13. Duplicolor DE1634 engine paint (Same as I used on the rims for my soon to be mounted snow tires) over all bezels & the OEM halogen reflector bowl
    14. Prime & paint shrouds? (debating if I should leave them chrome, go flat black, or possibly something else)
    15. Hit all painted parts with a heat gun for a few minutes to bake off a few fumes & keep the oven from getting nasty smelling
    16. Bake anything painted at 170ish for around half an hour to cook out any fumes
    17. Install FX-Rs & shrouds (maybe angel eyes)
    18. Verify FX-R alignment
    19. Heat up & seal housings
    20. Re-install housings
    21. Hook up the electronics
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