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New LS460 Retrofit

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Scotty3, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Jul 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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    Just ordered my LS460 bixenon projectors today to start my latest retrofit. Using 2011 OEM Smoked housings and OEM JDM STI lenses. Parts should all be here later next week. I'll keep you guys posted on the outcome.
     
  2. Jul 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    Good luck :thumbsup: I heard its a pain to do with the LS 460s
     
  3. Jul 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    oh boy.

    are you doing the work yourself op? these things are a bear to install without running into issues down the road.

    sounds like a bitchin set-up though these projectors are the best bi-xenon money can buy if you do it right you will love them. when i had mine on the truck i wished i went with the sti lenses.

    god speed and good luck lol
     
  4. Jul 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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  5. Jul 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM
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    I've been doing research on mounting these for the last 6 months actually. these are the projectors i have wanted for my truck since i learned about retro's so im definatly excited to do this. i have as well be practicing and ramping up to do this on many other cars.

    Im still not sure if i am going to leave the stock solenoid and cut up my housing or just modify it to add a mini solenoid like andrew over at trs has on his.

    If you guys have any tips to help with this it will be appreciatted seeing you guys (asianants and stunt man) have had these on your trucks already.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM
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    i didn't have the balls to do mine myself i can tell you that much. it can be done sure but, you need to be pretty good with this kind of stuff as it seems to difficult for professional shops to do them without issue.

    if you want my advice i say send it to customlightz.com lightwerkz.com probably stay away from jb over at blackflame as he is kind of a hack imo. jb did my set and they where never right he had sealing issues so water galore was a coming in :/

    even ant sent his to lightwerkz and he has done by this point probably a hundred retros or more for guys on tw. a guy with his level of retrofitting experience probably could handle them but, from what i have experienced they are just tough to work with.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    wait until you get them in your hands lol you'll see what i'm talking about. these bastards weight like a pound or more and they are almost twice the size of an fx-r projector.

    if your into taking your truck off road at all these might not be the best choice. vibrations can be a big problem with them both on how you mount the projector itself and the way the factory reflector bowl mounts to the housing. keeping in mind everything hangs of those two screws reflector bowls have been known to just buckle under the weight of them.

    just something to think about. some guys beat the snot out of their trucks on here and some like myself go much easier on them. imo it matters what your going to be doing with the truck that might sound weird but, it can really become a pita taking your lights out every day to fart around with them.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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    i don't want to be a post whore but, if i had it to do all over again with that kind of cheese i would go with bjorn's modded s2k's they are wicked and the low beams are actually way nicer than the 460's. for a high beam go with leds vision-x, rigid or the new trs bars they have some smoking good deals going on right now.

    that would give you the best lighting bang the sk2 if modded right is the best projector you can buy hands down. the draw back is the lack of a high beam but, you also never have to worry about shields falling off getting stuck or solenoids going bad and it does happen.

    the leds along with the low beam would be pretty intense to say the least.
     
  9. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM
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    i will definitely be giving it a try, haha the projectors are already on the way so i have to do something with them. as for the adjustment screws i have thought about that and im not sure exactly what i will do but i plan on trying to beef them up some how. I to tend to be easy on my truck, even when in a nasty situation. do you have any pictures of the area they cut out of the bottom of the housing to make room for the solenoid. i seen some on here before but i cannot remember where i see them.
     
  10. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    Dot you have to add material to te back of the Tacoma housing as well for the LS460's to fit?
     
  11. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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    I'll post later
     
  12. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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    I have seen pictures of several retro fits of the LS460 when using the stock solenoids that the bottom of the housing must be extended. its really not to hard to do the work. the method i seen by the guys over at lightwerkz is that they cut the area out and make a basket out of aluminum tape. make sure that all the adjustments work and do not interfere. then cover the outside with jb weld and paint to match. but if i use a different solenoid like the guys at trs then none of that is necessary. I have the other solenoids so i will look into both options when i get everything
     
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    thanks
     
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    The projectors have arrived. I cleaned and tested them and they look great at about 10ft away. i have not been able to test them at a good distance yet.

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    :drool::drool::drool:
     
  17. Feb 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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    Been awhile since i posted on this thread. I was waiting on parts for a few months then busy working out of town. here are some of the latest pictures of the in progress retrofit. I still have to finish the solenoid and paint the bowl black.

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  18. Jul 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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    Solenoids are mounted and working on the mounting for the STI lenses. they are quite a bit thicker around the edges so some work is involved to make them work.

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  20. Oct 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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    Lenses mounted and tuned, solenoids tested and issue fixed, Shrouds fitted and headlight buckets painted. Only thing left is to double check the lense tuning at different distances and JB weld the projector to the bucket. also still not sure if I want to add LED halos.

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