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starting my retro progress thread but need lots of help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RDAY, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Mar 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    Ok I am using FX-R projectors and gatling shrouds on oem headlights lets start the questions lol.
    all these photos are of just the right side reflector bowl.

    Okay I used a 2.5" hole saw bit but still had a little bit of plastice left over on one of the edges i had to dremmel down is this normal? Then dremeled a small hole for the selenoid is this hole big enough for my needs?
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    next i attempted to trim the gatling shroud by looking at electromans pics but im confused where are we trying to get this to fit just resting on the screw holes do I have it trimmed for the right spot it didnt seem to do anything for me does anyone have a pic of theres trimmed on there projector?

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    next how is the projector suppose to sit in the bowl still live a little more than a 1/4" of space before any of the edges of the projector actually touch the bowl at all is this normal?

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    Does everything else look right on so far? Let me know if the pics arent good enough thanks so much in advance guys!
     
  2. Mar 9, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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  3. Mar 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM
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    everything looks great so far!! i only have low-beam projectors...was going to only replace the low beams in my ebay headlights but destroyed those and didn't want to exchange the projectors for bi-zenon..besides my driving lights/ hid fogs give off plenty 'o light ;) anyway it was all trial and error for me..i also don't have any shrouds and used a halo ring around my projector to take the eyes off my bolts and what not..so couldn't help you there..all i can say is mount em up as straight as you can get them then put em on the truck..find out they're way sideways/aimed like shit, take them apart, re-mount upside down this time, figure that out, mount right side up too far right and down...you get the point :) sooner or later you'll get em perfect then pop em in the oven and you're good
     
  4. Mar 9, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    You are doing ok.

    #1- the projector it should be close to the OEM reflector. You don't want to have too much to fill up with glue. Either way ,,, once you glue the two together ,, they become one piece..

    It is very important that you install them, as much you can, - right in the center. If you do this right ,, you won't have any problem adjusting your lights at the end

    #2- don't start cutting the shroud till you fix the new projector inside the oem reflector. After you install the projector ,, you start with the shroud.
     
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    do u mean te=he reflector should be as close to the reflector from inside or by looking from the back. With the projectors inside looking at the mounting holes I have like an inch or more between the mounting holes and the reflectors. Why is it not sitting on the reflector tight?
    As far as the shroud goes wont it be easier seeing where it needs to be trimmed with the projector out and just not mount it on the projector yet?
    But im confused where I need to trim it and where the trimmed part sits on the projector should it sit flush on the mounting holes after trimmed?
    Thanks
     
  6. Mar 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    not sure about the shroud, don't have em. as far as my projectors i just cut a hole in the bowl big enough for the butt of the projector then slid it in till it stopped. where it stopped is where i drilled and mounted, i have all 4 corners of my projector touching the bowl, but that's it.
     
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  8. Mar 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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    when u say 4 corners do u mean the 4 corners where the holes for the screws are cause i have like over an inch gap here do I need a bigger hole than a 2.5" holesaw hole?
     
  9. Mar 9, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    well, your 2.5" hole is off center slightly and the trimming on the shroud looks really rough, but your getting the main idea. just make sure you center the projector to the reflector and not the off-center hole you made and you should be good when using the OEM adjustment knobs. the projector should be mounted snug up against the reflector, so there should be no real spacing there (except in this specific reflectors case b/c the hole is offcenter).
     
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    how do u know its off center by the circular indentation the bac of the reflector?
    should i take a dremel and try to center it more? or leave it? cause its gonna be real hard to center the projector on the reflector if the hole is off center right?
     
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    also yosh is that the right spot i need to have the shroud trimmed so it slips over the grooves that it is sitting on or no?
     
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    yea don't worry about it too much, just put it in there, use a bit of glue or tape to hold it in place, put it on your truck, if it lines up, mount the hell out of it
     
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    i just like to check before i do things cause if i dont i will screw them up lol
     
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    i dont know how i got it off centered to that seemed to be the only way the holesaw would fit on it without slipping off i drilled from the back which i believe is the only way.
     
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    cause im good...!:D

    yea, that is plenty to trim the shroud, give the poor thing some rest!! i only trimmed about 0.125" deep when i did 1BlkT and will do the same on mine.
     
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    drilling at an angle or its the camera angle. all i know, that hole should be lined up w/ those vertical lines and such, and from the pic it doesnt appear to be so.
     
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    yea, just put it together temporaily and see how it works. mine was god-awful at first. looke like i was lighting up the damn sky lol i was so tired when i re-mounted the projectors i put them in upside down twice.
     
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    but that is where the trimmed part on the shroud sits on the projector? in the pic i have? and i should be okay not trimming the offcenter hole I have anymore? how can i center the projector on the reflector if the hole is offcenter? try another one? lol
     
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    ^ that is the whole part of modding...fixing stuff on the fly and off the cuff!!
     
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    yep..if it's off center, best get out the dremel and make the hole bigger :)
     
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