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Ultimate HID retrofit!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by yosh2000, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Apr 2, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    yosh2000

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    06/20/10 UPDATE AT BOTTOM

    well, finally started on my much anticipated FX-R retro with level motors...!! i know, i know, its going to take me awhile to finish them too, but i decided to document some stuff just in case you guys want to try it as well.

    here is a link to the thread that gave me the idea to do this. all the electronic wiring is exactly the same, as i tested it today.

    first off, ordered an OEM level switch from a 04-09 toyota sienna XLE version ONLY (as this is the only model that comes w/ HIDs from my understanding)! this switch (PN 84152-33030) will fit and matches our slots perfectly.
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    here are some pics of the level motor. dont know the PN, but its from 2003+ celicas w/ HID headlights, and most likely other toyota/lexus vehicles w/ HIDs as well.
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    here are some pics of the level motor completely retracted and completely extended. i get about 0.156" of travel. did some math, and even w/ my bed loaded w/ 1600#, i will still be able to level out my headlights!!
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    05/15/10 UPDATE
    test fitted the motors today. here is a vid showing the reflector (and therefore the projector when mounted) moving ever so slightly. this movement will raise/lower the cutoff. vids of this can be found on youtube now, and i will post my actual one when completed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFaYiVVUPpQ

    06/20/10 UPDATE
    been busy doing retros for two other guys, so finally got to get back to this one...

    the following series of shots is how i mounted the motors. i used that two part epoxy putty stuff to fill in and give a more solid mounting surface...enjoy! im aiming to finish this thing by next weekend as a i have a roadtrip to CO and it sure would be nice to have these lights installed before them....so check back often!

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  2. Apr 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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    WOW! now thats kind of sweet
     
  3. Apr 2, 2010 at 11:50 PM
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  4. Apr 3, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    I will be very interested in seeing out this turns out...I would like to know how the level motors are going to be mounted to the headlights
     
  5. Apr 3, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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  6. Apr 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    cool, but almost seems like all that work for minimal gain.

    Now you're going to have to hack up the plastic housing and mount this device. Run extra wires and shit. More things to go wrong.. :eek:

    To me, it would be easier to just use a screwdriver for about 30 secs if i had to adjust the elevation of the cutoff.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    yea but your missing the entire point...how many 05+ tacos have a HID retrofit w/ a cockpit on the fly level switch..;) i could adjust w/ a screwdriver, but i would not be able to achieve replication of my cutoffs.

    what can i say, im an engineer, i live for geek stuff like this!
     
  9. Apr 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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    Sounds like it will be awesome!!
     
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    I'll be watching this one as well.
     
  13. Apr 3, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    Sweet! How about a group buy!! :D jk! This is going to be sweet! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
     
  14. May 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM
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    bump for update! going to start tearing apart my smoked 09+ lights tonight!
     
  15. May 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM
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    Ooh, very nice!
     
  16. May 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM
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    That's awesome! How'd you mount the motor? Got a pic?
     
  17. May 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM
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    OMFG! I just finished PM'ing you about my Retros. I thought I was all happy and excited until I opened this Bull Shit up. Thanks Jackass. Now you've got me drooling all over this shit. YOu've just got to tinker and be creative now. Fantastic.

    Tell me kind sir, how much more is it to get the switch, the parts, and labor to step my Once Happy Retros up? Huh? Jerk.

    Looks like I'll be looking into this now. You can never be just satisfied.


    Note to self. Don't open up any threads that has to do with Lights & Yosh.
     
  18. May 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    So how much for an upgrade, cough cough. Dang you Josh. Looks good and I'm still loving my retros, thanks again.
     
  19. May 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM
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    ^ what can i say ray, i aim to please. and most of my mods i dont mind doing for people for the right price for my time...but this ones for me and me alone! i can help out in any way i can for PNs, ideas, and pics, but my this is a therapeutic for me to handle all the crap that has been going on in my life...!!

    i removed the lower screw mount, then enlarged it to 13/16, cut three notches for it to pass thru and turned. it was just a mock up on a busted set of egay lights to see if it would all work. now that it has, i'll get a nice, clean, and sturdy mounting of the motors and post some pics when i do.
     
  20. May 15, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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    ^Yep Ty. . .

    I was going to tackle the Retros but as they sit all pretty in the original box. My dirt bike has taken so much of my time now. Learning to work on it, ride, and mod it has consumed me.

    I even thought of selling my Retro kit to fund my Bike. :(


    However, Yosh's work is amazing and I freaking need Spindles now.

    I sit and dwell on yours, Amirs, & Yosh's Spindled Tacos. Then you and Yosh have Retros. . . AGGGGGGH.

    Sometimes I had this forum as I would've never done so much to my truck. I'd be a happy normal stock Taco with a lot more $$$$ & time. :p
     
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