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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

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i would like to see the results AFTER a few rain excursions.

OP has cajones to cut up the housing and expect no condensation/

i hope it lasts.
lol, after the first rain drive, one of them did get some condensation. I just dried it with a heat gun from a safe distance. I'll remove the headlight later when I find time and find the spot where it didn't seal right.
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I was considering buying a second pair of headlight and having them done by one of the retrofitters that TRS recommends.

I have had experience with the Valeo headlight housings from my touareg and I have not come up with a way to open one unless you cut the lip off like you did.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

So to open them you had to cut part of the lens? What did you use, a dremmel?
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

I plan on doing this same mod but I was wondering on how you actually opened the headlight sealant?
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I plan on doing this same mod but I was wondering on how you actually opened the headlight sealant?
He just said, he had to cut the lens.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

Hey Everyone!

I've been lurking on your forum drooling over the new Jeep WK2's and I can't wait to hopefully own one in about a year or so. Although I may not own a Jeep yet, I figured with my past and current retrofit experience, and knowledge, I could answer a few general questions or clarify things a bit more.

First off (I don't want to start this into a flame war), but this is the proper way to equip your vehicle with HID's so I commend the OP for doing this. Reflector housings and even halogen-projectors glare, and in some cases, a lot. I've seen past pictures and threads of people denying this, but it's the truth.

To the OP, great looking retrofit! I was pleasantly pleased to see you used the Gatling Gun 2.0 shrouds which helps to answer the question if the new FX-R 3.0's would fit or not.

To the first time retrofitter and/or someone with little knowledge in this department, I would suggest keeping it simple with the MH1 (Morimoto) projectors unless you have a separate set of lights to work on. Unlike some of the larger projectors 98% of the projector sits inside of the light itself which is then held on by a nut/bolt method. Fairly easy retrofit as generally the only cutting/modification is making the bulb access area slightly larger.

The user who mentioned the FX-R 3.0 losing width is correct. They concentrated on adding more foreground lighting and cleaning up the cutoff giving it the sharpest one I have seen to date. If you're worried about width (which in this case is very minimal) you can always rely on your foglights to do the trick. Previously I had the MH1's equipped in my car, sold them, and purchased the FX-R 3.0's a day or two after they came out. In my opinion, they're the best all-around BiXenon projector out there without spending $600+.

Unlike the MH1 retrofit, the FX-R 3.0s are not held in my a nut/bolt method nor is most of the projector sitting inside of the light (unless you get creative). From what I have seen there are two methods to mounting it; creating your own mounting brackets and/or using a high strength and high heat epoxy such as JB Weld. Size wise it is also substantially larger then the MH1 projectors. The mid-base can take up an entire light opening. On a bright note, I mentioned it was good news the OP use the Gatling Gun 2.0 shrouds as this is compatible with the the 3.0's. In my case the shroud became the most difficult part to integrate into the headlight housing.

Sorry if it looked like a lot of rambling but due to the little time the FX-R 3.0's have been out I figured I would clarify some things about them.

At this point I can't give any advice with cutting or wiring since I don't have the Jeep quite yet. I'd also like to apologize if I look like an idiot doing this.

Carry on!
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

@BF07: It's cool man. What's your current ride and do you have any current pics of the FX-R 3.0 output? I've seen some but not many. As you mentioned, I like the MH1's as well but I'm using them as fogs
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

This pic is roughly 20-25' from the wall...



Here is the link to the first retrofit on a 2007 Ford Fusion (MH1):

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?42431-Ford-Fusion-Retrofit&highlight=ford+fusion
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Here is the link to the first retrofit on a 2007 Ford Fusion (MH1):

http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?42431-Ford-Fusion-Retrofit&highlight=ford+fusion
Oh ok man hell yeah! I saw that post on HDP. I'm really interested in the FX-R 3.0 for one of my parents' car for a retrofit possibly.
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Let me know if you do. Since it'll be another year or so I don't have any use for them. In other words I'm willing to part ways.
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Hey Everyone!

I've been lurking on your forum drooling over the new Jeep WK2's and I can't wait to hopefully own one in about a year or so. Although I may not own a Jeep yet, I figured with my past and current retrofit experience, and knowledge, I could answer a few general questions or clarify things a bit more.

First off (I don't want to start this into a flame war), but this is the proper way to equip your vehicle with HID's so I commend the OP for doing this. Reflector housings and even halogen-projectors glare, and in some cases, a lot. I've seen past pictures and threads of people denying this, but it's the truth.

To the OP, great looking retrofit! I was pleasantly pleased to see you used the Gatling Gun 2.0 shrouds which helps to answer the question if the new FX-R 3.0's would fit or not.

To the first time retrofitter and/or someone with little knowledge in this department, I would suggest keeping it simple with the MH1 (Morimoto) projectors unless you have a separate set of lights to work on. Unlike some of the larger projectors 98% of the projector sits inside of the light itself which is then held on by a nut/bolt method. Fairly easy retrofit as generally the only cutting/modification is making the bulb access area slightly larger.

The user who mentioned the FX-R 3.0 losing width is correct. They concentrated on adding more foreground lighting and cleaning up the cutoff giving it the sharpest one I have seen to date. If you're worried about width (which in this case is very minimal) you can always rely on your foglights to do the trick. Previously I had the MH1's equipped in my car, sold them, and purchased the FX-R 3.0's a day or two after they came out. In my opinion, they're the best all-around BiXenon projector out there without spending $600+.

Unlike the MH1 retrofit, the FX-R 3.0s are not held in my a nut/bolt method nor is most of the projector sitting inside of the light (unless you get creative). From what I have seen there are two methods to mounting it; creating your own mounting brackets and/or using a high strength and high heat epoxy such as JB Weld. Size wise it is also substantially larger then the MH1 projectors. The mid-base can take up an entire light opening. On a bright note, I mentioned it was good news the OP use the Gatling Gun 2.0 shrouds as this is compatible with the the 3.0's. In my case the shroud became the most difficult part to integrate into the headlight housing.

Sorry if it looked like a lot of rambling but due to the little time the FX-R 3.0's have been out I figured I would clarify some things about them.

At this point I can't give any advice with cutting or wiring since I don't have the Jeep quite yet. I'd also like to apologize if I look like an idiot doing this.

Carry on!

Thanks. Good points. My wife is really happy with the output of this MH1 and how they turned out. It was a good choice, and easy install.
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For the price, and general ease of install, the MH1's are a great buy. Whenever I get my WK2 a headlight retrofit will be my first task along with the fogs.
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