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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

do this infiniti q45 projectors...i think they r crap...but they look awesome!
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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

does anyone have or has anyone seen any more pictures of other retrofits on wks? this might be a fun upcomming winter project. i think i would want to do the highs and lows. has anyone seen this done with the factory fogs?
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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

Well, they are opened up. JDubya's thread and support from the forum aided my success. The passenger side is beat up a bit and its going to take some extra work to repair, but the driver side is actually quite good. Persistence, patience and experience paid off. I will do my best to do a detailed write-up for the forum members. I expect to get these things done in the next month or so. Work and other things are going to unfortunately take priority.
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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

bi-xenon is definitely the way to go, you'll love quad hi-beams! If you want the MOST light, go with 4300K capsules. If you REALLY want some extra color, go 5000K but I wouldn't go any higher. I think 4300K is plenty colorful, especially at the cutoff. Bluer bulbs just draw extra unwanted attention from cops and gives them incentive, if not a reason, to pull you over.

Since you want "Jeep" somewhere on your bezels, I know some bezels are chromed over a translucent plastic. You could, very carefully, etch/sand away the the chrome to let some light shine though. BMW has a shroud with translucent lettering, which you can kind of see in the following picture. I used to have a better shot of this but deleted it once I sold the bezels.
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bi-xenon is definitely the way to go, you'll love quad hi-beams! If you want the MOST light, go with 4300K capsules. If you REALLY want some extra color, go 5000K but I wouldn't go any higher. I think 4300K is plenty colorful, especially at the cutoff. Bluer bulbs just draw extra unwanted attention from cops and gives them incentive, if not a reason, to pull you over.

Since you want "Jeep" somewhere on your bezels, I know some bezels are chromed over a translucent plastic. You could, very carefully, etch/sand away the the chrome to let some light shine though. BMW has a shroud with translucent lettering, which you can kind of see in the following picture. I used to have a better shot of this but deleted it once I sold the bezels.
Ahhhh, I like that type of look, I know exactly what you are referring to as well. Maybe something to look into
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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

Well, I'm now looking for a whole other passenger side headlight housing. I will be slowly working on my driver's side light but I cannot get the reflector out of the housing and its not worth the risk of breaking that one as well. Also, with having to work on the whole back of the housing I think that pretty much nixes the vacuum forming since it would be so large and a ton of waste. Now I think its going to have to be some fiberglass shrouds.
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Well, I'm now looking for a whole other passenger side headlight housing. I will be slowly working on my driver's side light but I cannot get the reflector out of the housing and its not worth the risk of breaking that one as well. Also, with having to work on the whole back of the housing I think that pretty much nixes the vacuum forming since it would be so large and a ton of waste. Now I think its going to have to be some fiberglass shrouds.
keep us posted! Someone has a thread on taking it all apart and stuff, Im sure you saw, how bad is it geting the reflector seperated form the housing? I think Ive been inside one, never completely had it off though, Im going to be doing this soon, fingers x'ed
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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

I cannot see a viable way to separate the reflector from the housing. Its attached to the back of the assembly in three locations. One is a plastic ball stud that is part of the adjuster and the other two are fixed joints attached to metal ball studs. The problem is there really isn't access to pry directly on the plastic joints of the reflector. They are in locations that don't allow you to apply pressure in the proper direction. What seems to happen is you are applying force in a manner that torques the reflector and the back of the housing. The one I ruined broke through the back of the housing and then the reflector itself cracked from being twisted. I am trying to improvise a tool that will apply pressure on the reflector at the two metal ball studs by using the adjuster. I was thinking about cutting a small piece of conduit and by hopefully rotating the reflector it will gently release. If I can't get it, the retrofit will have to be done with the reflector attached. I will be sure to post my results. Unfortunately, I am going to be away from home for the next week or so and I won't be able to get any work done on the project.
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I cannot see a viable way to separate the reflector from the housing. Its attached to the back of the assembly in three locations. One is a plastic ball stud that is part of the adjuster and the other two are fixed joints attached to metal ball studs. The problem is there really isn't access to pry directly on the plastic joints of the reflector. They are in locations that don't allow you to apply pressure in the proper direction. What seems to happen is you are applying force in a manner that torques the reflector and the back of the housing. The one I ruined broke through the back of the housing and then the reflector itself cracked from being twisted. I am trying to improvise a tool that will apply pressure on the reflector at the two metal ball studs by using the adjuster. I was thinking about cutting a small piece of conduit and by hopefully rotating the reflector it will gently release. If I can't get it, the retrofit will have to be done with the reflector attached. I will be sure to post my results. Unfortunately, I am going to be away from home for the next week or so and I won't be able to get any work done on the project.
sounds good man, im excited to see if it works - fingers x'ed
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Re: Design my NEW headlights!

I figured I would just update this thread since I am not yet ready to create a whole write-up yet. At this point, my driver side headlight is completely ready for the projector retrofit. I had some time to waste before work this afternoon and I was able to separate the reflector from the housing. I did in fact improvise a tool to accomplish this task. At first I tried to use 4" vise grips and use the adjuster to apply pressure on the contact points...FAIL. Then I got to thinking I have an old brake spoon used to adjust rear drums...I busted out the dremel and cut a notch in the end similar to a pry bar. I then completely disengaged the adjuster and used a large vise grip to pry that from the reflector. One down, two to go. The modified brake spoon worked pretty effectively to separate the ball stud under the reflector. Then a little more pressure to release the mount under the high beam side. I am not going to say this is fool proof. I did feel that I could break something at any time. But, I now have a lens, a bezel, a backside of the housing and a reflector. All four pieces are separate and ready to go! I am just going to complete my driver side and see how it turns out. Then I'll start looking aggressively for a new passenger side housing.
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