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Re: New Projector retrofit kit for WK $250.

yes, but the projectors didnt come with the hid bulb, or kit...but the projector has a solenoid which basically flips the cutoff line, i think haha
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:19 AM
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Re: New Projector retrofit kit for WK $250.

bi-xenons allow you to use the same projector for low beams and high beams. Different projectors have different ways of achieving this, but my favorite uses the solenoid to move part of the shield (what creates the cut-off line) out of the way.

I would stay away from that "kit." The quality and output is unknown, there are no provisions for aiming, they'll look like crap, they might not fit, and you can get OEM components for less than that. I just sold a pair of bi-xenon Hella projectors and Phillips bulbs (capsules) for $100. You can get OEM ballasts for like $120.

If you're going to take the time to open up your headlights to "screw in" those projectors, take the time to do a proper retrofit. It really isn't that hard, it just takes a little effort but it's worth it. Those screw-in projects may not even fit some headlights because of how far forward they have to sit.

If anyone's interested I can post some pics of a DubJ retrofit I did.
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If anyone's interested I can post some pics of a DubJ retrofit I did.
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Re: New Projector retrofit kit for WK $250.

This is the ones I referred to in Rob's thread. They have been around for some time now and evolved a bit since, the latest models come in two sizes, with remote and LED in larger projector (here) but I do not see how you can have a projector/bulb/balast/halo and remote kit for $213.


When I researched them some time back they cost twice that and I would find plenty of people who bought them but never any install reviews. I remember someone saying that the projectors where bi-halogen which makes sense.

If you check this thread, the vendor shows a clear cut off but the only real life feed back at post #157 shows a different story.
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Re: New Projector retrofit kit for WK $250.

Cut a hole in the reflector to allow part of the projector bowl to stick through but not so large that it's larger than the mounting tabs on the projector. Then drill holes so you can bolt the projector to the reflector. Some people use springs on the bolt portion between the projector and reflector to making aiming easier but I didn't want any free play so I used aluminum spacers. It took a lot more time to get it right but they're rock solid.









Once I made sure rotational and up-and-down adjustments were perfect, I JB Welded the back. It isn't pretty but no one sees this part. Now the projector REALLY isn't going anywhere.



Then you need to install a shroud on the front to keep light from leaking from the sides of the projector. There are countless ways to do this but I made one from fiberglass. I stretched some fleece over the projector (after it was all taped up), secured it to the projector lens holder portion with a large hose clamp, then secured it around the reflector portion. Then just apply fiberglass resin to thoroughly saturate it. Because I didn't want to mess up the shape of the top, once this layer dried, I added some fiberglass mat to the bottom to stiffen it up. The shroud wasn't done in these pics, it still needed to be sanded and painted (low-gloss black)







To give it a finished look, you could use a bezel from a different vehicle. The chrome ones were from a BMW.

You can use black RTV silicone to lock on the shroud and bezel if you want.

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Re: New Projector retrofit kit for WK $250.

Hey Jdub, are your still doing the WJ retrofit you mentioned a while back?

The retrofit looks interesting but Im wondering if the lighting and seal would be perfect.
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The retrofit looks interesting but Im wondering if the lighting and seal would be perfect.
Yeah, the retrofit (HID and LED) is "done" I just have to put it all together. Since I now have a WK, this project got put on the back burner.

What do you mean you wonder if the lighting will be perfect? The output is amazing and they're aimed to match the original halogens and the cutoff is flat. It doesn't get much better than OEM HID projectors. The seal will be as good as OEM. I've separated and resealed many headlights, including my PITA '09 OEM HIDs, and never had a problem with condensation.
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Yeah, the retrofit (HID and LED) is "done" I just have to put it all together. Since I now have a WK, this project got put on the back burner.

What do you mean you wonder if the lighting will be perfect? The output is amazing and they're aimed to match the original halogens and the cutoff is flat. It doesn't get much better than OEM HID projectors. The seal will be as good as OEM. I've separated and resealed many headlights, including my PITA '09 OEM HIDs, and never had a problem with condensation.
Def let me know when you finish it

Oh with the second part of my post, I meant the original link in the first post, not your retrofit .
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Def let me know when you finish it

Oh with the second part of my post, I meant the original link in the first post, not your retrofit .
Will do. I was actually working on it yesterday. I just have to finish sanding and painting the shrouds before I can reassemble them.

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Looks like nice work, I like that last picture too. Any shots of the headlight reassembled ?
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Looks like nice work, I like that last picture too. Any shots of the headlight reassembled ?
Thanks, I haven't gotten that far yet
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