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Old 09-01-2014, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default High beam projectors?

My new car has really low quality high beam lighting do to the previous owner painting the insides black. It looks great but the high beams are useless from painting the bowls black not allowing the chrome to reflect light. Has anyone done a high beam projector or have any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Keep in mind I like the look. :-) But want better high beam quality if possible.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:19 AM   #2
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buy new lights....forget 'the(kiddie) look'

that is the only answer
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:20 AM   #3
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You could open the lights and remove the paint on the reflector bowl
or
You could open the lights and retrofit bixenon projectors and have HID high beams (and leave the stock high beams as is)
or
You could add additional auxiliary lighting.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:25 AM   #4
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I was just worried about the paint not coming off or it removing the reflective material. I would guess it's pretty thin.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:29 AM   #5
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I was just worried about the paint not coming off or it removing the reflective material. I would guess it's pretty thin.
yeah.....its real easy to screw the p00ch on these.....been tried and failed at before

get new lights.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:31 AM   #6
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I might go the projector route. Or possibly auxiliary lights but not super thrilled on that. I kinda like the clean look.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:35 AM   #7
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Find a pair of used LS460 high beam halogen projectors. Leave them halogen.

There are other oem headlights that come with halogen high beam projectors.

Alternatively, you can find a ~3.5" round halogen high beam reflector that you can graft into the housing.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:48 AM   #8
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Good idea.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:59 AM   #9
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Default High beam projectors?

I think the best idea is the bixenon retrofit. Given you like the current look, this allows you to leave the trashed high beam as is and have a projector that will handle both low and high beam (bixenon).

Or retrofit a small projector in the high beam area but I am not sure how well a projector wil fit in that space. Edit: Satrya's idea of halogen projector is nice too, but I am wondering how much spare there is for a projector there.


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Old 09-02-2014, 01:34 PM   #10
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... I am wondering how much spare there is for a projector there.
Indeed. I don't guarantee that they will always fit.

The LS460's halogen high beam projectors have the bulbs mounted from the side, which helps minimize the depth clearance requirement. And because they're halogen, they are typically not overpriced by those looking for everything HID or LED.

As for grafting round halogen high beam reflectors, they typically don't require that much more depth than the oem halogen high beams. This is a 2 1/4" example running 55W H1 halogen bulbs:


Here's a slightly bigger one (~3.2") running H1 or H7 halogen bulbs. I have no first hand experience with this one (as I don't own one), but if the pictures are not doctored, the output is quite reasonable:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/CHA-D...488971956.html


Compared to the painted oem reflectors, any one of those above will outperform.
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