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Old 05-08-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default My Bugeye got ANother EYE Transplant (3rd Retrofit)

Bought my car with koji modded headlights


Shortly after that I retroed some e46 bixenons in used housings


Wanted less chrome - wanted something sportier (same projectors)


The lenses got pretty bad on these after a while, wet sanding only made it slightly better, so I got these.

USDM replicas, and rocked them for 6 or so months

Started driving at night a lot more and wanted hid again... this time I wanted more light, using porsche bixenons with 55w ballasts.


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Front


Unfortunately I don't have many spots around the area that have little ambient lighting, this is the best so far (got it done today)






Driver side IS dimmer because it's still the 35w matsu****a ballast, need to wait on a new d2s connector to come in soon (hopefully)...

Porsche bixenon projectors (HUGE)
55w Apexcone/DDM ballasts (TINY)
Osram 66040 bulbs (maybe swapping for 85122+)
E46 shroud (painted obviously)
Amber led corner running light
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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Thats quite a bit of light modding. Hope your happy with the final setup. BTW lip looks sick. Its one piece? Brand?
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:22 PM   #3
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Thats quite a bit of light modding. Hope your happy with the final setup. BTW lip looks sick. Its one piece? Brand?
Yes I am finally happy with the headlamps... I bought the car with the lip, I believe it's a v1 STi. Might be doing something with the fogs now though,
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:49 PM   #4
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wow, frankenheadlights for sure!
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:59 PM   #5
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Looks good. Driver side seems a bit off rotationaly, could use clockwise adjustment.

Raise the drivers side beam while you are at it.

But great job man, retrofits make driving at night a pleasure! Those shrouds kick ass inside those lights...never seen that before.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:47 PM   #6
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Looks good. Driver side seems a bit off rotationaly, could use clockwise adjustment.

Raise the drivers side beam while you are at it.

But great job man, retrofits make driving at night a pleasure! Those shrouds kick ass inside those lights...never seen that before.
Yea I was in the process of aiming them and I didn't bolt the center bolts which keep the lights leveled. It's level though. I need to raise them both up a bit but I'm just going to wait until I swap the other ballast. I don't have the philips horizontal adjustment screw like stock headlights and my socket wrench doesn't fit behind the headlights so I basically have to take them off tighten/loosen and check them...
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:41 PM   #7
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+1 on those shrouds
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:40 AM   #8
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They're my favorite shrouds, too bad they're so expensive and hard to come by but they do have replicas out now...

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Old 05-11-2008, 02:17 PM   #9
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any experience with the replicas??
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:21 PM   #10
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No not personally - there was a review on hidplanet and I believe they are only missing the xenon with the indents going all the way around... also they are thicker plastic and chrome is more durable from what I read
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:49 PM   #11
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ahh.. that's not a bad deal then if it's really that much more affordable
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:22 PM   #12
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Your car looks like a vehicular terminator t800....
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:05 PM   #13
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Posted this in another thread, figured I'd post it here in case anyone was thinking about where to mount the ballasts...

The ballast I'm using (black one)


Screws attached


Drilled holes, you can see the screw ends sticking through with washers and nuts, the right one is hidden slightly by the loom


Right under that sheet


Driver side had lots of room under there to mount to that sheet, the passenger side has some wiring under which makes it more congested but as you can see my ballasts are small...
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:12 PM   #14
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You go through headlights like I go through girlfriends. Hey oh!
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:21 PM   #15
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are you running the high voltage from the ballasts through those crimp connectors?
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:48 PM   #16
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No those connectors are for the high beam solenoids and power to the ballasts...

Igniter to the d2s connector is connected with amp connectors and I haven't messed with the wires on them (they're long enough)
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:16 PM   #17
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damm they look hot. I'm thinking of doing this since I have a spare set of cheap replica morettes(after diy splitter and guage install). Just where did you get you supplies, average cost of your conversions and average time dedicated to it??
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:00 PM   #18
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damm they look hot. I'm thinking of doing this since I have a spare set of cheap replica morettes(after diy splitter and guage install). Just where did you get you supplies, average cost of your conversions and average time dedicated to it??
Check out Jdubya's thread for a better look on how you do it...
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1482552

It will probably be harder on replica morettes (they have two projectors right?), because not many projectors can fit in their location...

Prices

Porsche bixenon projectors - I paid 120 a long time ago (now they're a lot harder to find and more expensive), projectors run 100-300 depending on the projector
55w Apexcone/DDM ballasts - I paid 160, OEM ballasts run about the same for 35w used ones
Osram 66040 bulbs (maybe swapping for 85122+) - I am now running 85122+ bulbs, bulbs cost about $100 new or 40-60 used
E46 shroud (painted obviously) - I had these for a LONG time, I think I paid 30 for them back in the day, now they're about 150. Different shrouds cost different prices, you can even make your own from stuff in stores if you get creative.

Time depends on how confident and careful you are. I could bang out a set of bugeye headlights in a weekend taking my time I believe. I normally spent longer waiting on parts and being lazy, lol...
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Old 05-23-2008, 03:20 PM   #19
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ptirmal, thanks for the info, BIG HELP

yeagh they have two projectors. I am pretty confident that some modification to each of the projector portion of the replicas is in order. I Will not know until after my research on the projectors. looking at the the diy retro fit, it's gonna be tricky.
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ptirmal, thanks for the info, BIG HELP

yeagh they have two projectors. I am pretty confident that some modification to each of the projector portion of the replicas is in order. I Will not know until after my research on the projectors. looking at the the diy retro fit, it's gonna be tricky.

those are gonna be effin hard to do. you will have to find some sealed units (most likely hellas) and probably learn some fiberglass skills
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those are gonna be effin hard to do. you will have to find some sealed units (most likely hellas) and probably learn some fiberglass skills
thanks for the tip on the hellas, i have to do research for sure on this.
I am thinking of keeping away from fiber glass. I hear it`s kinda fragile.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:15 AM   #22
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thanks for the tip on the hellas, i have to do research for sure on this.
I am thinking of keeping away from fiber glass. I hear it`s kinda fragile.
Who told you that? Fiberglass done right is EXTREMELY strong
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