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Old 06-11-2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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bump...i just saw these on ebay too
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:34 AM   #3
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That ebay item is not available anymore.... possible scam?
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:55 AM   #4
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:56 AM   #5
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That ebay item is not available anymore.... possible scam?
Have you checked when this thread was posted, then looked at the date?
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:08 AM   #6
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might as well do a full retrofit...that's pretty pricey for shields

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Old 11-02-2009, 06:15 PM   #7
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+2. Projectors can be had for around $90. Bulbs,ballasts for $200 or less. The wiring harness you can make yourself. Thats a little more than $100 more than the sheilds alone whic are pricey,in my opinion.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:10 PM   #8
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Holy Expensive Aluminum Do Dads Batman!!!!

Wow that is ridiculous. They probably cost under $0.50 to make, and there is almost no R and D costs. Make a mold of the LHD EDM ones and churn out replicas.

I have bought HID projectors for less than $20 a set. The pair that are going in my JDMs are one of the best projectors around, when properly modded, and I got them for $60, and a set of Retrofit Source clear lenses for $35.

It's not like putting those in are all that much easier than doing a retrofit either. Disassembling and reassembling the light is like half the work.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:45 AM   #9
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Holy Expensive Aluminum Do Dads Batman!!!!

Wow that is ridiculous. They probably cost under $0.50 to make, and there is almost no R and D costs. Make a mold of the LHD EDM ones and churn out replicas.

I have bought HID projectors for less than $20 a set. The pair that are going in my JDMs are one of the best projectors around, when properly modded, and I got them for $60, and a set of Retrofit Source clear lenses for $35.

It's not like putting those in are all that much easier than doing a retrofit either. Disassembling and reassembling the light is like half the work.
actually...once the lens is in two, it's about 5-6 screws (and 5 minutes) to swap them. So it is infinitely easier than a full retrofit.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:57 AM   #10
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the level of precision you have to have, the tolerances you have to make in order for these to be worthwhile, is SO high and tight i wouldn't have just any neighborhood machine shop do it.

and besides, you'd be left with EDM's. they'd still be 3" H1 halogen projectors which are only marginally better than the USDM 2.5" h7 lamps anyway.

i'm much happier with my tsx retrofit, and i only spent 140 on that.

and i'm betting these ebay things were not up to OEM quality, even at $190
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:33 AM   #11
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before putting my tsx's in I talked to my friends father, owns and runs machine shop. He said for it to be machined, I'd be paying out my.....

A better option would to make a casting...but still the time and effort and whatnot to reproduce the rhd version of this shield would be high too.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:55 PM   #12
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I think the shock value is that it is 190 for two tiny pieces. My dad runs a manufacturing/moding company, so I can appreciate the effort that goes into R&D. However, you are obviously looking to recoup those costs as any businessman would.

But yeah, as others arer saying, a USDM retrofit can be done for the price of a pair of these shields. I'm sure people are buying either, though. There's always a need somewhere.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:17 AM   #13
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sorry to reactivate this old thread.

do the ebay shields work or not? I'm planning on buying them for my jdm projectors
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:24 AM   #14
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2 year old thread...
is it still cheaper to just do a retrofit?
you gotta disassemble everything to get to the shield anyway right?
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:24 AM   #15
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sorry to reactivate this old thread.

do the ebay shields work or not? I'm planning on buying them for my jdm projectors
Yes, they work fine. Look at the feedback...
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:27 AM   #16
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Yes, they work fine. Look at the feedback...
Have you tried them? will it be like the edm projectors with the conversion shields?
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #17
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Yes, I have tried and yes, after conversion beam pattern is same as in EDM's.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:30 AM   #18
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:48 PM   #19
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Just bought a set at $140.
Debated doing these vs a retro.
If I had more time I would have done the retro.
And I drive almost exclusively in the city where you really don't benefit from the higher output.

I'll try to remember to post back with some pics.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:19 PM   #20
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I just bought the tsx projectors for 108$ shipped. Better lenses...usdm lhd cut off. Direct fit? Looks close.
Anybody need a jdm leveling motor and jdm bugeye lenses?
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:38 PM   #21
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Max,
Post back after you put in the new projectors, I'm curious to see how easy it is to do.

From the write up it looks a little more involved than I want to tackle right now.

But yes, its a better deal if you're willing to cut/hack.
But if the conversion shields work as advertised I'll be happy spending the $140 on them.
I did the morimoto H1 retro on my original reflector housings so I have something to compare them to, the output was fantastic on them. Very nice cutoff and colorful line.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #22
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purchased...



lense removed



see the residue inside the lense?



i used the 3m headlight restoration kit from advanced auto...18$. 3 stages + polish. 500-800-3000-wetsand-polish. i used the wetsand and polish on the inside to remove the film. not sure if that was there for a reason but with it removed the lense went from...



to



took about 2 hours to bake and polish.

so...i bought the tsx lenses today. 108 shipped.

they look like this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150821639703...ht_1326wt_1263

they look like the bolt holes line up with the jdm subaru headlights.



see the bolt holes on the jdm locations? the four bolt holes look to be in the same position....so if it is plug and play...its fairly easy.

i assume they are close since lightwerks suggests the tsx for the upgrade. not sure what i will have to do to make them work, but i will take pics and update.

i will probably buy the wiring harness from lightwerks though, since i dont want to mess up and cause a fire.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #23
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Very nice job on getting those cleaned up, they'll look brand new when they are done.

Please keep us posted on the upgrade, I'm going to go this direction if they end up being this simple to install.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #24
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The other write up on here with the fx35 projectors requires much more cutting and fabricating.
This would be awesome if they are plug and play.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:23 PM   #25
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i agree. if its major cutting and fabbing, im just gonna leave the subaru projectors.

i'll be back. projectors will be here shortly.
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