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Old 03-17-2012, 03:58 PM   #501
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Thanks guys! yea the led halos and diffusers are like $25 on superbrightleds and are 12v so they're really easy to wire in.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:05 PM   #502
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And quasi I'm also here to help if you have any questions or need help figuring out the retrofiting as i found it so much easier to have someone to talk to and to show what is needed / how to get it done. But my biggest suggestion is a second set of lights to retrofit as its nice to have no reason to rush the project.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:20 AM   #503
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Double fog lights? Yay or nay?



I've been thinking about but don't know yet. Idea came from this car.

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Old 04-05-2012, 04:26 AM   #504
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pretty neat imo. why not?
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:47 AM   #505
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Okay it's settled then. Soon to be installed in my car...
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:10 PM   #506
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #507
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Great work as always!
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #508
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lots of chrome in there!
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #509
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lots of chrome in there!
Yes, its a lot of chrome and he may murder them out later but after the 1rst one was done we decided it looked great-especially with the chrome accents in the grille. Hes planning on what to do after replacing the offside fender.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:14 AM   #510
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im pretty sure i saw this today and was like.... wtf? are those retros? nahhh gotta be ebays.. lol
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:16 AM   #511
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:41 PM   #512
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So I have 3 questions for everyone thats done these retrofits:

1. With the minimal amount of cutting required, can the mini morimoto D2S setup realistically be installed in a day or so?

2. Is the consensus that these have adequate light output (distance wise) or do some of you think you should have gone with something different for more distance?

3. How long does it take for the bulbs to reach full color? I would think pretty quick even with the 3Five ballasts?
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #513
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Well having hid as brights suck cuz its not instant but the output of my quads is amazing
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #514
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So I have 3 questions for everyone thats done these retrofits:

1. With the minimal amount of cutting required, can the mini morimoto D2S setup realistically be installed in a day or so?
/\Yes.

2. Is the consensus that these have adequate light output (distance wise) or do some of you think you should have gone with something different for more distance?
/\While not optimum for distance they are far better than the stock halogens.

3. How long does it take for the bulbs to reach full color? I would think pretty quick even with the 3Five ballasts?
/\I'm pretty sure the new 3Five ballasts have a quick-fire startup circuit now like the 5Fives.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #515
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Hey aleutdude, do you have any experience comparing the 3M Window-weld Ribbon Sealer (butyl) and the Nissan Sealant Butyl? The reason I ask is that me and my brother did a retrofit on his 2010 Ram (which were a pain to open as they had the newer type of perma-seal) and we resealed them using the 3M stuff.

Well, my first impressions of the stuff is that I didn't think it hardened enough to seal the headlights but it seemed to work...atleast for a month. Then one headlight got moisture inside so we took it apart, resealed it, and this time put a small bead of the Black silicone 2 on the OUTSIDE on any area that looked questionable. A few weeks later and now both headlights are fogging.

I have read that the Nissan stuff is the way to go. Just wanting to know if it will harden more than the 3M stuff, as I am not impressed with that.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:14 PM   #516
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I have no experience with the 3M stuff but I have used the Nissan sealant and it works well if heated enough. The butyl I currently use is the stuff Theretrofitsource sells and it works like stock sealant. I don't do permasealed headlights because of the need to cut most of them apart. A lot of the ones I've seen done on HID planet have been reassembled with 5 minute epoxy then sealed using butyl rubber or silicone(not recommended). You can try removing the silicone and using butyl rubber again but that will be a huge headache. One other option would be to put dessicant packs in the headlights-these are bigger versions of the packs in pill bottles that remove moisture. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #517
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Yea the 3M stuff sucks. Its too soft and sticky and doesn't really hold the light together. If the RetroFitSource stuff is like stock sealant, than I guess that's what I need. Have you ever needed to redo any lights after using it?

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Old 08-24-2012, 04:41 PM   #518
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One as far as I know. Just make sure to get it warm enough to make it very soft and you should be ok. Also make sure to remove ALL of the silicone. Theretrofitsource stuff isn't for holding the light together, though. That's why most guys who deal with permasealed lights epoxy them together and use a sealant as well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:37 AM   #519
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My first BMW retro, paint and halo upgrade. The project begins with a pair of depo lights:


The sealant on these does soften with heat but required a bit more work to get apart:


The adjusters for vertical and horizontal aspect look like this. They fit in slots in the housing and stabilize the low/highbeam assembly:


The slider for the horizontal adjustment had one "ear" broken and wouldn't hold the projector assembly properly so I made a bracket out of angle aluminum and held it on with a tiny self-tapping screw. Problem solved:
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:45 AM   #520
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Here you can see the halogen projector on the left and an E55 single-xenon HID projector on the right. Fortunately for me they are virtually identical:


The easiest "retro" I've ever done. It just bolts in place of the halogen unit:


A comparison of the chrome unit and the painted headlight mocked-up:

Oops! Pay no attention to the photographer's toe! Lol!

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:52 AM   #521
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The sharp-eyed may have noticed that the mockup unit does not have halos. These models come with CCFL halos that are frail, dim and short-lived. I plan on fitting a set of chip-on-board LED halos in place of the CCFL units since the owner wanted the look of the newer BMWs. This is a link to the halos I plan on using:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...ghts-cob/1135/

Thats all for now. The halos arrive on Monday.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #522
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Another project I'm working on. I blacked-out everything but the reflector bowls. These will also be getting the lenses freshened up:


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Old 11-16-2012, 12:06 AM   #523
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I haven't been able to do much with these since some parts I needed were on backorder from Theretrofitsource.com. I had them split up the order and forward the parts that weren't backordered to me.
Progress! The Chip-On-Board LEDs are mounted and stoopid-bright:


The 5k bulbs are in and fired up:


Mockup pic. This is with the halos lit up only-the flash makes it seem like the projector is lit up as well, it isn't:


Another mockup pic without flash and just the halos lit up:


I'll try to snap some output pics later. The stock E-55 single projectors put out a nice, uniform beam that is well matched to the Morimoto 5k bulbs. There is some detail painting to be done on the halos. I had to get creative with the JB weld(think mounting a flat ring on a cone) so some brushwork will be needed to make it all look seamless.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:09 AM   #524
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Those are looking very nice! I thought doing the halos but since my last retrofit was my first I didn't want to get too carried away.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:17 AM   #525
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Thanks. Halos can be a cinch or a complete pain to mount. Wiring these LED halos is a breeze, though-no ballasts like the CCFL halos-just a little heatsink to worry about. Halos on Subies get a lot of hate I found. The only reason I don't have them on my current setup is due to a lack of space with the shrouds I used. That being said, I may mount up a set of these bright buggers in the future-just to rile up some folks. Nobody can hate on these much since they're going on a Beemer! Lol!
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