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Old 02-24-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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Default anyone install MORIMOTO MINI H1 4.1 in their bug eye housings?

I'm looking to install some correct hid projectors and the MORIMOTO MINI H1 4.1 look to fit the bill since they are easy to install in the bulb circular housing and involves no cutting or very little as compared to fx35 retrofits and like wise. Has anyone had experience with them? They are bi-xenon and look to have great quality and a nice cutoff, better than my hid's in my factory housing:roll eyes: They also make a ds2 version of the projector. The trick with these is that they install and tighten to the existing hole in the headlight where a factory halogen would normally go, much easier to aim and install.
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http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=3181
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:32 AM   #2
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The H1s are easier to install and are better than the D2S versions because they are more refined. Ive installed E55s, FXRs, and the D2S Morimoto minis in the Bugeye housings. The best of the bunch are the FXRs,I.M.H.O. but the H1s would be the easiest to install by far. Here is a link to my thread. The Bugeye install starts on post 244, page. It shows a D2S install.

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Old 02-24-2012, 11:25 AM   #3
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I've only done 1 retrofit, and I chose the D2s because I wanted the unit to be mounted directly to aftermarket adjuster bolts instead onto the base of the (oem) bugeye reflector, and because of the many D2S replacement "bulb" options relative to H1.

Matt from TRS posted the following differences in a thread at hidplanet:
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For the most part, the performance of the Mini D2S and Mini H1 projectors is even, but I will highlight some of the small differences below:

1) Beam uniformity: The Mini D2S is a bit better in this category, with slightly more even-ness in its output.
2) Beam Width: The Mini H1 is slightly wider here
3) High beam performance: The Mini D2S has a brighter, more defined high beam (bi-xenon) output
4) Cutoff color/sharpness: The projectors are even, since they use the same exact lens - giving them a sharp and colorful cutoff line.
5) Bulb type used: Obviously the H1 takes H1 and D2S takes D2S, and we feel that D2S bulbs offer a bit more precision, though no more light.
6) Size: The D2S version is about 1/2" shorter in overall depth, but is also barely wider and a little bit taller than the H1 version.
7) Modification to your OEM housing: the diameter of the mounting shaft on the H1 is 22mm, whereas it's 32mm on the D2S model, so you probably wont have to modify anything at all when using the MH1, whereas you will likely have to just widen the diameter of the existing bulb opening to use the D2S projector.

Therefore, if you value the categories more than the H1 wins, you should probably go that route - and vice versa for the D2S model.

Personally I just "like" the D2S model more since I favor the categories that it outshines the H1 model more in, but ultimately its up to you - since both should fit your vehicle with little to no modifications at all.
Granted, the post was in Sep 2010, so the current mini H1 & D2S may be different enough, particularly the H1 4.1 ones.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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just finished ordering the h1 mini retro kit and according to matt, they are coming out with improved ballasts in 3-4 days. these also retain the DRLs as long as its not CAN-BUS
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:23 PM   #5
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:21 AM   #6
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what shrouds are those and which projector-ds2 or h1? Got some night time pics? It looks freaking awesome!
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:43 AM   #7
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They are e55 shrouds with mini h1 projectors no night time pics though.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:47 AM   #8
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Lightbulb Mini D2S

Here's the output from the Mini D2S I used. These do a much better job lighting the road compared to the stock halogen reflectors (which in turn did a better job compared to the stock halogen fresnel lens in my older GC/GM/GF impreza).

The bulb seating on the driver's side unit is a bit off (a known possible issue with Mini D2S units); you can see a bit of cutoff bowing & possibly a shadow from the high beam solenoid top. The off-centered hot spot is a bit hard to see in this picture (taken in auto setting).


The aftermarket housing doesn't require a shroud
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #9
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What housing/lights are those you installed the D2S in?
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:07 PM   #10
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What housing/lights are those you installed the D2S in?
Aftermarket. They came stock with low beam H1 (halogen) 2.5" projectors and high beam H1 reflectors. I chose these as a DIY base because I was contemplating on putting cornering lights on the original high beam location to complement the Mini D2S bixenon in winding roads. I used Hella Optilux projectors in the picture above. The Matchbox mini or Bosch H3s would probably work better.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:02 PM   #11
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Your driver's side bulb seating is WAY off. Fiddle with it, you should get much closer to the right hand side (where your hotspot is right at its optimal point).
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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Your driver's side bulb seating is WAY off. Fiddle with it, you should get much closer to the right hand side (where your hotspot is right at its optimal point).
On the picture I posted, yes. That wasn't why I posted the picture though.
Wiggling the base resolved that issue, but I never bothered to take any new pictures.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:18 PM   #13
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I just did a retrofit into my 02 wrx wagon with the new Morimoto Mini H1 4.1 projectors.

DIY is here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2369555

Contrary to what they claim, you will have to mod the reflectors slightly in order to confidently mount these. However, you don't have to widen the hole in the back of the reflector, which is nice. You just need to remove some of the back, where the bulb socket is. The link above shows how I modded the reflectors. It's pretty straightforward and the projectors feel very secure.


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