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Old 02-08-2003, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Possible JDM projector lights RHD -> LHD conversion

I am interested in picking up some JDM / Prodrive projectors but LHD lights are rather difficult to find and because of that are much more expensive than the JDM's. I found the JDM's for $740 and the RHD version for $965. One of the vendors I spoke to on the phone said that converting them from RHD to LHD was possible but he said he personally didn't know exactly how to do it. He said he was going to talk to the guy who did know and email me but I have received no email yet. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience in this. Is it possible? How difficult is it? Do the lights have to be "baked" to take apart for whatever mod is required? Any amplifying information anyone could give would be much appreciated.

One more thing. I have heard people say that there's no difference between the LHD and the RHD. I have seen the pictures of the light patterns and I know there is a difference. Others have said to just aim them down to prevent blinding oncoming drivers. Whereas that may solve the problem of blinding oncoming traffic, the light beams will not shine as far ahead and signs on the right won't be lit up as well because of the backwards light pattern. I won't do either of those. I want the lights to be LHD.

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Old 02-08-2003, 09:57 PM   #2
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I have a set of LHD's that I picked up. After seeing and using the LHD beam pattern I would be very hesitant to use a RHD version of these lights. The beam pattern rises to the right and if you reversed that for the JDM version you would have to aim them way down. That would result in a very low beam pattern on the right side.

As far as converting them goes you would have to open them up to get to the shield that is in front of the light that creates the beam pattern. You would have to bake them to open them. I had to open one of mine to fix an internal issue and it really wasn't that difficult. I baked it at 230F for 20 minutes on a cookie sheet with aluminum foil on it. Use a screw driver to separate the tabs and have a sharp blade handy to cut the glue strings. To put it back together I just baked the pieces again and pressed them back together.

I looked at the light shield but didn't pay too close of attention of what it would take to remove it from the light after opening. It seems like it was 2 screws or something. Good luck.
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Old 02-09-2003, 12:52 PM   #3
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I saw a detailed post awhile back about the conversion maybe in dress-up and style..


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Old 02-09-2003, 04:58 PM   #4
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I have a set of LHD's that I picked up. After seeing and using the LHD beam pattern I would be very hesitant to use a RHD version of these lights. The beam pattern rises to the right and if you reversed that for the JDM version you would have to aim them way down. That would result in a very low beam pattern on the right side.
where did you pick up your LHD's? How much were they?
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I just found *this* thread that has good pictures of what would have to be modified. I wasn't able to find anyone who modified it successfully but i didn't find anyone who totally ckufed it up either. Just putting it out there for those interested.
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Old 02-09-2003, 06:21 PM   #6
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I got them from a local guy that HAD been importing them and had a set with some scratches on the lenses. I buffed them out and am very happy with them. I also upgraded them to HID and really like them now.

I was debating between Morette's and the EDM version of the Subaru lights. I don't know which way I would have gone if I didn't find this set as it is seems to be difficult to get a set out of Europe. If you do a search under my screen name you will find more info on this.
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Old 02-10-2003, 04:23 PM   #8
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some unlabeled pics of projectors:

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what type of bulbs come in the sti lights? i remember hearing that the sti projectors use h7. i know stock are 9007. my next question is what type of bulbs do mercedes use? if mercedes HID's are h7, would they fit in the sti housings assuming i was able to wire up the ballast? i ran into a really really good deal for some hid mercedes lights with ballast and i was just wondering.
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The EDM lights used an H1 bulb. At least that is what HID kit I used

If you looked at zacek's pictures above I think it shows really well what you have to do to modify the JDM's to work. At times I think the flat beam pattern he ended up with is better than my rises to the right pattern. I worry a little about coming up behind people to pass as the beam pattern gets a little high on the right side and with the projector/HID combo it is pretty intense even at a distance. So far no one has flashed me or flipped me off.
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I converted my JDM projectors to LHD. It required taking the lights apart and modifying the beam guide. I used JB weld to build up the low side of the guide and a few different files on the high side. It was trial and error but I finally got a good z pattern with them. If you are going to use HID's in them, I found that I had to paint the tips of the bulb to prevent hot spots from blinding on coming drivers. Painting the tips really did not affect the visible light output.
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yes indeed, a flat beam as opposed to LHD or RHD pattern in my opinion is far better. You juts adjust the main beam to the lower portion of the bumber from the car ahead of you and you are all set. You don't have to worry about if u r gonna blind incoming traffic and of the "Z" pattern lower portion is too low.
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