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Old 07-02-2003, 07:32 PM   #1
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Is it at all possible to convert RHD lights to LHD?

I want to get some JDM lights, but I don't like the idea of blinding my fellow drivers. I know you can lower them, and that reduces the problem a little bit, but that isn't enough for me!
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Old 07-02-2003, 07:45 PM   #2
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It has been done, but it involves a difficult and risky procedure of taking the lights apart and opening up the optical units. Most people won't want to try this on a set of lights they just spent $7-800 on.
Look for a set of EDM lights, they are harder to find and more expensive but have the correct LHD beam pattern.
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Old 07-03-2003, 12:05 AM   #3
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people have been cracking open headlights since the cars came out

do a search on www.i-club.com

it was posted by imprezer or something like that, with pics


good luck if you try it, I said screw it and just adjusted the RHD pattern as well as I could

speed safely

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Old 07-03-2003, 12:31 AM   #4
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yea dont bother craking them open, just adjust them the best you can
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Old 07-03-2003, 02:15 AM   #5
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if I am not mistaken, Alex made the beam line horizontal, without the angle
here's the link
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Old 07-03-2003, 08:35 AM   #6
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FYI you can't link to i-club from here, there is a filter that changes the URL from i-club to NASIOC. Has to do with preserving the ability to link to old threads here. You can cut and paste the URL and change it manually.
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Old 07-03-2003, 04:38 PM   #7
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now that is already ridiculous
insert i-club domain here/forums/showthread.php?threadid=3988&highlight=projector+m od
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Old 07-05-2003, 06:26 PM   #8
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just did my jdm projectors today and converted them to a flat beam. i just hated the \_ \_ pattern on the road. for me even the lhd projectors with the _/ _/ pattern would have still annoyed me, so i bought the cheaper jdm with this project in mind (as i have cracked open many a headlight).

all in all not too bad of a project. i did my oem headlights back a few months ago and painted them black. same process except screwing these projectors up would be a costly mistake. i suggest to you that if you attempt this, be well aware that one small mistake could mean $375 for a new headlight.

the only materials you will need are tools (duh), black silicone and some high temp black spray paint (i use 1200 degree woodstove paint from plastikote). for me it was about a 4 hour process, but i like to do things slow and right, rather than rush.

i never see this mentioned, but when re-assembling the light i put the back part in the oven (225 degrees for 7 minutes) and let the old glue get all gooey. then i put a bead of silicone around the seam, re-assemble the housing (making sure to snap everything back into place) and then put it back in the oven for another 5-6 minutes. this lets ALL the glue get gooey and warm and it also lets the silicone work in with all the glue making a really good seal.

something else that will knock about an hour of this job is a belt sander. sanding these with a file takes some time. with a belt sander or a nice dremel you can get these perfect and save about an hour.

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Old 07-26-2003, 02:02 AM   #9
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couple of questions.. to crack open the silicon, which tools did u use and how long did u bake the headlamps for at what degree? also, to shave the beam plate? how much do u sand down?

are you happy with the results? thanks
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Old 07-26-2003, 05:20 PM   #10
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Tobey

couple of questions.. to crack open the silicon, which tools did u use and how long did u bake the headlamps for at what degree? also, to shave the beam plate? how much do u sand down?

are you happy with the results? thanks
i'm very happy i did it.

i did my oem headlights before these, so i had an idea of what to expect. basically i put them in the oven at 225 for about 8 minutes, small flatheadused to pry the tabs open and the clear came right off. disassembled the inner part, shaved it down and put them back together.

as far as how much i removed? not sure, just keep filing until it's flat.
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Old 07-28-2003, 03:11 PM   #11
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So how do you change the beam pattern?
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