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Old 12-21-2010, 06:46 PM   #251
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Cant wait to see these done man!

You do a great job.

I got word from Matt my Mini D2S's Kit should be here on Thursday!

My goal is to get them done in a weekend. Like I told you via PM do you think tis to ambitious to try and get them done in one day or should I wait untill next weekend so I have a solid 2 days to work on them.

I am getting Matt's Impreza brackets so they should be relievedly plug and play.
Its possible to get them done in a day but you should always give yourself a time cushion. I always try to plan for something taking roughly twice as long as I think it will! Lol!
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:50 PM   #252
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I'm hoping my jdm's come apart just as easy
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:38 PM   #253
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I'm hoping my jdm's come apart just as easy
The lenses should come off just as easy. After that I'm in uncharted territory! Should be fun.
I hope to be making more progress on the bugeye how-to soon. My schedule has been crazy with holidays and family stuff. If I get to do anything I'll be sure to post pics!
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:02 PM   #254
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Made more progress and took more pics. See the areas with slash marks? These will need to be removed to install the D2S minis:

Weapons of choice:

After cutting with the angle grinder:

After reaming out with the dremel:

The wires for the highbeam solenoid and LEDs can be run through the hole left by the bulb hood:
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:08 PM   #255
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Lockring nut and bulb retainer installed with bulb in place:

Straight back adaptor-nice!:

Note how the mounting holes line up with the horizontal lines in the reflector? this should be damn near level:

Shroud installed. LED test fire:

Mockup:

More to come later tonight!
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:55 PM   #256
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Holy crap that is amazing. I love the fire look. Great job!
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:03 PM   #257
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Another great job, Sonny!

I would love HID projectors in my car. Too bad it'd look ridiculous!
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:30 PM   #258
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Holy crap that is amazing. I love the fire look. Great job!
Thanks. The LEDs will be wired up to come on with the turn signals.

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Another great job, Sonny!

I would love HID projectors in my car. Too bad it'd look ridiculous!
Bet I can make them look cool. You know its only a matter of time before you join the bright side!

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Old 12-22-2010, 11:36 PM   #259
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More pics. Another angle of the LEDs lit up:

HID test:

Beam pattern on my ceiling:

LEDs and HIDs lit up:

To clear out the surrounds you need to remove two screws circled in red:
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:44 PM   #260
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Closeup of the screws:


Carefully remove the surround from the lens-its a little tricky and you may have to deal with sealant. Just remember to not get sealant on the inside of the lens or on any chrome:

The amber should just pop out:

Cleared out:

Mockup. I think I'm gonna leave these cleared out. Whoever gets them can add Chrome bulbs. I may add plugs to where the amber bulb cover went:

I need to get the pieces together for the wiring harness including a new soldering gun and I'll post more pics when I start fabbing it up!
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:42 AM   #261
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Are there any difficulties when retrofitting headlights which use glass lenses like these?

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Old 12-23-2010, 01:05 AM   #262
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Are there any difficulties when retrofitting headlights which use glass lenses like these?

You would need to find aftermarket headlights that have clear lenses. I have seen people form clear lenses from acrylic using molds made from the fluted lenses. I can't do this quite yet but if I find something that'll work one way or another I will let you know. You can retro these but the fluting of the lenses would do all sorts of bad things to the beam pattern.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:10 AM   #263
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You can retro these but the fluting of the lenses would do all sorts of bad things to the beam pattern.
Yeah, that's what I was worried about. I'm doing a little research to see if any JDM models came with clear lenses.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:30 AM   #264
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IMHO the bugeye housing might look better being painted black, just saying. Otherwise looks awesome!
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:36 AM   #265
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Are the projector units sealed once the capsules are installed? If so, you could theoretically forgo the glass lens and leave the projector exposed.

Otherwise we can form lexan replacements.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:59 AM   #266
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The projectors are not sealed. I am going to be making my own forming table and should be experimenting with it by april.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:26 PM   #267
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IMHO the bugeye housing might look better being painted black, just saying. Otherwise looks awesome!
Thank you! I thought about painting some parts black but I've seen that done so much and although I might replicate a retro if someone asks I really don't like doing the same thing over and over. In any case, if I painted the bucket itself the LEDs wouldn't shine as much as they do.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:43 PM   #268
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we have been working on mine and they will be blacked out, they will be done in a month or two.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:32 PM   #269
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we have been working on mine and they will be blacked out, they will be done in a month or two.
Love the lights ! Wish I had em
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:36 PM   #270
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Closeup of the screws:

Carefully remove the surround from the lens-its a little tricky and you may have to deal with sealant. Just remember to not get sealant on the inside of the lens or on any chrome:

The amber should just pop out:

Cleared out:

Mockup. I think I'm gonna leave these cleared out. Whoever gets them can add Chrome bulbs. I may add plugs to where the amber bulb cover went:

I need to get the pieces together for the wiring harness including a new soldering gun and I'll post more pics when I start fabbing it up!
Are you selling the lights ?
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:05 PM   #271
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Someone needs to become a vendor lol
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:37 AM   #272
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Yeah, that's what I was worried about. I'm doing a little research to see if any JDM models came with clear lenses.
Carter,

It wouldn't be hard to find a set for your Forester on Ebay or even online for that matter. They should be fairly cheap and you'd get a brand new set of headlights. Last time I checked for a friend it's a lot cheaper than paying for a brand new set. Aftermarket or DEPO headlamps are just as good since they will be cut up anyways for the retro. Too bad they don't make any for the 04/05 WRX.

Your Forester would actually look pretty sick with a retrofit.

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:41 AM   #273
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IMHO the bugeye housing might look better being painted black, just saying. Otherwise looks awesome!
Saw you a couple times at 5th Ave. How do you like your headlights ?


BTW Sonny,

Looking pretty good. Love the fire look, very clean retro. Are those TL Projectors?
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:51 AM   #274
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Carter,

It wouldn't be hard to find a set for your Forester on Ebay or even online for that matter.

Your Forester would actually look pretty sick with a retrofit.

-Wes
Yeah, you can get them most places. The JDM ones are kinda cool 'cause they have city lights in them, but they usually come a little scuffed up. Maybe I'll eventually do that JDM front end look conversion :P

I'm just worried the projector would look goofy since the headlight area is so flat and large...and I won't fill the empty space with silly little blinky lights or massive chunks of chrome plastic.
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:46 AM   #275
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Are you selling the lights ?
The lights and harness will be for sale when completed. No dibs but locals will have 1rst preferrence cause I really don't want to have to ship.

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Hold on to that thought till after the first of the year. Maybe.


BTW Sonny,

Looking pretty good. Love the fire look, very clean retro. Are those TL Projectors?[/quote]
Those are the D2S versions of the Morimoto minis.

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