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HID projector retro into a 98

Got started on the driver side headlight. I cut a hole with a dremel just big enough for the lens to come through. So here's my dilemma. I'm wanting the angel eyes, and my intention was to vacuum form a shroud over the Apollo shroud with the projector in the lamp. But now, after seeing just the lens poking through, it looks kind of nice back there. Everything will be painted flat black, just so y'all know. Here's the pics, what do y'all think?
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Projector completely behind lamp...may very well not have enough room to do this...and I may be losing too much angle (we'll find out when my bulbs come in) ...EDIT: I was able to mod my aftermarket bulbs to fit and there is NO angle of light lost from the projector being mounted that far back. Now I just need to decide which I like better and if I want to give up the angel eyes...





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Some more pics of it on the truck. This is with the projector mounted in the lamp. I need to trim the header panel for the projector clearance to see if I want to mount the projector behind the lamp.





Personally, I hate how rice this looks. So picture all of the shroud covered with a black vacuum shroud. The angel eyes would also be nightshaded black.

Here's the way I want to mount them, but projector stability is a big isse as well as the elements.


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Looks good but yeah could use some work so it doesnt look rice... But your on your way
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If I go with the projector in the lamps vs. behind the lamp, there will be a vacuum-molded plastic shroud covering the entire concave surface. Hard to explain, this video has a better explanation, but be sure to mute it. You can fastforward through it and catch the drift. YouTube - (3) How to build HID projector headlights
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Damn those look sweet... I think you need to do that right there
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Do what right where? Do the shroud? I'm tossing the idea up, it would be painted black, even the angel eye would be nightshaded black. Still pleeeenty bright enough even through the nightshade
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Decided to mount the projector in the housing. Got one aimed and I need to finish the other one. What do y'all think?
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i like them. i want to see the light out put on them
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Just do the projector behind the assembly it looks fine.
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Projector behind would be a beeotch to fit. I've already mounted them in the housing.
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Yep, just remember - there isn't much room behind those light housings on jsut about any year ranger minus the old first gen's :-) Looks good either way, the 'ricer' way just needs a little work and maybe some paint to make it look not so rice
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looks good, don't do the vacuum mold thing, it looks terrible, and it's about as aero dynamic as a house
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I'm not going with the behind-mount. I'm going to make the ricer-way work. Besides, form < function.

Aerodynamic? It's going to be behind the stock lens, it's just going to cover up all the gap behind.
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After a long summer semester, I can finally get back to working on these. Hopefully some finished pics coming this week. Found a dark wall and was able to get test the horizontal alignment. Surprise, it came out perfect! Not bad for a first retro. Tomorrow I will clean the insides of the reflectors and the shrouds and get to spraying the night shade coats. All I need is the Nissan sealer and to seal 'em up...oh, and to make a harness...
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Finished! Don't have any output shots, but these are awesome!

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