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Looks great man... I found out if you do want halos for these kits they sell them as add ons and they look way less rice...
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just went and bought some Oakley's there goes the retro for another two weeks :-(
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Update!!!!

Alright guys after countless hours over the weekend and conquering many different obstacles I have finished this retrofit project. I would give this project a difficulty of 9/10. It could differ between people but it wasn't easy.


Pics will be up soon
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sweet! even daytime pics would be suitable :-)
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id like to see some pics lol
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OKay sorry guys for not posting pics sooner, my internet was down. Anyways here a few pics ( don't worry ill take many more )







... I have tested the adjustments on the projectors to make sure they are level and properly aligned. I have not completed the wiring for both projectors as i need to run some negative and positive wires to the battery, now i went to my local hardware store and bought some negative and positive wires to run down to my battery but it seems a bit much, i know there is an easier way like splicing into a wire near my headlights or something but if it comes down to it i guess ill have to run each wire to the battery. The wires have a circular terminal looking thing at the end of the wires but the problem is they are about 12 inches long so obivously wont reach the battery, any suggestions/ help would be great..
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DANG IT.

Looks SICK!!!!

how bout I send you mine and we'll swap and you can do it all over

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maybe its just me, or maybe its the way they had to be done, but I think I would have set them further back in the housing.
to me, it looks odd with them sitting that close to the front of the lens.
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DANG IT.

Looks SICK!!!!

how bout I send you mine and we'll swap and you can do it all over

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Thanks!
Haha I really don't feel like doing another pair. Too
time consuming and fidgeting for my liking.

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maybe its just me, or maybe its the way they had to be done, but I think I would have set them further back in the housing.
to me, it looks odd with them sitting that close to the front of the lens.
Well it could be the way I took the pictures but they sit pretty far back in the housing. I had to dremel the sh*t out of the housing for hours and hours and make sure both headlights matched and fit evenly. Theoritcally you could put them further in but there is really NO room in The back of the headlight, it would touch the rangers frame.



They have wonderful output and nightshots
Will be up tomorrow
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I've been trying to figure out why my high beam
Indicator light turns on when my lights go on. I'm pretty sure I wired everything right.. Any suggestions?
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You probably have the bi-xenon hids wired up backwards. Just need to flip the harness
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You probably have the bi-xenon hids wired up backwards. Just need to flip the harness
Hmm flip the harness as in switch the harness from left to right or just flip the plugs?
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The plugs on the individual harnesses should work. I've heard the same thing happen with a couple of the aftermarket HID kits before and thats what the fix is.
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Well it could be the way I took the pictures but they sit pretty far back in the housing. I had to dremel the sh*t out of the housing for hours and hours and make sure both headlights matched and fit evenly. Theoritcally you could put them further in but there is really NO room in The back of the headlight, it would touch the rangers frame.
I thought of that after I posted, but wanted to wait and see the reply.
from front to back, how long are the projector casings ?
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The plugs on the individual harnesses should work. I've heard the same thing happen with a couple of the aftermarket HID kits before and thats what the fix is.
I'll try this but still not sure if
I exactly know what you mean. I'll take some pics

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I thought of that after I posted, but wanted to wait and see the reply.
from front to back, how long are the projector casings ?
I never actually measured the projector from lens to the end but I would guestimate 4 inches give or take. There's not much room to play around with back there but I'm sure I could probably squeeze them back a tiny bit but the problem is the hole I dremeled is almost as wide as the projector itself and the screw holes wouldn't reach the sides, the shape of the projector is a strange oval shape so yah. Really hard to explain but i will take pics for you to see
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For your harness do you have something that plugs into the stock bulb wiring? You need to switch the wires in that harness that go to the low beam and high beam side.
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Ohhhh gotcha. Makes sense because I do have one
Blue plug that goes right into the stock 9007 connector when my other hid kit had two. Thanks for the info and help!
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what those co. usually do is send a 9004 instead of a 9007 and the only difference is the hi/lo

no biggie
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what those co. usually do is send a 9004 instead of a 9007 and the only difference is the hi/lo

no biggie
Exactly, the plugs are the same. Guess they do that to save money
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So.. its night time.



Pic ***** us please :-D
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Sorry everyone for not updating this thread sooner but i have ran into some little flaws so, i have decided to take apart my headlights once again and fix them.



here's the down low, in the pic shown above you can see how the light is back reflecting into the housing and looks ghetto. One reason being the shroud is NOT on all the way, i know i know dumb mistake. You can see in the picture how the shroud is not flush with the projector lens. Its actually an easy fix because all i had to do was turn the shroud to match up with the notches and basically push it into place.

Luckily the silicone i decided to use was EXTREMELY easy to take off, i took an exacto knife and cut it open within 2 minutes. Compared to the Taiwan permanent sealant the headlights come stock with, which took hours to take off.

The light output from these projectors is absolutely amazing, i did try them out and got them aligned pretty well. The cut off line is great and the light has a very wide spread. Look forward to update and pics as i finish off this project

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I was thinking of cutting up more of the housing to get the projector as far back as i can, problem being the weird shape. The more i cut the less area i have to mount the projector itself. I don't think its really that big of a deal but if anyone can think of a way i can mount these darn things without having to screw into the housing that would be wonderful. I tested out the silicone strength by smuthering the projector in it and pushing it into housing. It held up better than i thought and wasn't jiggling around at all. I still don't feel confident in using just silicone to hold it in, any other suggestions besides screws ? :)

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When I did mine on my matrix I used JB weld and screws. I used the screws to get the projectors lined up properly ( rotation, angle , etc..) then when i was happy. I put JB weld over the screws and where I had gaps for strength.

A lot of people use just jb weld too. The best part is IMO you can let it harden and then drill into it if you have to.

3 years and they never moved.

Your headlights look great, Almost makes me want to do a set for mine.
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When I did mine on my matrix I used JB weld and screws. I used the screws to get the projectors lined up properly ( rotation, angle , etc..) then when i was happy. I put JB weld over the screws and where I had gaps for strength.

A lot of people use just jb weld too. The best part is IMO you can let it harden and then drill into it if you have to.

3 years and they never moved.

Your headlights look great, Almost makes me want to do a set for mine.

That's perfect! I actually have some JB weld in my garage, can't believe i didn't think of that. I'll use the JB to let the projetors dry straight then screw them in with some pressure.
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Couple pics, random.


For those who wanted to see the length and width of the projector itself




This is how the shroud should fit around the lens of the projector, NO GAP





More pictures will be uploaded after i jb weld :)
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That's perfect! I actually have some JB weld in my garage, can't believe i didn't think of that. I'll use the JB to let the projetors dry straight then screw them in with some pressure.

and either use nylon locking nuts or a dab of jb on the nuts when you're done.

they won't move.
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