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I think i'm going to use some RTV on this back here.
Well i would use RTV also but i like the idea of being able to pull the light out, not that i need to. Be sure to post pictures when your done.. Which shroud did you chose?
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Well i would use RTV also but i like the idea of being able to pull the light out, not that i need to. Be sure to post pictures when your done.. Which shroud did you chose?
With RTV it turns into Rubber sorta so it should be no problem to just cut the RTV off with a razor or such.

I've got the shrouds that were the basic ones, whatever it came with.
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With RTV it turns into Rubber sorta so it should be no problem to just cut the RTV off with a razor or such.

I've got the shrouds that were the basic ones, whatever it came with.
okay yeah then RTV would be the best bet. I have the basic shrouds also they do a good job of covering up a good amount of the housing inside. Have you mounted yours yet? if so how did you go about it?
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okay yeah then RTV would be the best bet. I have the basic shrouds also they do a good job of covering up a good amount of the housing inside. Have you mounted yours yet? if so how did you go about it?
I have just opened my first pair of headlights successfully. I bought a second set from another member on here and they got here today. I also bought new aftermarket ranger tail lights, aftermarket evo tail lights, aftermarket ranger corners. I have to open up all of them - then I need to retrofit my other ranger.

It's going to take a while.

I have an idea of making PCBs that surround the shrouds so that the reflector will be hidden by LEDs.

I am building a fixture with a mounting and aiming system so I can get the headlight aim right on the first try. I hope this works. What did you use to reseal yours that was so easy to reopen?
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I have just opened my first pair of headlights successfully. I bought a second set from another member on here and they got here today. I also bought new aftermarket ranger tail lights, aftermarket evo tail lights, aftermarket ranger corners. I have to open up all of them - then I need to retrofit my other ranger.

It's going to take a while.

I have an idea of making PCBs that surround the shrouds so that the reflector will be hidden by LEDs.

I am building a fixture with a mounting and aiming system so I can get the headlight aim right on the first try. I hope this works. What did you use to reseal yours that was so easy to reopen?
I forgot the name of it but it was a clear silicone. Im going to use something different the next time around. I like the idea of a mounting and aiming system, i thought for days on how i was going to go at it but many many ideas later i ended up with what i think is a good system. Its going to be a pain to take apart again and install some cfl halo's but they are small enough that i like them. I was going to purchase some of those "audi style LED strips" that TRS carries but that just ends up looking like the headlights you buy off ebay. Not to mention i just cant picture those led strips looking good on a truck
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I spent some time on my retrofit today. First step was to make a preliminary fixture that simulates the trucks front end so I can accurately see what the beam pattern should be.

I took some measurements with detailed equipment at a machine shop I frequently work with and I found that the front lower lip of the headlight is basically flat at a horizontal line. In the rear, the support is about 3.0mm higher than the front.

I simulated this by clamping the lamp body down at the front, and using 2 pennies (which is about 3.0mm) under the rear. This should put the lamp in the orientation that it is in the truck.





I then put in the stock 9007 halogen bulbs, and hooked up the low beam to my jump-start box.

I was really dissapointed at the beam pattern on the stock headlights with the stock halogen 9007s. This is going to be impossible to match with a projector cutoff since the projector cutoff is so incredibly clean. No problem - as long as it is flat and is in the 'median' of this beam it will succeed.

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Very interesting. Love the setup you have so far for aligning the beams. I want to see how you will be measuring and aligning the projectors since it's probably necessary to cut holes in the headlight first or else you wouldn't be getting an accurate alignment. Good luck! Keep up with those pics
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Very interesting. Love the setup you have so far for aligning the beams. I want to see how you will be measuring and aligning the projectors since it's probably necessary to cut holes in the headlight first or else you wouldn't be getting an accurate alignment. Good luck! Keep up with those pics
I am taking them in my machine shop and I will be milling roughly 23.9mm of material from the rear of the headlight reflector bowl. The cutting plane will be datumed from the circular trim edge in the front where the reflector ends. This will give me a flat surface of reference to cut the hole. It should be perfectly flat, and even - like resurfacing a cylinder head during an engine rebuild. From here I am making an adjustable bracket that the projectors will secure too.
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I am taking them in my machine shop and I will be milling roughly 23.9mm of material from the rear of the headlight reflector bowl. The cutting plane will be datumed from the circular trim edge in the front where the reflector ends. This will give me a flat surface of reference to cut the hole. It should be perfectly flat, and even - like resurfacing a cylinder head during an engine rebuild. From here I am making an adjustable bracket that the projectors will secure too.
Alright sounds like you have a good plan. Be sure to take pics!
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hey andrew did you put those angel eyes on yet?...trying to determine weither or not i should get some ...im gonna end up getting a projector kit to replace the ones that came in the lights i got off ebay and replace those crappy halos that came with it
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hey andrew did you put those angel eyes on yet?...trying to determine weither or not i should get some ...im gonna end up getting a projector kit to replace the ones that came in the lights i got off ebay and replace those crappy halos that came with it
The angel eyes just arrived at my doorstep today from ups, so I will be installing them tomorrow and putting up some pics.

The angel eye halos are very thin and bendable compared to the plastic type rings you usually see.
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ok cool....ya i want to get the ones from ddm i just want to see what theyll look like installed before i go all tazey crazy and buy everything you know?
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ok cool....ya i want to get the ones from ddm i just want to see what theyll look like installed before i go all tazey crazy and buy everything you know?
Yeah the halos ddm has and trs has are basically the same. From what i can tell it's a very high quality kit, just can't wait to get then installed!
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cant wait to see pics....how are you wiring them up?....i saw the pic of them but im a little confused
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for a holding/adjustable bracket, I had a thought of using a metal/aluminum ring that you could put 3 screw holes. 1 at top for adjusting up/down and 2 at bottom for fine tuning side/side/up/down.
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https://www.ranger-forums.com/f18/ul...roject-111284/

Here are photos from my projector retrofit if anyone wants to follow it.
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Here are photos from my projector retrofit if anyone wants to follow it.
nice jp
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andrew how are yours coming along?
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Coming along just as planned andrew, I've been busy with school so haven't had the time to finish them up with the angel eyes but should be sone by this weekend no doubt.

I'll be posting pics of the install as well as output shots so look forward to that
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Coming along just as planned andrew, I've been busy with school so haven't had the time to finish them up with the angel eyes but should be sone by this weekend no doubt.

I'll be posting pics of the install as well as output shots so look forward to that
I plan on doing double Amber Halos out of LEDs in mine.
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Coming along just as planned andrew, I've been busy with school so haven't had the time to finish them up with the angel eyes but should be sone by this weekend no doubt.

I'll be posting pics of the install as well as output shots so look forward to that
well come on with it lol
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lol i wanna see which i like more that way i can bribe the person in to making me some

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does anyone have any experience fitting a pair of Lexus projectors into our housings ?
and wiring them up ?
I ask because Im considering buying an almost new set of proj's from someone for $40.0 for the pair, never installed (except in the donor vehicle) and according to him, all I would need is to manufacture mounting brackets.
(has wiring harness and bulbs even)
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does anyone have any experience fitting a pair of Lexus projectors into our housings ?
and wiring them up ?
I ask because Im considering buying an almost new set of proj's from someone for $40.0 for the pair, never installed (except in the donor vehicle) and according to him, all I would need is to manufacture mounting brackets.
(has wiring harness and bulbs even)
It would be worth a shot... I would go to a local JY and get an extra set of housings and try it with those
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does anyone have any experience fitting a pair of Lexus projectors into our housings ?
and wiring them up ?
I ask because Im considering buying an almost new set of proj's from someone for $40.0 for the pair, never installed (except in the donor vehicle) and according to him, all I would need is to manufacture mounting brackets.
(has wiring harness and bulbs even)
Tys 4x4 FTW has a set of custom Infiniti projectors mounted in a Ranger housing that was done by a older member.
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