Started my Projector Retro fit! - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Exterior Semi-Tech General discussion of exterior for the Ford Ranger.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-03-2012
NewShockerGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 599
Icon2 Started my Projector Retro fit!

Just some teaser pics but will post stuff once it's all done.

I am using mini ds2 projectors and philips oem bulbs.

I am using normal size gatling guns with 100mm led rings behind them... to make them look different. I was never a fan of halos but I think this is going to turn out well...

Just some teaser pics because this is in progress...






Test fit of the led ring behind the shroud. Note that the shroud isn't center using the hub centric rings so it doesn't look even because it isn't... I have to trim the top of the back part of the shroud so it sits mor flush.

I like it ...




Will post more, hope to have this done this weekend!

-Nigel
Attached Thumbnails
Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120428_143852.jpg   Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120428_143847.jpg   Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120428_144847.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-03-2012
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
Nice start! Should looks good.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-04-2012
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
MOAR PICS!!!!!





Are you using the SuperBrightLED angel rings? I got 'em too for around my signal. Test fit 'em and test modded a already cut up housing and they looked awesome. But chose to not run them.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-04-2012
ford93's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: crestwood,ky
Posts: 138
so the projectors just screw into the orginal housing and the the surrond goes around that. could you use this with a ddm hid kit and the projectors?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-04-2012
logan03CO's Avatar
Member

iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewShockerGuy View Post
Just some teaser pics but will post stuff once it's all done.
Looking good!

I gotta get around to putting my FX-R retrofit on my truck....it's all done, but I have to find some time to actually install it!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-04-2012
Level III Supporter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,220
Quote:
Originally Posted by ford93 View Post
Could you use this with a ddm hid kit and the projectors?
You could, but if you're spending the money on decent projectors, why would you want to?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-04-2012
NewShockerGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 599
Icon2

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
MOAR PICS!!!!!





Are you using the SuperBrightLED angel rings? I got 'em too for around my signal. Test fit 'em and test modded a already cut up housing and they looked awesome. But chose to not run them.

Yes sir! Got them and the clear ring diffusers but those don't fit in the shroud even after hacking them to bits... so I'm just running the straight led ring.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ford93 View Post
so the projectors just screw into the orginal housing and the the surrond goes around that. could you use this with a ddm hid kit and the projectors?
You have to enlarge the back hole for these to fit, which is a lot less work than actually mounting and aligning a true projector in the headlight housing. My STi has s2k projectors in them but I didn't want to spend as much time doing that on the ranger because of school, work, and moving at the end of the month.. I simply don't have that much time to invest in doing a retro like I did years ago. So this is a compromise on price, performance and mainly time..hahaha

You could use the DDM tuning HIDS in this projector but as stated above why would you. Spend the money and get a quality HID setup. DDM is fine and I have used them on my motocycle but it's chinese garbage(not to offend anyone that uses them, it is what it is, most HID stuff on the market is garbage or extremely poorly made). It's cheap and works so far and I've been using it on the bike for probably 2 years, but then again my bike sees less than 1000miles a year, last year I think I rode it for 30 miles...

I got the entire kit back in November since TRS was offering a "christmas" coupon.

Got the following:
•2x D2S Morimoto Mini bi-xenon projectors w/ clear lenses (Low & High Beams)
•2x HID ballasts (Morimoto, )
•1x Ballast test lead
•2x D2S HID Lamps ( Philips)
•2x Shrouds/ Gatling gun
•2x Projector Centric shroud spacers
•2x metallic BIXENON bezel emblems
•2x Alcohol prep pads for the HID bulbs
•1x Plug n Play Bi-xenon Relay Harness
•1x TheRetrofitSource.com decal
•5-year worry free replacement warranty
•Personalized after-sale customer support and "how-to" PDF's are available upon request.


Think I paid something like $270 shipped for it all which I think is a great deal/value for the coupon which I think was like 20% or something like that.

By far retro's in my opinion are the best mods to do. I still get a huge smile on my face when I turn on my headlights in my STi and the s2k projectors illuminate the entire road, it's just epic.. :-)

Hope to get more done tonight!

-Nigel

Last edited by NewShockerGuy; 05-04-2012 at 09:44 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-04-2012
rangerrunner11's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: .
Posts: 1,018
could you give us a cost estimate all in all; just estimate
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-04-2012
SteelDirigible's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 3,666
so this mod process isn't all too hard then
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-04-2012
NewShockerGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 599
Icon2

Quote:
Originally Posted by rangerrunner11 View Post
could you give us a cost estimate all in all; just estimate
Edited the above post for you.
It's one of the cheaper mods that you instantly see when you drive at night, hands down.
It's better than the HID in the stock headlights that blind everyone with glare and it puts light where it should :-)

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteelDirigible View Post
so this mod process isn't all too hard then
not at all, at least with what I went... when you actually have to mount the projector and align it, it's not as hard persay but just more time consuming making sure everything is right before you jbweld everything together and then seal the headlights backup.

-Nigel
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-05-2012
NewShockerGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 599
Two pics... Getting there.

HID on and testing, with LED ring. Fitted the shroud pretty good.. still minor tweaking.

Cut off projected on ceiling.. I need to play with the cut off shield and get a crisper cut off maybe a little more blue..etc





-Nigel
Attached Thumbnails
Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120505_015321.jpg   Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120505_020212.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-05-2012
PSIJOE's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,311
You need to adjust your headlights. They are wayyyy to high. hahhaa jk

P.S. Man that looks awesome!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-05-2012
djfllmn's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: York, PA
Posts: 5,796
looks awesome man...i love my projectors
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-06-2012
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Quote:
Originally Posted by logan03CO View Post
Looking good!

I gotta get around to putting my FX-R retrofit on my truck....it's all done, but I have to find some time to actually install it!
Do you have a thread? If you do, just please reply with a link. I'd hate to goober up the OP's thread. lol. Not many do Fx-R's and I've got my 1.1's sitting since like October because of the amount of time required to get it done.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ford93 View Post
so the projectors just screw into the orginal housing and the the surrond goes around that. could you use this with a ddm hid kit and the projectors?
You could just do the Projector Upgrade kit....it's not that expensive and it utilizes your existing ballsts. That's it....Upgrade kit has projectors, shrouds, bulbs, and harness.

Clicky: http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=178

I suggest flipping through their site to answer many other questions you may have. The D2S is commonly used because of it's size and ease of installation. No jigs needed and the projector will actually fit inside the very shallow Ranger lamp housings.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NewShockerGuy View Post
Cut off projected on ceiling.. I need to play with the cut off shield and get a crisper cut off maybe a little more blue..etc
I notice I've got quite a good amount of yellow at my cut offs, some purple, some blue, and even some red. But in person with the truck coming torward you, all you see is a minimal flicker of yellow, blue, and purple. Mine are right out of the box, unmodded D2S w/ 3" lenses.




Back to an earlier comment about the LED halo rings.... Is yours going to be visible with the projector turned on? Or will they primarily be viewed with just the parking lights on? H

Here's mine in testing stages. lol.


Last edited by Fx4wannabe01; 05-06-2012 at 02:51 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-06-2012
logan03CO's Avatar
Member

iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
Do you have a thread? If you do, just please reply with a link. I'd hate to goober up the OP's thread. lol. Not many do Fx-R's and I've got my 1.1's sitting since like October because of the amount of time required to get it done.
No sorry, I really don't. I took the easy way out (aka - wimped out) and paid Lightwerkz to professionally perform my complete retrofit since I was using the newly released FX-R 3.0's and knew it needed all the cutting & aiming. Outcome is amazing...but you do have to pay for it! However, I went with lots of upgrades including the newly released Osram Xenarc 66240 CBI lamps...they are pricy as hell ($185 just for the lamps from TRS)...but generally regarded as the best performing HID lamp out there.

Here are some pictures that were taken by Lightwerkz:http://www.lightwerkz.net/news/2012/...or-conversion/.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NewShockerGuy View Post
Cut off projected on ceiling...
That's a thing of beauty NSG!

This thread caused me to finally go out yesterday and wire up part of my retrofit. I only have one light installed and it's temporarily wired in, but the difference from stock is unreal! Loving the cutoff line and control a proper HID retrofit gets you!

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Last edited by logan03CO; 05-06-2012 at 09:32 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 05-07-2012
NewShockerGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 599
Good question on the being able to see the led ring with the HID on.. .probably not unless stand to the side of the truck... I was concerned with heat so I am adding an on/off spst switch to the LED rings so I can shut them off as soon as I turn the actual headlights on., I mainly wanted to have the rings on when the parking lights are on to match the parking lights... give it a cool affect..

I ran into an issue with the harness... but that is getting worked out... so hopefully this weekend I can finally finish everything. The headlights are all sealed up and I will take a picture or two once it's daylight. I'm going to adjust the headlights now inside the parking garage at work csince I'm bored...lol

So far though it looks pretty factory.. infact if you didn't know I'd say it looks OEM with the headlights and shrouds/projectors. My neighbor asked what did I do to my headlights and I'm like exactly!..lol

-Nigel
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 05-08-2012
NewShockerGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 599
Icon2

Just a couple updates.

My wiring harness is not right and not really compatible with our rangers according to matt over at TRS... so I'm in the process of getting a new harness.

In the time being though I have the projectors mounted in the headlights, aligned them and sealed the headlights back up.

I'm going to wiring the LED rings behind the shrouds once I get my new harness, so I can then run them with an on/off switch in the cabin. I was initially going to tap the parking lights but didn't want them on when the HID is on to shorten the life of the LEDS, so I am going to be able to turn them on or off at will but mainly have them on via the parking lights.

Just a couple pictures.

Lighting sucks:







I painted the inside of the shield black.



Gives it a darker look... Should have done some type of yellow maybe to match the fogs a little bit but that's ok. I like it so far.

Before adjusting the lights.

The wall is angled to the right so it slopes.. need to get on a flat wall at work tonight in the parking garage.



-Nigel
Attached Thumbnails
Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120507_235244.jpg   Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120507_235219.jpg   Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120507_235255.jpg   Started my Projector Retro fit!-20120507_235142.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 05-08-2012
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
Nice! Looks great!
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 05-08-2012
PSIJOE's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,311
Thats awesome.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 05-08-2012
2006crfrider's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Spokane,WA
Posts: 424
These are going to look awesome when your finished.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
diy retro kit vs ebay projector kit dlazo Exterior Semi-Tech 2 12-18-2011 07:16 PM
HID projector retro into a 98 orion_134 Exterior Semi-Tech 14 09-11-2010 07:35 AM
Headlight Projector Retro SouthernMudSlinger Project Logs 42 04-06-2010 04:36 AM
RETRo fit 97- fenders on 98+ BurningRANGERtires Exterior Semi-Tech 15 04-08-2009 02:31 PM
anybody done a projector retro on 01+ headlights? Tys 4x4 FTW General Ford Ranger Discussion 5 02-07-2009 10:28 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:24 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.