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Old 10-16-2007
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Headlight Projector Retro

I got my projectors yesterday, and started working on them tonight. Made pretty good progress tonight.

Cover off
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Cut the back out with an air angle grinder (similar to a dremel)
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Test fit
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Adjusted the projector so the cut off would be level when I got the headlights back on the truck, and then drilled holes, and screwed some screws in for alignment adjustments.
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And this is how it looks right now.
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I still need to do some fine adjusting to the projector aiming, and then make a shroud to fit around the projector to cover the gap. And of course, I still have to do the other headlight. Im thinking about painting the insides of the headlights flat black, and getting black corners so it will all match. What do ya'll think?
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creative and pretty sweet. you have HIDs in those right?
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not yet, right now its just using halogen h7s...hopefully I will get them sometime in the near future.
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Neat work, what are you doing to keep moisture out?
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nice job....if i were you, i would paint the headlights the same color as the truck. that woudl be sweet.....and do the same with a set of diamond clear corners, leaving just a section around the bulb chrome for light refelection...
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Neat work, what are you doing to keep moisture out?
Im going to make something to fit around the back of the projector to seal it up.

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nice job....if i were you, i would paint the headlights the same color as the truck. that woudl be sweet.....and do the same with a set of diamond clear corners, leaving just a section around the bulb chrome for light refelection...
I could do that...im just not sure how to get the small corner light housing apart to paint it. Has anyone done it to a 98-00? I thought about just getting some black corners, and paint the headlights black, and paint the shroud around the projector the color of my truck.
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heat...the same way you did the headlights...
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Old 10-18-2007
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Ok, here is what i've done in the past couple evenings.

I grinded the heads off the screws so the projector can be removed and put back in during the retro process, and keep its alignment, and also, so the holes in dont get worn out by screwing the screws in and out so many times.
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Both projectors installed and aimed.
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Here are the shrouds to cover the gap around the projectors. Made out of MDF...I cut them out with a jig saw and sanded them with a sanding disk on a air angle grinder to get the inner shape like I wanted.
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Installed...notice the gaps around them.
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I fixed that by sticking the shrouds in and pressing fiberglass filler into the holes, and then sanding the filler.
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dang dude thats gonna be awesome
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what type of projectors are you using? i tip my hat off..good job man i like it alot
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wow......i really like it.....looks real good...
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those are lookin really good
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Nice work man, those will look awesome when you are done.
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Those look out-friggin-standing, I always knew that those headlights would be perfect for a true projector retrofit.. I am so going to copy cat you.
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what type of projectors are you using? i tip my hat off..good job man i like it alot
3" Valeo low beam projectors.
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nice nice...wanna do mine in my car hah jk. i like how u custom made ur shrouds to. bla im jealous
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...wanna do mine in my car hah jk.
yea, for a million $$$.
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creative and looks nice and clean.
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what if you left everything silver and painted a color matched eyelid thingy on the inside of the cover?
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Primed and sanded with slicksand primer.
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Painted ppg global basecoat and clear.
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simply put, thank you.
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that looks really good.
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It's coming along quite nicely! Hurry up and finish!
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Are you painting the insides of the headlights as well? Looks friggin' amazing.
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Looks very nice! Thats the kind of work I like to see!!!
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