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Old 06-20-2007, 11:06 AM   #41
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Definetly a product of the tsx lens swap itself. I didnt modify the shield inside, if thats what you are refering too.

All previous retrofits did that have ANYWHERE near the color above cutoff as this one....I love it, although I must look like an abundance coming down the road :lol:
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:24 AM   #42
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Definetly a product of the tsx lens swap itself. I didnt modify the shield inside, if thats what you are refering too.

All previous retrofits did that have ANYWHERE near the color above cutoff as this one....I love it, although I must look like an abundance coming down the road :lol:
i would assume then that the lens being offered in the tsx headlamp is superior to our AL lenses. if that is the case.

what i was referring to is the focal location of the light behind the lens. if you pay close attention, moving the lens fwd or backward will change the shape of your light beam/cutoff because what you are doing is changing where the light waves are being focused from. for the most part, all the light being generated by the bulb is converging on a focal point just before the bixenon shutter plate. when the light proceeds and hits the shutter plate the resultant shape then hits the inside surface of the projector lens, gets inverted 180 degrees and also flipped 180 degrees to generate the desired light shape. if you move the lens closer or further from the bulb, it will change the beam shape/sharpness.

i believe that is what is happening here. did you carefully compare the lens you installed to an OEM bmw bixenon lens before you installed it ?
you did some mod work to the lens holder (metal surround) to get the tsx lens on, so i would assume the surface location is different.
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:26 PM   #43
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TSX is only superior because its crystal clear.

I had created the spacer in this case to get that correct focal location, otherwise the tsx lens itself is not a drop in (plug and play) sort of mod.

Personally had no cause to compare the lenses because as you said the TSX is superior, is a different diameter and also has a different focal point; comparing them makes no difference to me.

I didnt modify the lens holder on the FX35 projector, it just doesnt sit like it normally does because of the spacer.
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:46 PM   #44
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What a great DIY job. Hopefully some day I'll have the gumption and spare $$ to experiment with a mod like this. You def. went the right route with the 4300k color...I bet you like driving at night 10x more than during the day now. And I'm sure that blue field above the cutoff really pisses off a lot of people
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:07 PM   #45
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oem color temp is the way to go....forget about all those goons upgrading their color temps to make up for something their missing....
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:15 PM   #46
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lol well i downgraded to 6000k, but it's still good. it's not like i really need the headlights to be really bright since i live in the city. street lamps are everywhere.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:07 AM   #47
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color temp has something to do with eye fatigue and maximum illumination for safe driving. guess that is why OEM still hangs out around 4100K-4500K.

regardless, HID is 10 leaps ahead of halogen, so i'm happy.
wonder what the next revolutionary technology will be in forward vision lighting. HID is getting old (it's been around for 10 yrs now).
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:06 AM   #48
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The next leap is full LED driving lamps, if you havent already heard

HID will never "go out of style" though...its too powerful.
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:29 PM   #49
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:14 PM   #50
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very nice pics....

gotta get those angels eyes done around your projectors....probably doesn't look too good without them....umnitza updated their predator lineup maybe it'll work better for u'r setup.
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:39 PM   #51
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actually I rather be different and only run them in the center. Personally I think it looks great
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:02 PM   #52
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WOW! Lord how I love mods that make SENSE!! Living out in the country with no streetlights and a forest full of animals, I could really use an upgrade like this!! Too bad I have no mechanical/electrical skills, or money. Great job sir, I salute you! Well done!

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Old 06-21-2007, 05:32 PM   #53
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thanks, definetly a mod worth having if you enjoy actual being able to see at night
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well i don't think full LEDs would work as well. comparing 6000k full LED to 6000k xenons, i'm sure the xenons will still be brighter
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:03 AM   #55
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i see lexus and audi are coming to the table first with LED headlights. but the LEDs that are needed to light up at least 50 ft ahead of the car with enough intensity would get really really hot....

they would be really cool tho, probably 1/3 the size of our headlight assemblies and outlive the car....
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:23 PM   #56
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so you mentioned you did retrofits. was it like for other cars? or is that some kind of business that you have? i'm looking for someone to do a projector retrofit in a tC's headlight. i no longer have the time to do it myself. that and i'm lazy lol
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:15 AM   #58
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nice write up! but i am still a little lost.. hahaha

why didn't BMW use the better lens?
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so you mentioned you did retrofits. was it like for other cars? or is that some kind of business that you have? i'm looking for someone to do a projector retrofit in a tC's headlight. i no longer have the time to do it myself. that and i'm lazy lol
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they did, for the euro-spec ones. we just get the short end of the stick.
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