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Old 10-08-2011, 04:08 PM   #201
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Sweet I'm going to try that!

Any more ideas anyone ?
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:18 PM   #202
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make sure its installed correctly(the entire headlight). If the bolts on the botton arent in, then it could be facing upward and create a "flickering" effect to make it seem like your lights are flickering. just make sure you have all 5 bolts in each headlight
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:14 PM   #203
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Alright I'll check.
Although it isn't flickering.
Just a dark spot

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Old 10-09-2011, 09:16 PM   #204
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Would replacing the projectors solve my problem?

I am thinking of buying OEM projectors
3" just the projector it self would it fit in the depo headlight ? As it's suppose to be like "OEM"
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:25 PM   #205
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Honestly I'd rather buy used halogen lights and do the retrofit that's stated in this thread.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:06 AM   #206
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Question: Can you do the exact same thing to the inner headlight bowls?
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #207
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:09 AM   #208
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Can I swap into my crapy depo headlight a 3" projector ? Like a good one OEM?????
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:55 PM   #209
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just finished this DIY. came out pretty good. i got the 5000k color. i still need to refinish my lenses and adjust the beams...









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Old 10-10-2011, 08:13 PM   #210
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^nice! I don't know much about headlights but it looks like yours are angled pretty good already?
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:17 AM   #211
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Nice Work cobyK, I'm waiting for my kit from Retrofits. I should buy angel eyes too, I'm going to buy Orion v2 6000.
Hope lights adjusting is not hard.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:10 PM   #212
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Nice work coby! I had some troubles with the shrouds wanting to square up, but it looks like yours was fine!
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #213
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Nice work coby! I had some troubles with the shrouds wanting to square up, but it looks like yours was fine!
after doing this install i found it's a good idea to go ahead and install the projectors completely tight as if it were the final installation and then install the headlights on the car without lenses and adjust the projector as needed. even with the projectors tightened down all the way there is still enough give to adjust the projectors back in forth to get it perfect. if you have to tighten the projectors after you level them you'll probably unlevel the projector as tightening them tends to turn them. once your happy with the projectors output take the headlights back out and gasket the shroud to the projector.

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Old 10-12-2011, 04:57 PM   #214
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Thinking about going this way since I have condensation in my halogen headlights, have to open them to clean it up anyway.
So, got a quick question.

I believe the bulbs are super white halogens on mine, Haven't opened them yet. Just got a car about 2 weeks ago.

I saw this on the classified sections.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=837679

the seller mentions that the kit is h7 or 9006.

1) will these fit?
2)What else will I need apart from the set I posted above, I know I will need the projectors and the shrouds, but any adapters or specific harness I will require?
3)will it fit my current halogens without any cutting(I am not good with blades and dremels), and what projectors should I use, the link for h1 minis doesnt work anymore, and I am leaning towards using gattling shrouds and paint them black?



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Thinking about going this way since I have condensation in my halogen headlights, have to open them to clean it up anyway.
So, got a quick question.

I believe the bulbs are super white halogens on mine, Haven't opened them yet. Just got a car about 2 weeks ago.

I saw this on the classified sections.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=837679

the seller mentions that the kit is h7 or 9006.

1) will these fit?
2)What else will I need apart from the set I posted above, I know I will need the projectors and the shrouds, but any adapters or specific harness I will require?
3)will it fit my current halogens without any cutting(I am not good with blades and dremels), and what projectors should I use, the link for h1 minis doesnt work anymore, and I am leaning towards using gattling shrouds and paint them black?



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this is the only setup that I can say is purely plug and play with no wiring harnesses needed, no bulb out warnings after install, and perfect fitment (shrouds and projector) into stock halogen housings. listed below is everything you will need minus some black rtv sealant...

projectors:
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=3181

hid kit:
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...oducts_id=3959

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http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=131
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so the H7 and 9006 HID bulbs mentioned in the above thread will not work?


I was almost going to buy it, and buy the projectors you mentioned in the above post.

I had seen adapters from h7 to h1 before, that is the reason I was asking if the H7 bulbs will fit in the h1 projectors.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:43 AM   #217
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Just finished my install. I am still waiting on DDM tuning with my HID kit. Is there a way I can just buy H1 bulbs in the meantime, instead of rendering my car useless (at night)?

Also, will the H1 system be as bright as H7 or D2S? I realize they will be brighter than my halogens; however, is a 4500k bulb the same regardless of its series (h7, h1, D2S, 9006 etc etc)

I bought the 55w Raptor Kit from DDM tuning with a 4500k bulbs and new lenses from Khoalty. Im excited!
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Just finished my install. I am still waiting on DDM tuning with my HID kit. Is there a way I can just buy H1 bulbs in the meantime, instead of rendering my car useless (at night)?

Also, will the H1 system be as bright as H7 or D2S? I realize they will be brighter than my halogens; however, is a 4500k bulb the same regardless of its series (h7, h1, D2S, 9006 etc etc)

I bought the 55w Raptor Kit from DDM tuning with a 4500k bulbs and new lenses from Khoalty. Im excited!
55W is 40% brighter than 35W but you also run the risk of melting the inside of the headlight or bulb. usually the bulb types that are 55w are either DS2s or H7s beacuse theyre the bulbs themselves are prettyy big
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55W is 40% brighter than 35W but you also run the risk of melting the inside of the headlight or bulb. usually the bulb types that are 55w are either DS2s or H7s beacuse theyre the bulbs themselves are prettyy big
DO you think 55w H1 bulbs are a bad idea? I know people have ran 55w in their housings before and haven't reported much damage. I'll have to keep an eye on it when its installed.
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