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Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #521
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I just start this project. hope nothing will stop me.
the only thing stopping you is your image hosting lol
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #522
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Super late question.

Been on my mind a lot lately, as I think about this stuff.

I want to do this set up, and I want to do a Quad Set-up.

So what I was wondering was is the Bi-Xenon better for low beam, AND high beam output?
Or for low beams, would I be better off just going single xenon?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #523
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Just a heads up, I ordered over the phone and was given a $15 credit for getting the E46 shrouds INSTEAD of what comes with the morimoto's.. Making the deal even better since the original shrouds aren't used.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:33 AM   #524
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Any one can show a pic in how he fix the XENON bulb? I'm facing problem installing it. I'm using the one from TRS.

Your help Plz,
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:40 PM   #525
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I'm assuming us without bi xenon will cut the wires? Or just leave em hanging in there?
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:47 PM   #526
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I'm assuming us without bi xenon will cut the wires? Or just leave em hanging in there?
Yea just tuck them around the projector behind the shroud.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #527
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Yea just tuck them around the projector behind the shroud.
Thanks, I'll tuck them with some electrical tape on the connectors.

I also used just a tad bit of thread lock on the projector.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:16 PM   #528
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Thanks, I'll tuck them with some electrical tape on the connectors.

I also used just a tad bit of thread lock on the projector.
Just make sure to tighten the crap out of them. As much as possible without causing damage. They will move if you don't.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #529
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Just make sure to tighten the crap out of them. As much as possible without causing damage. They will move if you don't.
Yep...

Another thing, I'm glad you're on..

The top left of the housing has a notch, which it won't let me get it how I think it should be.. Probably not noticeable but wanted to make sure it's OK before I continue...



Notice the shroud doesn't end up being centered over the projector
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #530
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Without the inner o ring I feel looks better, and this is how the OP seems to have it since he glued on the edges only... Will that be enough for it to hold up?
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #531
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Yep...

Another thing, I'm glad you're on..

The top left of the housing has a notch, which it won't let me get it how I think it should be.. Probably not noticeable but wanted to make sure it's OK before I continue...



Notice the shroud doesn't end up being centered over the projector
Is that the E46-R extended shroud? I can see what you mean. I'm not 100%, but I think I have read that some people had to use a dremel to make slight modifications. Its not really noticeable unless you look around the projector and barely notice the gap difference. Hopefully some one is else is on that has ran into to this that could help.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:28 PM   #532
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Without the inner o ring I feel looks better, and this is how the OP seems to have it since he glued on the edges only... Will that be enough for it to hold up?
I used the o ring without and glue and I haven't had any issues of them falling off. I think someone else on here said if you use glue on them it could cause condensation or something when it's heated up.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #533
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Looks like I'll go with the RTV around the very edge...
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I used the shroud centric ring that I epoxied in place. If you put the curved side forward the fit is super tight. Just putting the shrouds on forced the reflectors out of alignment I had to push so hard. It also allows the shroud to sit further up which makes for a more OEM appearance.
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I used the shroud centric ring that I epoxied in place. If you put the curved side forward the fit is super tight. Just putting the shrouds on forced the reflectors out of alignment I had to push so hard. It also allows the shroud to sit further up which makes for a more OEM appearance.
I can't tell on yours but with the ring I wasn't able to have the shroud go on straight. I used the silicone.

I read concerns about the vapors and as it turns out if it does happen, they are a one time thing which can be wiped off. My biggest fear is them just coming off, in which case I'll just figure something out.

So far so good, I have some questions on the HID bulbs but ill take a stab at that tomorrow for the install.

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My shrouds were fit on perfectly. If you dremel away part of the ring, they snap right in place and are centered. I then packed some epoxy around the edge to hold the ring on the shroud.

You can see the cutting here

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Old 03-24-2012, 07:23 PM   #537
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Problem with mine is with the shroud, the top left would barely go in because of a notch in the housing, so I didn't want to leave it crooked. Now that I look at yours assembled I realized it probably wouldn't have been a big deal.

Anyway, they are dry and they seem strong enough to convince me, I really like how they are coming out.

I don't understand how the H1 HID bulbs will mount on to the headlight, I can slide it in but then what? What holds it together in place? Will I have to modify the stock stuff?

Need to drive my my mother somewhere so I'll keep searching later.
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the bulb is held in the projector with the bulb mounting clips. I took a picture for you of how they mount. Obviously I have run the bixenon wires because why not? Having a quad high beam with the width of the projectors and the distance throw of the MH1s and halogen highs means I can light up everything in front of me. The light output is ridiculous. My friend has a 335is with factory bixenon and when highs are engaged, my cheapo retrofit is the definite winner for distance and brightness, though his low beams have some serious distance throw.

I'm not sure how much of my output is related to custom work and custom shields though. It's certainly different from most factory shielded MH1s I've seen. (the low beam bit anyway)

ETA: Hurr durr I forgot the picture.
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the bulb is held in the projector with the bulb mounting clips. I took a picture for you of how they mount. Obviously I have run the bixenon wires because why not? Having a quad high beam with the width of the projectors and the distance throw of the MH1s and halogen highs means I can light up everything in front of me. The light output is ridiculous. My friend has a 335is with factory bixenon and when highs are engaged, my cheapo retrofit is the definite winner for distance and brightness, though his low beams have some serious distance throw.

I'm not sure how much of my output is related to custom work and custom shields though. It's certainly different from most factory shielded MH1s I've seen. (the low beam bit anyway)

ETA: Hurr durr I forgot the picture.
Thank you kind sir. Now I'll go and finish
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:54 PM   #540
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Thanks to everyone on this thread and especially Erikx559 and deadwood83 today for helping out. I was able to complete this and I have to say it's a great mod. I'll get my angel eyes next week hopefully so I'll have it look even better.

Here are the final pics, I need to adjust the beam so it's a bit lower.



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