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HID Projector' BIGGER DIY Kit

Once again... playing with lights.
The DIY kit comes nicely packaged and includes very well-written and easy to understand instructions, with pictures.
Great quality components. The housings are actually made of metal. Everything fits together very well.

I sanded off the chrome on the housing and the projector shrouds, and painted them the same colors as my other set. Sanding was very easy, and I would consider it neccessary if you want the best paint adhesion.

The quality depends on you. I kinda like that theory. The ingredients and the recipe are great, if you do this right, the product turns out awesome!

Side by side of the Halo projector next to the bigger one:


Couple during assembly...




Installed (Halo light on the passenger side)
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I'll take it out tonight for some shots in the dark to compare the smaller ones to the larger ones.
Also, as I mentioned with the other ones... I would not recommend painting the reflector housing black unless you're using a brand new lens. Mine look a little hazy with the black housing because the lens is not perfect, even though the lens looked perfect in front of lighter colors.
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Thanks for posting up these pics - for anyone else interested, here's the link to my thread: HIDprojectors XTRA-LIGHT Bi-Xenon Headlights


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Thanks for posting up these pics - for anyone else interested, here's the link to my thread: HIDprojectors XTRA-LIGHT Bi-Xenon Headlights
Tom, would you prefer if we merge these threads to streamline things?
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Tom, would you prefer if we merge these threads to streamline things?
Nope - I think we'll get additional interest here as well. I can monitor both threads.

For those interested or with questions, take a look at my sale thread - theres a lot of info listed there and even a post with FAQs.

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Couple things to note:

The index ring that is pressed into the provided housing may or MAY NOT be perfectly oriented for a straight horizontal beam pattern.

One of mine was pretty close. The other one was off by several degrees. Since the housings are intended for H4 bulbs, this would normally be irrelevant. But when retrofitting a projector with a cuttoff shield, it's important to index the top of the projector with the top of the housing.
I simply filed off the index tab on the retainer plate, allowing me to rotate the projector to match the orientation of the housing. Not a big deal, but pay attention to this when you assemble your lights.

Another thing:
No dust/water boot was provided with this kit. And there is a notable gap where the base of the bulb meets the projector housing(at the index grooves). It would be pretty easy to get dust or road spray into the projector. I found some rubber boots from an old set of lights that I was able to fit to these. But you should seal this up somehow.
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Jon I have some rubber boots that I can include, I just haven't found a good way to actually make them useful.

I run the exact same projectors in my Xterra and have for the past 6 months. I haven't been in any desert situations but have seen my fair share of dirt and have been through a number of heavy storms, car washes, etc. No dust, no water has gotten inside.

I put a few comments on your pic. I think I may do an installation video this weekend to help others as well.



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Jon I have some rubber boots that I can include, I just haven't found a good way to actually make them useful.

I run the exact same projectors in my Xterra and have for the past 6 months. I haven't been in any desert situations but have seen my fair share of dirt and have been through a number of heavy storms, car washes, etc. No dust, no water has gotten inside.

I put a few comments on your pic. I think I may do an installation video this weekend to help others as well.

Yep. The gap marked "This Area?" is the one I'm referring to. I can guarantee that in Moab and Colorado wheeling conditions, dust WILL get in there. You can see the base of the bulb through the gaps.
It would be easy to just wrap some tape around it, or dab some of the included sealant into those gaps. So not really a huge issue. Just something that Jeepers need to consider.

The hole I drilled for the High Beam leads has been grommeted and sealed. I didn't want to run the wires through the same hole as the projector housing because it can affect how straight the projector seats against the seal. So just another little change I made for the optimum fit. Not necessary, but better fit.

Otherwise, I'm really happy with them. I'll get a picture of my dust boot and should be able to get some night shots tonight. Been a little busy lately.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll have some time this weekend to take some pics and videos as well.

I have access to a few rubber boots but none that will create a perfect seal there - the way the bulb is held into the projector prevents a nice tight wrap. Perhaps your idea of some elecrical tape would be the easiest and most effective solution.


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That looks awesome! I can not wait to see the night time shots.
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That looks awesome! I can not wait to see the night time shots.
I posted a night video in the first and last post here: HIDprojectors DIY Bi-Xenon kit - starting at $255


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