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    Cheap and dirty projector retrofit

    Starting to work on this tonight, taking pics so why not make a thread at my favorite forum?


    I don't want to mess up my OE headlights, so I got some eBay harley style headlights - $45/ea
    DDM mini H1 v3 projectors, 5000k 35w H1 HID kit, miniGG shrouds, 9007 hi/lo relay harness ~$135 ($175 less than 'the other site' that everyone gets expensive mini H1 retrofit kits from)

    All the guides online for baking and opening headlights are damned liars. The videos on youtube are all fake!

    They say to use 220* for 20 minutes, 275* for 7 minutes...tried them both multiple times and didn't get anywhere.

    I had to use 350* for 5 minutes to get half of each headlight open, and put it back in for another few minutes to get the other half. The glue on these ebay POS's is grey, and doesn't get stringy AT ALL, unlike all the videos and pictures I see. Some forums have a reference to some **** called permaseal, which it sounds like what these ebay lights are sealed with. Even after getting the lenses off, the glue in the channel is hard, it doesn't move around at all, while in some videos on youtube they recommend smooshing it all down with a flathead to get ready for new sealant later and theres looks like the sealant is some kind of soft clay...the stuff on my headlights doesn't deform at all.

    Maybe my oven sucks, but it's actually brand new, lol!

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    I got both lenses off, which was absolutely super aggravating so I'll continue on later, maybe tomorrow.
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    Ok, I lied. I wanted to see how the projector fit.

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    This is just loosely sitting in there with the silicone washer, centering adapter, and the rear thumb screw. So the projector is nice and snug, I should be able to put a bulb in and verify the output is level this way.

    I still need to drill a hole in the reflector to pass the wiring through for the high beam shroud control, I'll re-use the hole which was for the original bulb shield.

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    so fortunately I've been a jackass for the past few years and already had an HID pnp scattermaster(tm) kit in the stock headlights, so testing was as simple as popping out one of the original headlights and popping this new setup in it's place and plugged it in. Plugs that mattered are all the same, there's a few extra assorted plugs I believe intended for the hi/low beam shutter kit but my old ddm hid kit had a hi/lo kit and plugging into it worked fine...idk which I'll use going forward yet.
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    Projector in drivers side/scattermaster on passenger side still (for shame )
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    Projector on left/scattermaster on right (for shame )
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    Low beam
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    High beam

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    I am glad to see you trying this, cause I was waiting for my bulbs to burn out before going to a projector unit. What ballast are you running. Or do you not need one.
    There is no way in hell I'm getting a bullseye one. I can't spend that much for headlights. And I was quoted 850 for custom tails. That's not gonna happen either. I'mma make my own for less than half. Sorry, rant over.

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    the h1 bulb size hid kit from ddm came with ballests, but since I already had an hid kit on my truck (from ddm) that works fine, and is a few years old, I'm probably just going to reuse my old ballests. They're 35w and as you can see from the pics, work just fine with the new H1 bulbs

    I got the headlights 'completed' and baked them in the oven to reseal last night, so I'll probably install and try to aim them after work tonight

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    These lights are g'damned incredible, I wish I did this years ago when I first saw the mini H1 retrofits being done.

    I have maxed out the adjustment on the lights as high as they can go, I think they seem a hair low but comparing the cut off line of them to other cars with projector xenons in traffic at night, my lights seem to line up at the same spot as other lights do. I think I'm just not used to the sharp cutoff when going up and down hills yet. None of my other cars have projectors

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    Looks good been wanting to try this as well

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