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      05-07-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Depo FX-R 3.0 retrofit

Heres pics of my retro I did. Needs a lil angle adjustment which will fix if I do a color band mod.

Depo Euro housings
Black out w/silver shroud
TRS FX-R 3.0 projectors
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Freakin gorgeous. I've always wanted a retro.
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Looks perfect, about 30% sharper than lci !!
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your TRS FX-R 3.0 projectors looks screwed up they go down on both sides i thought the v3 fixed this issue from the v2 and v1.1
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very nice
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The bowing could be the crooked wall and or my angle adjustments.
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Omg lovely!
What is the colorband mod?
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Omg lovely!
What is the colorband mod?
A colorband mod involves playing with the shield curvature and/or the spacing of the projector lens, with the goal of achieving or adding more purple/blue in the cutoff http://www.northamericanmotoring.com...ardSPACE03.JPG
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Can we get some high beam shots in here??
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I know you've been waiting for the high beam shot haha. I can temporarily connect the solenoid to the high beam wire. It will probably throw a code when I hit the high beams but oh well.
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Awesome! BMW needs some better projectors in their headlights.
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Thanks for posting this. Did you say you documented the retrofit? A walkthrough would be sweet.
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Thanks for posting this. Did you say you documented the retrofit? A walkthrough would be sweet.
That would be much appreciated. Trying to retrofit my P90 now. Baking the headlights open was easy enough and for some reason I thought that was going to be the hardest part. Till I got my FX-R 3.0s (Theretrofitsource) from USPS.

Guess which one the Depo originally had




If it's not obvious already, this is not just going to easily fit.






What did you do to make it fit? I didn't read much on retrofitting yet, so maybe I am missing something obvious. I can probably get it to fit flat in if I shave some material off the projector housing and the reflecttive holder that the projector attaches to, depending on how thick the material is on the projector, because doesn't look like much to play with on the holder.. Unless there is a better way. Or did I get the wrong FX-R's?
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Mounting the FX-R wasn't too bad. Ended up cutting and grinding a good bit off the bezel with my dremel to get the FX-R to sit stable and aligned. I think I got it pretty damn close to how the original projectors lined up on the front.





Yeah, the original ones were about like that. I don't think I can shave any more off without going through in order to get it closer and like I said, this is how the originals sit anyway. Going all around, it's pretty even for gap...going by eye...didn't bother using feeler gauges. A head on picture, I doubt you'd notice it at all.






This is the hardware I used. I think it was 1/2" long 8-32nd screw post with 1" long screws. Had to shave some off the head of the screw post for it to fit in the angel eye groove. It holds it in there very well and didn't budge at all with my shacking the crap out of it, so pretty sure it'll hold up in driving conditions.



Going to blow everything out with air and clean it all down with alcohol and contact cleaner before assembly. Probably have it on my car before next week is over.
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Mounting the FX-R wasn't too bad. Ended up cutting and grinding a good bit off the bezel with my dremel to get the FX-R to sit stable and aligned. I think I got it pretty damn close to how the original projectors lined up on the front.



Yeah, the original ones were about like that. I don't think I can shave any more off without going through in order to get it closer and like I said, this is how the originals sit anyway. Going all around, it's pretty even for gap...going by eye...didn't bother using feeler gauges. A head on picture, I doubt you'd notice it at all.



This is the hardware I used. I think it was 1/2" long 8-32nd screw post with 1" long screws. Had to shave some off the head of the screw post for it to fit in the angel eye groove. It holds it in there very well and didn't budge at all with my shacking the crap out of it, so pretty sure it'll hold up in driving conditions.


Going to blow everything out with air and clean it all down with alcohol and contact cleaner before assembly. Probably have it on my car before next week is over.

Great work. Thanks for keeping us all posted. What are you going to seal it with? Hopefully it is strong but easy to re-open if needed. When i take my halogens out, I might try to retrofit something in them for the heck of it.
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Yup the fxrs are way bigger. Did the same ALOT of grinding and kinda the same mounting. You might have to grind where your screws are going thru to get more rotation adjustment. I drilled 2 holes in the actual projector for the 2 bottom screws.

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Carefull with the chrome! Too much rubbing will rub it off! Also I cut the corner of the adjustment bracket because the bowl hit it. Circled red.

I screwed in a small bracket for support. Dont have a pic for that tho.
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The butyl from TRS works good. Had to reopen a few times already.

Also had to bend the clips for the bulb holder. Haven't figured out a back cover cap but doesn't look hard.

Don't get too frustrated when doing the adjustments. The adjuster screws like to pop out when ur at the max. You might have to adjust the length of the ball joint screw as well.
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Great work. Thanks for keeping us all posted. What are you going to seal it with? Hopefully it is strong but easy to re-open if needed. When i take my halogens out, I might try to retrofit something in them for the heck of it.
Thanks. I think most people just heat up the housing and firmly press on the front clear shield back on or something like that. I am going to completely remove the old glue to make sure I have a nice even layer all around. Ordered some OCI butyl rubber glue from th retrofit source when I got my FX-Rs http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=792 .

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Carefull with the chrome! Too much rubbing will rub it off! Also I cut the corner of the adjustment bracket because the bowl hit it. Circled red.

I screwed in a small bracket for support. Dont have a pic for that tho.
Yep, will be going in to work to cut on that bracket today. Might even hook the lights up to a power supply and play with sharpening the cutoff and coloring. Will probably adjust the lights aim on my car before putting the front back on to make sure there arn't any problems.
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Also had to bend the clips for the bulb holder. Haven't figured out a back cover cap but doesn't look hard.
Everything is pretty much back together with the exception of the lens cover. Will put that on once I make sure everything is good. For the back, I got this rubber end cap from The Home Depot



Cut the top off the Depo cap


Glued the rubber cap on to the original depo cap I just cut


Glued a length of bike tire rubber innertube on to the top of the cap I cut off and then glued that on to the original depo cap+rubber cap


Will zip tie the rubber innertube to seal that end once I run the wires through after everything is mounted. Gives enough extra space to clear everything, without being too big.
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GREAT job! Love me some retro'in.
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Good sh!t man!
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