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      10-08-2012, 11:31 PM   #1
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***Update OCT 15, 2012
Finished with entire install. Iphone pics right now will update with t3i pics later. Hope you enjoy, went with chrome projector and painted gun metal insides with oem black still black just clear coated.

***Update OCT 11, 2012
Both headlights are painted and ready to go. Waiting for parts to get to me from The Retrofit Store. Other than that upload some pics tonight with everything assembled together (without projector set-up as of now).

***UPDATE OCT 9, 2012
Opened up the second headlight, finished painting first one tonight. Pics included below...Thanks everyone!


I know you can bake headlights but I wanted to try something different....I dremeled them open. I'm working on a film if you know my work [u2b]Youtube.com/taran861[/u2b] It'll be free and for the community. Any and all comments welcome
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      10-09-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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Nice! In for some finished pictures. I'm assuming you're going to be doing a projector retrofit?
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      10-09-2012, 12:59 AM   #3
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Yes sir, probably some custom halos. Had them laying around as back ups and got some spare time so I'm hoping to update everybody with a little more every night.
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      10-09-2012, 02:59 AM   #4
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Hey nice work. My name is Taran also
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      10-09-2012, 06:45 AM   #5
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Are you spraying the lights metallic silver? I'm considering doing mine gun metal.
I can't wait for the finished product.
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      10-09-2012, 11:11 AM   #6
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No it's a picture of its primer on them as of now. I'm debating of doing gun metal or red.
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How do you plan to seal these back up??? I would be extremely worried about water or moisture getting in now.

We have opened headlights and it only takes about 1-2 hours to open them with a heatgun and a screwdriver.

Also, i hope you taped the inside piece of the corner amber reflector. If not you just painted over your blinkers.
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I know that's the primer but the last pic of the silver dupli color spray, thought that's the metallic silver you were going with. Red will be too rice, go with gun metal if you think black is too common.

DId you tape up the blinker covers or are you cutting them out? I saw someone who cut it out and exposed the amber bulb.
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I know that's the primer but the last pic of the silver dupli color spray, thought that's the metallic silver you were going with. Red will be too rice, go with gun metal if you think black is too common.

DId you tape up the blinker covers or are you cutting them out? I saw someone who cut it out and exposed the amber bulb.
If they get cut out they will look rather odd since you will be able to see directly in at the bulb. As well the blinkers will become very hard to see since the light will not be dispersed evenly but it will be directional.

the stock piece has a diffuser to help disperse the light evenly.
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How do you plan to seal these back up??? I would be extremely worried about water or moisture getting in now.

We have opened headlights and it only takes about 1-2 hours to open them with a heatgun and a screwdriver.

Also, i hope you taped the inside piece of the corner amber reflector. If not you just painted over your blinkers.
Took twenty minutes with a dremel, plan on using a seal of some sort, still on the retro fit phase as of now.
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I know that's the primer but the last pic of the silver dupli color spray, thought that's the metallic silver you were going with. Red will be too rice, go with gun metal if you think black is too common.

DId you tape up the blinker covers or are you cutting them out? I saw someone who cut it out and exposed the amber bulb.
That spray can is of gun metal bro haha just shitty iPhone pics. Blinkers I'm painting them black and then cutting some custom piece out is my plan for now. Any suggestions welcome.
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Updated with more done tonight see pics above...
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You know you just painted over your blinker right....?

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lol ..blinkers are over rated
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You know you just painted over your blinker right....?

Yes I know I did, I'm planning on cutting out a small portion in the center so everything will be gunmetal and flush inside of the housing.
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lol ..blinkers are over rated
Yes that's why cutting out a small portion in the center so still legal
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Finished product pics now up!
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Looking good! Are you planning on running any sort of AE set up? I've been contemplating a project similar to this.
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Yes I know I did, I'm planning on cutting out a small portion in the center so everything will be gunmetal and flush inside of the housing.
I dont see any pics of how the blinkers will work still

Also, do your hgh beam flashers work at all? You painted over the chrome reflector so the light output is probably 1/10 as bright now.

The project might look nice, but there are So Many illegal things here, and so many bad ideas.
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Looking good! Are you planning on running any sort of AE set up? I've been contemplating a project similar to this.
I was but then I thought I wasn't going to spend more on it just because I already have a decent set of headlights on my car right now. Main purpose was for me to make a video for all to see (editing stage as of now).
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Yes I know I did, I'm planning on cutting out a small portion in the center so everything will be gunmetal and flush inside of the housing.
I dont see any pics of how the blinkers will work still

Also, do your hgh beam flashers work at all? You painted over the chrome reflector so the light output is probably 1/10 as bright now.

The project might look nice, but there are So Many illegal things here, and so many bad ideas.
The blinkers have a very small hole, on my car there coded out and for turn signals I'll see what happens.

High beams aren't actually that bad, I had the same thoughts but the metallic and clear really helped them shine.

I know bad ideas but this was an aesthetic project for me, I have a great set of headlights on my car just something different. I don't condone unsafe driving, but the possibilities are endless for anybody who doesn't want to pay the $900 for oems.
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