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      01-21-2022, 02:58 AM   #19713
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Here is the soft close retrofit write up!!!
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Today I rerouted my exhaust flap to be able to control it with a switch inside my glove box
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ebay. we'll see about fitment next week I guess. I haven't had three days worth of not needing the car, and that's probably how long it's gonna take me to complete two headlamps and their removal/replacement.
if they don't suck I'll post a link, they were cheap.


pre lci.
I have a pile of dead headlamps to play with before the main event. Need to extract the clear reflectors from these broken euro jobs first.

my brother just did unbakeable e39 lenses, possible. You have to cut the lenses and then extract the strip of plastic left in the housing.
attempted baking a lens off a headlamp last night.
big fail.
250 at 6 minutes was not enough.
another 3 minutes made the black housing plastic soft.
the rubber never got gooey enough to pry the lens off.

So cut the lens and then cut the seal with a blade it is.
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Today I rerouted my exhaust flap to be able to control it with a switch inside my glove box
Interesting, I just plugged my exhaust flap back in yesterday. Did you just route two wires to the cabin from the controller in the trunk?
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Some time ago I replaced the ugly push-to-open box in the center console in front of the shift knob with a plain, open one and still had the wires for the 12V cigarette lighter underneath it. So I just ripped open the middle console between driver and front right passenger, and soldered two wires to the 12V supply. The wires go from there to underneath the steering wheel (removed the plastic covers) to the switch (which is actually in the left hand compartment next to the steering wheel and not in the glove box) and then all the way to the controller in the junk. Whole thing took me like 90 minutes to do. If you are interested I could attach photos later.
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Some time ago I replaced the ugly push-to-open box in the center console in front of the shift knob with a plain, open one and still had the wires for the 12V cigarette lighter underneath it. So I just ripped open the middle console between driver and front right passenger, and soldered two wires to the 12V supply. The wires go from there to underneath the steering wheel (removed the plastic covers) to the switch (which is actually in the left hand compartment next to the steering wheel and not in the glove box) and then all the way to the controller in the junk. Whole thing took me like 90 minutes to do. If you are interested I could attach photos later.
Pictures would be appreciated
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      01-21-2022, 12:37 PM   #19719
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got a new keyfob. mine was dead already.
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Took the old wheels in for sandblasting, just need to fix a gouge or two after, then onto powder coating
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That's funny I just ordered a compatibility bridge a couple days ago. Shouldn't add much to the garage, I'll plug it into the leftover outlet next to the garage door opener.
Imagine my surprise that we have the same irons in the fire Let me know how that works out, if it works without being a PIA I'll add it to the bottom of the list.

How's that sickle project coming along? Haven't seen any pics of that for a bit. I got a '87 Suzuki LS650 for the wife that's waiting for it's turn to get rebuilt, I haven't done any MC wrenching for a couple years, getting the itch.
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That's funny I just ordered a compatibility bridge a couple days ago. Shouldn't add much to the garage, I'll plug it into the leftover outlet next to the garage door opener.
Imagine my surprise that we have the same irons in the fire Let me know how that works out, if it works without being a PIA I'll add it to the bottom of the list.

How's that sickle project coming along? Haven't seen any pics of that for a bit. I got a '87 Suzuki LS650 for the wife that's waiting for it's turn to get rebuilt, I haven't done any MC wrenching for a couple years, getting the itch.
Tell me about it.. I was looking at this post when you replied lol. Funny you mentioned it, one year ago today I picked it up. Haven't made much progress on it, between building the funds for the wiring and laziness..

I have been slowly mocking up the look for my 2nd one, using the 1st as a "blank canvas." This was back in September
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These are the second ones I've purchased from Amazon, and they are fine.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08211VKR4
This one flashes on/off vs the stepped increase style some have. I like this a bit more. I also like this style of plug vs. the ones that have the spade type plug. It seems to be sealed better. They have 3M double sided foam tape on them as weather seal, and I didn't pull the paper off the side going against the car. That stuff is hard to get off, so will see.
I prefer the flash on/off vs the stepped increase, so thanks for the feedback. I may order these for my car.
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Interesting, I just plugged my exhaust flap back in yesterday. Did you just route two wires to the cabin from the controller in the trunk?
Mine was rattling under load at low RPM (such as going up a small hill) so I literally did the 'golf tee mod' using a golf tee! There's definitely no drone inside, and the sound difference is minimal, so for me the vacuum line was best left disconnected and plugged up with a tee.
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Interesting, I just plugged my exhaust flap back in yesterday. Did you just route two wires to the cabin from the controller in the trunk?
Mine was rattling under load at low RPM (such as going up a small hill) so I literally did the 'golf tee mod' using a golf tee! There's definitely no drone inside, and the sound difference is minimal, so for me the vacuum line was best left disconnected and plugged up with a tee.
Yep, I've ran the golf tee mod since I got my car. Of course it had a muffler delete.. lol. The 135 muffler has a flap though. I too experienced the rattle at low load. I'm hoping it'll magically go away again now that I've plugged it back in

The flap makes a good difference in sound and volume due to my muffler being completely welded up inside

*On the things to do today.. went to replace the low beam wire as it went out on the passenger side.. It'd start flickering and shutting off and back on constantly. Anyways, it looks like the only way to do that is to take the headlight off. The ballast is blocked by the rad support.. Only way to take the headlight off is to take the bumper off, which I hate doing. Currently I'm thinking of going down the rabbit hole. Msport bumper and rebuilt oem headlights if I'm going to go through the absolute pita of taking that headlight off. For now though, hopefully superglue and a good squeeze will hold the old wire together. Doing this in 30 degree weather while its windy and snowing is not fun lol

Update: I don't think it worked 🙂
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Pictures would be appreciated
Sorry for the horrendus photoshop "skills" and image quality but this is basically how I've done it.
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I seriously want a compartment like that

The diagram was pretty good too haha
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ebay. we'll see about fitment next week I guess. I haven't had three days worth of not needing the car, and that's probably how long it's gonna take me to complete two headlamps and their removal/replacement.
if they don't suck I'll post a link, they were cheap.


pre lci.
I have a pile of dead headlamps to play with before the main event. Need to extract the clear reflectors from these broken euro jobs first.

my brother just did unbakeable e39 lenses, possible. You have to cut the lenses and then extract the strip of plastic left in the housing.
attempted baking a lens off a headlamp last night.
big fail.
250 at 6 minutes was not enough.
another 3 minutes made the black housing plastic soft.
the rubber never got gooey enough to pry the lens off.

So cut the lens and then cut the seal with a blade it is.
Idk what it is with light lenses but I have never gotten it to work like the guys in the videos do. That glue never gets soft, I just cut off and that's it like I did in my tail light.
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I'm not even bothering with it, going to ship my old ones to akretrofits and call it a day lol
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Idk what it is with light lenses but I have never gotten it to work like the guys in the videos do. That glue never gets soft, I just cut off and that's it like I did in my tail light.
I've taken apart a lot of things in my life, most of it was stuff people told me couldn't be taken apart.

headlights defeated me entirely. If there's some secret technique I don't know it.

since I have replacement lenses I'm not too concerned about cutting them free.
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This may help you with your project, it's more than what I'm comfortable with but perhaps you'll give it a try.

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