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Old 24th December 2012, 17:26   #1
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For all of you who aren't unwilling to get down and dirty (and preferably have your ride out of warranty), here's how to spend (not) a bomb, have a good fun afternoon with the car, and do a DIY.
I tell you, if you do a DIY, you know that if anything goes wrong with THIS, I KNOW how to fix it.


So, ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages, this is how to install drop-in projectors in your car.

(Full Thanks to BHPian Sameer for providing moral support, physical support and cameraman functionality!!)


Some background first.
I connected with a Mr. Rocky, working in VW south ext, via a quikr listing to install projectors.
This fellow was so customer centric, he asked the headlights to be dropped at the showroom, and then after a promised delivery of later in the day, told me it will take 2 days.
After some polite ruckus, he arrived with the lamps sealed and projectors installed at 11-12 in the night.
Spliced wires, left the ballast hanging(one of which failed in 3 days), used cello-tape and stopped answering calls.

Lamps started shaking in a week, and the cutoff rotated full 360 degs over time, corona controllers(the choke?like in home tube lights?) went one by one.
The lamps themselves were top notch quality, but the installation was disappointing, to say the least.
And then the killer. I went to a local installer and asked him to fix it up, and he told me that these are usually installed in bikes....

went home, and ordered a set off of DX, which I had been eying for some time.
these shipped without ballasts, but with 6k hids installed.
And then we waited, and waited, and waited, until after about 1.5-2 months later:
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Step zero:
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Step one:
Open up the headlamps.
Grab a hot air gun(I got it off of ebay for 600 bucks, and it worked quite well. Blow on a corner of the headlamp to start off.
Once one separation occurs, its just a matter a gentle blowing on the edges and some tugging on the two parts, ie, the rear backing and the front clear lens.
keep a blade handy, and use it carefully.
Once separated, heat the remaining silicone sealant with the air gun and prise away.
On flat surfaces, you can use the blade to remove the sealant.
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-opened.jpg

Oh,the box had some sealant in it, which I didn't like the look of, so I went and got a couple of tubes of Anabond.

The projectors installed were also drop in ones. There was no cutting involved to install them.
The rear has a metal tube that screws on against the back of the headlamp, like so:
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-projectr-back.jpg
This one weighed about 300-400 g, which might be why it was knocking around so bad.
I have to say, its made quite beautifully.
The new one, is smaller, and only weighs about 200g, and also screwed in much tighter.

DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-new-close.jpg
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The projectors rear attaching tube has an aligning notch, which aligns to a set of adapters that came in the box, and are screwed in to the back of the headlight, ensuring you start clearing approaching aircraft for landing.

Mine, and presumably all headlight have a channel in the black part, where you pour in the sealant, and insert the edges of the clear bit.
Once you do, tie it up REAL tight for about 2 hours.
I left it for about 1 only, but just in case, I removed the strings post putting them on.
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DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-sealed-heat-gun.jpg

The projectors from DX had an interesting piece of equipment.
A splitter. Apparently this allows you to use one ballast for lamps.
Fantastic.
Maybe next time.
And finally, getting it on the car:
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-installed-car-off.jpg
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-testing-car-off.jpg
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-blue-corona.jpg
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DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-daylight.jpg

The coronas were a shock.
uh huh huh, what??????
But frankly, i was too tired and too happy with having everything work without even ONE hitch, that i didn't care.
I'll read up and see hot to fix them.

Here's the low beam:
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-low-beam.jpg
Cut off is approximately at 2-2.5 feet.
The lamps themselves needed to be twisted by about 1-2 degrees to align the edges parallel to the ground(About 5 seconds of work.)

Here's the high beam:
DIY - All seeing eyes, or, Projectors in a Fiesta-highbeam2.jpg
Cut off , at about 30 feet is about the height of a Ritz's roof.

The high beam is also connected to the regular high beam halogens, so woe be it to anyone who is coming on with high on!!



Costs, you ask.
Anabond: 40 bucks a tube
Projectors: 5700 bucks
Ballast : About 3k for the pair
Hot air gun : 600 bucks(?)

That's it.
The priceless bit was the satisfaction of a DIY.


Go on, Just do it already.
And there is NOTHING that you can mess up which cannot be fixed here.




(Some random pictures which lost context while typing, and weren't mentioned.)
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Great Job Mayank !!!! So now you should be recommmended for installations of headlights and HID. Shall I add you to the Team BHP directory?
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Great Job Mayank !!!! So now you should be recommmended for installations of headlights and HID. Shall I add you to the Team BHP directory?
Ha ha!
2months waiting, courtesy dx!
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Uh-oh... I dont know how I missed this thread of yours. Excellent description of the process. I am tempted to go in for the conversion myself. Maybe will drive up to your house for assistance
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Uh-oh... I dont know how I missed this thread of yours. Excellent description of the process. I am tempted to go in for the conversion myself. Maybe will drive up to your house for assistance
Anytime. The headlights are up to be opened again soon. The projectors are coming out.
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I have been trying to lay my hands on a pair of projectors for the car, though I must confess I have no idea if I am looking at the right thing. Would it be possible for you to look at the below link and tell me if this is good enough. If not, any alternate lead to source a pair?

Link --> http://dx.com/p/3-0-h1-h7-h4-9005-90...v-2-pcs-247727
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I have been trying to lay my hands on a pair of projectors for the car, though I must confess I have no idea if I am looking at the right thing. Would it be possible for you to look at the below link and tell me if this is good enough. If not, any alternate lead to source a pair?

Link --> http://dx.com/p/3-0-h1-h7-h4-9005-90...v-2-pcs-247727
These are basically the same as the ones I have. Except for the angel eyes,though, and the design, they will install the same way and work the same.
Although, if you can spend a bit more also take a look at morimoto as well.
The thing with the dx ones is that they are some proprietary bulb which are hard to source. It's available now on aliexp. ,and thankfully I haven't had one go off so far.
For this price though, its unbeatable.
Do order ballasts as well, as well as spare angel eye starters( these are the first to go).
About 34 bucks for the ballast's, and 5-6 bucks extra for the starters.

Enjoy your DIY, if planning a DIY.
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Awesome DIY! Now just need to polish up those headlight lenses!
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Anytime. The headlights are up to be opened again soon. The projectors are coming out.
Why so? Also when you say drop-in, you mean it's a direct replacement for the stock halogen bulbs?

What is the power consumption of these bulbs?
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Why so? Also when you say drop-in, you mean it's a direct replacement for the stock halogen bulbs?

What is the power consumption of these bulbs?
Change of plans. The headlights are being opened, but to put in 4 bixenons now.

Yes, by drop in, i mean direct replacement, no cutting, except to remove the bulb shield which is attached withasingle screw.
Power is 35w.
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Change of plans. The headlights are being opened, but to put in 4 bixenons now.

Yes, by drop in, i mean direct replacement, no cutting, except to remove the bulb shield which is attached withasingle screw.
Power is 35w.
Wow! Awesome!

Btw I was planning something similar for my i20, but decided to go full LED.

Now I'm waiting on Nolden concepts to provide me with a quote for their LED high/low beam lamps.
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Wow! Awesome!

Btw I was planning something similar for my i20, but decided to go full LED.

Now I'm waiting on Nolden concepts to provide me with a quote for their LED high/low beam lamps.
What is that? I googled it, but apart from the website, not much.
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The priceless bit was the satisfaction of a DIY.
Hi Mayankk,

Great DIY. Just a question, What did you do to the small lamp hole under main light. Can see a wire running through it, probably for angel eyes but did you seal that hole with silicone or something.

Raab rakha.
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Hi Mayankk,

Great DIY. Just a question, What did you do to the small lamp hole under main light. Can see a wire running through it, probably for angel eyes but did you seal that hole with silicone or something.

Raab rakha.
I didnt, actually.
I tried it sometime back, but it came loose after a bit since the wire kept moving.
But next time around, I am definitely looking to plug it up good.
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