Headlight projector retrofit - HIDs to the max!

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by F8L, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. usbseawolf2000

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    Sure, that will simplify things.

    Looking at the size of the Mini Gatling shroud, it may fit inside without trimming. I really hope so!
     
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    So to replace the HIDs in a 2006+ Gen II model, which projector type do you recommend?
     
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    I think the DS2 would be the closest fit without having to cut. I would suggest calling Matt at TRS and see what he says. He knows the bulb base size for most bulbs and he could tell you if it is close to the D2S and D2R bulbs. If it is the same or smaller then then D2S projector will fit nicely. If you want to go all out then go with the FX-R projector but plan on some cutting. :)
     
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    i less than three this thread. i could kiss you F8L, but you probably wouldn't want that
     
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    Gross! LOL :D
     
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    I have installed the projector and found the location (see last pic) I want to install the LED array. I have not put back the cover back on. I tucked both of them away in the closet so dust cannot get on (hopefully).

    It is a very clean install. I snaked out the high beam wire through the H4 bulb clip hole.

    I have a bunch of pictures. I will post more tomorrow.

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  8. F8L

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    That looks great Dennis!

    One question though. The LED strip is a side emitting system. You have it mounted vertically with respect to the way the LEDs will shine. Is that your intent? I assume you powered them up and checked it out.
     
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    I have not power it up yet. Thanks for the tip! It would have been a major screw up!
     
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    No worries brother. Power them up and mock place them where you think you want them then stand back a ways and check them out. They may work fine the way you have them. If not just lay them flat and see if the light emitted horizontally looks better.
     
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    Did you use the gatling shroud for those H1 minis?
     
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    Yes, the pictures I posted are with the mini gatling shroud installed. It is small enough to fit inside the reflector without any cutting. It makes the install easy and best of all it comes with the projector.

    I used the H4 adapter plate (came with it) so I won't need to align or rotate the projector. Hopefully it is as super easy as it sounds. Let's see after I install the HID H1 bulb and light it up!
     
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    A huge thank to F8L for walking me through this yesterday. I got more time to take these nice pictures.

    Remove the screws highlighted in Red. See below.
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    Leave the ones highlighted in Green.
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    Headlight in the Oven. 265 deg F preheat and 7 minutes baked.
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    Headlight cover removed.
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    Remove the halogen H4 bulb cover. The bolt is in the back.
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    H4 bulb cover removed.
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    Mini H1 projector - Prepare it to look like this with the silicone rubber installed. Remove the H1 holder and the projector locking ring first.
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    Remove the high beam wires from the connector. Use a paper clip to push the two sides and it will slide through.
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    Snake the wires through the hole highlighted. You can see the rear of the Mini H1 projector.
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    Put the H4 adapter plate (comes with the projector) and screw the projector lock ring tight.
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    Silicone rubber sandwiched between the projector and the reflector.
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    Looks great Dennis. I knew this would be a breeze for you. Is the wife still upset about using the oven? :p
     
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    She freaked out when I put the headlight in the oven. She stood there and gave me the "Wth" stare while I was on the phone with you. I had to calm her down. She was ok after 15 mins or so.

    To put the headlight back together, my oven is not big enough to fit both halfs. How did you do it?
     
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    LMAO! As for the headlight. You actually want to put the lens on the best you can before putting it in the oven so it will be one piece instead of two. Then after baking it, you will simply press the lens into place and bend the clips back into place. Insert the screws that hold the lens ASAP.
     
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    Made more progress today but there is a set back. One of the LED array is defective. This means I will not be able to complete the install this weekend since the replacement may not arrive.

    I am also unsure if the LED array and the wire may not survive 265 deg F in the oven when I close it back. I'll have to call TRS tomorrow.

    HID H1 bulb holder installed with 3 screws.
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    H1 bulb installed with the clip holding it down.
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    Testing how the LED would look. I think it looks awesome!
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    The defective one.
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    :( on the LEDs becasue your'e right, it looks AWESOME!
     
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    Ohh man those looks good. I'm going to tear my headlights apart asap!

    What are you hooking the led wires up to?
     
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