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You can retrofit under $200

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:33 am    Post subject:  You can retrofit under $200 Reply with quote

There's been a lot of talk about how much it cost to retrofit. I just stumbled across a thread on www.hidplanet.com. You can get a complete HID retrofitting kit for under $200. This would include all of the components needed to complete the retro from a parts standpoint. The headlights are a given, but you might want to work on a secondary set instead.

Where retrofitting gets super expensive is the labor charges of having someone else do it for you. The SS would have been my third retrofit, but after killing two sets of headlights trying to open them up, I had pass it off to someone I knew who had the best chance of completing the retro. I ultimately paid a high price for his talent.

If you guys have the tools and the desire to do a retrofit there are cheaper version of parts out there than what I used. If done by the owner a retro can be completed for as little as $250 (possibly less)!

Check this link out...

http://www.hidplanet.com/forum.....-200/page1

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah, but that doesn't solve the problem of getting the housings open. Wish I knew how the people you sent it to did it.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

the easiest way is to find the aftermarket ones that you can bake apart. not all are super sealed like factory. You are not limited to the ebay projector housings either...I tried my retrofit with those and they came out decently but not perfect.

A lot of the PnP kits uses morimoto minis...Id after personal experience recommend using a different projector. I got a lot of light in front of me but never really enough down the road. This was with the first gen H1s a couple years ago.

Ive been talking with a couple of guys on hidplanet about projector choices and for just low beams I would go with the RX 330 projos. Not too much more than the Minis but overall better reviews.

housings can be had for 75
projectors for around 120-140
bulbs, ballasts, and relay harnesses 45
nuts,bolts, epoxy 10
patience and planning
whatever tools you dont have (a dremel should get you through it though)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Any idea which brands can be baked apart, and which can not?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Not brands that I recall. I wish the search feature worked again. We know they Cannot be factory, and Boosted said he couldnt get depos apart. I baked apart my ebay projo housings so I would think the same company would manufactures those would do the same crappy seal job on OEM housings

edit: these would be something I'd probably try once my console is done.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Pa.....684wt_1397

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ShortyDoo wrote:
Not brands that I recall. I wish the search feature worked again. We know they Cannot be factory, and Boosted said he couldnt get depos apart. I baked apart my ebay projo housings so I would think the same company would manufactures those would do the same crappy seal job on OEM housings

edit: these would be something I'd probably try once my console is done.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Pa.....684wt_1397


Believe it or not..I have that same brand headlight housings from eBay....best aftermarket headlight I've ever purchased....they never fog up or allow water in.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The set that got opened up were a set from TYC. I'm not sure ahat method they used to open them up. Pretty sure they wouldn't disclose that information, since it would cut down on future business.

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