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Old 08-22-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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Anatomy of an aftermarket projector headlight

Hey guys, I've been seeing an increasing number of people asking about the projector headlights that I have on my car. Since I have one disassembled, I decided to take some pics of what it looks like. Note that the housing is primered, because this headlight was replaced (truck backed into my headlight).

Here's the headlight assembled:



Here's what the headlight looks like disassembled:



Here's a shot of the housing. Note that there's a recessed area similar to what a projector (proper) would look like:



And here's the back, showing the protrusion for more space:



Here's what it looks like assembled:



As you can see, a real projector assembly is far superior, but having this housing is pretty decent, as it will HOPEFULLY allow a proper retrofit with minimal modifications.

I honestly like these headlights. It's a step beyond the cheap 1 piece plastic projectors that are all over ebay. Plus, they show promise for future retrofitting.

If I can get a hold of some TSX projectors for a reasonable price, I'll be doing the swap, and will follow up with more images, and maybe a DIY if I see a need for it.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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I plan to do the same with mine one day, TSX FTW
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:01 AM   #3
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nice write up. Always been the big hassle of reto'ing, making room and having it sealed. Has anyone on the site retro'd these to see if you have to hack the back up or can keep it sealed as it is "stock"
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:50 PM   #4
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As far as I know, nobody has done it yet. I will be as soon as I get some better projectors.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:11 PM   #5
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Be awesome to know. I kinda like the look of the other e-horrible ones though...but this would make for a much easier convert if you don't have to do any hacking...or much less hacking than with the OEM or the other style ebay projectors.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:26 PM   #6
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damn yea this would be good to look forward to just swapping in some nice TSX projectors in there!
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:56 AM   #7
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any progress on this?
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:06 AM   #8
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Glad I checked this thread since I have the same headlights. I need to open them up and clean my lenses though.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:15 PM   #9
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Not yet. Might be getting some projectors this weekend, though. Found some at the pick n pull, not TSX though.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:09 AM   #10
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I have some BMW projectors (older mid 90s) to try out. Also has a slight bowl surrounding. I'll wait to get a hold of some TSX projectors before I start cutting.
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Any progress? I'm looking at this and thinking this could easily make the whole process just a bit easier....depending on the size of the replacement projector, you could just hack off the back of the "projector recession" on that housing and slide an actual projector housing in...sealing after testing and lining everything up. I might grab a set on the cheap on ebay depending.


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In fact, now that I look at the picture and look at the projector housings I have, you might not even have to cut...the back of those housings are essentially the back half of a projector housing, which most are two pieces...unscrew the front part with the cutoffs and lenses and bolt it to the healight housing...man, If it were that easy I'd be crazy excited lol.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:07 AM   #12
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So my question is this: Are we supposed to use HID's with Projectors or is that optional. I would like to know I just may retrofit mine so that its right.
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So my question is this: Are we supposed to use HID's with Projectors or is that optional. I would like to know I just may retrofit mine so that its right.
you dont HAVE to. but you should.
the output would be terrible with regular halogens
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you dont HAVE to. but you should.
the output would be terrible with regular halogens
I have 8000k so Stock housing vs Projectors, Projectors are better.

And I am sorry if I asked a noob question. I am just trying to do whats best for my car no less I am still learning alot too
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I have 8000k so Stock housing vs Projectors, Projectors are better.

And I am sorry if I asked a noob question. I am just trying to do whats best for my car no less I am still learning alot too
yes. in our stock housing HIDs have alot of glare.
idk how to put it, but projectors will direct the output much better. without blinding oncoming traffic.
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Ah ok that makes sense then. It more or less is consolidating the light beam for essentially better light shine...Sweet looks like I will pick up some Projectors (hopefully decnet ones) soon then.
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remember if you buy the ones that were posted in this thread, they have the 9005 low beam, like our stock headlights.

but most stock projectors use h3 or h4.
i cant remember
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remember if you buy the ones that were posted in this thread, they have the 9005 low beam, like our stock headlights.

but most stock projectors use h3 or h4.
i cant remember
Is that the buld used in the HID's? H3 or H4?
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remember if you buy the ones that were posted in this thread, they have the 9005 low beam, like our stock headlights.

but most stock projectors use h3 or h4.
i cant remember
wrong, they are 9006 for the low beams and 9005 for the highs
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well you can get any style HID.
like 9005, 9006, H3, H4.

our stock low beams are 9006, and in most aftermarket projectors, they are the same.
but in most stock projectors, if you were to do a retrofit, it would probably be an H4 or H3.
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