My headlight story

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My headlight story

Post by neilac » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:40 pm

I started off with depos, but was never happy with the output or the blotchy angel eyes.

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1st rebuild... Roll on 2017 and I bought a forum members "custom lights" for the Bi-xenons and angel eyes.
Stripped my depos and fitted the std bmw internals with the bi-xenon projectors fitted to the dipped beams and projector lenses to the inner main beams.

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Ran it like this until start of this year, but still was not happy with them.
Output was far superior to the depos, but the inner main beams obviously didn`t project to not being focused properly in the std reflector and I didn`t like all the chrome. :cry:

Time for rebuild number 2.....
Ordered 2 new mini h1 bi-xenon projectors and 4 new `iris` shrouds from Retrofitlab

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Stripped the chrome off the shrouds and the bmw internals and sprayed satin black.

Used the new bi-xenon projectors for dipped/main beam and the old bi-xenon projectors for inner main beams.

Mounting the outer bi-xenon projectors was simple, but due to lack of space, the inner projectors had to be seriously recessed. This involved cutting a 2 inch + hole in the main beam reflector and using bolts and jb weld to mount the inner projectors where I wanted them. This meant that the back cover didn`t fit, so had to be be modified.
Next was to remove the cut off shields from the inner projectors as I didn`t need 4 dipped beam. Inners are now main beam only, outers are dipped & main beam.

Testing before refitting fronts. Angel eyes at full brightness, They run like that as drl`s and dim to around 50% when dipped beams are on

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Almost finished


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All done :o

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Angel eyes only

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Dipped beam


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Main beam

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The full satin black may not be to everyone`s taste, but I`m finally happy with them --- for now..
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Re: My headlight story

Post by Twenny » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:51 pm

Ummm those rings look very small for the headlights and also what are those two balls of light on the wall under the light beam?

Never seen that before


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Re: My headlight story

Post by neilac » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:53 pm

The rings are about 80mm.
They are just the `hot spots` , the wall was really close.
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Re: My headlight story

Post by aj_mckay » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:01 pm

Project sounds interesting, but I can only see the first two pictures then I get this...
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Re: My headlight story

Post by Twenny » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:02 pm

aj_mckay wrote:Project sounds interesting, but I can only see the first two pictures then I get this...
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Tap on the image and then click follow the link and it takes you to the page buddy


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Re: My headlight story

Post by Twenny » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:05 pm

neilac wrote:The rings are about 80mm.
They are just the `hot spots` , the wall was really close.
Ah ok fair enough on the hotspots.

80mm? So they’re 20% smaller than original depo halo rings? Any reason why? I guess if they look even rings fair play but they look diddly in the headlight housing.

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Re: My headlight story

Post by aj_mckay » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:08 pm

Twenny wrote:
aj_mckay wrote:Project sounds interesting, but I can only see the first two pictures then I get this...
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Post by Twenny » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:10 pm

Yeah I get the same image come up but when I tap the photo I get the option to follow the link


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Re: My headlight story

Post by aj_mckay » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:11 pm

Twenny wrote:Yeah I get the same image come up but when I tap the photo I get the option to follow the link Image


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I did the same but it opened the page above Image


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Re: My headlight story

Post by neilac » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:14 pm

Moved pics to flickr. should be working?

The rings fitted the shrouds i wanted. I needed the iris shrouds as they were the perfect shape and size to fill the reflectors.
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Re: My headlight story

Post by aj_mckay » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:19 pm

Nice. Yep all visible now

You've done a good job aligning the 4 projectors to each other, but you might be able to get the hotspot up a bit by shimming the bulbs. H1 bulbs are notoriously 'dodgy' for that, but I'm sure you're well aware


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Re: My headlight story

Post by neilac » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:33 pm

neilac wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:53 pm
The rings are about 80mm.

Just checked. I was wrong, the rings are actually 92mm O/D.
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Re: My headlight story

Post by Sonic1506 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:28 am

Did you buy those "Custom lights" off eBay? They look like my old ones that I sold on eBay for cheap lol.

I.e. these ones:

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Either that or someone had identical ones made to the ones I had.

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Re: My headlight story

Post by neilac » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:06 pm

quote=Sonic1506 post_id=1373827 time=1518085689 user_id=21423]
Did you buy those "Custom lights" off eBay? They look like my old ones that I sold on eBay for cheap lol.

I.e. these ones:

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Either that or someone had identical ones made to the ones I had.
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You sold your lights to me on here, not ebay.
That pic was after I'd stripped yours for the 2 projectors and rings, rebuilt intro my depos and scrapped the rest of yours. .
They were chrome internals in that pic, now satin black and with 4 projectors instead of 2.
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Re: My headlight story

Post by Sonic1506 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:09 pm

neilac wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:06 pm
You sold your lights to me on here, not ebay.
That pic was after I'd stripped yours for the 2 projectors and rings, rebuilt intro my depos and scrapped the rest of yours. .
They were chrome internals in that pic, now satin black and with 4 projectors instead of 2.
Ah my mistake, couldn't remember.

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