This has been my project over the last week or so, I took my time so it would be perfect. This was my first time mounting a projector by using hardware and JnC's rotational aim method - which worked out beautifully!
My previous retrofit was using Morimoto Mini H1 projectors which is a very easy projector to mount, straight through the stock 9007 bulb holder, for any first-timers.
This retrofit includes the following:
Projectors: Morimoto FX-R 3.0 w/ new 2.5" Clear Lens
Shrouds: BMW E-46 (Extended)
Harness: Morimoto 3Five Bi-Xenon 'MotoControl'
Ballasts: Morimoto 3Five (35W)
Bulbs: Morimoto 3Five 4,300K D2S
To begin, Ace truly IS the place! I found all of the necessary hardware I needed to complete this custom retrofit.
On with the pics!
The projectors were then drilled & tapped for #10 screws:
The E-46 shrouds, as well as the OEM turn signal bezels were sanded down using 800 wet sand paper and custom painted to color-match my WS2 Bright Metallic Silver car :thumbup:
JnC's mounting method using L brackets which I custom made out of steel. They were then drilled and tapped for 1/4" screws.
Aiming the projectors horizontally. This step is crucial. The rotational / vertical aims may be tweaked later on using the L brackets and pitch screw.
(Note: I purposely aimed the cutoffs slightly right of my blue tape markings [halogen bulbs] to help ensure the beam(s) will not affect on-coming drivers)
The projectors were then mounted to the housing and spray painted using Rustroleum's new line-up of paints called "Universal" in Gloss Black.
They were then aimed vertically and rotationally once mounted to the housings:
Test fitting on the lenses, bezels, etc:
Last, but not least, today I got them put on the car and finished tweaking the final output:
Color Flicker (so purty)
Final outcome! (All photos were darkened to better contrast the beam)
All in all, a lot of time and money went into this project - but I do not regret one cent or one second. I am very happy with the overall outcome, the progress I have made as a retrofitter, and I must say that these FX-R's was an entire upgrade from the Mini H1's. Not that the Mini's are not good projectors - they are.
Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoyed.
A special thanks goes out to gearbox, MSU and all of the others who took the time to explain certain concepts, information, etc. to me.
[: Keep on retrofitting! :]