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  • Evo IX MR Headlight RX350 Projector Retrofit

    Hello All,


    So I have a set of MR headlights opened up, and while I am in here I want to upgrade the projector since I have been told that the stock projector is kind of anemic. I am considering an RX350 globe and lense, I have never seen it done before but the dimensions look pretty close to the stock unit so I don not think fitment would be an issue. My question is the RX350 a good upgrade? The Retrofit Source told me that it was def an upgrade performance wise from stock. If someone has exp with the RX350 globe, where does it sit depth wise in relationship to where the stock unit sits? They are both 3" lensed units so there would be no gap to worry about like a TSX-R globe. Below is the link to the RX350 globe with dimensions, along with the dimensions of the stock Evo IX projector. Experts please weight in!


    http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...l#.UuQQANIo50s









  • #2
    I went from the mini h1 projector to rx350 with osram CBIs and holy night and day lol. They are an awesome projecotr
    AAAAAAAAAAA

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    • #3
      That's encouraging, what kind of car? I think I can use the stock mounting brackets, but I would need a piece of flat steel, the mounting ears on the stock evo ix globe are near the centers, whereas the rx350 are at the four corners.

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      • #4
        2003 Chevy Malibu. That was the biggest I could definitely go. And that was tightttt
        AAAAAAAAAAA

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        • #5
          What about keeping the factory projector and mounting another projector in the high beam location?

          *I will be unavailable for projector modding and retrofits until further notice*



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          • #6
            Seems to be about the same size as EvoX-R.
            Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

            3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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            • #7
              Originally posted by greenkouki View Post
              What about keeping the factory projector and mounting another projector in the high beam location?
              I'd rather upgrade the low beam, the halogen high beams have a pretty good distance.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by satrya View Post
                Seems to be about the same size as EvoX-R.
                Yea it's about the same size, I think I'm gonna need some flat bar steel to make some additional brackets

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                • #9
                  The bowl in post #1 seem quite complex shaped. Are you sure the output is unacceptable? I'm not saying complex automatically means good, but usually, the bowl design isn't made more complicated than necessary. The ridge at 12 o'clock and squaring off between 2:30-3 and 9-9:30 must have a purpose.
                  Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

                  3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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                  • #10
                    The evo 8/9 projectors really aren't any good satrya :-/ I understand why he wants to swap them. EVOX-R would definitely be a good upgrade- if you can mount it on a flat plate and then drill 2 small holes on either side to attach the mounting hardware I think that would be the way to go. TRS should have EVOX-R dimensions on their site if you need to double check. The EVO 8/9 projectors are pretty big though so I'm about positive it'll work.

                    *I will be unavailable for projector modding and retrofits until further notice*



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                    • #11
                      ^
                      I see. A big projector that is low beam only, with a complex shaped bowl, but with terrible output. That's unfortunate. It makes me even more curious how the output looks like.
                      Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

                      3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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                      • #12
                        It's honestly really bad. narrow and dim with not much of a hotspot.

                        taken from the web:


                        *I will be unavailable for projector modding and retrofits until further notice*



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                        • #13
                          * JDM Evo VIIIMR lense (same as USDM Evo VIII / IX lenses) = 79mm dia
                          * ZKW-R lense = 74.5mm dia

                          ^^ no good for Evo projector


                          EvoX-R / E55 / Evo X projector in Evo VIII headlight:





                          ^^ Im currently doing this retro now!
                          * Requires custom brackets. Ive used 4.5mm perspex brackets
                          * Requires trimming of the turn signal housing
                          * Both the OEM & Evo X (E55) projectors have about 60mm distance from the mounting face to lense holder. As you can see the Evo X projector sits a fair way forward from the oem brackets due to the thickness of the perspex bracket and nuts & bolts. This will not clear the OEM low beam shroud and hence the entire bezel wont sit fully in. See pic below:




                          ^^ To solve this issue I will be dremeling out the OEM low beam shroud and retrofitting an E46-R to get that depth back.

                          If you were to use a thinner custom bracket made of metal and was willing to trim areas of the E55 projector where the nuts fasten then you could possibly get away with using the OEM low beam shroud.

                          ^^ Ive never gone this route because I hate the "inverted" looking OEM shroud. I always get rid of it for an OEM E46 / E46-R. Ive done enough Evo VII / VIII / IX retros to last me a life time.
                          The Evo headlight Specialist
                          Tech Support: EvoXenoN@gmail.com
                          Evo X
                          / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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                          • #14
                            EvoXenon- I tried to reach you on EvoM, and email. I have a set of JDM lamps open right now on the table behind me, and I am looking at doing a projector swap. I live in the US, and do not want to have JDM projectors. I plan on doing something different for the low-beam, but I am stuck at the point where I need to remove the lowest mount for the factory projector. I see on the top, I can just continue to back off the adjuster and they will come loose. On the bottom it has the electric adjuster motor on the back, and it looks like it presses in with a ball- and -socket style adjuster. I am not sure how to get this loose. I understand I will need to fabricate different mounts to get my new projectors set up here.

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