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  • #46
    Alright, the long endeavor has come to an end (hopefully). Finally fixed the rotational alignment and the issue with the projectors aiming too low. Saturday I started the "surgery" but I had to abandon the car mid Saturday because the family wanted to go to Disney World... O.o So, I sucked it up and said, "sure.... let's go..." Come back Sunday and continued where I left off and didn't finish till Tuesday due to curing time.

    So in a nutshell, the PS lamp's JB Weld Quikset (Clear) wan't withstanding the temperatures of up to 140F (estimated via google search) The package never indicates how much heat it can hold so, there was never any way to determine how much heat it could hold. The projector became loose (PS only) and both had the issue of aiming lower than what they were suppose to. Also, upon removing everything again I came up with some snags being that the adhesive started to run up the locking nuts and the bulb nut and made things tough to remove. While removing everything the shroud took some abuse so I had to repaint them.

    All in all the cut off and alignment are waaaaaaaaaaaaay better, not perfect but acceptable... only problem I'm seeing that there is a dark spot between the two cutoff step (the middle). It's noticeable but can be ignored(get use to). Seems like it's a common occurrence with both the Mini D2S line and Mini H1 projectors.

    Original JB Weld 24hr curing (4-6hr setting time @ 80F) (Max 600F it could withstand)




    Changed my filter while I was at it, since I had the bumper and lamps off even with a tarp covering everything the rain finally did the filter in.


    Changed and hydroshield




    You'll see the different steps on the projected line where the dark spot it, but WAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than stock and better than where I had it.


    The cutoff is ridiculously sharp.... maybe too sharp.


    The camera doesn't do it justice due to the ambient light so the blinkers can be barely seen as opposed to seeing it with your eyes they pop out a lot.






    Comparison to the wife's stock projectors


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    • #47
      I did have the liberty Sunday to wash the car (finally the rain let up a bit) and yesterday (Monday) I did a mini photoshoot... it was rushed but whatever. It was so clear I wanted to take advantage of some shots but the 5PM sun was unforgiving so editing was done here and there.

      Enjoy.










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      • #48
        Some more B16 porn :P

        Promise this will be the last time I spam foto's of Chase. Heh, good lighting and I took the car to get washed so, I had to take advantage of the good weather.











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        • #49
          Has anyone with the first version of the panamera switchbacks experienced overheating issues coupled with lack of performance with their shroud's LED's (DRL/Blinker)?

          My wife has brought it to my attention that my DS shroud lacks the brightness performance of that of my PS... There is a color shift in the one performing poorly leaning more towards a dim white as opposed to the PS which is a strong white/purple hue to it. Yesterday morning, roughly around 10:30AM - 11:30AM the DS LED's were dimming and when the blinker was switched on the white LED shuts off to let the amber work (ONLY) unlike switching back and forth. Once the amber blinker shuts off the white LED (DRL) takes forever to switch back on. (All of this is without the HID being on... daytime usage.) Now, I don't recall the temp at that time but it surely was around 85F - 90F or so. Mind you, I live in S. Florida so, heat and humidity is horrible here. When the hazards are turned off the sequence is off between the good shroud and the bad one...

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          • #50
            Originally posted by }{yBr!D^ View Post
            Has anyone with the first version of the panamera switchbacks experienced overheating issues coupled with lack of performance with their shroud's LED's (DRL/Blinker)?

            My wife has brought it to my attention that my DS shroud lacks the brightness performance of that of my PS... There is a color shift in the one performing poorly leaning more towards a dim white as opposed to the PS which is a strong white/purple hue to it. Yesterday morning, roughly around 10:30AM - 11:30AM the DS LED's were dimming and when the blinker was switched on the white LED shuts off to let the amber work (ONLY) unlike switching back and forth. Once the amber blinker shuts off the white LED (DRL) takes forever to switch back on. (All of this is without the HID being on... daytime usage.) Now, I don't recall the temp at that time but it surely was around 85F - 90F or so. Mind you, I live in S. Florida so, heat and humidity is horrible here. When the hazards are turned off the sequence is off between the good shroud and the bad one...
            Soooo, nothing? lol... (I miss the ol' days when forums had traffic)

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            • #51
              yeah, your best bet is Facebook these days, unfortunately

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              • #52
                I had the non-switchback panamera installed in my IS300, and I never had an issue with them dimming or anything.

                Then again, I had mine wired up to the DRL circuit, so they would completely turn off when the headlights were on. I remember reading on the forum somewhere that LEDs failure rate greatly rises when they are being powered while also exposed to the heat of a functioning headlight. That may the issue here.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Zac. View Post
                  I had the non-switchback panamera installed in my IS300, and I never had an issue with them dimming or anything.

                  Then again, I had mine wired up to the DRL circuit, so they would completely turn off when the headlights were on. I remember reading on the forum somewhere that LEDs failure rate greatly rises when they are being powered while also exposed to the heat of a functioning headlight. That may the issue here.
                  I did not experience the poor performance with the HID's on. It was during the late morning hours and it was just the DRL/Blinkers being used. So far, this hasn't happened again. We will see... ty though.

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                  • #54
                    So, I noticed the light output has degraded a bit. Only thing that I changed between the two pictures I will be posting below is that I aimed the projectors down a bit to even out some and not blind oncoming traffic and those who I follow (usually other lowered cars). Other than that, nothing else has been changed. Even parked the car in the same position and time period (morning).

                    Before (Aperture F1.7 | Focal lengeth 4.30mm | ISO 200 | Exposure 1/17s) Time taken 7:33AM


                    After (All camera settings are the same besides the Exposure 1/30s) Time taken 8.04AM***I didn't alter anything manually this is taken from a Note 8 with auto settings)

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                    • #55
                      tbh the projectors look the same, but it looks like you have some sort of extra/aux lights on? The rest of the wall and elevators and even ceiling seem to be flooded with lots of extra light compared to the first picture, but the garage lights are the same

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                      • #56
                        It was a half hour later than the first picture so maybe the sun's illumination sort of through things off.

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                        • #57
                          Ah yeah IDK why I thought it was underground. Perhaps it's just the sun making you think the projectors are dimmer? The exposure on the second one is only half as long

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                          • #58
                            I took some tonight driving around, I mean it is bright to me as it seems just worried that they might be dimming? I notice the CBI (one of the bulbs) has been acting up upon turning on, minor flickering as if it was dying.

                            Is there anyway to remove that dark spot in the middle?

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                            • #59
                              well, it seems weird that both would go dark equally identically. It would just be one side or the other. Probably, you're just getting used to the output and adjusting to it. That's why they say "more light isn't always better". I know that's how it works for me , I do a new retrofit and am like "wow" for a while, and then it just looks normal again lol

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                              • #60
                                Just to give you a bit of an update the Osram CBH appear to be having some sort of issue with performance. I've noticed since installing them last year a bit of a flicker from one of the bulbs. It's been almost a complete year later and both have been actively flickering, shutting off or just not turning on. At first I thought it was the morioto ballasts but I tested the ballasts with the H series bulbs I have for the fogs and they turned on without any problems or flickering. Probably a bad batch/errors on both of these... so, the lack of performance that I noticed could be a symptom as well. On top of that I've been having issues with one of my v1 panamera switchbacks... it appears that the driver on the PS blew (tested it out, cut wires etc etc and nothing... the DRL is donw but the indicator still works and this monring my DS DRL went out but the blinkers work...

                                I've already reached out to TRS about my issues and offered to do an RMA on these items. They have to test the bulbs first before they send anything out. As for the switchback drivers I'd need to cut the tires all the way to the end... my concern is their life expectancy is rather short for DRL's... TRS doesn't specify the working/running life expectancy of these LED/DRL's last and granted one doesn't driver 8hrs/day. On average I'd say daily with the DRL's on (even at night they stay one via my dated car's wiring) is roughtly 3hrs/day.. That's about 1095hrs/yr Most LED expectancy is 5 to 10 times the hours I put into these LED's which could indicate at least 5 to 10 yrs running life.

                                I already ordered a pair of DEPO replacement headlamps so I can do the work and not have to worry about not having a functioning car.

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