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  • 2014 Ford Focus MD2S 3.0 (TLF Redux)

    So a year ago this month, some of you remember the infamous retro done for a member brought to us by The Lighting Firm(TLF). Or should I say The No Longer In Business Lighting Firm. In case you wonder why TLF is no longer in business or missed the thread, let me remind you of their work:

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    Before


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    It was unfortunate the member had this kind of work done for a hefty price tag on a new car. He was able to live with it until one of his LED DRLs stopped working. Fortunately for him, TLF accepted the fact their work was crap and refunded his money. Our member deserved better and get what he paid good money for. Let's see what we can do for him.

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    So On To The Retro







    Morimoto MD2S 3.0 Projectors
    Iris Shrouds
    HD Relay Harness

    Morimoto XB55 Ballasts
    Morimoto XB 6500K Bulbs


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    The Work







    Opened up and reflector removed



    Bummer, doesn't fit


    Let's make the hole bigger


    And need to cut off this corner mount


    Fits now after a little trimming



    Since there was no room behind the headlights on the car, I wanted to put the ballasts inside the headlight so it was all one unit. And it all fit with just a tiny amount of trimming!



    The shrouds needed a lot of trimming so I wanted to try something new. Traced out the shroud onto a piece of construction paper



    Taped it onto the projector and cut out the pattern with a razor blade



    See where adjustments needed to be made and transferred it to another paper shroud


    Repeated until I got the right shape


    Attached paper to actual shroud and scored it with a razor blade following the line of the paper shroud. Then traced the score with a marker to see where I needed to cut




    Success!


    Repeat for the other headlight and seal them up!



    Fin






    Thanks for takin a looksie!
    Last edited by HK45; March 7th, 2016, 03:29 PM.
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    2014 Nissan Sentra Quads w/ XB Fogs

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  • #2
    Good to see this as the first post I read for my day! Great work.
    --- 2008 WK - Headlight Retrofit - Foglight Retrofit ---
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    2013 Speed Triple ---
    --- 2003 SV650s - Retrofit ---

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    • #3
      Nice work HK!
      2012 Camry SE RX-350/STI-R Build Thread

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      • #4
        Very nice straight and colorfull cutoffs. Are those modded MD2S? My MH1 7.0 have sucky cutoffs.

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        • #5
          Great work HK. Neat and tidy with fantastic output. OEM!

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          • #6
            It definitely is great work. I was seeking a very stock look and HK definitely delivered.

            Light output is drastically increased from stock halogen reflectors, and while I'm still getting used to HIDs (already found a few things that I don't like), I'm feeling a lot more comfortable on the road at night.

            For future Focus retrofits, I'll confirm with TRS if relays are needed. I keep forgetting to email them; they were sent as part of the MD2S kit, but were not used in the actual build.

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            • #7
              Thanks guys. No modding to the projectors and didn't go for anything fancy. It all came out great!
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              2014 Nissan Sentra Quads w/ XB Fogs

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              • #8
                Great work HK!
                2006 Chevy Cobalt - SRX Bi-xenon/Denso 35w
                2011 GMC Terrain V6 - 4TL-R retrofit

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                • #9
                  rebelx what don't you like about it? I'm just curious because i came off of halogen projectors so i was already used to the cutoff and i don't have any problems

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                  • #10
                    FINALLY! Great choice for a shroud and TOP NOTCH work, as always HK! Looks awesome!
                    2010 Civic Si

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Drewski32 View Post
                      rebelx what don't you like about it? I'm just curious because i came off of halogen projectors so i was already used to the cutoff and i don't have any problems
                      The biggest weakness I found was the crisp cutoff from the clear lens. I talked to HK about it, and for when I do my next retro/car, I'll look into getting a fresnel lens. For example, if I'm stopped at a generously sized intersection, the cutoff will only light up the feet of pedestrians. In my old halogen reflector, I wouldn't say it would light up the entire pedestrian, but there was enough light bleed to make a pedestrian more obvious. I've only come across this scenario at two intersections (both large, both late at night, both with pedestrians), and this issue does not exist at smaller intersections as the aim is naturally higher, but it's still a cause for concern.

                      Another thing I don't like is dark on-ramps/exits. Because my car does not have auto turn headlights, the lights point only straight. Since the halogen reflectors would scatter some light around, it made for safer on-ramps navigation because I could see "further" ahead on the curve. With HIDs, the projectors keep the light fixed in place ahead of me and prevent me from seeing past the turn angle. In other words, I am essentially blind to what's on the curve until my car is in front of it.

                      We had a bunch of rain yesterday and I can confirm that the HIDs performed worse in the rain than the halogen projectors. I suspect this has to do with color more than anything else. I'm running 55k bulbs, but on a 50w ballast. I'm hoping the lights yellow out slightly more. If they don't, I'd consider using amber Laminx on my fogs to obtain a similar result and to create more contrast on the road. I was primarily using my fogs with the halogen reflectors to add more visible light when driving and now that I don't absolutely need to (but I still do), the fogs can still serve a functional purpose with adding contrast. I'm just worried about burning out the Laminx (as some people have complained) and greatly diminishing light output.

                      Originally posted by dreamer1213 View Post
                      FINALLY! Great choice for a shroud and TOP NOTCH work, as always HK! Looks awesome!
                      I'm going to take credit for the shroud choice, but all the fitment credit goes to HK

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                      • #12
                        Haha the untold truths of a HID retro. It took me a little bit to get used to the cutoff on my FX-Rs. I still watch the cutoff bouncing when I drive lol. As for HID in the rain, I can't say I have an issue with that because quads shine(literally) in this department.



                        teheeheehohohohohahahaha
                        Last edited by HK45; March 8th, 2016, 03:23 PM.
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                        2014 Nissan Sentra Quads w/ XB Fogs

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                        • #13
                          Good job! Output looks perfect.

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                          • #14
                            Yeah I'm not sure if my hids are worse than halogen in the rain or i just expect them to be better than they are now. I want fogs bad but the brackets are so damn expensive.

                            And my old h11 projectors had a fairly sharp cutoff so my visibility has only improved with my mh1's.... which i am starting to realize aren't that sharp towards the sides kf the output despite the curved shield

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                            • #15
                              Finally he has decent lighting!

                              I love the paper cutout for the shroud trimming, but would be wary of using it for more open applications, as there is potential for light bleed. I think.

                              I'd love to be proven wrong, however, and shown that this method works for all applications.


                              OEM halogen reflector headlights | Osram Rallye H7 65W low beams | Philips Vision H1 55W high beams | Pre-facelift orange indicators

                              Retrofits in progress: MDX LED retrofit | RX350/EvoX-R quad w/'moto HD relay, Mitsubishi gen4 ballasts and selectable quad wiring (needs lots of fixing)

                              My retrofits

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