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1996 Integra DB8 Retrofit Project - Slowest Retrofit Ever

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  • danteisme
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    hmm, apparently i can't internet today.

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  • danteisme
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    Well, its certainly been a while.

    I aimed my retrofit the best I could give the space I had to work with. I plan to further aim these an at appropriate distance at my parents house where they have a little more driveway room. I feel like these are still a bit too high, there isn’t nearly as much light as I thought there would be on the ground in front of me, so hopefully soon I can get this dialed in 100%.


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  • danteisme
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    I never updated with the nearly completed project. Ballasts mounted, wiring relay kit installed, headlights mounted, and fired up for the first time in the car. As you can see, i clearly need to aim these lol.

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  • danteisme
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    Going with a different wiring approach so I don’t have to drill into the side of the housing, hopefully should be able to start that soon. Finished up the housings though, I sanded the 3 lines out from the factory headlights so now I have clear lenses for the low beams.
    Now I need to finish the body work on the car so I can get it back on the road and try these things out somewhere else other than my garage wall…

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  • satrya
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    Looks reasonable. When passing the D2S cable back into the housing like that, there's a chance that some residual strain may pull the projector in one direction, possibly affecting yaw or pitch aim. Hopefully you have enough space and cable slack for that approach.

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  • danteisme
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    So, i'm going to get some D2S plugs and cut and splice onto what i have now so the plug is at a useful angle., and i think i'm going to pick up one of these kits too: https://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-Headligh...c/402063552217

    I tried scrubbing my headlight lenses, they're pretty bad. They are starting to yellow, and there is over spray all over them from who knows what project. I did some research of what other integra owners have done, and I like the results they got. I plan to sand down the inside and the outside of these housings to clean them up. i'm also going to try and sand out those lines on the low beam as well.

    I think the route I’m going to take will be to polish the inside of the lens with the compound in the kit, and then re-spray the outside with 2K clear coat. And for protecting the plug and bulb, I’m going to borrow an idea from a member on honda-tech (might be on here too?). I think this is a good solution.

    http://johnwalterpowell.com/projects...tegra/0251.jpg

    http://johnwalterpowell.com/projects...tegra/0250.jpg

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  • danteisme
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    I agree, I will definitely put something together to protect the connector. Its just the stupid angle on this particular one that makes it very difficult to connect to the bulb.

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  • satrya
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    Originally posted by danteisme View Post
    Does anyone know what the diameter of the S2K AP1 lens is? Or what thickness the OEM spacer is?
    I had read from prior threads that TRS folks have recommended using cardstock if a lens spacer can't be had. You can experiment with different thickness spacers to see which one works.

    Regarding the D2S connector at the back of the housing: At the very least, I would devise a tent around the connector so water won't drip/splash onto it and make its way into the headlight housing.

    Regarding the output with the headlight housing lens on: It is possible that after polishing the housing lens, the output won't be the same. The reason is that the index of refraction of the polycarbonate housing lens, together with whatever curvature/angle it makes relative to your projector, may serve as another lens that alter the beam as a whole, or alter them differently enough for the different color spectra. Of the posts I've seen here, the biggest effect from housing lens comes from clear glass lens instead of polycarbonate. So, maybe you're ok in that regard.

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  • danteisme
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    Completed some more work on the retrofit.


    Then I tested them in the garage, please excuse the mess. This was after a lot of fighting with the welder and the car’s quarter panel and I never cleaned it up.


    Really love the way these look, until I put the lenses on the housings…


    Going to need to address this for sure. I imagine I’ll need to do some serious sanding and polishing inside and outside of these lenses.
    I’ll also need to do something about this, not sure if they make an adapter for this situation or if I need to find new ballasts. It was damn near impossible to plug this in. I think I pulled these from an Audi.

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  • danteisme
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    Ok, this is what a noob I am…just realized this is the factory spacer for the lens. I don’t know if I want to get into modifying with spacers, but TRS has a spacer kit for cheap. I may as well just buy that. Does anyone know what the diameter of the S2K AP1 lens is? Or what thickness the OEM spacer is?

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  • danteisme
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    The skew only affected things a tad. got it to work out though, i need to go back through a double check the levelness of the first projector i installed, then i should be good to trim the extra length on the bolts and put back in the housing. I think these should be good, seems very sturdy and being level with the factory bracket should let me retain the adjustment points I need. Of course, I will test fit these in housing in the car before I reassemble everything.









    Found this gasket or whatever it is is cracked, replacement available?

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  • satrya
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    Maybe after alignment is done, add a secondary support that can be adjusted, say, by a long screw that pushes from the bottom side, and another one from the top that pushes down. Whenever you need to make pitch adjustments, you'd need to retract these two first so the main adjusters can be moved. Then, the secondary supports can be tightened again.

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  • danteisme
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    I hope they don’t vibrate, but there will be some weight hanging out off the main bracket and only being supported by those few bolts. I will probably grab some of the threaded spacers and add those to try and add some additional rigidity to the projectors.

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  • satrya
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    Originally posted by danteisme View Post
    You can see one of the bolts is a tad skewed here.
    The skew should be ok. The only thing I would watch for is when you tighten them, make sure that the skew doesn't cause any changes in pitch, yaw, or roll angle alignment.

    Curious, the large bracket that you're mounting the projector onto, and the projector's lens holder; they are both cast metal, right? I wonder how beefy the adjustable mounts for the brackets are. Hopefully you won't run into projector vibration issues (that is the projector pitching enough during drive that the pitch aim of the beam bounces up and down noticeably).

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  • danteisme
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    I started my HID retrofit this past weekend, mainly with the mounting of the projectors. I think i messed up the drilling of the housing on the one bolt, but this is my first retrofit ever so messing up is expected. I think it should be fine though once i get everything mounted, secured, and leveled out. Hopefully i can work on leveling out the projectors this week with some free time after work, if i get some free time.



    You can see one of the bolts is a tad skewed here.



    And here.



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