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  • LEXUS RX 400h upgrades

    I've been driving thus vehicle since 2015 and since it is my first vehicle with stock xenon s I was bored at first but last year I noticed that the output wasn't as bright as it used to be so I ordered new AFS projectors and clear lenses from TRS and also some 130mm Angel eyes that were made for an BMW E46.

    The led rings and an led bar will shine into the highbeam bucket and can't be seen directly. This will work as a DRL. Also I'llupgraded the yellow side lights with three Hella Leds from an aftermarket unit.



    Last edited by Crossgolf; December 29th, 2018, 03:46 PM.
    Subaru Outback retrofit:
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
    License plate lights with dual brightness:
    https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

  • #2
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    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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    • #3
      Good to see you still being active satrya.

      ​​​​​​so I wasn't sure weather to post in the projector retrofit or the LED section. This is not a classical retrofit since I am just swapping the euro projectors for us spec projectors with clear lenses. And here is the first thing I am debating right now:
      which do you think is better for overall output?
      1. EU fresnel lenses without squirrel finders, EU cutoff (EU stock )
      2. Black TRS clear lenses with squirrel finders, US cut-off (almost US stock)
      3. EU fresnel lenses with US cut off and squirrel finders

      personally I like the look of sharp cutoffs but also the better visibility with some light shattering above the cutoff.



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      Subaru Outback retrofit:
      http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
      License plate lights with dual brightness:
      https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
        Good to see you still being active satrya.
        Likewise, good to see familiar names

        Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
        And here is the first thing I am debating right now:
        which do you think is better for overall output?
        1. EU fresnel lenses without squirrel finders, EU cutoff (EU stock )
        2. Black TRS clear lenses with squirrel finders, US cut-off (almost US stock)
        3. EU fresnel lenses with US cut off and squirrel finders

        personally I like the look of sharp cutoffs but also the better visibility with some light shattering above the cutoff.
        Your vehicle is primarily in Germany, no? wouldn't US cutoff be disadvantageous when you travel on surface roads that doesn't paint the road signs with retroreflective paint? I thought the squirrel finders are for halogen only, so #3 may be too much in terms of substituting for the EU cutoff?


        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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        • #5

          Yes the the car is in Germany. But all signs here are reflective and sometimes even the stripes on the street are reflectice. I remember how I really had to get used to the clear lenses in my Outback retrofit.
          The cutoff step seems to look to be the same hight on both shields but on the european version there is an angled piece of metal between the cutoff and the lense (not visible in the picture) while on the us the angeld metal piece is between the cutoff and the bulb. On these there is an opening underneace the cutoff (squirell finders) that the eu version doenst have.

          EU on left; US on right.

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          Last edited by Crossgolf; December 29th, 2018, 04:26 PM.
          Subaru Outback retrofit:
          http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
          License plate lights with dual brightness:
          https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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          • #6
            I see. I'm not necessarily a fan of clear lenses, although I failed getting non-clear lens replacement on mine long time ago. In that case, the choice is either #1 or #3.
            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
              So today I closed both headlights back up. Tomorrow I will work on the wiring for the DRL.I decidet to try Option Nr. 2: Clear lenses and US cutoff with squirrel finders. Just because it is a retrofit and I have been waiting to do this work for over a year now so why not go out with all the aftermarket parts I have right now. Especially since I didnt get use the s2000 projectors I have laying around. I would have done that if these headlights didnt have AFS.
              So I whill try this setup for a while. If it is better it can stay that way. If I dont like it I can still change it to fresnel lenses.
              Embedding pictures from imgur doesnt seem to work as it used to so I will update the Album whenever I am done.

              130mm LED Angel eyes plus an 18LED light bar:


              Almost 70 LEDs per DRL. Also only part of the light is usable it should be bright enough:


              yellow sidemarker LEDS
              Last edited by Crossgolf; December 29th, 2018, 04:30 PM.
              Subaru Outback retrofit:
              http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
              License plate lights with dual brightness:
              https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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              • #8
                With this plan, are you keeping the OE high beams?
                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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                • #9
                  Yes highbeams will stay completely stock. I saw these cool LED pods TRS is selling but I want these lights to look completely stock from the outside.
                  I will enjoy the new LED features for sure. This how I am trying to set it up:

                  1. engine or ignition on: DRL on full power.
                  2. parking lights and taillights on: DRL half power
                  3. headlights on: DRL completely off.

                  this way I can drive in dusk and dawn in mode 2 without having to turn on the low beams. Which I hope adds to the lifespan. I also love the new yellow side markers.

                  The LEDs are not visible from the outside due to the smaller diameter of the bezel compared compared to the bowl:
                  Last edited by Crossgolf; December 29th, 2018, 04:38 PM.
                  Subaru Outback retrofit:
                  http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
                  License plate lights with dual brightness:
                  https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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                  • #10
                    Update3: The car is back together. So I'll call this project finished for now. I didn't take any pictures of the harness because I am never proud of my wiring work...
                    But I got it to work as described in my last post. I used a chinese DRL harness and a relay that completely shuts it off when I turn on the headlights.

                    Output pictures:




                    After the first small test drive I have to say that I like the setup so far. The squirrel finders work good and the output is nice and even.
                    Last edited by Crossgolf; December 29th, 2018, 04:55 PM.
                    Subaru Outback retrofit:
                    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
                    License plate lights with dual brightness:
                    https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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                    • #11
                      Finally pictures of the headlights:

                      The brightness in the pictures doesn't do the real life appearance any justice. I am just not good at taking pictures. So sorry for that.

                      DRL at 100% - it is not as bright as stock DRL but that was to be expected du to the optics and how I mounted the LEDs. Also in this pictures yu guys can see a small black dot in the top of the highbeam. That is actually a Osram or Philips (Can't remember) w5w parking light with the tip painted black. This makes it not as blinding and more OEM looking at night. But it is turned off in this picture.


                      DRL at 50% - it seems brighter in picture as it really is.



                      The LED sidemarker:


                      I am happy with the outcome. It is definitly a noticable change when these are turned on. Critic and recommendations for future changes are welcome.

                      The harness includes a coming home feature but it only leaves the DRL on for about 20 seconds. I wish it would be more like a minute or so.
                      Last edited by Crossgolf; December 30th, 2018, 03:51 PM.
                      Subaru Outback retrofit:
                      http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
                      License plate lights with dual brightness:
                      https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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                      • #12
                        Assuming the hotspot intensity is how I imagined it should be with an HID projector, that squirrel finder light seem a bit too intense for oncoming traffic, no?
                        Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

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

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          The squirrel finders seem very bright in the pictres but can't be much brighter than stock US RX330 projectores. The stock lenses on the US version are almost clear. And these are totally clear.

                          I am still in the testing phase but so far I got them aimed properly and I havent gotten any complains. But most of my driving was on the Autobahn. We will see how it is when I'll get to do more rural road driving.

                          I found these brackets to mount Hella G5R projectores in my headlights:

                          https://de.aliexpress.com/item/TAOCH...514682fbbcdb-0

                          So now I am wondering if I should have used the Hella projectores instead of mine. The only think the RX330 projectors are lacking is distance lighting.
                          Subaru Outback retrofit:
                          http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
                          License plate lights with dual brightness:
                          https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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