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  • Lexus RX400h BI-Xenon retrofit with AFS plus LED

    This is an update to my last post about these headlights. I wanted to start a new thread because now I am concentrationg more on the retrofit of a new G5 projector instead of just replacing it with a newer RX330 projector.

    I ordered the the brackets from TOACHIS on Ali Express.. O the first time I received the wrong brackets which set me back for a while.. But customer service was good and I received my money back without a problem. The second time I received the right brackets....which made this retroft possible.

    I was planning to do this retrofit since @goldcorolla talked about the G5 projectors and brought them to my attention. Also the AFS held me back for a while to exchange the stock projectors for others.. Luckily as years pass a Chinese seller specialized in custom brackets for several retrofit combinations.



    Since just a porojector swap would have been too easy I also orderet two types of white devil eyes to give the projectors a little glow when not turned on. I wired these in parallel with the DRL that I installed in the high beam bucket. Go see my other thread on more infos on the DRL upgrade. I went with a round version with several white LEDs and also with a set that only uses one bigger LED. Unfortunetly I am not too happy with the light color. They are more cold/blue white than the other LEDs I used in the high beam bucket.








    The brackets fit almost perfectly. .








    In all these pictures only the DRL in the high beam buckets and the LEDs in the projector are turned on. The devil eyes are just gereneric chinese stuff for a couple of euros.



    I didnt take any pictures of the low beam because I need to alighn them a little more. So far I am pleased with the output.




    For the future I would still lie to upgrade the turn signal to LEDs, also with some white running lights.... I couldnt decide on any switchbacks yet. so for now the normal bulbs will have to do.




















    Last edited by Crossgolf; October 22nd, 2019, 12:43 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
    I guess I have found the switchback lights I would like to use: I was looking for switchbacks that can go as white city lights, white DRL lights and amber turn signals. hiperlights.ru https://hiperlights.ru/cat/fronts is selling bulbs the way I want them. Now I just gotta wait to make me misserable enough to pay 90 Euros for a set of lights...

    https://hiperlights.ru/cat/fronts/supernova

    The color is 5000k. with 12watts / 1400 lumen for the DRL; 1watt / 120 lumen for the city lights; 11watts / 470 for the amber turn signal. They also have a flash to pass option with 3000 lumen at 22 watts.... totall y crazy numbers but I believe the stats since I already have backup lights from hiperlights.ru
    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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    • #3
      Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
      This is an update to my last post about these headlights. I wanted to start a new thread because now I am concentrationg more on the retrofit of a new G5 projector instead of just replacing it with a newer RX330 projector.
      I may have missed this; what happened to the original projectors? Was there some browning on the bowl?
      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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      • #4
        The original RX330 projectors were badly burned. So I ordered new but used ones from TRS on on of their black friday saley two years ago. This year I finally came around to swapping the new RX330 projectors in but already noticed a light burn out of the box.. The output was still a lot better but not as good as exepctet. So when I read about the decent quality of the G5 projector and that they should give better distance lighting than the RX330 I thought I should give it a try. But all this was only possible due to the chinese manufacturer of the brackets..

        Also I had fun doing this and adding the white demon lights was fun too. Unfortunetly the single LED could not be mounted on the top of the projector. The mounting on the side gives a funny output on the wall..
        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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        • #5
          I see. Now that I re-read your other thread (that contains other parts of your project for the same headlight housing), plus the new photo you posted (post #20 in that thread: https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...upgrades/page2), that's too bad the bowl got damaged. Hopefully you'll have better luck with the G5R
          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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          • #6
            YeYeah I figured I had to clear it up little and post another picture about the bowls. The bowls of the G5 are from a different material more sturdy and heavier like cast iron (?) while the bowls of the burned RX330 is from aluminium and much lighter. So far I never saw heavy cast projector bowls burned up....Just the lighter versions seem to have that problem.
            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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            • #7
              I see. Hope this one will last (at least until you feel like attempting the next retrofit).
              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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              • #8
                When I I did the retrofit I put in 4300k Osram D2S bulbs. Old once I had laying around but I figured that the color temperature would be easier on the eyes in the upcoming winter..

                Now with the bad luck I had one burned out after only three hours of driving time.It ignited but was of a very rose color. And the it flickered twice before it went out. Turning it off and on again helped for 30 seconds before it went out again.

                Now I put in my Osram CBI s again which forced me to take of the bumper again because I couldn't get the bulb to sit properly in that way to tight space. And I figured it would be safe to do it with the headlights in hand before I brake anything.

                The G5 projectors are decent but not craze crazy bright. The are even but got a better hotspot and distant lighting than the old once. The AFS is way more noticeable now when cornering. On the old once I only saw the step moving and light was more even distributed and wider.

                On the G5 the light output is noticable stronger in the middle than it is on the sides.
                Last edited by Crossgolf; November 4th, 2019, 10:59 AM.
                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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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
                  The G5 projectors are decent but not craze crazy bright. The are even but got a better hotspot and distant lighting than the old once. The AFS is way more noticeable now when cornering. On the old once I only saw the step moving and light was more even distributed and wider.

                  On the G5 the light output is noticable stronger in the middle than it is on the sides.
                  With AFS, it seems like moving to a projector with stronger hotspot (and potentially less intense width) seem like a reasonable thing to do. If the OE foglights are also wired as cornering lights, perhaps you can look into replacing its foglight function with a dedicated cornering /width light instead.
                  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
                    Yes, I thought about cornering lights before but I am running yellow bulbs in the fog lights and it would look weird with yellow cornering lights. Also the yellow lights are alot dimmer than white ones which makes the fog lights are not of much use when the low beams are on.
                    The good thing is that I really dont need fog lights most of the time where I live but I can still run the fog lights for looks without getting too much foreground lighting.

                    The one thing I would like to do is to replace the fog lights with the S2000 projectors I have laying around and use them as additional low beams. The hight of the fog lights should be okay for that. But I haven't found a good sturdy (and reversible) mounting method. If you got a good idea on that I would like to hear it. the rx400 doenst have the "normal" fog light mountings that most other cars have now.





                    Last edited by Crossgolf; November 8th, 2019, 12:23 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
                      I see. With the width of that foglight housing compared to the s2k projector before adding the necessary weather protection, the mounting points for the OE foglight may not be wide enough to be able to accommodate the s2k projector.

                      As for a specific idea, I think it depends on what are in the surrounding of the foglight. Depending on that, it may be possible to make use of existing bolts &/ holes behind the plastic bumper cover for securing the (custom) weatherproof housing for the s2k. Come to think of it, there is a range of model years where the lexus ES and IS use unsealed foglight projectors placed inside a weatherproof housing. Perhaps that housing can be made to protect your s2k projectors. I don't have pictures of said housing, but for size reference, the unsealed foglight projectors are the one with matte black front and grey bowls in the picture below (one on top, one on the left bottom), relative to a Hella Micro DE halogen fog projector (the longest one) and a few others:
                      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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