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  • 2nd Evo X retrofit: FX-Rs / OEM E46 shrouds / CCFL Halos / Red LEDs

    Back again guys!!!

    As promised, this is the 2nd Evo X retro I finished for a dude in the US..... Enjoy

    1st Update:

    let me give you some specs on what im going to do:

    * Pull everything apart

    * Remove & replace the crappy OEM Hella BiXenon projector for an FX-R BiXenon set.

    * Dremel out the OEM chrome shroud from the low/high beam housing and retrofit a 2.5" OEM BMW E46 shroud + 95mm raw CCFL halo ring (no casing)

    * Retrofit a fake non-functional 2.5" projector + 3" OEM BMW E46 shroud + 100mm raw CCFL halo ring (no casing) into the DRL housing...
    Note: 105mm halo ring is the best size for a 3" E46 shroud but no one makes "105mm" rings.... except for one RIP OFF company

    * install 4 x custom shields, painted red for each projector lense.
    (makes projector look red during the day when headlights are off)

    * install 4 x LEDs for each projector
    (makes projectors glow red)

    * Paint entire housing matte black

    * Tint CCFL halos with Niteshades


    progress shots:

    FX-R BiXenon projector... I didnt think to take any comparison shots with the OEM Hella projector.... It is definately bigger in size. This could possibly be the worlds 1st projector retrofit into a CZ4A MR headlight. The design of the OEM internal housing doesnt allow for easy fittment of other BiXenon projectors, possibly detering anyone from having a go.. NOT ME
    The 2nd, 3rd, & 4th pix will give you a better understanding



    Internal OEM housing dremelled to make way for the FX-R projector





    OEM housing finally dremelled down to the right level. It took me 3 or 4 levels to get there. Better to dremel not enough then too much housing. FX-R yet to be bolted in.




    OEM housing before dremelling the chrome ring



    Too scared to dremel the chrome ring in one sweeping motion due to awkward positioning. Decided to drill grooves then snap off each piece with a pair of long nose pliers.





    Housing smoothed off to make way for the 2.5" OEM E46 shroud:





    2.5" OEM E46 shroud trimmed to size + 95mm CCFL raw halo:



    As mentioned before, 95mm halos are the perfect size for a 2.5" E46 shroud. The halo sits behind the grooves to create a good look. I'll explain when it comes time to actiavte the halo.



    Trial fit of 2.5" shroud + 95mm halo;





    Halo activated:
    The Evo headlight Specialist
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    Evo X
    / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

  • #2
    Positioning the halo behind the grooves makes them stand out when lit up. A 90mm halo will actually sit in the middle of the grooves. when it lip up it wont look as spectacular. I know, Ive tried both!!!
    Last edited by EvoXenoN; November 2nd, 2010, 07:12 AM. Reason: updates
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    / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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    • #3
      To the left: 3" OEM E46 shroud fully trimmed for RHS DRL housing
      vs
      To the right: Semi trimmed 3" E46 shroud for LHS DRL housing



      Dremel action in the DRL housing to fit the 100mm CCFL halo:







      Top left: Modified vs bottom right: Stock







      1st of 4 red shields installed:
      This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 856x642 and weights 110KB.




      2nd update:


      Test fitting a white LED onto the red shield at 6pm. You can see the white light reflecting at the bottom (annoying). Looking to source a red LED and hopefully give the projector more of a "red" look..... REMEMBER, the owner wants them to glow red (NOT ME)... Whether you like the look or not = my care factor of ZERO..... YES it is illegal so dont post something we already know



      Another test fit at night (with flash).



      No flash.
      Standing at this angle, you dont see much of the red



      The further front on you stand, the more obvious the red is



      I was using 2 different types of LEDs in this test (both white) which may explain the inconsistancy in the 2 red appearances. As I stated before, Im looking to source red LEDs to see if they will give an improved look.
      Last edited by joon joon; November 4th, 2010, 09:37 AM.
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      • #4
        Standing further back, when you cant see the red shields, the white LEDs make the projector appear white.



        Standing up closer, you start to see the red shields





        Test fit



        3 shields painted red... 1 more to go
        Last edited by joon joon; November 4th, 2010, 09:38 AM.
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        Tech Support: EvoXenoN@gmail.com
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        / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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        • #5
          3rd update:


          Was able to get my hands on some Red LEDs. here are the results


          Red LED on Red shield (left) vs White LED on Red shield (right). Its pretty obvious that Red LEDs on red shields produce a much better result.











          Camera positioned where the shields were NOT visible.



          Halo by itself



          Positioning the camera further back makes the Halo appear "glarey". You dont see the grooves of the shroud because of this glare. Its not a true representation of what the eye really sees.



          Camera up close is a better representation of what the eye is seeing
          Last edited by joon joon; November 12th, 2010, 10:02 AM.
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          / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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          • #6



            Camera positioned so you only see half of the shield through the lense



            The last of the shields complete









            CCFL halo sprayed with VHT nightshade vs CCFL halo untouched. You can see areas of under spray but thats ok, the shrouds will fill in those areas so you wont see it.



            VHT nightshades on CCFL halos gives an ABSOLUTE crap result:
            * It gives a blotchy / patchy effect when lit up
            * It reduces the brightness when you continually apply more layers to make it even. Up close you can see the irregularity in the lighting, further back its hard to tell.
            The reason for painting the halos is because I will be painting the whole housing black and I want the halos to blend in.





            The start of painting





            The 2nd E46 shroud painted black. I have a little trick up my sleeve with all 4 shrouds. I wont post pix till the end... Ive done 2 already and DAMN it looks fricken hottt



            Entire LHS painted black and ready for assembly. I decided to do away with the nightshades and paint the CCFL halos in black primer, hoping for a better result. I forgot to take close ups of the painted halos



            CCFL halos with a thin coat of black primer. I found it easier to achieve a more even finish but still far from perfect. The effect up close is very speckledy and brighter than using nightshades.


            Last edited by joon joon; November 8th, 2010, 09:36 AM.
            The Evo headlight Specialist
            Tech Support: EvoXenoN@gmail.com
            Evo X
            / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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            • #7
              5th Update:

              Unpainted CCFL halo (left) vs Lightly primed CCFL halo (right):
              The pix are not that obvious but the unpainted halo is noticably more brighter than the lightly coated halo. The human eye can definately see the difference.
              I painted each individual halo on different days so each coat of black primer ended up being inconsistant with the other. When all lit up at once, some were noticably brighter than others. I decided to scrape off all the primer and start again, this time painting all 4 in one go.
              Notice the unpainted halo is more "glarey" due to brightness




              Masking the "XENON" logo:


              Last edited by joon joon; November 12th, 2010, 10:03 AM.
              The Evo headlight Specialist
              Tech Support: EvoXenoN@gmail.com
              Evo X
              / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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              • #8
                Not to crowd the thread before its finished, but Stevo you have one steady hand with a dremel. Pretty amazing how well that E46 bezel fit in there after the OEM was partially removed.


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                • #9
                  yeah that looks good so far...

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                  • #10
                    Man.....great work! keep them comin
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                    • #11
                      Very detailed work. It's getting better and better. Can't wait for the finished product. Never thought about reserving posts.

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                      • #12
                        Can't wait to see finished pics.

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                        • #13
                          Very nice! Can't wait to see installed pic

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                          • #14
                            Looks awesome so far (hahaha we're all commenting onto the second page before you're done!) I love how well that all fits together so far, and how the CCFL is perfect for that location, being in the perfect spot to reflect on both OEM and e-46 shroud.

                            I'm thinking to put a CCFL on my e-46 shroud to try and fill the OEM reflector with some light so it doesn't look so spotty. I need the tightest CCFL that would fit there, will the 90 mm fit? How so?

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                            • #15
                              ^^
                              Let me get some pix for you chief... My photobucket account has about 700+ pix on headlights. Need to find the right pix for you
                              The Evo headlight Specialist
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                              Evo X
                              / S14 / Toyota GT86 / BRZ

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