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  • 2013 Grand Caravan Projector Retrofit. Hella G5s + 3D Printing

    Currently I have a pair of b-stock FXR3s w/ Osram 66240s powered by XB55s and a pair of XB LEDs for high beams.






    They aren't quite perfect and IMO they are too bright for in city driving. In some of the towns I drive though I end up getting flashed every single time I pass through due to the rough roads. So I wanted something toned down for city driving.

    Got my TRS order today.

    The RX350s




    And then a comparison between the RX350s and the Morimoto Matchbox projectors. Really didn't expect the Matchbox' to be THAT small.




    Some STI-Rs.




    Instead of black or chrome I decided to go w/ silver paint for the housings.


    2013 Grand Caravan. LS460s + RX350s.

  • #2
    What are your plans with the Matchboxes?
    *CLICK BELOW ON WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE*

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    • #3
      Originally posted by HK45 View Post
      What are your plans with the Matchboxes?
      They will be for city driving only. They are the only projectors that will fit in my high beam location. Will be using 3000K 3Fives. The RX350s + Nightbreakers will be used exclusively for highway driving.
      2013 Grand Caravan. LS460s + RX350s.

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      • #4
        In for output pics of those Matchboxes

        And of course the 350s. Those are like output porn. Can never get enough!
        *CLICK BELOW ON WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE*

        2014 Nissan Sentra Quads w/ XB Fogs

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        • #5
          I'm really excited to see how the Matchboxes perform! I dunno why but I really like them. They're adorable.

          Are your high beams 9005 or H11? What will you be doing with the XB LEDs?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Haloruler64 View Post

            Are your high beams 9005 or H11? What will you be doing with the XB LEDs?
            High beams are H11. I'll try to sell them locally. Good bulbs but in my housings they had too much foreground.

            Hmm. First box is definitely marked LHD. Second box it looks like it is a 50/50 chance. And unfortunately in my case it isn't LHD. So I have one LHD projector and one flat. Flat looks just terrible. Once the sun goes down I'll grab some pics to compare them.

            I have had terrible luck w/ TRS this year. Both my orders this year have had mix-ups.
            2013 Grand Caravan. LS460s + RX350s.

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            • #7
              Looking forward to the updates.

              TRS says max depth of matchbox are 76mm, does this include the threading? Can you measure front of lense to back of bowl not including the threading.
              Thanks

              I think im going with the rx350 on my next retro.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Firefighter View Post
                Looking forward to the updates.

                TRS says max depth of matchbox are 76mm, does this include the threading? Can you measure front of lense to back of bowl not including the threading.
                Thanks
                According to my measurements w/ a digital caliper it is 80mm not including threads and 100mm including threads. This is to the tip of the lens.

                Nice sharp cut off on the LHD version.


                And then the flat version.
                2013 Grand Caravan. LS460s + RX350s.

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                • #9
                  Man that sux about the flat shield. Are those matchboxes gonna be enough for city driving?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nuvolari View Post
                    Man that sux about the flat shield. Are those matchboxes gonna be enough for city driving?
                    That was my thought and why I want to see these output pics. I guess maybe with all the street lights and such they might be adequate.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nuvolari View Post
                      Man that sux about the flat shield. Are those matchboxes gonna be enough for city driving?
                      I think so. Did a quick comparison between the Matchbox and an MH1 5.0. The Matchbox beam was quite a bit wider, has considerably more foreground, but light output was similar.

                      If I can find sheet metal thin enough locally I'll try to make my own foreground shield.
                      Last edited by lowfat; March 28th, 2015, 11:49 AM.
                      2013 Grand Caravan. LS460s + RX350s.

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                      • #12
                        If you think it's good enough, then by all means. It just looks a bit inadequate in the pics. I'd go with the RX's as my main lights!

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                        • #13
                          Lowfat, I know there is enough clearance behind the headlight. Why not a better projector in the high beam spot? Atleast a MH1...

                          I was going to do quads on our 2009 T&C but wanted to retain flash to pass so I put a modified H9 bulb in for more light.

                          Like the progress so far! PS I think the height of the projector gets a lot of people in lower riding cars right in the side view mirrors. I get flashed sometimes on rough roads because the cutoff bounces a lot. Then I flash them back with the boosted 55W ballasts and halogens and they put the brakes on and go "sh!t"!!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by awehlage View Post
                            Lowfat, I know there is enough clearance behind the headlight. Why not a better projector in the high beam spot? Atleast a MH1...

                            I was going to do quads on our 2009 T&C but wanted to retain flash to pass so I put a modified H9 bulb in for more light.

                            Like the progress so far! PS I think the height of the projector gets a lot of people in lower riding cars right in the side view mirrors. I get flashed sometimes on rough roads because the cutoff bounces a lot. Then I flash them back with the boosted 55W ballasts and halogens and they put the brakes on and go "sh!t"!!
                            Actually I have tried to do MH1s in the high beam locations. I had to cut the crap out of the housings and the turn signal. Part of the MH1 actually stuck outside of the housing. Making it almost impossible to install the turn signal bulb. It also looked goofy as hell since the projector had to be off center to fit.


                            I don't think flash to pass exists in Canada. I've never seen anything like it and have never even heard of it until coming to this board.

                            I don't think there is more than 1 or 2 lowered vehicles in this entire city. Up here people lift their vehicles not lower them .
                            2013 Grand Caravan. LS460s + RX350s.

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                            • #15
                              Man I've been dreaming of getting this van so I can retro my toyota crowns and mini d2s 3.0's In there for quads.

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