So I've been working on these headlights for about 2 months now...and by working on....I mean waiting on. First it was waiting on brand new halo's to arrive....they hadn't made a specific size yet, so we were pushed back a month....then it was paint...since this paint scheme was so intricate, it took a while to plan and lay out the design...then finally find time to pain it. So now that it's all painted, I can finish this up here soon......but the paint job was just too crazy to NOT share....so here you go!
Whipped these up for a past customer.
100% Plug N Play side marker LED lights.
The stock lights are halogen lights and only emit light to about 20% of the light housing.
Once opened up, they can be modded to fit a nice steady stream of light.
That, with some empty housings can be made to be Plug-n-Play and make an already good looking car, better.....especially at night.
Got another Pontiac Solstice Projector Retrofit in this week.
With the colors being black and silver.....with Demon Eyes, I couldn't help but think of good ol' Arnold back in the day and his robotic counter-part. That, coupled with the fact of how well these demon eyes turned out (see photochopped pic below) I'm starting to think of calling them Terminator Eyes instead of Demon Eyes.....not sure yet, but with Options labeled Iron Man Halo and Terminator Eyes, who WOULDN'T want that in their custom made headlights?
What nerd could resist?
(Thinks to self: How can I implement Thor's Hammer into headlights?)
Back to the project......
This one involved an FX-R Projector - Version 3 with Morimoto 6000k D2S bulbs and Morimoto 35watt Long Cord Ballasts.
The Projectors were hidden behind a Gatling Gun Version 1 Shroud that also hid a Super Bright LED XB Halo.
Behind all of this are the Terminator Eyes, with a soft back glow onto the newly painted reflector, it gives it an Eye Vain look....pretty cool when it's pitch black.
Speaking of pitch black (no, not Vin Diesel) The rest of the headlight internals were painted gloss black. The Gatlin Shroud was painted GM Silver to match the car's color.
Here are some One-Off Custom 100% Plug-n-Play Projector Foglight/LED Turn Signal and LED Side Marker Lights......World First Products custom made for a past client that now has all Trax Custom's Plug-n-Play lighting on his car....only one like it in the world.
What was installed:
Custom LED Matrix/Grid for Parking lights and Turn signals
Blazer Halogen Projectors
All into the stock light housing
VERY Thin/Small LED lights into the side marker lights
All the lights have stock bulb adapters soldered into place so the client can simply remove his old lights, plug the new ones in, bolt them back in and be done......hassle free....simple.
So my list of things to do on my personal vehicle has been growing; as well as it's always pushed to the back. Well, waiting on some customers for feedback before proceeding on their projects opened up a day for my personal stuff.
1st on the list was to redo my turn signal lighting and tidy up how the bumper is aligned and fit the car.....also redo the seals on the custom foglights I made and mount them better.
First thing first...clean up, seal and mount the fogs.
Once that was done, I made custom switchback LEDs for the parking lights and turn signals. Also made a custom cover to hide all the circuit boards and whatnot...so you can only (Barely) see the LEDs themselves. Made openings in the F430 grills and reverse mounted them to the newly painted grills. After all this, I rewired the lights so they are more Plug'n'Play and easier to remove, then refitted the bumper so it looks natural.
Now I have these lighting options:
Parking Lights only (white LEDs)
Projector Foglights with Iron Man Halos
Projector Headlights Only
Projector Foglights and Headlights (Low Beam) with White Parking Lights
Projector Foglights and Headlights (High Beams....quad) with Parking Lights
New lighting additions are the switchback lights. So they are White when on as 'parking lights' but when I hit my turn signals, the one side goes away and now blinks Amber...then once done, switches back to white. All in one strip.
The front....dare I say....is done.
Here are some Bi-Xenon Projectors I did for a client in Texas.
2009 Pontiac Solstice
Wicked Stock Paint color (red-ish metallic)
Brand New FX-R Hybrid Bi-Xenon Projectors (Version 3.0)
Internals Modified and Painted to give off a red demon eye when not lit
Morimoto 6000k 35 watt HID Bulbs
Morimoto 35 watt Ballasts
Morimoto Dual CCFL Halo Accent Lights
Custom H13 Bi-Xenon Heavy Duty Harness with Morimoto Relays
This was a custom project, where there was a lot of back-n-forth communication with
the client to get this just right. We originally painted these ALL Wicked Red to see what it looked like (see Corvette headlights). They turned out great, but after looking at them with
the client, we decided to break it up a bit and paint the stock reflector black….and that did it….perfect! Another thing on this one was that he wanted dual accent lights in there
somehow…whether that was going to be just CCFLs, LEDs or combination of the two.
We finally decided on Dual White CCFL lighting accents, one placed behind the shroud to give it the ‘Iron Man’ look and another one mounted just behind the Shrouds outer lip, so that it gives off a nice back lit circle.
The lenses on these things were bad when I received them. Not horrible, but as with
ALL Solstice lights nowadays, you think they are fine because chrome hides a lot, but as soon as you paint the chrome ANY color, the flaws POP….and this one had internal and external blemishes and dings. My painter worked them over for a few hours and cleared them up the best he could. Muuuch better than they were before; so client will be happy with that. All in all, this was a great project….
Been chuggin' away at other projects, but this one is coming along. Just a few more things to do then I can seal these up and ship them out.
This custom made board will be wired into a Plug n Play custom bulb socket that will....well....plug into the stock bulb holder and 'play' nicely with the electrical system.
Got the Wicked Solsti headlights retro'd and ready for owners final decision on whether to leave it all wicked or add some black accent paint in there.
So far they look good....they'll look even better once I'm done adding the CCFL lighting....but for now they will remain all wicked.
My painter bro-namath got to all the parts I sent him.
Here is some progress pics of them.
I'll be assembling these for client approval soon.
Ed swung by the shop early this spring, as he was in town visiting family. We discussed some options for his Solstice and come up with a pretty good plan. Once he got back to Texas, he sent me the lights and I've just begun to work on them.
So far, all I've done is prep everything for paint. These badboys will be getting a complete washout of Wicked paint. Wicked is GM's Ruby Red Metallic color. Ed liked the way the Corvette's headlights look, so we are going to see how they turn out on a solstice. If he changes his mind, it'll be easier to paint certain parts black, than viceversa.
Biggest thing was taking apart the new Version 3 FX-R hybrid projectors....these are a bit different than the Version 1 or 2's that I'm use to....but they are ready and good to go. Also, on these newer projectors, they are wider in the lens holder area, so significant mods were made to the Gatlin shroud in order for it to fit.......lots of dust flyin' around after this one.
Paint on Monday, Retro on Tuesday, mod the lights and should have these ready to go soon.