Customer who bought my old (newly modified) lights in Hawaii received them today and got them all mounted up.....they make that GT Concept bumper look pretty damned good!
So this set of headlights is a LOOOOOOOONG time coming.
I've literally had these lights for over 2 years.
Back in the day, a customer purchased these, used, from a guy in Florida.
Well, the pics he showed my client weren't even CLOSE to what he got in the mail.
Basically, these were smoked on the outside (which was horribly peeling) because the internal shroud was poorly made and had melted.
That wasn't the only thing that was poorly done......everything else was.
Now, I normally don't like to talk trash on my competitors; but I got started after watching this guy's videos on YouTube....and after learning my own way, I see how he was doing everything wrong.
After opening them up, the cheap plastic that was used for 'custom' shrouds cannot withstand the heat an HID bulb puts off....it was basic ABS plastic.
The said shroud was held on, but what I can only assume was a full tube of silicone PER EACH headlight bucket....so THAT was awesome to scrape off.
Once exposed, I can see where the projector has been mangled from removal off the OEM car and modified (chewed by a beaver) to fit this reflector bucket.
One projector even had a 'Fine Tuning Adjustment Screw' that was strategically placed/rammed into the side of the projector, from the rear, to 'move' it over a few inches......wtf?
After all the adhesives were removed, I did some slight body work on them and painted the charred up remains of the reflector bowl Black.....this is all Promo work, as I offered to help this client out free of charge....so the bowl being completely chewed up didn't have a full days worth of body work available to clean it up....but the black hides alot.
After everything was good to go, I was going to add some halo lighting behind the new Apollo Version 1 shroud, but the projector was an OEM style, and if I had placed anything else between the projectors and the shroud, it would have pushed it out JUST enough to hit the lens when it goes back on.....due to the fact that the original retrofitter was apparently afraid to cut the headlight up and sit the projector back further.....
All in all, after everything is back together, these will be nice headlights once again.....after a good cut/buff, they'll look damn good.
As for the guy that retro'd these originally......I'm glad you're no longer the 'top retrofitter' online....as I fear for the customers you did work with.
Sometimes things happen that make me second guess doing alot of out of state, and out of country, installations....especially since I don't make my own products. I'm putting my business name on the line with other peoples' products. This case, was a very rare case, as you simply DO NOT see these products go bad. If you do a search for Burnt FX-R Projector, you'll have a hard time finding anything....after talking with my suppliers, it seems these were apart of a bad batch. They made it just a little over a year until the bowls started to burn and flake.
So, I am warrantying these with NEW FX-R (version 3.0s) and upgrading the CCFL halo lighting to the new XB Plasma LED lighting......a much needed upgrade.
Everything went well, and as you can see in the last few pics, the customer will need a good cut/buff on the lenses once he gets them back!
A past customer brought in his Subaru Legacy to get some interior LEDs added to accent the floor space.
I did 6" strips in all four footwells, that are being controlled by a complex switch. It has OFF/ON/Music/Pulse.
The music mic works very nicely when the car is off, but since it's muffler is aftermarket, all you can see when driving is the exhaust notes :)
Added this nice little bass package to a buddies' wife's BMW 325i.
300 watt Rockford Fosgate mono amplifier on dual 10" Pioneer subwoofers in a ported box.
Wasn't too much of a pain since everything was in the trunk that I needed.
With all of the new products available, I felt as though I had to update my 3 year old headlights so I can show off options to customers......so, instead of Re-Retrofitting my Old headlights, I found a buyer (in Hawaii) who was looking for a set of lights. He didn't want them ALL black, so I told him I'd swap whatever he sent me (new headlights) so they would be AS chrome as possible.....I also re-retrofitted some NEW XB Led Halo's behind some new Gatling Gun chrome shrouds.
These were my first Chrome on Black on Chrome headlights and I'm kinda diggin' them....for OEM purposes....they look OEM-ish...but also aftermarket if you're a Solstice owner.
A cool feature I found when doing this retrofit...with the New Clear plastic that's being used for shrouds (instead of white) and the light coats of Chrome they use on them....the XB LED halos are SO bright that they actually shine through EVERYTHING....you get the desired 'Iron Man' look with this....but you get an added cool feature of seeing the entire circle behind the shroud......pretty neat.
Customer recently got the car back from the performance shop that did the install (in North Carolina) and everything is working as it should. Customer is stoked about the lights and this one is another for the books!
Customer brought her Toyota 4Runner in for an iPod/iPhone upgrade to the stock headunit, as well as some better sounding speakers up front. Since the yoda had component speakers installed from OEM, some Digital Designs 6.5" CS Component Speakers were installed in each door. The highs were much clearer and the mid bass was about the same (stock speakers were 6x9s and the OEM deck can only put out so much power). The iSimple unit installed with ease, it was harder to disassemble the dash than it was to install the iSimple unit. Customer was happy and so was I.
Elvis brought his Yamaha back in....this time for something crazy custom. He needed a good spot to house 4 switches and there weren't any good OEM locations......that's where I came in.
Only problem with this install was that it was needed by 1am that night...and by the time I got started on it, it was 2pm....not a whole lot of room for advanced techniques and time...it was a 'get it done or else' situation. (Video Below shows what happened)
Here is what I came up with in 6 hours....
Didn't get a chance to mount the switches for a pic, as the paint was still drying when I dropped it off to the guys working on the bike....i'll get final assembled pics soon
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