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!
Was given the opportunity to work on some pretty wicked headlights over the past few months....I say that because multiple delays on just about everything, including my own personal knee surgery....but we finally got them finished up and back over to the East Coast.
The owner had some pretty wild ideas with this one, but based on what he does for a living, these match his lifestyle....so I was more than happy to do these for him. These headlights have just about everything we offer on custom headlights....not everything, but pretty damned close:
Bi-Xenon Projectors with 35 watt 6000k HID Bulbs and Ballasts from Morimoto
E46 Extended Shroud (Painted Black)
100mm Plasma Morimoto XBLed Halo (White)
Red Demon Eye Projector Lens Accenting Lighting
White/Amber Switchback LED strips 'sewn' into OEM Shroud
Shroud painted a custom 'TigerStyle' with Black and Red/Gold Paint
I'll have more On-Car pics once they get wired up.
Troy came in with his 97 BMW 540i and some aftermarket DJ Auto headlights.
These have a better projector and CCFL Halo lighting than the stock headlights...even in this case where the car didn't come with HIDs....but he already had a set of cheap aftermarket headlights installed.
All I was simply doing was re-wiring everything and putting the new lights in.
Re-wiring things (solder, tape, zip ties) was easy and difinitely helped the clutted behind the lights.
The tricky part was that the new headlights have CCFL lights, which can sense and turn on with very low voltage; the old lights had halogen halo lights (which is why they were so dim). But Halogen will not turn on with such low voltage, so you couldn't tell that the computer in the BMW is constantly checking to see if the lights are still working. Once the CCFLs were installed, they flickered....randomly....like strobe lights. I rewired them differently 4-5 times until we settled on having them wired into the fog lights for now.
I say for now, as the passenger side headlight came with a bad CCFL halo...so we will be warranty swapping that for a new one. Then the company might have an answer for the CCFL issues. Oh well...I can already tell the output is much better with these lights.....kind of wierd going from an American Cutoff to a European cutoff.....muuuuuch different.
Customer was happy with headlights...so I got them sealed up, waterproofed and wrapped back up in their boxes. Will ship on Monday.
Fun project....ready for another one
Got everything ready for assembly tonight
Taped off the halo's to give them that aggressive look and painted them.
Also got the fake projector setup all assembled and ready to go for tomorrow's final throw down.
Got to start these finally....have had them for awhile, just been doing too many projects that cuase alot of dust in the shop....luckily customer doesn't not need them right away.
Got them seperated, figured out the plan and went to action.
What's the plan:
Dual Projector Conversion
DRL Area LED Conversion
Dual Demon Eye Accent Lighting
Dual CCFL Halo Accent Lighting
Murdering the chrome and everything else
Hardest part so far has been setting up the DRL area for a projector shroud and lens; as well as fitting the stock projector area with a 90mm ccfl halo ring......dremel wizardry got me through this one.
Once everything dries in this cold weather we're having, I can start assembling everything and get these sealed up and on their way back to the mid east-ish.
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