Morimoto Bi-Xenon HID Projectors
Gatlin Gun V1 Shrouds
Switchback Internally Hidden LED Halos
Had a client from Nevada send me his Solsti headlights and wanted an upgrade.
Morimoto Bi-Xenon HID Projectors
Gatlin Gun V1 Shrouds
Switchback Internally Hidden LED Halos
Client brought in his 1970 Pontiac LeMans Sport for some interior work and full audio upgrade.
He didn't have anything in there besides some kick panels with kickers installed......ain't nobody got time fo dat!
So here is what he got:
RetroSounds Digital RadioOne Deck (looks old, but new tech)
Arc Audio XDI 5-Channel Amplifier
Arc Audio Arc Series Component Speakers (Front)
Arc Audio Arc Series Coaxial Speakers (Rear, Doors)
Arc Audio Arc Series 10" Subwoofers
Custom Dual 10" Sub Boxes
Fully Sound Deadened Trunk
Full Carpeted Trunk
The challenge with this build is that it's an old school convertible...so you lose quite a bit of sound as it has to travel through the convertible top (when stored) and the massive back seat......but that wasn't a challenge for a properly built sub system and plenty of power.
These Arc amps are tiny but MAN do they pack a punch.
This system sounded VERY nice and had PLENTY of bass.....and, after a thorough demo, I think I may have converted this client into an EDM Bass Head :-D
Every now and again I'll get a build I'm stoked for....this was one of them.
Here are the build items:
Carbon Fiber Hydrographics
RX350 Bi-Xenon Projectors tuned with Black Series Clear Lenses
Osram CBI D2S Bulbs
Morimoto Ballasts and Wiring
Red LED Demon Eyes
Porsche Panamera LED Shrouds with Custom LED Halo Upgrade
Custom Fiberglass Back Patch
These are what I should have on my car, being a retrofitter. These are considered VIP headlights in my opinion, because they are using the best of the best in projectors and bulbs...only thing that could be upgraded would be the ballasts to some Denso Quick-Fires.
The RX350 projectors are fairly gnarly, in the fact that they are larger on the back end than most....so I had to make a fiberglass rear cover so make sure everything was water proof.
These looked sick on my bench and even sicker on the customer car!
Built these for a customer in Tennessee per his specifications and they turned out great.
My painter wasn't too happy with my request to get 'detailed' with them....but he knocked it out of the park as usual!
I also started testing the magical chemical properties of hydro-chlorine vs Cheap Chrome on projector shrouds...and it is awesome!
Client in Massachusetts sent me his OEM reflector headlights for some lights to finish off his ride.....so here is what I did:
Morimoto Mini H1 Bi-Xenon Projectors
Morimoto H1 6000k HID Kit
Orbit Projector Shroud
Matte Black everything
Yellow OEM Matched accented Orbit Shroud
Finishing up Project DarkSide, these are the custom made sequential LED taillights for the Pontiac Solstice.
I cut open the OEM taillights, made a bezel/mounting plate for the 6 rings of LEDs, then wired them in series with some sequential modules so that they will radiate outwards once the turn signals are activated...or brake lights. When running lights are on, just the outer ring is lit up, which gives it a cool 'afterburner' effect.
Moving on with Project DarkSide, these grill pods were our answer to installing ONLY a foglight where the turn signals usually were located.
This grill is what surrounds the now only foglight and now houses 5 switchback leds.
They will be WHITE when running lights are activated and will switchback to AMBER when the turn signals or hazards are activated.
Moving onto the second project of four on Project Darkside.....Foglights.
So, I'm using the same brand here....JW Speaker; but their smaller Fog Light series, which has the same lateral projector lenses, but stacked in 3...which looks badass when lit up.
Instead of using the standard Solstice Fog/Turn housing, I wanted to go with just the turn signal housing...as it gives me more room inside to play with.
After removing 50% of the light, I set the housing in there, aimed it, set it, painted it and sealed it back up....these are ready to go.....onto the taillights!
Introducing Project Darkside.....this is another Pontiac Solstice customization, but with a goal of making it look as if GM wanted to re-introduce a concept car....so everything is futuristic and LED-goodness.
This post is showing the headlights...here is what I used:
JW Speaker LED Projector Headlights - Evolution 8700 series
exLED Dual Color Halos
exLED Switchback Modules
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!
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!
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.
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.
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