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Old 04-23-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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Alright, so I've been slowly working on retro-fitting a set of HID Projector'* into an extra set of Bonneville headlamps (thanks Haro!). I have all the parts (well, I still gotta make myself a heavy duty headlamp harness, but that won't take me that long to do). But.... I'm kinda stuck right now as far as how I want the Projectors to sit in my stock housing. I can go two routes, you can see in the pictures below.

The first way is to mount the projector from behind and bring it through. To me, this looks better aesthetically, and will be MUCH easier to finish up. The bad part is, a lot more fab work will need to be done. I will have to cut out the back of the housing to accomodate the rear end of the projector, then seal it up somehow.
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The next way is the mount the projector from the front side. Might be a bit tougher to look good though, but I won't have to modify the housing.
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Any input is appreciated, as long as you know what your talking about!

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mount it from the Back....
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Also, if I mount it from the front, I will have to modify it up a bit more to get it to fit in more. Otherwise, the lense would hit the projector.

I think I will mount it from the back no matter what.
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mount in inbetween your 2 options. There are TONS of different ways to make good looking bezels to hide everything.

I would make it so it fits but you dont have to modify the stock housing.


What projector is that btw?

I would also suggest removing the bulb while you work on the light so you dont risk hurting it.
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Got links to different bezels?
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Got links to different bezels?
yes and no.

Bezels are as creative as your mind.

Common bezel creation items:
dog bowls
small mixing bowls
PVC connectors/reducers/etc
different plastic ware
bottles
etc
etc

The choices for bezels are endless, and really comes down to what you like. there are lots of different OEM bezels too. BMW makes all sorts of bezels due to their different HL designs.
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Heh, wow, some people are creative!

I'll think of something good.

Here'* some updated picture of both views.

These first couple are the from behind method. The hole will have to be widened considerably, but otherwise not much else would have to be done to get it to fit good, and would be a bit easier to mount up! I would paint the entire area for the projector flat black.
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This is from the front method. Everything fits and can go back together right now! But... then I'd be stuck making some sort of bezel
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BTW, whats a good way to clean off this old RTV thats on here? Theres an insane amount of it on here. Not sure if it came from the factory like this, or if the headlamps were apart before. But, it needs cleaned off, bad.
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I think I'm still gonna go from behind, just for the simple fact it looks 1000000x better.
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Between last night and this morning, I made some good progress.

I finally got the projectors to fit from behind with the housing.

So..... these are pretty much done. I just gotta cover the rear of the projector somehow, make a chrome trim bezel to hide the cuts, and paint the rest of the low beam housing. Then... move onto the next one!

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Cool project! What kind of projectors are they?
I can't wait to see the end results!
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