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Old 05-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Custom Projector Headlights

I know the topic of headlight upgrades comes up from time to time seeing as the 92-08 headlights are so poor. I've read reviews of bulb upgrades and even the HID install (no-no in non-projector housings), but I'm wondering if anyone has attempted or tackled the custom projector style headlight conversion?

Iím thinking of taking on the task myself and looking for any e-series examples. Considering buying cheap clear housings, hacking them up and installing some projectors I have laying around from my Audi. If the transplant was successful, I could pick up a HID kit and ultimately have a decent headlight setup that wonít offend oncoming drivers.

To be honest, my biggest concern is how a single projector will look inside the E-Series housing. I fear it'll look odd.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
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wondered all these same questions myself. honestly, i dont think it would look all that bad.

you wouldnt need the chrome reflector housing with the hid correct? if thats the case, you could just blackout the rest of the enclosure. I think that would actually look pretty good. maybe photoshop a few options up?
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Re: Custom Projector Headlights

Interesting idea. Are those projectors a combination high/low beam, or is one projector required for each?


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Old 05-08-2013, 09:00 AM   #4
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Expensive and a lot of work to make the brackets/surrounds.....?

Upgrading to Cibie/Bosch H4 eCode rectangular lamps with higher wattage bulbs and relays is the easiest option and gets the best results for the price. There's enough posts on trying to find solutions I will post some pictures and links in another thread. They are awesome, I haven't even bothered installing my driving lights, they work so well.
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Interesting idea. Are those projectors a combination high/low beam, or is one projector required for each?
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damn, didn't think of that.

the Audi headlights that I have use one projector for the low beam, then a separate bare bulb next to the projector as the high beam.

Could I use a dual filament bulb in a case like this?

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wondered all these same questions myself. honestly, i dont think it would look all that bad.

you wouldnt need the chrome reflector housing with the hid correct? if thats the case, you could just blackout the rest of the enclosure. I think that would actually look pretty good. maybe photoshop a few options up?
hmm, it would be pretty tough to paint the inside reflective areas without having to remove the front lens, but yeah, def don't need the reflector anymore.
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Interesting idea. Are those projectors a combination high/low beam, or is one projector required for each?
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reading through the "light bar thread" in Van Body and had an idea - I could add simple auxiliary "off road" lights on the bumper (or light bar) that switch on via a relay tied to the wire that would controls the high beams.
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Expensive and a lot of work to make the brackets/surrounds.....?
I don't see it as being expensive - only the price of the new housings. A lot of work - you must not have seen my build thread

Look forward to seeing your light setup.
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hmm, it would be pretty tough to paint the inside reflective areas without having to remove the front lens, but yeah, def don't need the reflector anymore.
im not sure how the ford lenses work, but ive done mods like this to my hondas (pretty common around the import crowds). you basically put them in the oven at 250 for 10-20 minutes to soften the glue that holds the lense to the housing. once its soft, you can pry them apart and do as you please to the housing. then reassemble the same way, but add some clear silicone to make sure they are properly sealed.

is it a hassle? yes. however ive seen some really cool lense creations over the years. its little stuff like this that sets your vehicle apart from the others. imho thats hard to do with these vans with so little aftermarket available.

and ya, judging by the other projects you tackle, something like this shouldnt be hard at all. you definitely have the skillset.

look forward to what direction you go.
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Expensive and a lot of work to make the brackets/surrounds.....?
I don't see it as being expensive - only the price of the new housings. A lot of work - you must not have seen my build thread

Look forward to seeing your light setup.
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im not sure how the ford lenses work, but ive done mods like this to my hondas (pretty common around the import crowds). you basically put them in the oven at 250 for 10-20 minutes...
yup, the euro guys do it as well. That's one step I was hoping to avoid though. It's often hit or miss. It's something to consider though. Thanks for the support.

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nice, I'll keep an eye out for the pics. Thanks.
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