So im making this thread to show off the finished product, and give a parts list of everything needed to do a retrofit on your headlights.
for just retrofitting the headlights only the first part of this list is needed. I put some fake projectors in the turn signal housings and added some colorshift leds for looks.
I got everything from 4 different websites:
The Retrofit Source Inc
LED Lights, Bulbs & LED Lighting Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS
- $305 Bi-xenon Morimoto Mini H1 Stage III Kit- H13/9008 motocontrol relay, Apollo 2 flat shrouds, 3five 5000k bulbs, 3five ballasts, butyl resealing glue.
- $5 Jb weld quick epoxy
- $15 Dummy projectors for turn signals
- $15 Another set of Apollo 2 shrouds for turn signals
Automobile Touch Up Paint - Factory Matched Paints - Express Paint
- $60 Colorshift led strips part number: WFLS-RGB15-BK 50cm[19.5in]
- $39 LDIR-RGB3 RGB Controller w/Remote (SCRW) Colorshift controller, any controller will work.
HALO KIT - Custom Headlights
- $50 2 cans of UH Tuxedo black spray paint
- $11 1 can of clear
- $50 Oracle amber/white switchback bulbs.
I think that's everything.
Now onto the actual retrofit. mounting the projectors into the bottom reflectors of the headlights is easy. The mini H1 projectors are made to be an easy retrofit. they have a threaded shaft on the back of them that just goes through the headlight bulb socket. the bottom reflector bowl is too thick for you to put a nut on the projectors shaft though so you just grind it down a little bit. included with the kit is a rubber washer and a metal cone shaped washer that centers the projector in the reflector. one hard thing is to try to get the projectors level. once the nut is tight on the projector the projector will be tight but its still possible to rotate the projector once the headlights are put back together. If that's all that you want in the retrofit then its time to epoxy the shrouds to the projectors and seal the headlights back up.
On mine I added the colorshift leds, turn signal projectors, and painted mine tuxedo black to match the truck.
For the colorshift leds it would have been easy to just add halos behind the shrouds, but I for the life of me couldn't find any 100mm colorshift halos. I don't know if they just don't make them or what. I decided to just find some colorshift flexible strips and mount them on the inside of the shrouds facing inwards. here's a picture showing what I'm talking about.
I jb welded those to the insides, and drilled holes in the back of the headlights to run the wires.
then here's how I mounted the turn signal reflectors. this was one of the more challenging parts. the dummy reflectors don't have the threaded shaft to mount them in the reflector since they are just basically the lens of the projector with a shroud around it. so I had to figure out a way to suspend the shrouds in there. the easiest way I figured out was to just wedge the shrouds in the reflectors until they were where I wanted them and drill a hole through the top of the reflector on the back side for a screw. I then just shot a self tapping screw through the top and did the same for the bottom. this worked out because the shrouds are so close to the reflector that you cant see the screws.
I painted everything black and tinted the reflector black then sealed everything up.
for the turn signal bulbs I used some switchback bulbs so that when my headlights are on it actually looks like all four projectors are lights. the colorshift leds are pretty straight forward to wire. each strip has 4 wires. Black, blue, green, and red. the led controller box has little ports that use screw clamps to hold the wires in. just splice all of the same color wires together and its done.
that's pretty much it. i'll post some pictures and videos under this.
that was before I aimed my headlights so the bottom projectors are pointed down, theyre more level now.
here's a video showing the turn signals. they ended up being a redish orange, but I like them.
here's one just showing some of the colors