GX470 HID Projector Retrofit

Discussion in '120-Series Toyotas' started by Luke111, May 10, 2018.

  1. Luke111

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    I've run the same bulbs in my 80 for 4 years without and issues as have millions of others from OEM to those doing retrofits in various models.

    if you don't own a GX or LX you won't have to worry about it
     
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    It won't make much of a difference..that's where I started and quickly realized a full retrofit was the way to go. I will measure the lens for you but there's no telling what's inside the DEPO's... in the way of projector bowl quality and lens. Lightwerks does great work and would no doubt recommend a new projector. I'm finishing up a set of LX lights and will crack open the GX light this weekend
     
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    I have a Mudder local to me that reached out already.. Thank you
     
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    no worries thx

     
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    The light output is why!! haha

    The shop I work with here in Tokyo does custom bike/scooter headlights and is trying to steer me to LEDs over HIDs. I guess that's another possibility? No idea how good it would look with an LED lens array in that headlight but (correct me if I'm wrong) running decent LED bulbs through HID projectors would still be better than LED through halogen projectors?
     
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    The light output is why!! haha

    The shop I work with here in Tokyo does custom bike/scooter headlights and is trying to steer me to LEDs over HIDs. I guess that's another possibility? No idea how good it would look with an LED lens array in that headlight but (correct me if I'm wrong) running decent LED bulbs through HID projectors would still be better than LED through halogen projectors?
     
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    I don’t know but Morimoto has the M-Led and I believe there’s a few other companies that are selling them. I recently finished a set of FJ cruiser headlight using the M-Led. While they offer a few advantages from long life to instant on the D2S still has a wider beam pattern and just as bright
     
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    Looking forward to what you find...
     
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    Any updates?
     
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    I’ve opened up the light and removed the OEM Bracket. I can make the MIni H1 work by cutting the low beam side of the bracket but I’m working on trying to get the D2S mounted and a slick solution for the Highbeam.
    The Profile Hi-Lens LED which might slip right into the highbeam side of the bracket. Just waiting for it to arrive

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    Please keep us updated! That LED lense looks awesome! I brought my mess to work and the pro we have there is giddy with excitement about how large these housings are.

    I already have the RX projectors but he's now got me looking at a combo LED setup from the new Sienta...

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    I think I might end up with something like this. Carbon fiber over the side reflectors, LED DRL/Turn signal strips, and effectively a quad LED highbeam.
     
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    The Hi-Lens Led arrived and it looks like it’s going to be perfect . I just need to cut a small section of the bracket which will allow the lens to sit straight.. it will extend about 3/4 of an inch from the front edge of the bracket which is about the same distance that the OEM highbeam lens stuck out allowing it to slip into the shroud perfectly

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    Hi LED lenses ordered!!
     
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    Really interested in your impressions on that high beam mod. My son just retrofitted my GX with HIDs from an 04 RX330 and it turned out great. He started a build thread here.
     
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    Hey Luke - do you think multiple mod pods (or mini) would look any good in the OEM turn signal location?
     
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    Sounds like a nice setup.. hit the link but I couldn’t see the photos

    It might look great but wiring could get complicated... I’m still trying to figure out what your plans are to install two lights is the low beam area... are you going the cut the shroud?
     
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    Hmm, pics were working on the thread when I linked it but now I can't see anything but the first one either.
     
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    You should load them here is this thread
     
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    Yeah, will trim the shroud if needed. Most likely going to need some trimming and satin black paint.
    Any advice on switchback LED strips? I ordered a 12" ACME DYNAMO strip but seems like it was cancelled and is no longer being offered?
     
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    Mounting a D2S 4.0 projector would require some serious engineering but I was able to mount a Mini H1 7.0. To really do a proper retrofit it would require making a simple bracket...
    I hacked up one of my Mini H1 brackets
    and bolted it to what was left of the OEM bracket.
    For the LED high beam a simple cut using a Dremel allow the LED to sit level
    and there was just enough of the threaded shaft for the bolt to hold it in place. This would not be adequate for a permanent retrofit but just for the test it worked great ..I’d mockup a different mounting method which wouldn’t be that difficult
    I’ll try to far these things up in a couple days and shoot some output shots

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