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While the fog lamps work well, I have decided to modify the lamps and install HID projrctors.
NOTE: I am NOT putting a 'plug n play' hid light kit in. First it's illegal. Second it DOES NOT create better light.
A halogen lamp is computer designed for halogen bulbs only. An HID bulb burns completely diferent than a halogen bulb. All an HID bulb will do is create a great deal of glare or misdirected light.


I have a pr of morimoto matchbox bi-exon projectors. I will have to cut out the back of the fog lamp and then mount the hid projector into the lamp back.
I will post pics along the way.

here are pics of the fog lamp and the matchbox projector:





morimoto matchbox hid projector:



 

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Like to see progress pics soon..
 

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Had a change of plans.
I already had the Morimoto Matchbox projectors mounted in a BMW housing that was sealed.
I has unable to find a shroud that would fit the small projector.
Given time constaints the easiest soltion was to mount the exisiting setup.
The final push was how easy it ended up to be to mount them.
I will have pictures of the mounting later.

Here is the installed projector:


Here is the Matchbox projector installed in the BMW housing:

the Miromoto matchbox HID projector kit:





 

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What about some night time photographs, to see how well they work?
 

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yep, will get some posted.
One of the projectors is perfect.
I had to replace the bulb in the other and I need to re-align the bulb. I don't have a garage and it has just been tooooo cold to work on it at night.
 

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How cold is too cold? We are currently in 30+ degrees C heat here in Queensland Australia.
 

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How cold is too cold? We are currently in 30+ degrees C heat here in Queensland Australia.
BUSTED!!! lol

ok......maybe my advanced age!!!

Here are the pics
1. the driver's low beam is burned out.
2. THe driver's side projector bulb needs to be aligned in the projector to give the same crisp cutoff that the passenger side projector is showing.
3. the cutoff on the passenger side needs to be moved in so it falls under the low beam.

pic 1:
low beams on (driverside burned out) fogprojectors on


Pic 2:
low beams covered up, fog projectors on:


Pic 3:
fog projectors off, high beams on


While I refer to them as 'fog projectors' the are really just projectors in the foglamp location

Also, these Morimoto Matchbox projectors are a little too small to be primary light.

also, they are 35watt hid 4300.
 

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the fog lights are nice and bright.
I have 35W 4300k HIDs as my hi/lo beam lights and I don't think they are that bright.
 

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tysin,
Is the HID bulb mounted in an HID projector?
Or just the factory halogen lamp?
 

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looking down the road.....

both halogen hi beams on, no fog:


Low beam on, driverside burned out, no fog:


Low beam on driverside burned out AND fog hid Projectors on:


While the hid projectors dont light up the tree (at the edge of the high beam on the right side of the road), they certainly fill in the light in front of the car.

I think I can aim the HID projectors just a little higher. Also when I adjust the driverside hid bulb, I should have optimal lighting

Also, those projectors are designed for low beam and hi beam(no cut off). I havent wired in the hi beam option yet.
 

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here is how I mounted the projectors. I used strp metal from home depot (over in the lumber section.
1. rEMOVE THE HEADLAMP
2. There is a support piece on the brace that the headlamp sits on.
3. remove that bracket.
4. use the mounting holes

here is the strap metal mounted to the projector:

looking down from the front of the bumper using the two bolt holes.



looking from the side





using the metal strapping allow me to bend it to aim the projector

The bottom end of the strp pushed against the inside of the front bumper for support
 

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Looks really nice!!! Can we see another picture of the car with the projectors installed?
 
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