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Morimoto Mini H1 Retrofit

Discussion in 'Performance Lighting' started by Jason c, January 14, 2012.

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    1. Jason c

      Jason c The Dark Knight

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      Thought I share my install currently underway. I am going slow and not rushing this as I want to get it right the first time. Started with the Morimoto Mini H1 4.1 Bi-xenon Projectors and graphite shrouds from http://www.theretrofitsource.com/ and the Black Crystal Headlights from ebay.

      I didn't realize how transparent the shrouds are so I painted the insides with aluminum engine paint to fix that.
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      I am also installing the dummy alarm LED's in them to flash when the truck is off. I used one of the existing holes in the base of the projector's and angle drilled it to fit the LED.
      Here you can see the hole.
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      And with LED.
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      I attached the LED's with the same Silicone II that is recommended to install the projectors.
      Here is a test pic with the shrouds installed.
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      My goal is to hook both sides up to one of the flashers so they will both be flashing in sync with each other. That is as far as I have gotten so far and will update as I go. Again I am taking my time on these, so I may not have anything til next weekend.
       
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      Looks good so far, I like the LED idea.:thumbsup:
       
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      Well the headlights are open. 300f seem to be the magic number to get the lenses off. I nicked the first one starting too low on the temp because I was worried about melting the plastic. Thankfully it's not bad and not going to be seen with the lens on. I don't like the reflective backing though and will be painting them flat black. I think it will make the graphite shrouds stand out better with the black background.
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      I have to pull the projector back out anyway to do some trimming to get the mounting ring in. It has a tab up top that is just barely hitting.
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      Are you not using the 9007 alignment rings for a reason?

      Also, not to rain on your parade, but usually when people use LED's for the evil eye effect and all, the heat from the projector over time will kill the life of the LED, so don't expect it to last forever. If you get over a year out of it, that would be great....

      What bulbs are you going with?

      Keep us up to date on the progress...
       
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      Which ones are they? LOL Really wish they would have set instructions on how to put their projectors together.

      I thought of the heat. That's why I tried to keep them as far out of the projector housing as possible. It was one of those "If it works, great. If it doesn't, oh well." things.

      I bought the HID's and the projectors together. I think I ordered the 5000k.
       
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      Thanks! That helped a lot. Mine didn't come with the 9007 rings. I guess I will have to order a set.
       
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      If you ordered the 9007 stage 3 kit, it should have. If you didn't, I believe TRS sells em for 5 bucks.
       
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      I just got the projectors and HID's. Didn't order it as a kit. I couldn't find the adapters on their website, but I did shoot them an e-mail. Thanks again for letting me know about them.
       
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      they come with the stage 3 kit, no other way to get them except to email them and ask for them. They sell products not on the website to
       
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      Yeah, they confirmed they sold them. Called them and placed an order today.
       
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      Got the housings blacked out. Won't be able to see the reflection of the wires in them anymore.
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      Thanks to dreddog47, I now have the right adapters in.
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      And looking so much better in black.
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      Nice work so far. I look forward to the finished product.
       
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      Okay, I have the plugs on the headlights for the high beam solenoid, and LED's.
      I also made up a harness for the LED's that I will run piggy-back to the headlight harness that came with the projectors.
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      I am a little confused about the headlight wiring though. I have the harness laid out on the floor, and I don't see where the high beams connect to. Here is what I have:
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      And going by this: http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pdf/trs_tech/Heavy_Duty_Bi-xenon_Harness.pdf
      It looks like I don't have the orange plugs (#4) and I am also missing the headlight plug (#1). Am I out of luck with this harness or can I modify it to make it work?
       
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      Blue on blue, black on black. The little spade connectors slide into the slots on the other connector. Pretty lame if you ask me. My high beam connectors always broke free until I rigged up a better setup.

      Cut off both connectors and rig up a better quick disconnect setup is what I did.

      Your setup looks pretty clean so far. Just make sure to aim them before baking them again to seal. I had to open my driver's side a week or so later to fix mine. The projector was in crooked which really effed up the beam pattern. :(
       
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      Still confused. The black and blue connectors hook up to the HID ballast to power each headlight, correct?

      The black and blue spade connectors hook up to the factory plug to trigger the HID's to come on, correct?

      There aren't any other plugs to hook the high beams to. Or am I not seeing something?
       
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      Dude, my memory isn't good enough to remember what went where in that kind of detail. I remember it seemed screwed up too. I just plugged the spades into an open HID connector (on the harness) that didn't seem to go anywhere else and the high beam solenoid did it's thing. When they kept coming loose, I put in my own connectors on both ends and did away with the spades and the extra HID connector.
       
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      Made some more progress. I have decided to scrap the blue LED idea. Both were working great until I installed the projectors into the housing. Now only one is working.
      I did figure out the wiring harness problem. The harness I received was from the HID kit and not the projectors, so it was set up for single xenon. I had another harness laying around that I was able to rob the headlight plug off of.
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      I also spliced into the factory high beam wiring and soldered the new high beam plugs onto it.
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      The problem I have now is the high beams only function correctly on the "flash to pass" selection and shut off on full high beam. Don't know if I can some how change to full high beam to function the same as the "flash to pass" does. My plan is to get them mounted and wired today, and then seal them up for tomorrow final install.
       
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      I did get a shot of the "cut-off" of the one piece headlights last night before dis-assembly today. They are not as blue as they look in the photo.
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      my head hurts now....

      I don't know why your harness had spade connectors, are you sure he sent a 9007 harness? I would have called him up and asked about it. My hi/lo wire is a 9006 like the ballast.

      Make sure you have the 9007 plug pinned correctly or it will kill the HID's when you flip to high beam.

      I would suggest doing some reading on hidplanet.com or even better, joining and posting your Q's up.
       
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      When I ordered the projectors and HID's, I didn't know that they also sold a kit to do this for the 9007. If it makes sense I bought them separately, but together on the same order. The harness that came in the box was actually part of the HID set. It matches their single xenon harness exactly.

      Everything worked with this harness after I made a few modifications. I just need to figure out how to convert the regular high beam circuit (that shuts the headlights off) over to the "flash to pass" circuit (which keeps the headlights on.)
       
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      Head lights are mounted and just waiting for dark to aim them so I put it all back together.

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      My projectors have the same thing above the the cut off line which looks like almost circles above the cut off? Yet I seen some cars with projectors that have the smooth clean line. Any ideas as to why that is? Great thread too. Retrofit is next on my to-do list. This thread will help alot.
       
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      Cheap projectors that are made for halogen bulbs with HID's in them. These new projectors are completely clean above the line. I will get them aimed tonight when it get's dark and post some pics of the new cut-off.
       

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