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Old 07-27-2010, 09:03 PM
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i got some gen1 with hid for sale if anyone is interested
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Whats up guys I got a quick question.. I plan on buying gen 3's in the future but I wanted a temporary solution I was thinking about painting the inside of my stock headlamp matte black, but I started looking around the light and wasn't sure if you can safely take the lens off and put it back on.. Has anyone done it? If so, I'd love to see what it looks like. Thanks guys
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Well, I just replaced my gen 3 projectors with my stocks. Why? Both lens were peeling and splitting (after a year in the desert sun).

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with them yet, but if you're interested in spare halos and leds (both still functional), message me.
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https://www.cobaltss.net/forums/showthread.php?t=16874 this should be what your looking for
Thanks man that's exactly what I was looking for haha.. I had no idea it would take so much effort though that's interesting. May have to set aside a Saturday sometime and give it a shot, although I can't wait to get my gen 3's.

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Well, I just replaced my gen 3 projectors with my stocks. Why? Both lens were peeling and splitting (after a year in the desert sun).

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with them yet, but if you're interested in spare halos and leds (both still functional), message me.
Well damn dude I don't want mine to chip haha is this a common problem with the gen 3's? I'm not gonna pay almost $200 for projectors that only last a year before you have to disassemble and repaint them haha. Although they do look sick enough to where it's almost worth it.. Haha but what's up with these retro's everyone's getting what're the benefits of those?
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I've heard of projector generations of all sorts having the same problem, but I've also heard of people who have no problems and swear by it.
My guess is that they aren't built to the same standards as the official lights and can't withstand the Southwestern heat.

From what I've heard about the retros (anyone can correct me if I'm wrong), you can ship your lights to some business and they install a different, brighter light in place of the highbeam/ lowbeam light and can paint the insides black as an option.

The advantage to retros is that they use the stock lens and casement (as opposed to the projector's manufacturer version of "quality"), so you're not paying for a new lens and such, but rather installment and tuning of a different, higher quality high beam/ low beam light.
(I personally like the projector's design more than the stock look of retros)


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Old 08-05-2010, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by lilskarvcx View Post
I've heard of projector generations of all sorts having the same problem, but I've also heard of people who have no problems and swear by it.
My guess is that they aren't built to the same standards as the official lights and can't withstand the Southwestern heat.

From what I've heard about the retros (anyone can correct me if I'm wrong), you can ship your lights to some business and they install a different, brighter light in place of the highbeam/ lowbeam light and can paint the insides black as an option.

The advantage to retros is that they use the stock lens and casement (as opposed to the projector's manufacturer version of "quality"), so you're not paying for a new lens and such, but rather installment and tuning of a different, higher quality high beam/ low beam light.
(I personally like the projector's design more than the stock look of retros)


Good luck!
Okay I understand now.. I started just looking around online for retros a while ago and feel like they were well over $500 but I'm guessing that's for a whole new assembly I guess it wouldn't be that expensive if you used your stockers. But I agree with you, I really like the look of the projectors, and I live in NC so even though it gets pretty hot and humid I guess the sunlight isn't as direct and intense. Thanks for the help, looks like I'm gonna paint the stockers and order some projectors when the moneys there! Ill post pics of the stockers when I'm done, I've got some pretty cool ideas...
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hope it goes well
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I've been looking through these posts for a little while now and I haven't found the answer, so I figured I'd ask. Hope I'm not beaing a dead horse here. I recently purchased and installed an HID kit on my 06 SS. I notice that the light output does seem rather "scattered". Is that because I'm using the stock headlight assembly and need to upgrade to projector lights? Any information/assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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I've been looking through these posts for a little while now and I haven't found the answer, so I figured I'd ask. Hope I'm not beaing a dead horse here. I recently purchased and installed an HID kit on my 06 SS. I notice that the light output does seem rather "scattered". Is that because I'm using the stock headlight assembly and need to upgrade to projector lights? Any information/assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I know of ton of guys running HIDs with their stock headlight assembly who have said the same thing, and it makes plenty of sense to me.. Because a HID is so much brighter of a light, it needs to be focused via a projector or what have you. With our stock assembly, there's too much room for the light to reflect around therefore it seems much more spread out. The HIDs work better on stock assemblies that are shaped more tightly like the TC or something like that... Our reflector is HUGE for our high/low beams, that's why it doesn't guide the light in any sort of pattern. I'm waiting to buy projectors before i convert to HID for this reason, because projectors will take a different kind of kit (2 kits if I want high and low beam) so I don't want to have to buy any more than I need to haha.
That's MY opinion anyways.. Hope it helps somewhat
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No only does the light scatter more because it's brighter, the hid bulbs have a different light/beam pattern coming off the bulb than halogens do, making the light reflect in completely different directions.

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Okay I understand now.. I started just looking around online for retros a while ago and feel like they were well over $500 but I'm guessing that's for a whole new assembly I guess it wouldn't be that expensive if you used your stockers. But I agree with you, I really like the look of the projectors, and I live in NC so even though it gets pretty hot and humid I guess the sunlight isn't as direct and intense. Thanks for the help, looks like I'm gonna paint the stockers and order some projectors when the moneys there! Ill post pics of the stockers when I'm done, I've got some pretty cool ideas...
Go check out buyhids.com, I think you will be surprised by their prices.

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Hey where can i get a pair of these black headlights? everywhere ive checked they want like 300

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before they were installed.
Hey man where can i get a pair of these headlights? everywhere i checked they want like 300 for em

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Old 08-08-2010, 01:30 AM
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you take ur stock ones apart and paint them.
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Originally Posted by goeckeritz123 View Post
i got some gen1 with hid for sale if anyone is interested
how much are you asking?
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No only does the light scatter more because it's brighter, the hid bulbs have a different light/beam pattern coming off the bulb than halogens do, making the light reflect in completely different directions.



Go check out buyhids.com, I think you will be surprised by their prices.
Yeah I've been talking to their rep on here asking what I would need and all that jazz.. The prices are great compared to everywhere else, I just don't want to buy a set then have to uninstall and reinstall when I get projectors and its still $80 I won't get back id rather wait til I have everything I need that's all.
Beautiful car too man, love what you've done with it
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so for those of you who have installed aftermarket tails I have a question. I just bought some led tails on ebay, and I am having trouble installing the inner tails. The stock ones have threaded posts that a nut holds down and holds the reverse light in tight. On mine, the posts aren't threaded, is there supposed to be some other way of doing this? Pic for reference
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so for those of you who have installed aftermarket tails I have a question. I just bought some led tails on ebay, and I am having trouble installing the inner tails. The stock ones have threaded posts that a nut holds down and holds the reverse light in tight. On mine, the posts aren't threaded, is there supposed to be some other way of doing this? Pic for reference
Look closely in the packaging. There may be some flat rectangular things that just press down over the studs. If so make sure everything is right before you push them down becaquse more often than not they are a one time deal. Bet they came from China.
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I didn't see anything in the box, but it did come from eBay, so I bet they forgot to include them. Got any ideas of what I could use?
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Go to Lowes or Home Depot and look through their speciality hardware cabinets. Try to find a stamped nut. I think they call it a push nut. It's stamped out a piece of sheet tin, for lack of a better term. It doesn't have actual threads only a single edge that will screw down on the plastic and make it's own thread. If you have a neighborhood hardware store, a REAL hardware store, you might want to try them too. I have an old time hardware store down the street from me and if they don't have it it ain't being made anymore. Good luck
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use the "nuts" that were on ur old ones. i've reused them before; they should self tap/thread on
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there called speed nuts btw we sell them at my work and an auto parts store would be better

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Hey where can i get a pair of these black headlights? everywhere ive checked they want like 300



Hey man where can i get a pair of these headlights? everywhere i checked they want like 300 for em
and i have headlights like those there anzo black housing ones you can buy them from ottp or andysautosport

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or you can buy them here: $206 Anzo Black Headlights - Over The Top Performance
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use the "nuts" that were on ur old ones. i've reused them before; they should self tap/thread on
The nuts are too big for those posts. I'll have to try speed nuts. I'll take my light to the hardware store with me to find ones that fit.
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yea i said ottp and yea hardware store or auto parts store should have them they come in a bunch of different sizes
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^^ Yup, TOmmy I just replied to your PM< the stock ones ARE too big for the posts. I called them self-tapping nuts or self-threading nuts. Went and bought a small box of assorted ones, found a few that worked and BAM, they're in! Again, don't screw down too tight. You're screwing into plastic, and after a certain point, you'll just be threading in a straight line lol..
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