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Old 04-27-13, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default My Q45 projector retrofit

It took me a while but I finally finished my Q45 retrofit. I will try to make this short and sweet and there will be steps that I'm not going to go too in depth as it has been covered in another thread. There will steps that others might have done differently or better but I will only cover what I did.

1.) Opened the headlight assembly
- removed the small screws that holds the lens
- preheated the oven at 325 degress F for 15 minutes
- put the headlight assembly in the oven for 15 minutes
- took it out and popped the lens off, making sure that the glue/sealant did not get on the
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2.) Removed the bezel
- removed 1 screw located between the turn signal and the hi beam

3.) Removed the lo beam bowl


4.) Installed the Luxurymod brackets on the Q45 reflectors and transfered some parts from the oem reflector bowl to the Luxurymod brackets.



5.) Installed the Q45 reflector back into the assembly (reverse of the reflector bowl removal)

6.) Had to make a cut on the bezel



7.) Painted the bezel aluminum


8.) Installed the bezel back into the assembly and put the lens back on (again, reverse of the removal process).



10.) The back of the reflector is now sticking out too far to be able to use the cap. So I came up with this using a 3" dia. Corex external coupling from Home Depot, part #096942300100.




11.) Installed on the car
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Old 04-27-13, 03:19 PM   #2
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Clean retro, great innovation with the cap.. Thumbs up.. Im not too sure about the silver bezel combo on the car though.. I think chrome would have been better
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Old 04-27-13, 03:27 PM   #3
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I woulda kept the chrome but it came off when I tried to polish it.
I want to try gunmetal next, just not black.
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damn seems like a lot of work, but great instructions
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I think that doing the LS retrofit is a lot more work than the Q45 retrofit. Just my personal opinion.
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I think chrome is universal, painting it other colors is a hit or miss. It may look good till you pop them on the car.. Ive done different color set ups, it may look awesome on the counter table but once on the car..BAM ...CLASH GALORE..
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Thanks for providing the DIY / pics with this. Saving as a bookmark. Looks great to me 77i9
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I think chrome is universal, painting it other colors is a hit or miss. It may look good till you pop them on the car.. Ive done different color set ups, it may look awesome on the counter table but once on the car..BAM ...CLASH GALORE..
that is so true!

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Thanks for providing the DIY / pics with this. Saving as a bookmark. Looks great to me 77i9
thank you for the compliment!
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looks great! did you have trouble popping the brackets onto the LM bracket?
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imma save this when i finally do mine one day.
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looks great! did you have trouble popping the brackets onto the LM bracket?
Nope! Only problem I had with the LM bracket was that it took forever for me to get them. It took over 2 weeks to get them. LM emailed me and said that they had a problem with their machinist or something, eventhough it said 'IN STOCK' in their website.
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I think chrome is universal, painting it other colors is a hit or miss. It may look good till you pop them on the car.. Ive done different color set ups, it may look awesome on the counter table but once on the car..BAM ...CLASH GALORE..
I've wanted to see the Q45's with black bezels and the lens holders on the projectors painted black. Think that could really make the projectors pop on the right car. Stuck with chrome bezels on my own when I had the Q45's since they fit my car best but there's some interesting options with the Q45's.
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this makes me want to try it now lol. nice summary on the DIY too.
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Do these still autolevel? I have a pair of Q45 retro headlights that I haven't installed on the car one of the reasons is I'm not sure if I want retros that don't autolevel. Guess I should have asked before I purchased. lol
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