***LS430 DIY Blacked out conversion w/ projector & leds**
Here is a write up on my recent Do it yourself Lexus LS430 Headlight conversion.
So I took the plunge on doing this exhausting modification to my headlights.
Double Projector, black housing, clear corners and 45 leds on each side.
I had previously placed my ES300 headlights in the oven, so, I had no fear in doing so on these.
The one thing I did ponder for some time was the electrical and to make sure those ledís lit up.
Iím quite the novice to these type of things, but once you get started, you just gotta figure out how to finish!
Comments good or bad are welcomed, Perhaps there was an easier way for those mcgyvers out there...........nevertheless, here ya go.
Tools and product needed:
Dremel (with cutters, sanders and drill)
Black erasable marker
Mini zip ties
Chrome door trim
Prismatic lighting panel (lowes or home depot 8 bucks)
Black electrical tape
Black spray paint (the one that bonds to plastic)
Clear Silicone (w caulk gun)
100 5mm leds (your choice in color)
Time: 13 hours for first headlight. 41/2 for second (you get fast after doing first one)
Start by removing headlight from car.
3 10mm bolts to get one side of bumper off and 3 10mm to get Headlight out.
These are the 5mm pre-wired ledís. they have built in resistors and are 12v application.
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After all edges are fined down, I wrapped them in chrome plastic trim for a fuller look.
Time to cut holes. As Ideal as it would be to get a 5mm bit and just drill to perfectionÖ..
The problem I found with that is that the plastc brakes as its too much to handle.
So, I got the smallest bit and drilled all holes first. Secondly, I edged them individually
So that the led fits snug.
secure all leds in place
and of course I couldnít have done it without my little helper
while your in here chrome tape will cover the holes from taking the orange reflectors off
coming together. As you can see the wires do bunch up to quite a bit, so I made a window
to go towards the back
Here you can see all black are connected with extension to reach your power source and
Braded at the tip
after extending all wires and separating them positive and negative, you can drill hole
and zip tie the bunch like so
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and let it warm up for at least 15 min.
Turn oven off and wait 2 minutes.
Now stick headlight in oven using a foiled pan.
Leave it in for at least 10 minutes.
Take out and easily seperates.
now exposing what were going to paint
test fit projector
mask off for painting
I went the easy way on this and sprayed it with black spray (bond to plastic kind)
Originally wanted black chrome, but thatís 10 days to get back and didnít have the down time that it takes.
Ok, so here is first coat
Remove the non projector highbeam housing
and make small adjustments where needed for projector install
now we are ready to mount black housing back together for sealing
back in the oven. Same as above. 10 to 12 minutes to let adhesive mend back to place