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I have aftermarket HID's and I don't have that cutoff problem...
If you have a 2012 xB, then yes, you do have the squirrel finder (2010 and previous has the squirrel finder also, but different design, just a aquare box).. You would have to show me pics about 10'-15' away from a flat wall at night, before I believe otherwise.. Or your trolling :p
 

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Lol...yeah I have a 2012...and trust me I don't have that problem...I'll try t get some pics..;)
I guess you found your squirrel spotters after all. :rolleyes:

Anyway, I got the stuff from TRS for the retro fit, and well, IDK I think the stuff is kinda flimsy, I am going to try it out and see where it goes. I will tell you the high beam function cheap crap is coming off the projector, it is cheap made junk. I will have to modify the cutoff shield to be a permanent fixture rather than a high / low beam function due to the reliability... This is all my opinion, just in case you young whipper snappers get offended.. :biggrin:
 

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So I should be glad I opted for my S2000 retro? I still love it and I can light up 6 lanes of traffic.
And if you haven't swapped out the OEM headlights, I guarantee you have that glare. GUARANTEE. You can type words all you want, but you have it.
 

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Yeah Cam, dont do it, its cheap junk.. I'm going to pull the assemblies apart anyway and see what I can do to the retro projectors and the stockers.. How hard was the s2000 retro???
 

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It seriously took me a while and I don't feel that the projectors are 100% level. It's difficult to find a wall with a perfectly perpendicular parking surface.
All in all, it wasn't that bad. They're a tight fit, but not impossible. You'll have to trim the projector quite a bit to make everything fit and trim up the mounting surface a bit. I wasn't left with much of the OEM internals when I was done.
Oh yeah, my high beams aren't angled correctly anymore either. Totally off.
 

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Did the retro, got all mah stuff from trs, used the quick retro for the scion with 85122+ bulbs and 35 watt kit..

stock scion squirrel finder

stock scion projectors







the actual retro
please dont pay attention to order, cause i obviously didnt :p
trs 75mm rubber boot thingys









had my waterjet buddy cot me new shields for the morimoto bixenons, just didnt like the reliability
of the bixenon mechanism....

finished product... There is stray light at the immediate sides of the car, but for a quick retro it turned out pretty good.....






 

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Looks really nice! What a sharp cut-off. Though I might take issue with your term "quick retro". :boxing:

Completely dismantling the light housing, having custom parts cut with a waterjet,...doesn't sound too quick.:)
 

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Love the output and fact you didn't go with some ridiculous 20k coloring on your bulbs! What are those? 4500-5000k?

I'd like to know how long a project likethis takes.

Problem I have with my stockers (without HID) is when canyon driving and approaching an incline, it seems they're aimed too low. The cutoff really hurts IMHO because depending on the grade of the incline, at times you can only see 20-30 in front of the car until the car levels out and the cutoff is further up the road. Make sense? So with the cutoff, for this type of driving, it seems you would have to aim your headlamps higher than normal. Without a cutoff, you have some scattered light that shines up and around bends in the road. I guess the best of both worlds would be to get some high quality PIAA or Hella fogs to turn on for canyon driving.

Your thoughts?
 

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Continuation...

For example in this photo:



Take this photo for example, I see the purpose for the cutoff, and I'm familiar with the design in that most if not all factory vehicles with HID's come with this cutoff, but my gripe is that when the road curves up or around abend it doesn't help.

Looking at this photo, imagine that at that first road edge (end of the driveway), the road goes up. Well the cutoff won't let you see anything above it. Although the stockers aren't as dramatic, they still have the cutoff.

This is meant more as a topic for discussion, as I'm guessing you've done SOME research on the topic, and not a bash in any way on your project. I think what you have is better than stock.
 

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Looking at this photo, imagine that at that first road edge (end of the driveway), the road goes up. Well the cutoff won't let you see anything above it. Although the stockers aren't as dramatic, they still have the cutoff.

This is meant more as a topic for discussion, as I'm guessing you've done SOME research on the topic, and not a bash in any way on your project. I think what you have is better than stock.
My car came equipped with high beams.... :)
 
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