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  1. Please could you also plonk me on the list for DE? Will have to see how well fed (or more likely, empty) my wallet is when the time comes, but I'd definitely be interested!
  2. Been super inactive recently due to personal stuff, but I've gone ahead and fixed the pictures for this thread. I've put them on my own hosting, so they shouldn't go down in the future. Absolutely fuming about PhotoB***end's decision though... So much stuff to sort now....
  3. Each to their own I guess. I bought my set for 58 pounds mid April last year and it's still sitting in my garage!
  4. Black door handles Pretty nice condition IMO. If I didn't already have a spare set for painting (bought it ages ago......) I'd definitely be tempted! BIN: £69.99 Postage: £0.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nissan-350z-Pair-Of-Outer-Door-Handles-In-Black-/142272593563
  5. Rays x4 Current bid - £0.99 # bids - 1 Ends - 9 days 21 hours Location - Twickenham
  6. Hodaka

    New Z

    Woooooooo~ Look forward to seeing how it turns out
  7. Hodaka

    Headlights.

    Gosh, lots of headlight talk in the last 1-2 days! From the sounds of things, I take it you have a pre-facelift? If so, the high beam's powered separately from the low beam, and nope, it's not powered from a ballast. The ballast takes the 12v and ramps it up to very high voltage for the xenon, whereas the high beam will power directly from the 12v. Also before I continue, when you say you checked the socket for voltage, did you mean the bulb socket? If so, I definitely wouldn't recommend you do that due to risk of shock! Anyhow, to me it does indeed sound like a ballast issue. First thing would be to check the voltage at the connector, so I'm afraid it's a bumper & headlight off job as far as I know. Once you've disconnected the headlight in question, take a voltmeter and carefully check the voltage for the xenon at the connector. Might be worth asking a friend to turn it on while you're checking with the voltmeter, so you can be sure you're happy you have the right connections before powering it. This is a pic of the connector on the headlight side on my 2004. You need to check the car side, so it'll be the mirror image (?) of the below. Also note the clip is on the bottom side of the pic. If you measure 12v at the connector when your friend powers it on (might be worth asking him to turn it on and off a few times and checking the voltage changes accordingly to ensure you're measuring the right thing), then it's a ballast issue as you've tested the bulb already. If you don't measure 12v there, then the problem is on the car side and I have no idea how to fix! In terms of your HID kit, you could use that if you're comfortable wiring it up. Just a few things off the top of my head you should be aware of: Unless it's a reputable brand (and maybe even if it is), your HID kit ballast will take longer than the OEM ballast to warm up It might be worth checking that the ballast has been potted properly, i.e. is properly waterproof. To be honest, I didn't bother with mine as I was being lazy and I thought I can replace if needed The OEM ballast sits on the bottom of the headlight and covers up a hole, so even if you use your own ballast you'll need to either keep the OEM ballast there, or seal up the (pretty big) hole. Related to the above, you'll also need to find a way to feed the wire in Obviously, the connectors will be all incorrect (H7 instead of D2S, the input wires being spade connectors etc...) so you'll need to sort those If you do need to add any wires, make sure they're rated to handle the current The above is under the assumption your ballast is a 35W one Personally if you're not sure, I'd recommend getting a OEM ballast. They seem to be in the £50 - £80 range on eBay, which is better than the possibly hurting yourself!
  8. Definitely a nice present, I'd be very happy with those! Just quickly concerning connecting it to your car. I'm not sure about validity as I didn't need to bother checking on mine (came with xenons from factory), but I heard some people saying that the stock wiring loom for cars with halogen bulbs can't handle the current required for xenons. If you do need it, I know there's xenon relay harnesses available that use relays and power the ballasts straight from the battery to minimise risk. I think it's worth looking into.
  9. No probs. Let us know how you get on
  10. Which topic would that be? "Immaculate" headlights, sticks up a super bad picture to showcase them
  11. Just to add to Sargara's point, if you grind / cut them I'd still suggest you wet sand them and try make them as smooth as possible. As it's a projection, any imperfections are magnified and become super obvious! @Sargara - Aluminium foil to flatten it would definitely work, but thought I'd mention that it would reduce the overall light output a bit. Also I'd personally opt for aluminium sheet rather than foil. Although it might be fine, I'd be worried that the foil would bend a bit from the solenoid movement. Oh and I just remembered, some people use aluminium cans to cut shields out of, so you could use that! More sturdy than foil, easy to cut and as a bonus you get a drink out of it! Some people use scissors, but another method seems to be to run a scalpel over it a few times. JVX is a guy who's very reputable on HIDPlanet. There's a guide here of him modding a Honda S2000 headlight. Not applicable for bixenons, but the way he used the can might be of interest.
  12. *Edit* - Took too long to type so others have beaten me to it! Sorry for some repetition! From my limited knowledge, I believe your main area of concern is the step. The output from the projector is set in a way so that it's lower on the side that faces oncoming traffic. So for the UK for example, the output should be like this: In Greece, it should be the exact opposite. The thing which creates that shape is called the cutoff shield. It's placed in the middle of the projector, roughly (?) midway between the reflector bowl and the lens. These aren't my pics, but you can see it through the bulb "hole" below. This is taken from the back of the projector: The cutoff shield will be hinged, and a solenoid attached so that when activated, it pulls the shield down exposing more light for your high beams. This is a pic taken from underneath, which shows the solenoid + shield: So from the top of my head, you have a few options: Mod the shield - This won't be an easy task for sure, but you could file + sand down the shield to remove the step, then add a new partial shield using a piece of aluminium sheet. These don't have to be thick, and can be cut with regular scissors. Potential issues I can think of: The piece of aluminium needs to line up with the rest of the shield (in terms of forwards/backwards) to ensure the centre of the beam is in focus The piece of aluminium needs to curve in the same way as the OEM shield to ensure a clean cutoff (i.e. focused) from side to side The piece of aluminium needs to be aligned vertically correctly, else you'll get a 'smiling' or 'frowning' output [*]Replace shield - From what I hear, the bixenon projectors in the 350z are extremely similar to the Murano projectors. If you can get your hands on these projectors, you may possibly be able to transfer the shields over. This would probably be the easiest in terms of work needed, but challenging to find the donor projectors themselves. [*]Replace the projector - Buy some headlights from another car and replace the 350z projectors with these. This will be a lot of work as you'll almost certainly need to create custom brackets, line it all up etc... Personally, I think modding the shield is the best option for correcting the cut off. Plus, if you want to correct the cut off, it's either mod or replace anyway, so you may as well try modding first. A lot of work, that's for sure! If you do go ahead with it, I'd look into changing the fresnel lens to a clear lens as well to get a sexy, sharp cutoff line. Could also do a "colour mod" as well, where you lose a bit of sharpness but gain a band of blue along the cut off. Obviously up to you though as it's personal taste! Here be the colour mod: Happy to bounce ideas if you do go for any of the above ideas, although my experience is limited to 1 set of headlights I modded.
  13. No probs at all, happy to help As I say though, I'm no expert so just bear that in mind! Haha, sorry I'm a bit picky aren't I?

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