Retrofitting Projector Headlights Help?

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discussion starter · #1 · jul 22, 2012

i own a 1993 toyota camry

i was looking to install hid lights and found out that i need projector headlights
i found this website

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/index.php?cpath=24

which are the cheapest ones that would be easy to install for a 1993 toyota camry?

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the easiest install would be morimoto mini h1. they are “almost” plug & play. you will probably have to do some cutting, but not like most of the others. most of the others require major modification. talk to andy or any of the guys at trs. they are a great bunch and will give you all the info you need. i recommend you purchase a set of after market head lights and use those for your retrofit.

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the bigger lenes will certainly have more output, the morimoto mini h1’s are a good compromise between light output and ease of installation. if you go with the bigger ones, it will be a lot more work to retrofit. there’s alway a trade-off.

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the bigger lenes will certainly have more output, the morimoto mini h1’s are a good compromise between light output and ease of installation. if you go with the bigger ones, it will be a lot more work to retrofit. there’s alway a trade-off.

so you also agree that i should be getting these?

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?cpath=25&products_id=18725

i know you guys say it’s the easiest one to install, but how easy is it on a 1993 toyota camry?
and do i just plug it into the stock headlights i have?

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so you also agree that i should be getting these?

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?cpath=25&products_id=18725

i know you guys say it’s the easiest one to install, but how easy is it on a 1993 toyota camry?
and do i just plug it into the stock headlights i have?

you will need a complete kit along with a wiring harness. i was referring to this kit:http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_id=227

i installed the h1s on my 2004 ford explorer, but never a camry. i can share with you my thought process and you can decide from there.

back to my compromise comment. the 1st decision you’ll face is how much effort you’re willing to put into it. spending top $$$ on the best combination of hardware is not going to yield the best output if you don’t do it right. a common compromise between cost, effort and performance is to install the morimoto mini (h1 or d2s). what’s most important to you based on your style/area of driving? by “style/area” of driving are you looking for added visibility in poorly lighted area such as country roads or just basic urban
zones and highways? this thread and this thread have a decent rundown of the properties of the best projectors. unfortunately, they are not the easiest to work with. the fx-r have a have good wide beam, not much so on high beam and they are a handful to retrofit. see http://www.f150online.com/forums/20…m-headlights-fx-r-projector-hid-retrofit.html for an fx-r retrofit. the mini d2s are not quite as good as the fx-r, but quite capable for urban areas and somewhat well lighted highways and i prefer the h1 over the d2s.

if this will be your 1st retrofit, i’d personally keep it simple and relatively cheap. that being said the morimoto mini is the easiest and quickest way to go. basically (oversimplified):

1. crack open the headlight assembly

2. insert the mini

3. install on the camry and adjust the rotation

4. lock rotation in place

5. reseal the headlight assembly

6. install a wiring harness

7. install the headlight assembly

8. realign headlights

done.

you may have to dremel out the opening on the reflector to get the mini to fit as well as on the backside. here’s a link for installing the mini h1. http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/sh…ojector-retrofit-into-stock-3rd-gen-headlight

as i suggested contact andy or any of the guys at trs and ask for pics of that generation camry. also ask which is a better install option in the camry the h1 or the ds2 and which shroud would be a better option too.

regarding h1 vs d2s: the h1 is a superior projector, in my opinion. however, the d2s does have better bulb availability (the osram cbi kick butt, but the better bulb does not make up for the less performing projector. also, the h1 requires a little less trimming of the reflector, due to the smaller diameter of the projector end (although you’ll still to trim the depth of the rear of the reflector).

here’s a couple of shots of old & new. the new aren’t completely adjusted (especially the right side) but you get the idea.

finally here’s a photo i borrowed from www.hidplanet.com that shows how to wire a set of headlights. your wiring may be different, but i think the 93 camry uses the same wiring harness.

let me know if you have more questions.

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i’ve done 2 sets of retrofits on my camry and all the advice above is very good

the only 2 cents that i want to add to everything is this: the camry light housing is really big and fit just about any projector from any car in it, the bottom of the light is also flat, which makes creating a bracket for your projectors easy and makes it easy to mount, and lastly, the easiest way to seal up the back of the light after you have cut a hell of a lot from it is by using 3m window weld (black polyurethane that will fill in the gaps and also be waterproof and heat proof)

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i’ve done 2 sets of retrofits on my camry and all the advice above is very good

the only 2 cents that i want to add to everything is this: the camry light housing is really big and fit just about any projector from any car in it

that’s good advice too. if the housing is really big, then i suggest bigger shrouds like the gatling guns or apollos. i would suggest staying away from smaller ones like the gatling gun 2 or mini-graphite as they don’t quite fill out the space adequately

this pic below is similar to the look on my explorer. i didn’t black out the reflector buckets, but tried to make it look as close to stock as possible. you will want a shroud that fills the available reflector space.

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discussion starter · #9 · jul 24, 2012

wow, honestly, you guys are amazing. i have officially figured it all out now.

thank you all so so so so much =]

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i own a 1993 toyota camry

i was looking to install hid lights and found out that i need projector headlights

i found this website

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/index.php?cpath=24

which are the cheapest ones that would be easy to install for a 1993 toyota camry?

hey man idk if u know but im selling my retrofitted set up, gen3 black housing head lights with bi-xenon projectors morimoto h1 with e55 shrouds this includes the projector head lights along with corners which has light smoke tints on it, 4 piece clear bumper light which are also smoked tinted. and a pair of 6000k ds2 hid bulb all u need is the ballast. $300 plus shipping for everything

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the joys of having the 2nd gen es lol

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hey man idk if u know but im selling my retrofitted set up, gen3 black housing head lights with bi-xenon projectors morimoto h1 with e55 shrouds this includes the projector head lights along with corners which has light smoke tints on it, 4 piece clear bumper light which are also smoked tinted. and a pair of 6000k ds2 hid bulb all u need is the ballast. $300 plus shipping for everything

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that’s an amazing deal….it costs that much just for the headlights and the projectors, much less with all the work and shrouds

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god i would pay for a set of those for my 98… i drive about a hundred miles at night, every night, looks like one hell of a difference between those two pics.

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