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Old 11-25-2019, 10:52 AM #151
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Alright, so I'm a wee confused. Here I thought the TYC housings were sealed with butyl rubber - now it seems that, because of my inability to open up the housings after multiple cycles of 7 minutes in the oven at 275 and heat gun help. These HAVE to be permasealed like OEM...???

It was SO much nicer to open up the 3rd gen lights with glass lenses...
IIRC when I did my retro, I believe I used tyc housings which also wouldn't open, so I just kept baking them and I think after about 12 minutes at 300 or 320 they POPPED open. Popped meaning I was pulling them apart and the entire lens just came right off. it looked like TYC used a cheap seal for the butyl rubber because it maintained 95% of its shape when heated and when I split the housings rather than getting gummy like TRS retro rubber. to clean the TYC seal I just had to sit down with a heat gun, scraper and some pliers and just take hours of my life to pull the cheapo sealant off. It ended up being worth my time to do that rather than buy new oem housings though so I cant complain too much

***disclaimer, I am not suggesting it was a good idea to bake my lights for 12 minutes at 300+ degrees, however it did end up working for me
if you choose to do this I would strongly suggest watching it very closely
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IIRC when I did my retro, I believe I used tyc housings which also wouldn't open, so I just kept baking them and I think after about 12 minutes at 300 or 320 they POPPED open. Popped meaning I was pulling them apart and the entire lens just came right off. it looked like TYC used a cheap seal for the butyl rubber because it maintained 95% of its shape when heated and when I split the housings rather than getting gummy like TRS retro rubber. to clean the TYC seal I just had to sit down with a heat gun, scraper and some pliers and just take hours of my life to pull the cheapo sealant off. It ended up being worth my time to do that rather than buy new oem housings though so I cant complain too much

***disclaimer, I am not suggesting it was a good idea to bake my lights for 12 minutes at 300+ degrees, however it did end up working for me
if you choose to do this I would strongly suggest watching it very closely
This is very helpful info... Sounds like I need to submit my housings to the great ball o' fire and see what happens

I have to get them open one way or another - the Lightwerkz sale prompted the purchase of the last of my retro components! Haha
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Thanks for the information of the skid plate on a V8. It looks good
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Thanks for the information of the skid plate on a V8. It looks good
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Got sick of my not-so-bright reverse lights and their minimal impact at night to illuminate my backup camera. Everyone points to these, and the JDM custoemr service is supposed to be spot on, so... ordered.

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Yay, Black Friday!... Oh shoot my wallet is flying away now, it's so light
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Got the ASTAR 921's installed yesterday, and I'm happy so far! Let's see if the winter months can torture test these babes out...
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Update on the retro progress: Finally got into the one TYC housing! Man O life, was that a lot of "heat gunnin' on max", careful prying, gloved pulling, and ripping out fragments of butyl rubber sealant that must have a softening point of twice the temperature of the sun.... I still have a lot of work left to do to peel it off the lens, but hopefully the next one (which is a brand spanking new TYC) will go easier.
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Little update on the ditch lights - very happy with them. The confidence they inspire at night with deer everywhere is nuts....
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Should be the last few bits of my retro build ...... If I ever get these dern TYC housings open and cleaned up to my liking
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ok fine, its pretty cool and i like it too
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Alright, here come a bunch of retrofit pics.... Prepare your eyeballs.

So the plan is simple. :haha: Now that I have both housings apart and lenses off, I can start to play with the guts of these retros. Basically, I will be replacing my stock projectors with Morimoto D2S 5.0 Bi-Xenons, replacing the stock high beams with Profile Hi-Lens LED's, and incorporating one (or maybe two) amber halos and some cheap "demon eye" LED's while I'm in there.

Comparing the stock TYC (left) and Morimoto D2S 5.0 (right):
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Note the bigger lens diameter, solenoid-actuated cutoff shield (this is what makes it a bi-xenon -- high bam capability):
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First step: take the original mounting bracket (which features the stock cutoff shield, since it is a single-xenon projector, or "low-beam only")
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Time to disassemble the Morimoto... And get this bracket cut out!
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A short while later: some dremel and drill press love, a beer, and lots of little modifications, including grinding off the stamped indents on the reverse side of the plate (not shown):
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So here is where I started to second guess myself....
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