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Old 09-22-2008, 04:45 PM   #41
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is there a cheaper equivalent to Hellas 60mm lights??
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #42
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probably... i have an extra set sitting here if you want. i bought 2 sets but only used one.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:21 PM   #43
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I came to my conclusion based on the Integra in my driveway.


But this pretty much sums it up:
Are the lenses scratched up?

My Integra has always had nice lighting, but after doing a little mod where you grab a second set of 9005 (high beam) bulbs and modify them to fit in the low beam housings, it is better than pretty much any non-factory-hid or regular halogen I've seen. The 9005 is the same bulb as the 9006 (low beam) but does not have the paint on the tip to block the forward rays.

Due to the way the lenses are focused, the low beams don't project upward at all. I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to blind anyone on the road, so I did plenty of testing.

When I put the high beams on while driving a backroad, it's like turning on the sun!

I'd love to get that kind of performance in the Miata. The stock system is lame, comparatively.
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:27 AM   #44
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thats pretty cool, i might have to look into that as my next mod
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:46 AM   #45
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Are the lenses scratched up?

My Integra has always had nice lighting, but after doing a little mod where you grab a second set of 9005 (high beam) bulbs and modify them to fit in the low beam housings, it is better than pretty much any non-factory-hid or regular halogen I've seen. The 9005 is the same bulb as the 9006 (low beam) but does not have the paint on the tip to block the forward rays.

Due to the way the lenses are focused, the low beams don't project upward at all. I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to blind anyone on the road, so I did plenty of testing.

When I put the high beams on while driving a backroad, it's like turning on the sun!

I'd love to get that kind of performance in the Miata. The stock system is lame, comparatively.
Nope the lenses are mint, immaculate for being original from 94. PO kept it in a garage, so they aren't even sun baked at all.

Thats the problem, it projects no upward light. I'll have to look into the bulb swap you mentioned, I tried aligning the housings but after 5min of messing with the adjusters with no result, I gave up and found something better to do.

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Old 09-29-2008, 09:29 AM   #46
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this is great...I hope there is a formal write-up coming up soon
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:58 AM   #47
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will see...
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:54 PM   #48
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Anyone know how to modify the headlamp motor to stop in another position?

I'm interested in doing a DIY lowpro set up that would actually function and not have the barndoors permanently open like Urban's. I've always liked the Piaa 3000 set up this guy used in the turn signal openings. Trying to decide between a DIY Lowpro or this one.

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Anyone know how to modify the headlamp motor to stop in another position?

I'm interested in doing a DIY lowpro set up that would actually function and not have the barndoors permanently open like Urban's. I've always liked the Piaa 3000 set up this guy used in the turn signal openings. Trying to decide between a DIY Lowpro or this one.

I like.....
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:23 AM   #50
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thats really cool but i would be afraid of cops pulling me over for that ****... they know it isnt legal

whats wrong with having your headlights open a bit at all times? gives you so much more fresh air into intake!
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:18 AM   #51
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Anyone know how to modify the headlamp motor to stop in another position?

I'm interested in doing a DIY lowpro set up that would actually function and not have the barndoors permanently open like Urban's.
Pretty sure I've read some threads on m.net (check the garage too) about modifying the barn doors. I think a guy bought some 4x7 lights out of some other flip-up car, and then modified the opening mechanism to get it to look right.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:40 AM   #52
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Anyone know how to modify the headlamp motor to stop in another position?

I'm interested in doing a DIY lowpro set up that would actually function and not have the barndoors permanently open like Urban's. I've always liked the Piaa 3000 set up this guy used in the turn signal openings. Trying to decide
https://www.miataturbo.net/forum/sho...iy+low+profile

Cut the headlight pivot arms. You can make the buckets open as much/little as you want. Then you can modify the bucket itself to put in low profile lights.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:15 PM   #53
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Newbsause! You are extra saucy today! Thanks, that's exactly what I needed.

Besides not liking the look of the lids being up all the time I don't like the idea of constant additional drag. I'd rather have them up only when I need the lamps on. Better yet would to never have them up at all. I don't like the B body as much as A but I don't like our pop up lamps.

What's not legal about the piaa lamps in the turn signal? You have a high beam, low beam and turn signal. Maybe I'm missing something but it seems fully functional.
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What's not legal about the piaa lamps in the turn signal? You have a high beam, low beam and turn signal. Maybe I'm missing something but it seems fully functional.
I think the reason is most states have a min headlight height.

I have never seen that before, I would love more info on that swap.

if you go to CR(yes I know) and search for the DSM DIY headlights there is a guy who did a step by step on how to do it. I am currently running DSM lights, need to get new lights as mine are the original and suck.
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maybe something like this?

http://www.diymiata.com/lowpro.htm
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:47 AM   #56
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i was considering it but i dont care if my headlights are open all the time. plus id love to get rid of headlight motors to save some weight
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There is a set of these Piaa 4000's for sale locally for $175 new in box. What do people think of using these in functioning barndoors as a DIY lowpro headlamp? at 6 1/2" wide and 3" tall they might look pretty clean if they put out enough light.

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Old 10-06-2008, 12:20 AM   #58
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if you dont want them, ill paypal you so you can send them to me
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I really like the lights in place of the turn signals.. looks awesome.
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the red one with the lights i nthe turn signals is sick.....but where are the turn signals? lol i want it for the street car lol
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