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Back that screw out and pull the shields up just a bit. You will see the hot spot when the lights are just a few yards away against a wall. But once you get a decent distance away it should be solid blue <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I didn't notice any hot spots when using E46 projectors without the shields. It might be that they're just more obvious with the shields.<p>I don't think I can adjust my shields without removing the projectors <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mikamars</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't think I can adjust my shields without removing the projectors <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think Kyle adjusted the shields <i>before</i> he installed the projectors. That's what I would have done anyway... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>theshadow27</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I think Kyle adjusted the shields <i>before</i> he installed the projectors. That's what I would have done anyway... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, yes, that's what I did too <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> I just adjusted them too low. The plastic against those screws is quite soft, and I don't think it'll hold up if the projectors are taken apart too many times.
 

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Yeah I got mine dialed in outside the vehicle. Pulled my car out of the garage and used the neighboring apartment complex to achieve my color lol.
 

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Looks Like very Good work , see You Guys got a Bunch of Snow . <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>So is there a small slot behind washer to allow some movement?
 

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So... has there been any progress on replacing the stock halogen lenses with clear lenses? I'm about to order a couple lenses and get the job done this weekend. Do you guys have any pictures of the stock projectors so I can figure out what tools I'll need?
 

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Yeah actually I have a set of stock projectors with E46 clear lenses just sitting in a box. I started shield modding them and just never finished them. I know the clear lenses from retrofit source are a fudge too big but with slight modification fit.
 

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Yea? I'm thinking maybe the Mazda 3 lenses are a direct replacement. I sent them an email asking for more pictures/specs. Is the stock lens riveted in, and if so do you know what size rivets?
 

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Damn those look nice... my hid's are looking kinda greenish lately :(
 

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I've seen both ways, metal solder rivets and screwed. I have one of each. I planned to just use bolts to reinstall the lens holder to the projector.
 

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Those stupid rivets are a biotch to drill out too. I got the holder removed but still need to finish drilling thru the projector side in order to apply some hardware instead. My E46's were removable which made adjustments super easy.

Finishing those projectors is on my to do list now, trying to clear out some of my "stash" of parts. I always go all out and over order parts and then store the spares forever.
 

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Those stupid rivets are a biotch to drill out too. I got the holder removed but still need to finish drilling thru the projector side in order to apply some hardware instead. My E46's were removable which made adjustments super easy.

Finishing those projectors is on my to do list now, trying to clear out some of my "stash" of parts. I always go all out and over order parts and then store the spares forever.

Hey, I want to know how you did with the HID bulb and igniter? Did they fit allright? I'm doing a HID retrofit with E46 bosch bi-xenon projectors but I'm struggling with the space between the bulb and the rear cap! Could you help me please?
 

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I had to modify the rear caps. I cut out a space for the igniter to protrude from the back and made an extended cover out of the square I chopped out using 5 minute epoxy to space it out.

Should also be noted that the new Morimoto ballasts have a much smaller igniter which also helps.
 

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I'm on a number of the M3 forums. Find me ;)
 

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I fixed the images on photobucket with the intention of stealing some of them for the skbowe.com site - hopefully Kyle can around to updating the OP one of these days.
<B>Updated the initial post with all the pic progress I posted thruout this thread, for all the information regarding doing a retrofit I encourage you to read the thread, enjoy</B>
<p>Beginning my HID retrofit today. Going to take more time than I thought as there is a lot more involved with tuning the HID output than expected. All parts ordered thru my friends at TheRetrofitSource.com<p><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0702.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Parts list:<br>Matsu****a ballasts 35W setup<br>Morimoto 5000K D2S bulbs <br>E46 bi-xenon projector housings<br>ZKW-R clear lenses <br>H7 wiring harness converted to work with H11 setup <p>The wiring harness only uses one of the low beam bulb inputs and then using a relay system attached to the battery runs an extension harness over to the passenger side ballast. An H11 harness kit wasnt available so a H11 female connector just needs to be swapped out for the H7 that comes with it.<p>So far that ive seen today is due to only using one head light low beam connector connected to the harness theres a bulb out message. Have to figure out how to fake out the passenger side harness.<p>With nothing installed into the head lights yet I took some comparison pics just to show the difference between a 55W DDM kit with 45000K bulbs and the 35W retrofit with E46 projectors and the factory lenses that came with them.<p>DDM<br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0700.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>E46<br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0695.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0696.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Will continue to update the thread as the project goes along. More than likely wont finish this weekend as I need some more supplies.<p>By adjusting the cut off shield or the "shield mod" as they call it you can alter the cut off line color and clarity. Ill be using a roll of flashing to adjust and alter the output to my liking and then drill out the rivets that hold the RV shield on to mount it.<p><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0706.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I also have clear ZKW-R lenses to swap in which changes the clarity and output of the bulbs quite a bit. Did the one side but need to change how it mounts inside the projector a bit more. You can see the difference from the E46 lenses compared to the clears quite a bit just visibly.<p>E46<br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0704.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>ZKW-R<br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0705.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0707.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Stock projector to E46 projector comparison<br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0715.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0716.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0717.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0719.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>These are the shields that are required for the color modification. Used a roll of thin aluminum flashing and was cut with scissors.<p><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0747.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0748.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0749.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Final results with E46 projectors, ZKW-R lenses installed, Morimoto 5000K D2S bulbs, AMP adapters to DDM 55W ballasts.<br>Here are the final results of the retrofit <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0810.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0811.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0812.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0814.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0815.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0816.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="https://www.theeshadow.com/files/volvo/forcefed/DSCN0813.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><i>Modified by ForceFed Motorsports at 5:21 PM 12-1-2009</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by ForceFed Motorsports at 5:23 PM 12-1-2009</i>
 

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I'll get it fixed one of these days when I get some free time.
 
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