2000-2004 Projector Retrofit Info

JGBimle Feb 21, 2012

  1. JGBimle

    JGBimle Bought an X Founding Member

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    I've been receiving some questions/compliments on my retrofit on here as well as some other forums so I thought I'd start a thread with some pics and info so people have a better idea of what the project entails. I don't have a how-to specific for the the X but I'll post the resources I used and hopefully in the future someone can do a write up.

    If you have a 2002-2004 you will be able to retrofit your stock round headlights.

    If you have a 2000-2001 you will need to purchase a set of clear headlights like these:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1998-2000-NISSAN-FRONTIER-EURO-CLEAR-LENS-HEADLIGHTS-CHROME-PAIR-/300664125317?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Year:2000|Make:Nissan|Model:Xterra&vxp=mtr&hash=item4600fa7785

    theretrofitsource.com was where I purchased my projectors as well as where I found every and any bit of retrofitting information I need. I purchased the Morimoto Mini Stage III H1 kit because these projectors will be the best fit for inside the X headlight housings. They are a fairly small design and mostly bolt as opposed to the other projectors that will require you to cut out the back of the headlight housing:

    http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_id=227

    This is a complete kid that comes with projectors, shrouds, bulbs, ballasts, relay and everything else needed. If you already have and HID kit or prefer a different type you can purchase just the projectors and shrouds. These projectors are BI-Xenon so you will have high and low beams.

    Here is a link on theretrofitsource.com that will answer any questions about the benefits of projectors or almost any other question you would have:

    http://www.theretrofitsource.com/trs_tech.php

    I used a how-to I found on their website for the Morimoto Mini projectors that was helpful and covered all the steps other than a few modifications that are vehicle specific:

    http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pdf/trs_tech/Morimoto_Mini_H1_Retrofit.pdf

    Here are a couple pics of my X, Il try and get some better pics when I am home from school this weekend:

    After I painted the shrouds and housings:
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    Installed without the lenses:
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    On the vehicle:
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    I went with 5000K bulbs that are pure white:
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    The light output is incredible with a smooth cutoff and no glare to oncoming traffic:
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    I know RacerXXL has done this mod so chime in if I missed anything and if you have any other questions just ask or send me a PM. I hope this helps out!
     
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  2. NismoFire

    NismoFire Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    So what about the 1.5gen? Same concept, but we have round headlights?
     
  3. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Definitely glad you posted this up.
     
  4. JGBimle

    JGBimle Bought an X Founding Member

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    Yes for the 2002-2004 it's the same concept except you can just use your stock round lights since they already have a clear lens. Just saves you $100
     
  5. NismoFire

    NismoFire Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    SWEET! Thanks.
     
  6. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    WOW those are dirty sick! Sweet mod!
     
  7. drbandkgb

    drbandkgb Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Yeah when racer did this it looked sweet.. The red is the next level sweet ;)


    Zzzzz...zzz..zzzzz
     
  8. Cameron23

    Cameron23 Skid Plates Founding Member

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    What were the few vehicle specific mods you had to do?
     
  9. ChiXterra

    ChiXterra Wheeling

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    Great info...... but, I would like to see some of the vehicle specific stuff. And someone needs to do this on the 1.5 gen, while taking some pictures during the install.:D
     
  10. JGBimle

    JGBimle Bought an X Founding Member

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    When Im home this weekend Il snap a couple pics of the back of my headlights. With the 1.5 gen I don't believe there is any cutting required but with my headlights I cut a ring off where the bulb inserts into the housing on the back side so the projector would bolt in flush.
     
  11. Cameron23

    Cameron23 Skid Plates Founding Member

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    Thats exactly what I was gonna ask was for some shots of the back of the headlights.

    Also what was you overall cost?

    Adapter Plate: did you need an adapter plate?

    Projectors: LHD (North American Standard)RHD (UK, Australia, etc) Which one did you choose?

    Shrouds: Which did you have

    Wire Harness: did you order and use one?
     
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  12. Silver dude

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  13. RacerXXL

    RacerXXL First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Yep what I did with mine as well...of course I was using your pics as a guide. :D
     
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  14. rawkerstatus

    rawkerstatus Bought an X Founding Member

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    Revive! Any chance you can load the pics to imgur or similar site?
     
  15. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I've added the post to our fixit list. One of us will rehost the pictures.
     
  16. kirk

    kirk Rented two prostitutes at once. Want to know more? Supporting Member

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    Fixed. There was one "before" pic that couldnt be saved.
     
  17. rawkerstatus

    rawkerstatus Bought an X Founding Member

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    Cool. Thanx
     

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