2005 Galant Retrofit

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2005 Galant Retrofit

Postby brvallo » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:26 pm

Hey everybody,

I have been reading this forum for such a long time, and am excited to finally be able to contribute to it! This is the first time I'm attempt at doing anything like this, and thank god for this forum and it's members for all their help. I wanted to do something new and different , at least within the Galant community, so I did triple UV "black light" demon eyes, and converted the fresnel plastic lenses in the turn signal wells into mounting brackets for 2" lenses I purchased from an HIDP member. My initial goal was to do a "bargain retrofit" as I am just finishing college, and consequently, am broke. Even with buying the cheapest (priced) available parts, and bargain basement pieces it still took me over a year to cumulate all the parts I needed. After it was all said and done I realized I ended up spending around $500 total on the retro, which to me was like "WOAH!", but in the retro-scene where a set of oem ballast and bulbs can cost that much, I guess it's not too bad. I know there are already some things I am going to change, and if any of the experienced retro-fitters have good pointers I am all ears. Also, I still have to get around to restoring the housing lens, I know, but finals and this crap Illinois weather have kept me from doing so. So, without further adieu, my retrofit.

Parts/Prices:
1) '12 Nissan Murano Projectors(3)(purchased from a HIDP member through eBay) - $100
2) Sti-R lenses(TRS "value" - found absolutely ZERO flaws on these, either a mistake, or you guys are awesome) - $35
3) Panamera Shrouds (TRS "value") - $20
4) Morimoto xBa 120mm Halos - $75
5) DDM Tuning 55W 6000K Kit - $70
6) 2 LuxDrive Buckpucks with Dimmer(replaced voltage regulators on halos because of too many reports of them failing, and the dimmer function is tits. - Thank you Soundman98) -$30
7) UV leds for Demon Eyes(8) and resistors (Radioshack) - $20
8) Morimoto 9007 relay harness - $35
9) Misc. Parts (sealant, paints, mounting hardware, 2" lenses, etc.) - $120

So this is how the headlight looked stock.
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Picture of the one of the projectors with a shroud around it, mmmm
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I went with the Panamera's because the oem bell housing is hugee, and I hate the look of a tiny projector in a big open space.

Started by stripping all the pieces to be painted using oven cleaner
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This was my first attempt to alter the oem housing to fit the projectors(fail, I'll explain why later)
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After getting further into the retro I realized why this guy did the same thing, haha
http://www.thegalantcenter.org/showthre ... E-LEGALWAY)

Next came the primer, I used the duplicolor plastic primer, stuff worked great.
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Here are the halos with the buck pucks wired in. These things are awesome! Both the halos and the buckpucks, the dimmer works much better than I had anticipated. I thought they would dim to about half brightness, but they go from full off to full on, very handy.
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I was freaking out with this, 1. because they are effing $80 led rings, and 2. because I have never wired anything in my life before the start of this project. Hence, the probably incorrect/poor wiring I did overall.

It took me some time to think of a material in which to fabricate the auxiliary light, clear lens brackets. Then it dawned on me... the plastic lenses that are there!
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Tada!
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They were also then hit with primer and paint and this is how they turned out.
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...not too shabby

So, as I said earlier, the original mounting plan was a fail. I found this out when time ran out (I tried to do the whole project in 2 days... I'm an asshole) and I had to throw the lights together to drive back to school. I originally used these mounting brackets bent to the angles of the housing. Image worked really well actually until I went to put the shrouds on...

So, this is how I had to drive back...
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haha.

When I found more time back at school, I got back to it. First I realized how necessary an indoor power source for the ballasts is. So I went and made one from a old PC power supply, thanks to a how-to I found on this site :)
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Next, I had to strip pretty much all the painting I had done and had to re-dremel the reflector bowls and shrouds.
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Once I had all the pieces repainted, I started on the wiring portion of the project. If you read earlier, you will remember me saying I am a novice when it comes to this, and as proof here is the comical "wiring diagram" I sent to a fellow HIDP member for questions.
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and the painted parts
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The first thing I did(because it was so easy) was mount the halos to the clear rings from the panamera shrouds using single strands pulled out of 12G wire.
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Then, I tested my soldering skills on some spare parts I combined to make the 9006 to bi-xenon solenoid plug.
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Once I was finished with that, I started on the demon eyes, heres the first one mounted and wired.
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I used Lexel clear caulk. It is the same stuff Soundman98 used in his demon eye retro, worked really well but it was more expensive than I thought it should have been.

First side done
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Heres the projectors with the leds mounted, the projectors pretty much came with a space specifically for demon eyes lol.
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The halos behind the shrouds, when I take them back apart I may lightly night shade the clear part, not because the halos are too much just because the yellow there looks bad to me.
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I made some lens spacers from a cereal box then the cover of a notebook by using the oem one as a stencil.
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Finally it came time to mount the projectors, in retrospect my measurement process was abysmal. The process was very long and complicated, and although it ended up working, I will definitely use a different method next time. My mounting process however was not bad. I had to figure out how to mount screws to a curved surface, so I bought a series of rubber washers with descending diameters until I found the ones that worked.
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And here they are without the lenses back on!
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Here with the crap factory lenses making them look half as good
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My wiring after they were all sealed up
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Close up of the halos
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I could not get any far shots, I only have the camera on my phone, and it was either too far or glare, I'll have to dim them and snap some.
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And the demon eyes(which turned out even better than I expected)
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I know I need to get some output shots as well as some halo pictures, and I will as soon as the semester is over in a few weeks.
Anyways, I am pretty satisfied with the results, the output is muchhh better than the OEM. The halos look awesome in the panamera shrouds, and the demon eyes


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Re: 2005 Galant Retrofit

Postby M-Rod » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:47 pm

Those turned out nicely. I'm a fan of the Panamera shrouds as well.
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Re: 2005 Galant Retrofit

Postby Prophet » Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:41 am

Wow good job! Going to have to move this to the How To's... thanks for posting!
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