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A Monthly Article for Vigor Enthusiasts (04/07)

 

HID Headlight Conversion

Texan_176

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Texan_176

This month's article comes to us from Texan_176, the founder and first member of our club. He has what must be the first and only Vigor with true HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlights. Here he tells us how he did it.


Before you begin this project I suggest you read up on swapping out the headlights and what all is involved in this job. Read and completely understand the how to articles written by Messrs. Cavelti (JDM Headlight Conversion, May 04) and Docsteen (Plug & Play JDM Headlight Conversion, Dec 06) as they will be vital to your success.

I do want to mention that while this modification is very nice in looks and function it might be a nightmare for you from a legal standpoint depending on where you live. Do not invest hundreds of dollars in this thing only to be pulled over the first night you go out with your HID system to get a ticket. I live in Houston, TX and have been driving my 3000GT with a similar modification for over a year without incident. My Vigor has been on the road for two months with this modification and things have been incident free; knock on wood. I have also passed inspection with this mod (in both cars); you may not. Therefore, for legal reasons I have to say that this is for "show" only if you know what I mean and I think you do. That said, here we go:

The first step is to get your hands on all of the required parts. Below I am listing what I paid for my parts so you have an idea of what this mod costs.

  • JDM Vigor/Inspire Headlights $150 shipped
  • US Acura TSX HID Headlights $130 locally picked up
  • Toyota/Lexus Koito/Denso ballasts with 2 bulbs $150 shipped
  • Three and a half inch hole cutter bit $12
  • Three fuse holders $15
  • Relay Socket $7 on eBay
  • Tube of clear silicone $4
  • Heat gun $15
  • Gloss black plastic tray $11
  • Toyota relay $1 at junkyard
  • High, low, and fog plug and play connectors (same kind Mr. Docsteen used) $40
  • Misc. hardware (wire connectors, heat shrink tubes, screws, nuts, etc) and wires $25

Basically, this will come in around $500 when it is all said and done.

Of course you will need to have common household tools. The following are the most vital:

  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Metric and SAE socket sets
  • Metal file
  • Jigsaw
  • Fine tip marker
  • Drill w/ various metal cutting bits
  • Tin snips

Pictured below is one standard JDM headlight.

JDM Headlight

Start by removing the metal clips holding the clear plastic cover to the black plastic frame with a flat blade screwdriver. They should pop off very quickly. Place them in a safe place so you do not lose them. The U.S.-version clips on the glass headlight are not a direct replacement so it would be a problem to misplace a clip or two.

Remove Clips Headlight Bottom Without Clips
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Headlight Bottom Without Clips

 

 

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