So about a month and a half ago, I ordered some parts from DDMtuning.com... which consisted of random stuff including HID kit and DJ Auto projector headlights. Unfortunately, I was sent the wrong headlights and ended up getting the Depo Projectors instead. Not the ones I wanted since the DJ Auto's looked a bit more OEM than the Depo's, but I kept them nonetheless. Only thing I hated on them was the cheesy halo setup, that had about 5 small bulbs spaced out behind the halo's. When lit, they were bright, but you could see the bright spots showing where the bulbs were... ugly!
So I actually found my old CCFL's I purchased from a group buy about two years ago... I never installed them. They were actually suppose to go on my E36 widebody vert. But instead, retro-fitted them into my Depo's... it took a couple hours, trying to be careful... end product looked amazing!!!
Only things needed to complete the job were:
- E36 or comparable CCFL rings (set of 4)
- 8mm socket
- flat-tip screwdriver
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- wire strippers
- wire butt connectors
- wire cutters
First I used the 8mm socket to remove the headlights. Only 4 bolts... easy. Don't forget to disconnect the wires to the bulbs. After that, I pulled the headlights apart. Spaced out around the headlight housing are tabs. Just have to pull up slightly on each tab around the housing, approximately 7-8 tabs. Doing this will allow you to pull the headlights apart as shown below.
Below is the front part of the headlight... with the front lens and the halo housings. Notice the series of bulbs connected together to try to form the halo's.
Pull each bulb out from the housing. They're not glued in or anything... should be able to just pull each one out with ease. Like so...
Now it's time to pull the halo housings off from the lens assembly. There are 4 metal tabs, 2 per halo housing, that are in place holding them in.
Here is a closer look. Using the flat-tipped screwdriver, you will have to press in the back side of the metal clips first. Doing this will bend the back piece of them flat, preventing the back side of them from anchoring the clip down. Once you do, then you can pull them straight off... pliers will help with this task.
Once you get them off, the halo housing will just come right out. Once out, use the flat-tipped screw driver again to poke the 4 tabs out, separating the halo housing and the front halo lens.
Once apart... here's where the modification/cutting starts. On the front halo lens, there are the 4 tabs that you poked to separate the two pieces.
You will need to cut off the two end tabs using the wire cutters, shown circled in red. Doing this will allow the CCFL rings to fit and have room for the wires to exit out the halo housing.
Then looking at the back piece of the halo housing, there are bridge-like pieces that cross over each hole where the bulbs poked thru... circled below...
There are 5 bridge-like pieces, plus the two end pieces... making 7 pieces you have to cut off.
Once cut... they should look like below...
Now it's time to open up the CCFL rings...
CCFL plastic housing... need to take it apart to get to the actual CCFL ring inside.
On the back of each CCFL ring housing, there is a chrome plastic back piece that can be pried off with a small flat-tipped screwdriver... shown here...
Carefully prying off the chrome back piece, you can now get to the actual CCFL ring inside. Careful pulling it out from the housing as there are some glue in it that may hold on resulting in tearing up the ring. Here's the ring housing lens empty...
And the actual CCFL ring...
From here was easy. Place the actual CCFL rings into the halo housing from the headlight. The place the front halo housing back on, snapping in the two middle tabs that you did not cut. The top part, you can use a little bit of hot glue to hold the rest together. At this point, I did not take any pics since my phone died. But it is smooth sailing from here. Repeat the process for each halo ring housing, total of 4 housings.
Once the halo housings have been put together, then reassembly of the headlight is needed. Connect the wires... I used the butt connectors to tap into the wires coming from the turn signal. Make sure you choose the blue and the black wires. This will prevent the halo's from turning into a turn signal.
Once all assembled, the look is amazing... and very bright!
Last edited by jamesdc4; 12-08-2010 at 07:21 PM.
Where'd you purchase the CCFL rings?
Good job mate
did you have to realy cut the top off the rings though done this to mine a few months ago and there was no need to cut them at all
all the less top job
Thanks for the props. Hope this helps others trying to do the same thing.
Ahh cool find yourself driving throught the day with them on hahah i do
I am trying to do the same set up but I am afraid with the bright CCFL rings it will look dumb with the standard H7 and not Xenon. Do you have pictures of this, or can you comment on that?
Last edited by PinoIX; 06-24-2010 at 02:04 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
Do you think one could replace those little stock bulbs with brighter ones, maybe led to achieve a similar result without having to buy ccfl rings? Do you know what kind of bulbs those are?
Sorry TOO bright! A more subtle glow looks classier. I like James and see my Avatar.
1999 E39 Touring Sport and 3 pedals
Hey PinoIX could you make daylight pictures of the lights? Thanks!
Nice guide. I wonder where to get the right a/e rings for this project. The normal E39 rings don't fit because they are too big. Where to find the rings with right size?
Very nice hack.
I just followed it step by step, and became happy with the result. Woooohoooo
Thanks for a detailed DIY.
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