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Headlight Customisation

Post by PaulAV » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:37 pm

First stage for headlight customisation, separated light, sanded lens then polished and first coat of protection
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Re: Headlight Customisation

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:48 pm

Sanded the outside of the lens I presume Paul?

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Headlight Customisation

Post by PaulAV » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:51 pm

Yes mate, 1500 to 2500 wet and dry then ryobi dual action polisher with meguiars polish and protective coat
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:52 pm

Ooft lovely and smooth. I get some time off work in feb (right before the AGM and as we go into the AGM so perfect timing). I'm going to clean up my spare brake callipers and service them. And probably sort my spare headlights out with the kit I have.

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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:59 pm

Managed to get a pair for £50 off ebay just for this project, might be painting the chrome/silver internals with an anodised purple effect paint
Led side lights, purple Led interior & puddle lights, custom stainless steel grills, Ryan rotary performance coils & sohn, high spec rear drop links, HME engine rebuild at 50k, Borla exhaust, racing beat revi intake including scoop, quick shifter, alloy filler cap, pz alloys, suspension & spoiler, japspeed rear toe arms & hardrace rear lower camber arms.

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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:03 pm

Mine cost me £30 from someone who was breaking his 8 local to me. Not a bad price really. Better than my current ones.. So when they come off the car I'll be doing what you're doing I think.

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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:07 pm

I'll try and take plenty of pictures at different stages and put a DIY thread up
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:15 pm

Next stage in this little project, test fit, have some high temp anodise paint for the reflectors and silver bits.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by mi60o0 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:15 pm

Mby I shall source second set of 192 lights for my rex and so purple to hah I love purple
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Dr. FrankenRex » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:40 am

PaulAV wrote:
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I'll try and take plenty of pictures at different stages and put a DIY thread up
Unless you are putting a bi-xenon projector in DO NOT PAINT THE REFLECTOR BOWL.

Speaking from experience, this will torpedo any light output and make your main beams fecking useless
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:51 am

Dr. FrankenRex wrote:
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PaulAV wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:07 pm
I'll try and take plenty of pictures at different stages and put a DIY thread up
Unless you are putting a bi-xenon projector in DO NOT PAINT THE REFLECTOR BOWL.

Speaking from experience, this will torpedo any light output and make your main beams fecking useless
Thanks for the input, was going to leave a section of reflector un-painted, so basically the lower part is painted but directly behind the lamp is silvered still, but might rethink it now.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Dr. FrankenRex » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:23 am

You will just end up with a scatter of light all over the place and no focus to it. Reflectors dont work as you think they do 👍
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:31 pm

Not finished yet as I haven't fixed everything in place, but lenses look good, purple accents are the right shade and wire has been extended.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Yorindesarin » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:02 pm

Looks really good Paul! Great work.
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:07 pm

The paint is a faff it's an anodizing paint so it's not very opaque and likes to run, but it looks the part once right.
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Post by Bigblueknight3k » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:24 pm

Very nice i like them

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Post by Yorindesarin » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:25 pm

Still it looks to be doing a good job! Also, what method did you use to open them? Sling em in an oven or heat gun?

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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by PaulAV » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:33 pm

Gas oven, gas mark 2(about 100-120c) for 8 minutes then just eased them apart with a screw driver long ways in the channel, you need something to catch the strings as you pry them apart, makes sure the screws are out before going in the oven and carefully bend clips back when warm.
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Post by Yorindesarin » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:37 pm

Yeah Dan told me of the methods for opening them up before. I just haven't gotten around to it quite yet.

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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by warpc0il » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:40 pm

@PaulAV Those lights really need their own DIY thread.

Give me the nod and I can pick-out all the related posts and move them into a new dedicated thread.
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Post by PaulAV » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:42 pm

Consider the nod given, I have more pictures and can add a bit of advice/findings if anyone is interested
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Re: What have you done to your RX-8 today????

Post by Honkytonk » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:54 pm

Just make sure Mikhail has a bucket handy to catch all the drool after he sees all the purple.
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Re: Headlight Customisation

Post by PaulAV » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:05 pm

My own thread.... The dizzying heights.... Faints.
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Re: Headlight Customisation

Post by v-rex » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:55 pm

Those lights are gonna look awesome on your car Paul. I remember think purple was not a colour I would have thought of when i saw your wheels, but it so worked. The lights are gonna really complete the look.

I know I'd appreciate seeing pics of the whole car once they are installed.

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Post by PaulAV » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:24 pm

Once they're on I wil get a picture posted, however that won't be happening in this weather, don't fancy chasing the bumper down the road
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