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Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

I have been looking into getting new headlights
for a few weeks now and have found a whole
bunch of different brands/designs for 5th
gen projector headlights.


I found this site with what I guess are DEPO's?
1998 Honda Prelude Headlights | Halo Projector Headlights

And I have read up on retrofitting but I fail to see what is better about retrofitting vs buying the whole housing.......

Any information/knowledge or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

Retros have a much better light output than the projectors you find on eBay.
Retros use projectors that are normally in BMW,infinity, s2000 and other ars that come standard with hids. The projectors on the link you posted are
meant to run standard halogen bulbs not hids. You can run hids in them put they are no where near as nice as projectors. I posted a thread with halo projectors vs retros and both have hids in them and you can see the difference between the two.
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

where can you find the real projectors, can you post a website?
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

first picture is halo headlights second is retros done by prelude1897 a member on this site. you can see how drastic the difference the light output is.
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

HID Projector Headlight Retrofit for Subaru, Honda, BMW, Scion and More | LightWerkz.net

Would love to give this a try thinking about ordering a second set of stock headlights to experiment!
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

WOW!!! that is a HUGE difference! Def going with retrofit now
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

Uh oh, my ears started to tingle cause I knew I was being talked about. I can definitely help out with doing a retrofit for you. As you can see above, there's a huge difference, so instead of wasting money buying the eBay halogen projector lights, do it right the first time and have a retrofit built.
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

Jesus that first website you posted was completely overpriced. I would definitely get with prelude1897 and get some retro's. Ive heard plenty of ppl say that retros were their favorite mod they had ever done to their car.
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Rx-330 with clear lens, 5k hid done by brian..s2k and tsx projectors can be done aswell
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

So the retrofits are just for the low beams correct?
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

No you can get bi-xenon which will work as both high and low. You just won't have a bulb In the lower light bowl anymore.
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

nice! Really appreciate all the info!
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Re: Retrofit/DEPO what's best?

With a bi-xenon projector, you can still run your stock high beam, you just simply tap the wires from to Projectors to your high beam harness as well as plug them up to the bulb.
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Uh oh, my ears started to tingle cause I knew I was being talked about. I can definitely help out with doing a retrofit for you. As you can see above, there's a huge difference, so instead of wasting money buying the eBay halogen projector lights, do it right the first time and have a retrofit built.
So how much do you do this for? Do you have all the parts needed? My headlights are sh*t and I was thinking about getting some Ebay projectors but recently I have been hearing a lot of good things about you and your retrofitting services haha
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I would have to recommended TRS aka The Retrofit Source everything you need is there but beware it is pricey
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best thing to do is just buy new black depo lights and send those out to get retrofitted. So worth it i wish i did that when i sent mine in..
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So how much do you do this for? Do you have all the parts needed? My headlights are sh*t and I was thinking about getting some Ebay projectors but recently I have been hearing a lot of good things about you and your retrofitting services haha
Prelude1897 has everything needed to do the retros. You can get new headlights or you can see if he can sand and reclear your headlights while he is doing the retros. As for as price you have a couple of different option you can go with so I will let him handle that part. If you need new headlights I know when I was talking do him he told me that he could get a shop by him to order the depo to help save me on shipping. Really great guy to do business with answered all my question I had highly recommend him.
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Last I heard service was around 600 big ones 0_0

But I'm not sure as of now :/
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Prelude1897 has everything needed to do the retros. You can get new headlights or you can see if he can sand and reclear your headlights while he is doing the retros. As for as price you have a couple of different option you can go with so I will let him handle that part. If you need new headlights I know when I was talking do him he told me that he could get a shop by him to order the depo to help save me on shipping. Really great guy to do business with answered all my question I had highly recommend him.
Ok thanks! Mine are not worth salvaging so that sounds great
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Ok thanks! Mine are not worth salvaging so that sounds great

do it!!! so worth the money when your driving down that dark ass road at night
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Yes well worth the money. One of if not the best mod I have done so far.
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pricing just varies between which types of projectors being used. If your lenses need to be re-cleared, I'll do that for FREE. I use the same clear which is used when painting cars since I also do body work, so I always have clear coat sitting around. Just wet sanding and polishing is a tempering fix, so after a few washes, they'll just fade again. When shooting an actual clear coat on them, then you won't have to worry about them fading again. I've had some lenses come to be pretty bad, and people are amazed when they receive them back
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first picture is halo headlights second is retros done by prelude1897 a member on this site. you can see how drastic the difference the light output is.
Something about these pics seems odd.... The first pic almost looks like both lights are pointed right at the same spot and taken with a cellphone while the second pic looks properly aimed and taken with a much better quality camera
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Both pictures were taken with the same camera. I tried to park in the same spot so you could see the true difference between the two. I mark the spot in back of the building so I could get as close as possible to where the first picture was taken.
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Im just reading through this thread and with the research Ive done, retro seems to be the best way to go. $$$ .. it is what it is, but I want to do it right the first time.
If I were interested in having you(Prelude1897) retrofit and re-clear my lenses, How long does this kind of project take you?
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I'm waiting to get my Depo black retroffited with F-XR bi xenon, I saw the results and it really improve big time the night driving. It's costly though.
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