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So the ESpec's are installed. My buddy and I spent the day installing them with reference to http://www.mx6.com/forums/2g-mx6-appearance-mods/212164-e-spec-headlight-install-lots-pics.html. This phase of the project is to get them installed and running off the ASpec wiring harness, and will later on upgrade to HID.

Just a heads up that the pix are small since I had to upload to a different pic host company. Click on them to see the bigger version.

What can I say, was it easy.... not for the first light. Was it easy for the second light, Uh Ya - cause we knew what we were doing.

So the scope of the project was to complete it in about 3 hours. Nope, 7 Hours.

User: A Simple MX6 did a good job stacking the deck about the install but I wanted to fill in the gaps for people with ASpec running lights and a 1994 ASpec MX6.

Materials: Lots of Washers, strip of steel for fashioning brackets, bolts, cutting discs. Caffeen, sugar, and alberta beef.

The disassembly started pretty easily - as seen below



Tapped off both work areas and pulled the hose under the radiator support out of the way to investigate new mounting areas.

Below you will see pix of some of the process removing the radiator support. Please note that there are more detailed pictures in the left side installation. A Simple MX6 did point out that support did need to be removed, and some of these pictures will clairify what needed to be removed.

Also note that part of the process for fashioning the brackets to hold in the driver side we had to use the Hood Lift bolt mount. As you can see, additional holes were created to mount the lights. Only bloody issue was that my buddy accidently drilled through some of the cabling that was running through the rad support. We pulled it down and checked it, no wires were drilled, thank god!! Took about 40 minutes to check the wires before we gutted up and started the car to make sure there were no issues.




























For the final stages of the Driver Side light, we picked up some stuff from Crapintire. We removed the stock ESpec harness and attached a generic one, and the other end would be spliced into the existing ASpec harness. Wires were soldered togather and the shrink tubed.

I found on one of the posts what wires are required to run from the stock ASpec Harness.

Originally Posted by User - Stealth

The red/black is low beam, black/yellow is ground and red/white is high beams.


Part of the way I found to keep the lights level, I ground away part of the plastic on the bumper for each side and let them sit flush. A small amount had to be trimmed from the rear inner curve of the bumper - I can clarify if anyone needs to know.

Now, should I have orderd the ESpec Running lights, but I didn't and we had to make due in trimming part of the sides of the Espec Lights to allow the Running lights to stay attached and flush with the rest of the front.


As it stands, they are all installed and look fricken AWESOME. All the wiring works. They are installed rock solid. Took them through the car wash to see of they hold up, no leaking. I just have to adjust the angle manually and upgrade to Xenon HID in a couple of months.

Huzzah and this wraps up the vacataion!!!

 

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looks good brother! im sure youve noticed how they change the look of the car 200%!
 

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HID - Upgrade

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Back with the HID Upgrade!!! Spent a couple of weeks sorting out what I wanted to order. Brands are almost all the bloody same on eBay. Back in the day Philips Ballasts were the benchmark, but there are so many different knock offs. Lots of people complain about ballasts that flicker and short out after a while.

After spending sometime digging. I found a seller on ebay "vgetter" Fellow is based out of Vancouver. Charged 79.99 + 20 for shipping for a H1 4300K HID Kit with Can-Bus Ballasts.

I went with Can-bus ballasts due to reading that they are better built than other brands. I am aware that they do offer error correction for cars that might get light errors reported back via the computer.

So what do you get for 100 Canadian Loonies.



Pretty Standard Kit - Nothing too Fancy... yet I also went with this package because the bottom of the light are ceramic. Many of my friends have hid kits and they've had heat related problems on the cheaper plastic base.



The build quality is good - nothing staggering but good quality.

Now for the ballast. Like I said, I ordered Can-Bus ballasts, but very surprised to see Philips Stickers. Please note that the seller never advertised them as Philips. The company who makes these ballasts is Hylux. But the Philips badge is your atypical Asian wanna-be brand.



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The build quality of the ballasts are rock solid. Certainly impressed with that.

Next came the 1" drilling into the back of my Espec Covers.



The rubber flanges give adequate weathering. I will be sealing it up with Silicon to give that extra edge of protection





After they were all hooked up I ran the cables down by the Rad and screwed the ballasts into the underside of the bumper.




I will be picking up some tubing to run all the wires in and zap them to something to keep them from bouncing around.

So, I don't have pictures yet. Started up the car and what was my impression from having the old halogen lights?

I was like a 10 year old kid when I saw them light up. I was like “Holy Crap, I have Laser Beams of Destruction shooting out of my Headlights!!!"
I will post some pix in the next day or so after I do a little more adjusting!!


Huzzah!!!
 

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Hi Guys

Back with an update. Finished adjusting the cut off and I have included pictures. These are for the right hand drive and being in North America the cut off on the driver side would be a bit high, but I've adjusted them and it doesn't shine the brightest to the oncomming driver.

Also below I 've installed my new HID Fog's 3000k of Sweet bright love!! Enjoy the pics below

With HID 4300K in the Espec




Proper cut off





Here is the install process on the Fogs - had to bend back the shield in the fogs to fit the new longer bulb. I got the same HID kit from the ebay seller I mention ealier in this posting.










And for the final!!! As you can see I have lights that can burn a barn down a mile away!





I'll post the HID High Beams in a bit when I sort out the wiring!!!
 

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monoxidechild - the aspec in canada for the highs has two filaments if thats what your asking. With the espec it uses the H1 bulb and when I turn the brights on the lows turn off and I will have to bridge High and Low with a one way diode to get them to to either be on or off in their respective positions.
 

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Ladies and Gentlemen

I BRING YOU ESPEC HIGHBEAMS!!!!!

As many of you know, I've been fighting to find a way to get them working.

Long story short:

Due to Aspec cars being wired for a dual filament headlights; when you install the spec headlights into an ASpec wiring, high beams turn off the low beams.

I was looking and bridging and adding one way power diods. Instead, tribute to member Justin L, he had a spare Angel Eyes wiring harness - as presented below. This allowed me to attach to the oem connector and solder the wiring to the Especs, and attach a lead to the battery. Now I have proper highbeams!! I will be wiring up the last headlight in the next day or so and will post the completion shot. But for some teasers below! Slightly crappy photo, but they are 4300K HID not as yellow as it looks, very white actually


 

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Here are the High Beam Pix

On a side note, the Angel Eyes Harness allowed me to keep my Fog Lights on with the high beams, truly sick amount of light.

The last and final post will be coming soon when I wire up the ESpec City Lights - equivalent to the DRL of North America


 

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Hi All

And now for the Grand Final!

This has been a long time coming, but I can now say that my ESpec Headlight install is now Complete!!

I've finished installing and hooking up the third set of lights in the ESpec's - referred to as City Lights - or the equivalent in Canada - Daytime Running Lights.

The rest of this forum posting has all the prior details for the hook up. To get the City Lights working, I used a light probe to test for power where the Daytime Running Light Relay was. Found the one that corresponded to the car turning on/off & the Ebrake. Wired up to that one connection and now they turn on for day time use with out having to flip any switches.

Porn Pix below - I will be replacing the existing LED's with some newer ones, seen below. The current ones are just not bright enough during the day.







New LED's on Order






Anyways. Thanks for reading this thread. I believe I have the only fully working ESpec conversion done to a ASpec. If any one else - welcome to my club :p
 

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God ya, back with more goodies.

My current ballasts were starting to go after a lot of use. I'd been trolling the interwebs for a while and have known about the Morimoto line of HID lights and ballasts.

I wanted to get something with a longer warranty and a no hassle exchange and still retain my proper functioning HI and Low beams.

The first purchase I sprung for was the 3Five bulbs (5000k) and the 3Five Ballasts. Arrived, included was one relay harness for the 9007 socket. (please note that this by passes my custom wiring for tying the Espec wiring to the Aspec wiring.)

So for the record, if you get JSPEC or ESPEC and want HID for either low beam or high beam and want to skip all the custom wiring - BUY THE RELAY HARNESS FROM http://www.theretrofitsource.com/

This will allow you to have proper auctioning HI/LOW for JSPEC or ESPEC


As most of you would know, the relay harness will tie into the battery. Un-benounced to be at the time, I would have to get another relay harness to get the HI Beams working. Solved and arrived.

What makes the bulbs special?

other than what the webpage says - better quality and better salts. Truest 5000K bulbs I've ever used.

What makes the ballasts so special?

The ballasts have an 8amp quick fire - these lights and balasts are INSTANT ON. Zero warm up time vs the 10-20 seconds for normal ebay brands to arrive to.

FIVE YEAR WARRANTY!!! That is a major deal breaker for me to get bulbs and two ballasts. Any problems, they will ship me a new what ever I need.

After getting wet from the idea of having instant on low beams, I started to wonder about the high beams.

I ended up getting my hands one the 5Five ballasts - 55W balasts. Using these in the low beams is noticeably brighter than the 35W ballasts. Some hot spots, but minimal at best. I moved the 3Five (35W Ballasts ) over to the high beams. I can flash people with the high beams without any delay, love that!!

I now have over 7000 lumens with high and low beams. Over 10, 000 lumens if you include my fog lights :p

Anyways - had to call them for a couple of tech support q&a and very happy with the service.

Onto the Porn...



 
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