How To: Install Mini H1

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  1. ak_cowboy

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    The long awaited retro is completed!

    I'll list out the steps and then add pictures. Ask questions if you have any.

    1) Take off headlights. 10mm socket
    2) Bake Headlights. I had already opened mine up, so 10min at 225* Otherwise it's 10min at 250* several times until they open up on stock ones.
    - Make sure to clean out all the old sealant (preferably while your wife is gone)
    3) T10 Torx (star) bit to separate the lens from middle section.
    --T15 Torx to take off the headlight sheild
    4) Take out the giant rubber grommet in the back of the housing
    5) Make sure the Mini H1 fits. It's pretty close, I didn't use any spacers for mine.
    In Order:
    Projector-->Reflector bowl (H13 adapter holding it in place) --> Giant 3 prong washer --> lock nut

    5b) You'll Need to drill a hole for the high-beam wires and a second one for halos (if running them) I used the smallest one I could to fit the wires, then covered them with silicone.

    6) Tighten the lock nut down so everything is snug. I had to rotate the projector a bit since the adapter didn't line it up correct.
    7) Make sure it's level. Check outside by installing your headlights and turning them on.
    8) Use some JB Epoxy to cement the projector to the reflector bowl. I then coated the entire base with black silicone to prevent any leaks.

    9) While the projectors were drying, I used a 1/4" bit to drill out 18 holes above the turn signal for my LED strips. I then drilled another hole to run the wires out.

    10) Once it all was dry. I mounted the ballasts and ccfl box to the headlight housing. I also tidied up the wires and made plug ends for the turn signals. Also installed the bulb retaining ring and H1 bulb.

    11) Apply copious amounts of silicone caulk to the housing. Squeeze them shut and secure them with bungee cords/ratchet straps/whatever. I taped them, bunjeed, and placed a 20lb weight on them over night.
    11b) Seal up any gaps the next morning and let dry.

    12) Install them! It took me longer than average since I had to remove my old pNp hid kit and wire up the halos and turn signals.

    The TRS Kit is wired opposite of the F150 Headlights. You MUST switch the blue and orange wires!!! Otherwise your high beam indicator will be dimly lit and your high beams will come on with the low beam switch.

    13) Wait till night and aim them according to manufacture specs.
    ---The 04-08 F150s use a 4mm hex screw right by the hood bump stop. Clockwise goes down, Counterclockwise raises them up.

    I used these links to help:
    http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pdf/trs_tech/Morimoto_Mini_H1_Projector_Hardware.pdf
    http://www.f150forum.com/f2/how-mini-h1-projector-retrofit-110117/
    http://www.f150forum.com/f7/mini-h1-install-140240/
     
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    Pics :praiseme:
    Shrouds
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    Sanded for Paint
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    Mess of silicone
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    Heat damage from 3 years of pNp HIDs
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    Headlights seperated
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    Installing secondary turn signals
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    JB Weld and wired
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    Test fitting projector and shrouds. Minor trimming needed to be done on the MC-Rs. May vary by which shroud you choose.
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    Ballast mount location
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    Mess of wiring behind each headlight now.
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    Testing halos
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    Testing Turn Signals
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    ON
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    Final pics!
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    High Beams
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    Katie's Jeep and My Truck. We ain't afraid of the dark :jester:
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    Here's a secret.... When I installed the projectors, I didn't align them before sealing everything up... I don't have a level parking spot, or a wall to line up. So I made some measurements and hoped for the best.

    From the top corners of the Mini H1 projector to the top flat edge of the reflector bowl is 4.5cm.

    I made sure they were level against that and crossed my fingers. From the above pics and driving around, I'm more than satisfied. They might be off a degree or two, but not anywhere close enough to make me tear everything open again.
     
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    Ya done good will! Everything looks pretty clean. The one part I skipped on was mounting ballasts. Lol


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    01f1502wd going up? yes i am.

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    those look really nice!

    Your cutoff lines are exactly where they should be. good job!
     
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    Thanks guys. The drivers side could be rotated a little bit, but it's not going to bug me enough to open them up again :jester:
     
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    Looks good man! Cool write up!


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    Looks good. Looking forward to some snow out put shots. Thats what has held up my retro's.
     

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