Originally posted by GreenNuggs
@Jul 12 2005, 07:37 PM
Anyone know how to change the lights in these pieces of monkey crap?* Seriously, I gave a semi-positive review when I first got them, but now I can no longer recommend them. The light burnt out within 3 weeks, multimeter confirmed.
I was going to simply replace it and forget about it, but I have the housing of the car, but have no idea how to get the projector loose from the housing.* I thought, hey, look at these two screws, that has to be it, right? WRONG. With the screws out the projector won't budge. I'm guessing because the housing is tightly formed to the projector. But I don't DARE force it out with a screwdriver, it'll definitely break the weak molding no doubt. Damn these things. 140 dollars my ass. I know its not Jinsu/Heronew who makes these, but I wouldn't want my name associated with them.
I'm pretty much at a loss as to what to do now. I think I'm going to put the stock insert back in and just drive around until I start to give a shit about it again.
Oh and by the way, there is road debris on the INSIDE projector lense after only 3 weeks on the car. Thats only going to get worse as they age....
EDIT: ALRIGHT, I got them out by prying it. But they are still el cheapo.
EDIT2: Holy crap, the whole inside of the projector is melted to shit. The mirror finish near the light is cracked, brittle, and burned.* And the H3 bulb BROKE off as I pulled it out of the socket. Ouch. I don't know what to do know, but they are obviously not going back in tonight!
GreenNuggs, I've experienced pretty much the same. When I opened up the projector to check out the bulb, it was amazed at the state of the internals. Seems like they used some sort of silver spray on the internal reflective parts that just couldn't stand up to the heat of the bulb.
Yes, its the two screws on either side of the projectors that hold them in place in the housing. Your projectors might have had a tighter fit inside the housing. The projectors, once removed from the housing, are themselves openable via screws behind the lens part.
So far my fogs have the following rap sheet:
First I went and dropped one of the fogs, which caused the outer lens to crack. Not an indication of durability right from the start.
Then, within a few days of installation, the H3 in one of the fogs burned out.
Then, I managed to get my hands on an identical pair of projectors (minus surrounding fiberglass housing) from a forum buddy and installed them into my own housings. This time I replaced the H3's inside the new projectors with super bright H3's.
A day or so after re-installing the fogs, I noticed fractures in both projector lenses (inner lenses this time, not external glass shell). Most probably caused by heat.
About two days ago (this past Saturday) I went to turn the fogs on and got nothing (on both sides). Most probably the relay since my switch lights up.
So, yeah... great quality. NOT!
That's why I'm thinking that the only thing that's of worth to me right now is the outer fiberglass housing... and that's a maybe... the projectors themselves will need to be changed with something decent from hella or piaa.
Sorry about the bad luck you're having, but you're not alone. I doubt there's anything we can do about this... and I don't think even heronew realized how crappy these were going to turn out.