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      04-10-2010 10:27 AM #72
      I slept through my alarm and just woke up. I still have an hour and 35 minutes!
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      04-10-2010 11:53 AM #74
      **** me. The high beams are on whenever the headlights are on. I don't know why. With one of the retrofitted lights in and the other my old OEM HID rep, the high beams work normally.

      That, and one of the pins on the ballast connector that goes to the bulb is loose and keeps flickering, then shuts off. I'm not leaving for a while...

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      04-10-2010 12:50 PM #75
      Alright, I think I traced the problems to the connector on the ballast. TRS recommended using silicone around that connector to seal it from water. In order to get to the connector to try and fix the pin I had to peel all of the silicone off and destroyed the connector in the process.

      I put one old headlight on and I'll have to wait for a new cable to ship. FML.

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      04-10-2010 01:07 PM #76
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    7. 04-10-2010 03:13 PM #77
      Quote, originally posted by JettaGetUpandGo »
      **** me. The high beams are on whenever the headlights are on. I don't know why. With one of the retrofitted lights in and the other my old OEM HID rep, the high beams work normally.

      That, and one of the pins on the ballast connector that goes to the bulb is loose and keeps flickering, then shuts off. I'm not leaving for a while...


      If you're using TRS relay harness, you might want to check out this thread: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=4643473

      Apparently two wires on the one of the connectors need swapped.

      Hope you get it figured out

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      04-11-2010 11:58 AM #78
      I took care of that before I did any of the other wiring. The blue and white wires on the 9007 harness connector needed to be switched around because our high beams are negatively switched instead of positively switched.

      I believe the problems that I am having now are due to the bad igniter cord. I have one of each headlight on the car now and everything works fine.

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      04-11-2010 01:15 PM #79
      Funny story. I just walked out to the car and the shroud that's on the car is no longer attached to the projector. I had originally used hot glue, but added some epoxy around it before sealing up the lenses. Again, FML.

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      04-11-2010 09:40 PM #80
      awesome work!

      Where did you get this button blank?

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      04-11-2010 09:50 PM #81
      Quote, originally posted by agentmaddock »
      awesome work!

      Where did you get this button blank?

      im guessing you have heated seats? cars without heated seats come with blanks like that.

      lovin the retrofits

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      04-12-2010 12:09 AM #82
      Quote, originally posted by agentmaddock »
      Where did you get this button blank?

      I'm not exactly sure what you're referring to. If it's the Passport button, I made that using a blank dash button and an Escort SmartCord kit.

      If you're talking about the lower panel, I don't know what cars came with that. I believe it was for taxis and law enforcement cars that needed extra buttons, but I have no idea. It can be purchased at the dealer along with the blank buttons. To put it in, the metal panel that sits behind that piece needs to be trimmed.

      Lower dash panel with the hole: 1J1 858 366 B2QL
      Insert for the buttons: 1J0 858 105 01C
      Blank buttons: 1J0 858 180B 01C and 1J0 858 180C 01C (not sure which is which side)

      The panel and insert were $83 and the blank buttons were ~$3 each a year and a half ago.

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      04-12-2010 11:01 PM #83
      I heated the hot glue with a hair dryer and scraped off as much as I could. As I was finishing what I could reach, I though of a way to get the rest out. Once a new igniter cord arrives I will hook the ballast up to a spare battery with the projector facing upwards. After an hour or so all of the glue should melt out the back and not muck up the chrome.
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      04-13-2010 03:22 PM #84
      It took a while, but I watched the hot glue melt on the face of the projector in the first housing. It will probably take a while longer for it to run out the back of the housing, but it seems to be working.
      I had no idea that hot glue had such a low melting point (250 °F). I thought it was closer to 400 °F.
      I will inspect the lower turn signal lenses, but I think those will be ok because it doesn't get anywhere close to as hot there and there is a good layer of epoxy on it too.

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      04-20-2010 01:21 AM #85
      The JB Weld is setting on the shrouds as we speak. I will give them a tug tomorrow afternoon to make sure they are secure, then the lenses go back on and I'm done.

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      04-30-2010 09:48 AM #86
      So... over the last couple of weeks I've had a cluster**** of issues with the wiring. I received my new igniter cord, but the high and low beam lights still were not functioning properly. TRS sent out a new relay. The new relay didn't work either, but it gave me different issues than the first one did, leading me to believe the relay was still the issue.

      TRS said it must be an issue with my OEM wiring and if I bought another harness he would guarantee that it would work (). I was sick of waiting for stuff and I didn't see the need to buy another harness, so I decided to build my own based on Mr. Appleton's wiring diagram:

      The bi-xenon solenoids are connected to the OEM headlight wiring inside the headlights, then I used 4-pin trailer wiring connectors for bulb wires coming out of the headlights to the harness, a relay, and a fuse from the local auto parts store, and some 14 gauge wiring from the hardware store. You only need a 3-pin connector for the bulb wires, but the 4-wire trailer connector was cheaper than anything else I could think of. The whole harness is wrapped in a matte electrical tape to keep it hidden.

      For anyone else that is doing this, make sure you have done the mod that keeps the high beams on with the low beams. Otherwise the shutters will flip, but the bulb will turn off because the low beam power is cut. I had it that way, reversed it back to stock for the TRS harness, and now will have to redo it again.

      Soldered connections are brittle and crimp connectors have a tendency to pull out. I found some crimp connectors that have heat shrink tubing where the wire inserts for a good seal and it reduces the chance of the wire pulling out. They were significantly more expensive than the regular connectors, but I don't want to ever have to redo any of this. I could be done with it in the next day or two and hopefully everything will work!

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      04-30-2010 10:03 AM #87
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      04-30-2010 11:15 AM #88
      I know. I was pretty livid with the TRS harness. Other people have used them on a MKIV with zero issues, I don't understand why my car would be any different.
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      04-30-2010 12:27 PM #89
      I've heard the its pretty hit or miss with the TRS harness. I have yet to fire mine up at all, but I hope I don't run into any issues.

      You should help me do a test on my projectors! I'm electircally illiterate :/ haha


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      04-30-2010 12:49 PM #90
      I still have my ghetto testing wires. What are you doing Sunday?
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      04-30-2010 02:56 PM #91
      Alright, the harness is done, but I must have mixed something around. When I turn the lights on, I get the high beams. When I flick the high beams, I get the low beams.

      I think that I need to switch around the yellow and blue wires in the headlight bulb connector, but that's easier said than done.

      That being said, I'd say building the harness was highly successful. Already I have more functionality than any iteration of the TRS harness.

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      05-01-2010 12:37 PM #92
      I switched around the yellow and blue wires at the bulb connector. The shutters open when I flick the high beam as they should. The indicator in the dash finally functions normally, but now the ballasts are not receiving power so the bulbs do not illuminate.

      This is so damn frustrating.

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    23. 05-01-2010 12:42 PM #93
      Quote, originally posted by JettaGetUpandGo »
      I switched around the yellow and blue wires at the bulb connector. The shutters open when I flick the high beam as they should. The indicator in the dash finally functions normally, but now the ballasts are not receiving power so the bulbs do not illuminate.

      This is so damn frustrating.


      How did you jumper the high-beams? A couple ways, including the way I did mine, require the e-brake to be released.

      Hopefully it's something easy like that

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      05-01-2010 12:54 PM #94
      I used the method in this first post: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1167457.

      Previous to the retrofits I had them jumpered like this for a couple of years with the OEM HID reps.

      Son of a bitch. When I redid this mod I connected the repair wire to the turn signal stalk instead of the harness wire leading into the dash. I hope this fixes it!

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      05-01-2010 01:08 PM #95
      w00t!!!!!! That was it.
      Now I just need to find a better way to mount the ballasts, hide the harness a little better, and then the front end can go back on!

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      05-01-2010 01:25 PM #96
      Pics!!!! Nice work Brian

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      05-01-2010 02:12 PM #97
      I have to leave for work in a little bit, so no pictures today, but probably tomorrow. This is more exciting than placing first in a statewide architectural drafting competition earlier this week.
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      05-02-2010 08:20 PM #98
      I bring you all presents. Enjoy!

      Proof that they work:

      A friend and I also installed a set of great plates last weekend. I know the rear is a little lower than the front. The slope on the driveway makes it look a little worse than it really is. I haven't decided if I'm going to raise the rear or lower the front yet. Raising the rear would be a lot easier.

      ...and I noticed today that I have tons of negative rear camber. Neither lowering nor the great plates should have affected the camber.

      The next project will be finding a non-OEM intake that doesn't sound like a toilet flush (BMC CDA is the most likely candidate), making the E92 shift knob fit, painting the stubby mirrors, and then I'm probably done until the car needs brakes, which will be later this summer.

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      05-02-2010 11:08 PM #99
      Retros look freaking fantastic.

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      05-04-2010 08:53 AM #100
      Thanks!

      I measured ground to fender last night and I'm at 24 7/8" all the way around. It looks plenty low, but I guess according to Vortex standards I'm still 4x4ing.

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      05-04-2010 05:27 PM #101
      Quote, originally posted by JettaGetUpandGo »
      Thanks!

      I measured ground to fender last night and I'm at 24 7/8" all the way around. It looks plenty low, but I guess according to Vortex standards I'm still 4x4ing.

      That is still pretty high, but honestly, you have a nice offset with the RCs and they fill out the arches perfectly. Sometimes being HEIGHT low, doesn't mean filling out the fenders well. I think it looks great.

      Did you experience any issues with the great plates? I think it's interesting you are not that low and I can still see a difference. Do you have any before/after pics?

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      05-04-2010 05:36 PM #102
      looks great bud how the leds working out? i say lower the front, at that angle it just looks like you have a tad bit of gap.
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      05-05-2010 06:41 PM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by idwurks View Post
      Quote, originally posted by JettaGetUpandGo »
      Thanks!

      I measured ground to fender last night and I'm at 24 7/8" all the way around. It looks plenty low, but I guess according to Vortex standards I'm still 4x4ing.

      That is still pretty high, but honestly, you have a nice offset with the RCs and they fill out the arches perfectly. Sometimes being HEIGHT low, doesn't mean filling out the fenders well. I think it looks great.

      Did you experience any issues with the great plates? I think it's interesting you are not that low and I can still see a difference. Do you have any before/after pics?

      With the great plates I didn't really have any issues. They were a pain in the ass to install, and I'm rubbing occasionally on the bump out in the back of the passenger side liner. There's nothing behind that bump out, so I'm not too worried if I rub through it.

      I forgot to take before pictures, but I found this from a year or two ago for comparison:



      And stock height:


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      05-05-2010 06:46 PM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by ninjapants View Post
      looks great bud how the leds working out? i say lower the front, at that angle it just looks like you have a tad bit of gap.
      The LEDs are working great. I noticed that with the incandescent bulbs, the light faded in and out. With the LEDs it's an instant on-off. I liked the fade better, but these work.

      The front could come down ever so slightly, but I'm nearly certain the coilovers seized. I haven't touched them since they were first installed and salt from Wisconsin winters hasn't been nice to them.

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      05-05-2010 07:04 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by JettaGetUpandGo View Post

      ok so i see you installed a unibrace in the jetta...did it help at all?

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