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So, from what i understand the HID headlights are available in Japan right? As an OEM option for the gen 6 camrys? If so, I dont suppose anyone has a p/n for the headlights do they? I have a connection in Japan who I could get to buy them for me, but I have to give him a p/n to do so.
 

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touringcamry said:
Unless you can change or reposition the shield in the headlight, don't use Japanese headlights in North America.
Why is that? Ive never heard of there being that big of a difference. Please be gentle, im a honda guy newly adapting to the world of Toyota. :)
 

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Brandon402 said:
Why is that? Ive never heard of there being that big of a difference. Please be gentle, im a honda guy newly adapting to the world of Toyota. :)
Its quite simple.

In Japan, they drive on the left side of the street. Because of this, the projector shield is designed a little differently. North American projector shields, which are designed for cars that drive on the right side of the street, are designed in a way that the cutoff is lower on the left side, and higher on the right, thereby not blinding opposing traffic, and still lighting more of the side of the road that you're driving on.



It is the opposite with the Japan projectors. If you put them in your car, you would be blinding opposing traffic really badly.







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My advice-- For the money that you'd be spending for the headlights, the shipping, you're better off just doing a retrofit. You'll probably end up spending less money, and you'll probably get better ouput.
 

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I'll sell you a pair of retrofited headlights for an 07 Camry with TSX projectors. Let me know if your interested.
 

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JSM1284 said:
I'll sell you a pair of retrofited headlights for an 07 Camry with TSX projectors. Let me know if your interested.
Hi JSM. Why are you selling your retros? how much are you selling it for?

off topic but have any of you guys seen or heard of the audi a8's using LED technology for low beams? it's pretty cool. wonder if it performs better than the xenons.
 

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Hi JSM. Why are you selling your retros? how much are you selling it for?

off topic but have any of you guys seen or heard of the audi a8's using LED technology for low beams? it's pretty cool. wonder if it performs better than the xenons.
I'll sell them just to help someone out if they are not able to do their own retro. I can always buy new parts and start from scratch. I would let them go for a low low price of $875.
 

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Ive go someone local I plan on working with on my own retro. Thanks though. And thanks for the insight into the japan HID setup. Makes perfect sense.
 

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jofrad said:
JSM, if you get this going, i bet you a lot of people here would buy it
Maybe i'll specialize in the 07 Retros and start a store here on TN!
 

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Maybe i'll specialize in the 07 Retros and start a store here on TN!
You really could if you could make a deal with whoever you're gettin the HID parts from, get a break when you order a bunch. Then take that template you used for that mounting bracket (correct me if im wrong here, been following your other thread) and get a bunch of those pressed out someplace that can mass produce them. And you seriously could do it. The only thing I could see that would be a pain would be any kind of warranty. With those parts not being MENT for the headlight, you alomst couldnt warranty any of it. Not saying your workmanship is flawed, but with anything mass produced there are bound to be those few that have issues.

Pretty sure it'd be a first for the gen 6. Because all ive seen are those "OMG WOW EBAY SPECIAL REAL JDM DROP HID KITS 400 DOLLA!!!" things.
 

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Maybe i'll specialize in the 07 Retros and start a store here on TN!
I was thinking of starting a Gen 5 retrofit business... but then I realized how cheap Camry owners can be... so I decided not to.

Example: My grill doesn't exist anymore-- its an AUTHENTIC Sportivo grill that I imported from Australia, and mine is the last one ever made. Since I've gotten it, I've had countless people PM me about selling it to them, and I declined every time. So then I got to thinking... I can profit off of this! So I got a hookup that was willing to make me replicas. Now, I bought my grill for $270 shipped from Australia unpainted. I was offering an exact replica shipped for $230, but only if I had 10 or more people that were willing to buy. How many people did I get? Maybe 4... nobody was willing to dish out the cash.

So if people weren't willing to drop the $230 for a grill that I was getting totally hounded with PMs for, I couldn't see any reason that I'd be getting enough people that would dish out like $500 in parts and $250-$300 in labor for a set of retrofitted headlamps.
 
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