A few days after I dropped the car off, and a couple of days before Nismo was getting ready to send my car to get shaken'd I got the following photos sent to me from Ochiai-san.
|Hmm looks a bit dark on one side...|
|Interesting. Didn't know light was measured not in Lumens but in Hecto Candela for Shaken purposes|
Yep, all that work to try to modernize the headlights and the right side bulb (showing a brightness of 71 hecto candela in the above photo) dies on me. Great.
Since I wasn't going to bother scrambling to find the exact replacement (Philips D2S/R bulb, 6200K, 3300lms - and no longer made!) nor was I going to pay an excessive amount of money for OEM (you know, I still have those bulbs somewhere...), I asked them to get something nearly equivalent in the aftermarket.
So they went ahead and got these.
|From: SphereLight Website|
So that's one problem (cheaply) solved. Hopefully.
Well, the HKS catalyzer. When taking your car in for Shaken, if you are running a non OEM catalytic converter, you need to have the paperwork from the parts manufacturer demonstrating that this part passes regulations. As I forgot to include this in the paperwork I left at Nismo, I had to scramble at home when I got the call and PDF it to them.
Looks like this - as you can see it has all the gas readings to show it actually reduces hydrocarbons...
|This is actually for my old Apex'i one.|
|And then photos of how it's to look when properly installed.|
The good news I got however is that the car passed Shaken and the guy didn't even bother to ask for this paperwork... oh well...
One more thing - I realized that I am getting a LOT of things done this time - but each item I have decided to do after lots of research and thinking (and budgeting, of course). So going forward, instead of showing everyone what I did when I picked up the car (which would be a very long post), I will be posting on the blog for each item I am getting done, and then when I pick up the car hopefully showing with photographs of the items on the car.
That should allow me to post more often, and in more detail! Next post coming soon!
Still not convinced to try LED headlights?
Matt - not after I watched this.
LEDs are a terrible idea on HID projectors, the light pattern and brightness will be pretty terrible. I recommend retrofitting LED projectors or just sticking to xenon HIDs. Series 3 HIDs are really, really expensive to be opening up these days, I paid 4k+ USD for a set and then another 1500 USD to get the cutoff mirrored for LHD.
Wow that is SUPER expensive... but hopefully worth it in the end?
You need to search XenonDepot. They offer the best in HID bulbs.
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