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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-25-2019, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Instead of clogging up the other thread where folks spent good money for the Morimoto XB headlights, I’ll start a new thread for the fellas that cheaped out and bought the knockoffs.

After reading @Jimmy07 somewhat review

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Here they are installed-
These are the first version that came out I got for $330. Out of the box, they work just fine unless you have a 2015. That year truck will throw a turn signal out error with hyperflash on the EVIC, although all the turn signals will be working and flashing normally. It can be fixed with AlfaOBD or 6ohm 50w resistors. At the time, they were only compatible for quad headlight trucks, so I built some adapter harnesses for mine, then called Alpharex (the manufacturer) and talked about them offering adapters for those with projector headlight trucks. They sent me a pic of what they made, and by the time I noticed they forgot to add the dedicated DRL wire in the adapters, they already had batches made up, so I don’t know if they’ll get around to adding that. This would only affect those that want to enable the DRLs using AlfaOBD, otherwise, the included DRL fuse tap harness can be used.
I heavily modified mine because only the upper strip was used for DRLs, the turn signal wasn’t sequential, and the black bezels kind of clashed with my truck. I completely gutted them, ripped out the upper and lower LED boards and drivers, and replaced them with sequential switchback strips, and rewired everything to work how I wanted it. I painted the bezels max steel, and kept the shrouds chrome. The low beam projectors have a fixed cutoff shield, so they don’t drop when the high beams are switched on. I had some Morimoto d2s minis collecting dust, so I fabbed those in to fit for the low beam projectors. The cutoff lines and beam width/pattern are pretty much identical between the projectors that came with and the d2s minis, but I stuck with the d2s just because I had them, and I could have shields that dropped with the high beams. I’m using the innovited 35w H7 HID kit for the lows, and some off brand $29 Amazon H7 LEDs for the highs.
OF COURSE, after I did all this, they released a new G2 version for $455, that pretty much mimics everything I just did, and they also have smoked upper and lower LED strips. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-G2-He...29b0%7Ciid%3A1
Yeah, the smoked DRL's are key IMO and really improve the look. How bright are the turn signals? On my stock projectors I can see the turn signals lighting up the street signs/overhead signs at traffic lights and such they're so bright.
I bought a set after talking to sabersport on eBay about the adapter harness for factory projectors(I’m factory quads but upgraded to projectors with a factory harness). Ended up at 450 for them and he’s including the adapter harness. Haven’t picked up some H7 hid’s yet, I have some 9005 putco leds and innovited 9005 hid’s mixed and matched in my current headlights.

Headlights should be in in a few days. Wondering if I should just put my factory quad harness in and not worry about the adapter harness or run the adapter harness. I had issues running hid’s in my truck. Could only ever get one headlight working.

I’ll probably try it both ways. I’ll keep this thread updated. I got the smoked DRL’s and I’m half tempted to take them apart and paint the chrome shrouds.

Mine should be in on Monday. Here’s a link to the xb headlight instructions in case anyone is interested.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/me...Headlights.pdf

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Got around to getting these installed today.

Packaged well. Out of the box the quality was great. Fitment top and side, damn near perfect. Fitment bottom, uh, we’ll see how much it bugs me.

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are these the Gen1 or Gen2 ?

they look good!

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are these the gen1 or gen2 ?

They look good!
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Any updates on these? How are you liking them? Any moisture at all or problems that you are having?

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Any updates on these? How are you liking them? Any moisture at all or problems that you are having?
No moisture issues at all and I spent a week in humid rainy Florida with them. Only thing I could complain about is the cutoff. It’s not a super crisp line like my stock projectors, the lines almost seem ed a little bit. Nonetheless, they look good, they throw good light, and they were cheap.

I wouldn’t mind opening them up to paint the shrouds, maybe put a different projector in there or align the ones that are in there, and also install the profile hi lens’ I have. But it’s not on my hurry to do list.

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No moisture issues at all and I spent a week in humid rainy Florida with them. Only thing I could complain about is the cutoff. Itís not a super crisp line like my stock projectors, the lines almost seem ed a little bit. Nonetheless, they look good, they throw good light, and they were cheap.

I wouldnít mind opening them up to paint the shrouds, maybe put a different projector in there or align the ones that are in there, and also install the profile hi lensí I have. But itís not on my hurry to do list.
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After a second pair of failed XBs, I'm tempted. I'll have to dig around for photos of the light output and beam cut-off first.

I can get a new pair from TRS, but it's getting old to keep replacing them. Had I known, I would've taken the grille off, and left it off, to speed up the procedure a little.

If I were smart I'd build the brackets for my JW Speaker 7-inch rounds, leaving the dismal factory lights alone and depend on the auxiliary ones instead.
It worked very well with Hella halogens on my '10, so LEDs should be better yet.

Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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