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Old 12-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Arrow [DIY] Non RS headlight to RS headlight conversion + Front Bumper Removal

NON RS -> RS HEADLIGHT GUIDE

Hey everyone, this is my first DIY!

I will try and keep it short and sweet.

This DIY is to take your regular Non-RS (halogen) headlamps and switch them out with the RS (Halo/HID) headlamps.

FINISHED PRODUCT:



Tools Required:
10mm socket wrench
7mm socket wrench
(Sock wrench extension helps)
Flat head screwdriver
T-20 torque screwdriver

*Essential Item*
You must have a wiring harness to convert your Non-RS power supply into a RS power supply.
You can buy this wiring harness from www.gen5diy.com

Plug and Play harness ($150)
http://www.gen5diy.com/PnP_harnesses...ight-harness-2

IF YOU WANT DRL HALOS (LIKE MINE) YOU MUST CUSTOM MAKE YOUR HARNESS. TALK TO GEN5DIY.COM FOR A CUSTOM HARNESS.


Quick Summary of what to do:
1) Remove front bumper
2) Remove stock halogen lights
3) Install wiring harness
4) Install new RS lights
5) TEST LIGHTS
6) Put front bumper back on

I used this video to take off the front bumper, you can use it too. You can see exactly how to take everything off and in what order to do it. This is not my video and I do not take any credit for it. It is simply an extra "helper"




Detailed Summary With Pictures:

If you have any questions about a step, or do not understand me, or you are stuck and need help. Feel free to ask questions and/or PM me. Good luck!

STEP 1: LAY BLANKET DOWN & POP HOOD



STEP 2: TURN WHEEL TO FAR RIGHT/LEFT (Some people use a car-jack to lift it to make it easier, I did not want to mess around with a jack-lift so I switched between far left and far right to get the screws)



STEP 3: REMOVE 2 BOLTS FROM BOTTOM OF BUMPER





STEP 4: REMOVE 6 SNAP SCREW ON BLACK PART (TOP OF BUMPER)





STEP 5: REMOVE 3 TORQUE SCREWS IN WHEEL WELL (PLASTIC)





STEP 6: REMOVE 2 BOLTS- 1 BEHIND THE YELLOW BOLT & 1 BELOW BLACK PART OF SIDEMARKER LIGHT (INSIDE WHEEL WELL)







STEP 7: REMOVE 3 – 10MM BOLTS FAR IN WHEEL WELL (TOWARDS TOP OF BUMPER ON THE INSIDE)

I do not have pictures of this, but look around the wheel well and you will see these plastic "pop out" pins that hold the wheel well tight on the car. You can remove as many of these as you would like to move the wheel well more easily so you can get to the bolts easier.



STEP 8: REMOVE 2 BOLTS ON EACH SIDE OF TOP OF BUMPER. WHEN THIS COMES OFF, IT IS FREE!





STEP 9: REMOVE BUMPER BY UN-PLUGGING SIDEMARKET LIGHT WIRING HARNESS ADAPTER (FRONT LEFT OF CAR)

*IMPORTANT* MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR BUMPER ON A TOWEL/SHEET SO IT DOES NOT GET SCRATCHED!!!





CAR WITH BUMPER OFF AND HALOGENS IN...



STEP 10: REMOVE OLD HEADLIGHTS: TWO BOLTS ON TOP OF LIGHT AND TWO ON BOTTOM







CAR WITH FRONT BUMPER + HEADLIGHTS REMOVED



STEP 11: INSTALL NEW “RS” HEADLIGHTS (SCREW IN 4 BOLTS)

STEP 12: PLUG IN OLD AMBER LIGHT ADPATER

STEP 13: PLUG IN GEN5DIY HARNESS FROM OLD HALOGEN LIGHT POWER-> NEW HARNESS - > NEW RS HID LIGHT

STEP 14: FOR DRL HALOS: PLUG IN ADAPTER BETWEEN FRONT BUMPER AND SIDEMARKER ADAPTER



STEP 15: FOR DRL HALOS: PLUG IN “ADD A FUSE” 10 AMP TO THE 5 AMP IGNITION FUSE POSITION - SHOWN IN PICTURE






STEP 16: TEST LIGHTS!!!



IF LIGHTS WORK...... REINSTALL FRONT BUMPER BY GOING BACK 1 BY 1

ALL THE SCREWS...



STEP 17: MOUNT RELAY HARNESS ONTO FUSE BOX HOLE (I used a zip-tie)



Cut zip-tie to desired lenght...


FINISHED PRODUCT:

1ST PIC- DAYTIME “AUTO” DRL HALOS
2ND PIC- LIGHTS TURNED ON







Me and my Car.. Just for fun :P


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Old 12-18-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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You did a good job on this can i use it on the site?
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:23 PM   #4
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Nice DIY I will be installing mine this weekend. The only thing Is I didn't know about having the harness custome to run DRL halos I thought the harness already did that.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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Nice DIY I will be installing mine this weekend. The only thing Is I didn't know about having the harness custome to run DRL halos I thought the harness already did that.
Hey Jason, I believe the harness will allow us to use the rs headlights in a fashion similar to the rs Camaros...on our car the DRL is in our headlights, on the RS the DRL is in the fog light...so I'm guessing we can turn on the halos by themselves when we turn on the park lights only just like they do on the RS...but having them as DRL is cool as hell!!!
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:42 AM   #6
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #7
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Great write up Jon. You've really got me on the fence now about doing this. Question though. Did you bake your lights or buy a stock pair of RS lights to replace your orginals?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #8
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He bought a stock pair of rs lights
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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Excellent DIY!!!!
Thank you very much! I have been browsing camaro5 since the day I got my car (3 weeks ago). So i thought it would be nice to give back to this awesome camaro community

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You did a good job on this can i use it on the site?
Hey Ofer! Absolutely You helped me so much with the harness that I will help you out in anyway possible. Thank you!

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Great DIY!!!!
Thanks Sonny!!

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Great write up Jon. You've really got me on the fence now about doing this. Question though. Did you bake your lights or buy a stock pair of RS lights to replace your orginals?
Hey rpomeroy, I did not bake my lights at all. I replaced the ENTIRE light. I had to buy the RS headlights from someone online. So I currently have 2 sets of headlights - (1) pair of RS headlights. & (1) pair of non-RS headlights. I am leasing my car so when I have to turn it back in (3 years from now) I will have to put my halogen headlights back in.


*EDIT* I have added pictures of where to mount the relay for your harness.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to PM me or ask them in this thread
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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Thank you very much! I have been browsing camaro5 since the day I got my car (3 weeks ago). So i thought it would be nice to give back to this awesome camaro community



Hey Ofer! Absolutely You helped me so much with the harness that I will help you out in anyway possible. Thank you!



Thanks Sonny!!



Hey rpomeroy, I did not bake my lights at all. I replaced the ENTIRE light. I had to buy the RS headlights from someone online. So I currently have 2 sets of headlights - (1) pair of RS headlights. & (1) pair of non-RS headlights. I am leasing my car so when I have to turn it back in (3 years from now) I will have to put my halogen headlights back in.


*EDIT* I have added pictures of where to mount the relay for your harness.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to PM me or ask them in this thread
Thanks for adding a picture of where to mount the relay...
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:03 PM   #11
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excellent write-up. I'm thinking of going down this route in the future and this is a great DIY to learn from. Also, when I saw all the bolts lined up... I had a moment where I said, "oh s***! cat eyes! where'd that cat come from!"
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:01 PM   #12
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Hey Jason, I believe the harness will allow us to use the rs headlights in a fashion similar to the rs Camaros...on our car the DRL is in our headlights, on the RS the DRL is in the fog light...so I'm guessing we can turn on the halos by themselves when we turn on the park lights only just like they do on the RS...but having them as DRL is cool as hell!!!
I asked ofer about that he said i needed to add a fuse so i got one i just dont know where it goes lol
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:03 AM   #13
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i did this a while ago, awesome mod. the lights are a million times better
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:18 AM   #14
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I asked ofer about that he said i needed to add a fuse so i got one i just dont know where it goes lol
JDWarren shows where the fuse goes in the pictures, however it looks like there is an extra wire coming from the harness....I dont remember seeing that piece on the harness that I ordered...My order will be here on Friday...my birthday ...I will look at it then...I think JD's is a custom harness from Ofer...
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:27 PM   #15
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Got my lights installed didn't add the fuse because I Did not know where it went I know one side goes to the fuse box but the other end idk where it goes. For now when you switch the knob to parking lights the halos turn on then when you turn the knob to the headlight s and both light and halos turn on.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #16
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Got my lights installed didn't add the fuse because I Did not know where it went I know one side goes to the fuse box but the other end idk where it goes. For now when you switch the knob to parking lights the halos turn on then when you turn the knob to the headlight s and both light and halos turn on.
Ahh...I understand...how was the install and how long did it take?
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Thanks for this DIY!!...I used it to install my RS Headlights from Ofer last night...This picture above was the hardest part about taking the bumper off...
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Thanks for this DIY!!...I used it to install my RS Headlights from Ofer last night...This picture above was the hardest part about taking the bumper off...

Yes sonny, that part was my hardest/worst part.. big pain in the but! But im glad you got it all installed.. mind posting some pics? I like to see people finished job and congratulate them on there hard work!
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Yes sonny, that part was my hardest/worst part.. big pain in the but! But im glad you got it all installed.. mind posting some pics? I like to see people finished job and congratulate them on there hard work!
Here you go man!!... Pics were taken with a cell and could have been better...Your diy was very helpful!!!

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268650
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Looks great! Ordered Halo lights with Ofer... can't wait to install mine. Your pics and instruction will be greatly appreciated. Great job and thanks for sharing!
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Here you go man!!... Pics were taken with a cell and could have been better...Your diy was very helpful!!!

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268650
Thats awesome sonny. It looks fantastic!! Especially with the matching fogs.

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Looks great! Ordered Halo lights with Ofer... can't wait to install mine. Your pics and instruction will be greatly appreciated. Great job and thanks for sharing!
Good luck on it.. Post some pixs up when you get it done. And let me know if have any questions!
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:07 PM   #22
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cant wait to do it

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #23
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I'll be doing this soon, great job on the DIY!!
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #24
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I used this to do my own swap-out yesterday. Just wanted to throw in a few extra thoughts for people. None are necessary; just notes I made while doing this.

Additional Tools:
Flashlight (for seeing in the wheel well)
Needle-nose Pliers
Scissors/Knife (for cutting zip ties)
Zip Ties

Step 3: Those bolts are 10mm.

Step 6: The first bolt is a 10mm.

Step 10: These bolts are 7mm. For the inside bottom bolt, you'll definitely want an extension.

This is pretty obvious (if you aren't me): Do steps 5 through 7 for one side, then turn your wheel and do 5 through 7 on the other side. Otherwise, you'll do what I did and have to turn the wheel every step. Yeah, I didn't think that through.

Steps 6 and 7: You are pulling the plastic of the wheel well back to do this. The pictures will make a lot more sense when you start looking in there.

Installing new headlights: I used needle-nose pliers to get the bottom inner bolt for the lights (the one you need the extension for). There's a gap between the tube and the actual bolt hole which is almost large enough to get the bolt in. If you turn the bolt a little bit, you can actually work it into the hole so that you can set the socket driver on there pretty easily.

I don't know about you guys, but I used a couple of additional zip ties to fix the wire harness that runs to the driver-side headlight.

Thanks for the DIY Guide. Without it, I'm not sure I'd have been brave enough to give this one a go. Took me about 3.5 hours to do (with no assistance). If I were going to do it again, I expect it would take me 2 hours or less (I spent a lot of time in those wheel wells trying to find things, taking pictures, and the like).
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