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Old 11-03-2012, 05:57 AM   #35
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Definitely keep us informed of how this turns out. I'm curious.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:45 AM   #36
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Correct....they performed the retrofit and shipped it to me in AZ. I had professional installers perform the work.




What he said....to the letter! right now they are sitting in my office in the box awaiting replies from AAC. Asked for Jonathan's manager's email...nothing sent yet. The next time I send a reply ....a copy of this thread is accompanying the email.
I've been following this thread and I'm a little confused now. Did AAC ship them to you with the shoddy silicone job or did your installers do that? Forgive my ignorance here.

It's hard to imagine they would've let something that pathetic looking slip by if what I'm gathering is correct.

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Old 11-03-2012, 12:05 PM   #37
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I've been following this thread and I'm a little confused now. Did AAC ship them to you with the shoddy silicone job or did your installers do that? Forgive my ignorance here.

It's hard to imagine they would've let something that pathetic looking slip by if what I'm gathering is correct.

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AAC shipped them with the glue holding the bulb.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:37 PM   #38
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AAC shipped them with the glue holding the bulb in and the silicone job. Supposedly to keep the moisture out. Retaining "clips" were supposed to hold the bulb in. NO retaining clip was found on the right headlamp and the left still has the silicone on it. I assume if I take the silicone off the left one, it's probably a glued in bulb with no retaining clip as well.

Now the interesting thing is, per some of the posters of this thread, there should not be clips on these at all. IF they are true Morimoto D2S projectors as AAC advertised. From what I have researched, my headlamps were NOT retrofitted with Mirimoto projectors.

From AAC's Retrofit thread http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...t=HID+retrofit

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That is RIGHT! We are NOW offering Retrofit Services for Camaro5 Forum Members.

You can now have fully-functional Bi-Xenon Projector Headlights on your non-RS Chevy Camaro with our retrofitting service.

Here is how it works:
1) Ship your factory headlights to Advanced Automotive Concepts.
2) We ship you back retrofitted Xenon Headlights ready to install!

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What do you get for $489?

1) Morimoto D2S true Bi-Xenon HID Projectors:


2) "Gating Gun" Style Projector Bezels:


3) ORACLE D2S Xenon Conversion Kit:

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So at this time I'm waiting to see what AAC plans to do.

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I've been following this thread and I'm a little confused now. Did AAC ship them to you with the shoddy silicone job or did your installers do that? Forgive my ignorance here.

It's hard to imagine they would've let something that pathetic looking slip by if what I'm gathering is correct.

Good luck
Here you go...email from Jonathan....stating they added the silicone then saying they don't modify the projectors. Hmmmm......a bunch of silicone added would be considered what?

===== On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM, <jonathan@aacstyle.com> wrote:
Will,

The reason that we use silicone on the back of the housings is to ensure that you do not get any moisture inside of your headlights; we do this with every Camaro retrofit that is installed here. If you are missing the retaining clips we can replace them here; I am not sure why they were missing though.

Unfortunately we are not able to modify the Morimoto projectors in any way because this is how they come from the factory. If you would like to contact the factory that manufacturers the projectors you may be able to get them to redesign a set projectors specifically for you.




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AAC shipped them with the glue holding the bulb.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #39
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Why would it get deleted?
Well you figure it hurts their business. It is all about politics.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:42 PM   #40
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Fired off another email to AAC this morning asking to speak to senior management since the last email sent on Oct 26 was auto responded with a message about limited email at SEMA. Can only guess fixing issues is less important.

Received another round of automated e-mails. Guess I'm not really surprised.


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Sounds like a job for JUDGE JUDY to handle. They need to just make it right. If it's wrong own up to it, and make right and move on from it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #41
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Sounds like a job for JUDGE JUDY to handle. They need to just make it right. If it's wrong own up to it, and make right and move on from it.
But it seems as if they think its done correctly. They are using knock off parts as well. They advertise as using moritomo products but are using knock offs.
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It's a shame.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #43
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But it seems as if they think its done correctly. They are using knock off parts as well. They advertise as using moritomo products but are using knock offs.
They are using knock off parts?!? so they are not even using real morimoto projectors like what TRS sells! How would one know? What really gets me is why they used the silicone. What if a bulb went out? what would u do then? Ive had my retrofit for a while now and not once has it had condensation issues. And i did not use any silicone, just put the bulb in and secure them with the clips.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:05 PM   #44
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They are using knock off parts?!? so they are not even using real morimoto projectors like what TRS sells! How would one know? What really gets me is why they used the silicone. What if a bulb went out? what would u do then? Ive had my retrofit for a while now and not once has it had condensation issues. And i did not use any silicone, just put the bulb in and secure them with the clips.
Curious.....did you get your retrofit from AAC as well? I'm speaking with them via email now and I've been told AAC sends all their retrofits out with the silicone gunk on it. My concern as well is what happens if you need to remove the bulb? What I had to do with the faulty headlight/ballast was chip away the silicone and remove the bulb which was glued in...completely unacceptable.

Not to mention....this pic here shows no silicone

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Old 11-05-2012, 02:28 PM   #45
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They are using knock off parts?!? so they are not even using real morimoto projectors like what TRS sells! How would one know? What really gets me is why they used the silicone. What if a bulb went out? what would u do then? Ive had my retrofit for a while now and not once has it had condensation issues. And i did not use any silicone, just put the bulb in and secure them with the clips.
Because TRS themselves posted and said they are knockoffs. They are not moritomo authorized resellers so they have no business reselling true moritomo products. Ad obviously they don't have a clue how to do it correctly. They are probably getting the throwaways from TRS for 50% off under somebody's personal name or going through a junk eBay seller. If I was the OP I'd buy new lights and send the retros back to AAC for a full refund including buying new lights. If its such a great product they will have no problems selling them and making the money back right?? If they refuse call the BBB. But that's me personally. I would never bring myself to buy AAC knock off crap.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:10 PM   #46
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Curious.....did you get your retrofit from AAC as well? I'm speaking with them via email now and I've been told AAC sends all their retrofits out with the silicone gunk on it. My concern as well is what happens if you need to remove the bulb? What I had to do with the faulty headlight/ballast was chip away the silicone and remove the bulb which was glued in...completely unacceptable.

Not to mention....this pic here shows no silicone
I did not get my retrofit from AAC. I did my own and ended up saving lots of cash along the way. I don't mind AAC its just their products are super expensive. and I do agree, that picture does not show silicone holding the bulb.
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Because TRS themselves posted and said they are knockoffs. They are not moritomo authorized resellers so they have no business reselling true moritomo products. Ad obviously they don't have a clue how to do it correctly. They are probably getting the throwaways from TRS for 50% off under somebody's personal name or going through a junk eBay seller. If I was the OP I'd buy new lights and send the retros back to AAC for a full refund including buying new lights. If its such a great product they will have no problems selling them and making the money back right?? If they refuse call the BBB. But that's me personally. I would never bring myself to buy AAC knock off crap.
how did i miss this ?
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how did i miss this ?
Miss what??
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Because TRS themselves posted and said they are knockoffs. They are not moritomo authorized resellers so they have no business reselling true moritomo products. Ad obviously they don't have a clue how to do it correctly. They are probably getting the throwaways from TRS for 50% off under somebody's personal name or going through a junk eBay seller. If I was the OP I'd buy new lights and send the retros back to AAC for a full refund including buying new lights. If its such a great product they will have no problems selling them and making the money back right?? If they refuse call the BBB. But that's me personally. I would never bring myself to buy AAC knock off crap.
Correct. AAC does not sell anything from TRS unless they are paying retail for it and reselling it, which I doubt they are!
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Miss what??
That AAC is selling knockoff. That's iffy stuff right there
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:20 PM   #51
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This is a post from BasAssBumbleBee when he unboxed his AAC installed HID retrofit. It's not the best pic, but if you look at the one that's of the back of the housing you can see that it doesn't look like what's in your OP. Did you say AAC installed them?
To Stig and anyone else that may be interested in the AAC Retrofit HID kit, here's my story.....

As you can see from my pictures, my lights arrive looking absolutely perfect. Unfortunately they arrived towards the end of November and I could not install them right away as my garage is not insulated. It gets a little chilly in Canada when you're trying to work on your car in the middle of winter.

Figuring it was the safest place to store them, I left my lights sitting in the original packaging sitting in the corner of my family room until this past spring. When I took them out to install them, the inside of both lenses had developed some nasty fogging/hazing and there were what looked like water marks and streaking from something not being dried properly.

When I contacted AAC (Jonathan) about this issue, he initially told me that in 10 years they have never encountered something like this and would look into it for me. A few days later I talked to Jonathan again and he basically told me I was SOL with a warranty claim as I should have taken the lights out of the box right away and installed them because the foam packing material caused a chemical reaction that caused the fogging and hazing.

After a few more e-mail back and forth, Jonathan did offer to "try and clean" the lenses for me but he wasn't sure if that would work. That option was going to cost me several hundred dollars in shipping charges as well as for their time to clean the lenses, so I opened the lights myself and cleaned them with some rubbing alcohol. A little fine rubbing compound later and my lights are almost crystal clear now. Total cost $2.99 for the bottle of rubbing alcohol and about two hours of my time on a Sunday morning!

By the way, the harness that AAC included with my Bi Xenon kit had no provision for the high beam function on the driver side!!!! They told me that I had to tap into the stock harness myself.....what a joke! You can pick up a proper H13 Bi Xenon harness on eBay for about $10.00 or you can contact The Retrofit Source and purchase one of their Bi-Xenon MotoControl harnesses for about $35.00.

One more thing to note, these lights and the supplied harness don't work properly with the DRL feature on Canadian cars. My lights only worked if it was dark out or if the dash switch was turned to the full on position, any other setting would cause the lights to flicker.

If it wasn't for the help I received from Ofer (2SSRS) and the custom harness he made to correct my problem, I would have ripped my lights out a long time ago and chalked up the $1300.00 loss as a very expensive lesson about what vendor (AAC) never to deal with again!


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As for the issue that Shazam613 is having with his bulbs being glued in, I think it's either POS quality control or someone at AAC trying to avoid a similar issue to mine coming back to them.
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