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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS Appearance Mods Discussion, Door projectors in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Is there a good link to how to install these for our car? I received mine, however there are no ...
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    Re: Door projectors

    Is there a good link to how to install these for our car?

    I received mine, however there are no instructions.

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    Re: Door projectors

    Quote Originally Posted by C "T" ess View Post
    Think about it for a second. If you open your door during the day; on a car without the projectors, can you see the door courtesy lights come on? The key is that for you to be able to see the projection, the surrounding light has to be darker than the projected image.
    LOL... yes your absolutely correct and the question did seem a bit retarded. However, I've seen some youtube videos of these and the image is still projected.. lightly.. with some ambient light.

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    Re: Door projectors

    None of these projectors will be visible in broad daylight.

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    Re: Door projectors

    True, when my car is in the garage; even during the day, the ambient light is muted just enough that I can see an image.

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    Re: Door projectors

    Finally got around to doing it!

    The key (for me anyways) was to make it as seamless as possible, without doing a "hole" lot of drilling into my doors. I elected to drill into the pre-existing light covers instead, which gives me all the electrical hookups i need too, and removes them from the equation as i wasn't sure if the extra light would cause the projected display to be harder to see. There is a chunk of door-removal and puddle light-bulb removal that i won't go into here. If you are taking a mod on like this, you should probably be comfortable doing that on your own (or find another guide as i did).
    Another good thing to note is that the projectors that i bought didn't fit quite right into the plastic shield. This is fixed by only using ONE of the TWO screws they give you attached to the divice. Fit like a glove with the other one just not in use.

    0) I used the included hole saw to drill through the plastic shield for the door light, after removing the bulb.


    1) I soldered the wiring, really easy to do if you have the tools. Helpful hint if you don't know your electric 101 - BLACK TO BLACK - then match the other colour (should work for 90% of all 2 wire systems....ground to ground after all).


    2) Assemble the damn thing (the top of the projector comes off if you forgot to thread it through b4 your soldering job. Saved me some serious hassle.


    3) Finished product:

    (keep in mind that this is a poor quality picture on really rough concrete...i'll take a higher resolution picture if even one person would like to see it)
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    Re: Door projectors

    Pacman,

    Great job! Thanks for the info and pix.

    Marv

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    Thanks for the write up pacman2011! I may just have to swap out my LEDs with these

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    Re: Door projectors

    I did the same thing but with the gen4 version which does not use the set screw. I like that I can switch back to stock just by replace the light housing only..

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    Re: Door projectors

    Another example. I did the wiring nearly identical to pacman2011, but did not drill out the existing lights (created a new hole)

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    Quote Originally Posted by C "T" ess
    I did the same thing but with the gen4 version which does not use the set screw. I like that I can switch back to stock just by replace the light housing only..
    I'll have to look for these...so it was an easier install then?

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    Re: Door projectors

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffc83 View Post
    I'll have to look for these...so it was an easier install then?
    I would think the degree of difficulty with either one is about the same since you can attach it to the light housing while is out of the car. The one advantage I saw was the gen4 was easier to tighten since projector housing was threaded and the retainer nut simply screwed on. I used a touch of thread lock to keep them tight.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Re: Door projectors

    Great find!

    I used the 4th gen projectors as well and they worked great. I took the approach of mounting them to the existing lenses as I couldn’t bring myself to drill into the door of the new (to us) vehicle. Hardest part of the entire install was wiring it up and that was pretty easy. I used the factory harness for the entrance light and removed the wire retainer, soldered on the new wires to the existing ones and replaced the retainer.


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    Re: Door projectors

    The biggest problem I've had was on Father's Day when I visited my daughter; she was unimpressed when she opened her door. I don't know how I could have raised such a rotten kid. (just kidding of course)

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    Re: Door projectors

    We followed Pacman's instructions and here's the results...Thanks dude

    It still took some work to make sure it was flushed so Im not saying it was a piece of cake. lol..but its def smarter than drilling into the door.


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