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Evolution of the Fiero Race Headlamp Bucket by hairballrm
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Go back two years. I had come to a dead end with my plug and play design. I was never going to be able to fit the Hella 90mm Bi-Xenon alongside a 60mm projector. I had to start from scratch.

Fast forward a year, the “Super Low is born. Main design requirements were three fold.

Fit the larger projector next to my purist trooper 60mm fixture.
A lower opening profile than that of “the Fiero King”
Door must raise evenly without twisting of the lid and damage to custom paint.

Now go back 30+ years. My first car was a red 1971 Mercury Capri. SOHC 2 liter 4sp live rear axle. German Ford drive line that birthed the Pinto. My thing was night driving. I had some really good mountain roads near where I grew up and I spent a great deal of time pushing the limits of adhesion and this poor car’s limited suspension. I did have dual sway bars and decent tires.

I came to understand slip angle and four wheel drift. What I could not see was the apex. I mounted some 55watt JC Whitney driving lights to the sloped sheet metal under the bumper and they looked supercool. Problem was they lit up the road straight ahead and I was still flying blind in the corners. I took my shiny new lights and twisted them outwards. It looked like hell but worked great. On more than one occasion, a helpful friend got down under my bumper and “re-aimed” them for me before I could stop them. I had discovered the “cornering light”.

Now go back to last year’s ChumpCar season. I get introduced to “Pontihack”. A team that has 5 seasons under their belt. They are not Fiero guys. They chose it because it because of its mid-engine advantage. They have a roll cage our team needs and their off road floods blow. They were gearing up for “the 36” in July. A trade was in the works!

Enter the “SLR” (Super Low Race) a 90mm Bi-Halogen and an inboard horizontally amiable 60mm projector.

We installed and ran the set-up at Spokane last July. Game changer. Tech got a good look my system, but other teams did not. In fact, this is the first time I have published these close-ups. We still had to race at PIR in October.

Come October, I installed similar buckets in “Pontiaxed’ and “Miss Fieroline”. Fieroline went the next step and has 90mm Bi-Xenon outboard. I was terrified we would bang up the front of the car and lose $1000 worth of lights. Sunday morning, before our 6 hour day race, I pulled all the projectors out.

This year, there are other subtle things I am holding close. I’ll tell you all about it next year.

"Now you too can see in the dark." Please Like me on Facebook
Lots of good info on my original sales thread FS: Projector Retrofit Headlamp Buckets

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