• Alexander A.

What Happens When You Combine A Porsche With A Lexus

Updated: May 25, 2020

When you a take design from a Porsche® and combine it with our MDRN Elite Retrofit Package, what do you get?

You get a very unique headlight and the maximum light output possible. We did all of this on our client's 2004 Lexus GS300.

Lexus GS300 headlight retrofit by MDRN retrofits in Costa Mesa

Vehicle Assessment

What can we do to these headlights

The 2nd generation Lexus GS300 came with reflector type headlights and standard halogen bulbs. These headlights also had a factory HID option that was available on the bigger engined Lexus GS430.

Our client's headlight already had aftermarket HIDs installed but he wanted even better light output, which was his main concern. He also wanted something that looked different and would really stand out.

We needed something that would really bring the attention to the lights but nothing too gaudy. After going back and forth on some potential concepts, we came up with this design.

(Why not take an OEM design from another vehicle and combine the two? The shapes of the headlights are somewhat similar.)

 2004 Lexus GS300 headlights before headlight retrofit at mdrn retrofits in costa mesa

2004 Lexus GS300 OEM Headlight

2014 Porsche Panamera headlight example by myautoworld

2014 Porsche Panamera Headlight by myAutoWorld


The retrofit process

Using the Porsche® Panamera shroud would be the clear winner in achieving a unique look, and implementing our MDRN Elite Retrofit Package would result in the brightest output possible. Now it was time to bring it all together.

The GS300 headlights have large sized reflector bowls which make it easier to use bigger sized shrouds like the Panamera, but considering all the parts that were involved in this retrofit we needed even more space. After cutting, sanding, and punching holes until we made enough clearance to be able to mount all the parts, it was finally time for paint.

Multi-stage paint is the same process manufacturers and body shops use to properly paint a vehicle. This is the same process we use here at MDRN. Using House Of Kolor® Black, we painted the housings, bezels, and shrouds. We also added Orion Silver accents to the Panamera shroud to make it really stand out more.

(Paint from a spray gun and using high quality paints makes a huge difference in quality.)

2004 Lexus GS300 morimoto projector retrofit in progress at mdrn retrofits in costa mesa

Headlights before being sealed and installed on the vehicle

Headlights Completed & Installed

From concept to reality

After we got the headlights on the vehicle, it was time for some extensive custom wiring. The Panamera shrouds were wired to function as a DRL,(Daytime Running Light) and flash to amber for turn signal. To make use of all 4 projectors, they were all wired together as low beam and high beams. Now as for the demon eyes, we installed a switch inside of the glove box to manually turn the bluetooth controller on and off.

Parts List:

  • Morimoto D2S 5.0 & Morimoto Mini H1 7.0 Projectors

  • Porsche® Panamera Switchback & Mini Gatling Shroud

  • Honeycomb Lens Etch With Lexus Logo

  • OSRAM CBB HID Bulb With Morimoto 50 watt Ballasts

  • Morimoto 2Stroke LEDs

  • Profile Prism Demon Eyes With Morimoto XBT Controller

  • Diode Dynamics XP80 LEDs With Resistors

  • Morimoto Dual Relay Harness

  • House Of Kolor® Black & Orion Silver Paint

  • Brand New Aftermarket Headlight Lenses

  • Glove Box Switch & Custom Wiring

Our client loved the way the headlights turned out and the light output was beyond his expectations. Every little detail was done exactly how he requested. Now he can drive off into the night with brightness perfect for low/non-lighted areas while having a very unique set of headlights.

(We had a lot of fun working with this client and making their vision come true)

2004 Lexus GS300 headlights with profile prism demon eyes at mdrn retrofits in costa mesa

Headlights with demon eyes turn on

2004 Lexus GS300 headlights with switchback porsche panamera shroud installed at mdrn retrofits in costa mesa

Headlights with turn signals on

When you want more brightness from your headlights and a one of a kind look, a headlight retrofit will take care of both. This Lexus got the highest retrofit package we offer and a lot of additional aesthetic add ons.

What do you think about the final result? What would you do different? What options would you choose for your retrofit?

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