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1999 Honda Acty HA7 Headlight Conversion?

Discussion in 'Honda Acty' started by NathanH, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. NathanH

    NathanH New Member

    Hi all,

    I have an HA7 arriving in BC Canada this week, and I'm planning to convert the headlights to DOT/ECE LHD-friendly lights to make it safe & legal. I've seen some posts describing cutting holes in the existing headlights and fitting H4 sealed beam headlights in the holes, but the threads I found in search results were 10 years old, and not for third gen Acty's. I also saw a link to another thread that apparently had great info & pictures, but appears deleted.

    Has anyone found a better solution, or have done this with an HA6/7 and can share tips or post-conversion pictures?

    If anyone with who's gone through a BC inspection has tips to share I'd appreciate those too. My "known problems" are tires and headlights, so I have new winters already on rims & ready to mount.

    Thanks for any advice!

    JERRY GOULD New Member

    there is a daylight driving kit you can buy at canadian tire for $45.00 it might be a easier rout to go .
  3. eden sunflower

    eden sunflower New Member

    Hey Nathan! please let me know if you find a solution to this. I have been searching and thus far nothing. Cheers
  4. shogun

    shogun Member

    Just be careful and do not install higher Watts bulbs than standard. I once did that on my old 1988 built BMW, instead of H1 55W I installed H1 100W, they lasted not very long, wires burnt and the chrome reflectors had bubbles from the heat. Had to replace the complete headlights then.
  5. NathanH

    NathanH New Member

    Thanks, yeah I'll let you know how it goes. Customs was slow to process my paperwork so I'll finally see the truck end of this week. The shop where I'm taking it said they had a Carry come through a few days ago that came with fully adjustable headlights (Arrows going both ways <--->), but I have a feeling they weren't stock.
  6. Ben_w

    Ben_w New Member

    Any luck? I have a ha7 2000 that goes in tomorrow and am a little scared!
  7. NathanH

    NathanH New Member

    I'm planning to do a complete write-up when it's actually on the road, but when it arrived we ended up with some additional problems with the fuel system so it's been slow.

    The headlights that come on my Acty didn't have any regulatory markings at all, and were definitely not adjustable enough to make them DOT-friendly.

    What I ended up deciding to do was buying these headlights and trying to retrofit them:

    They were a bit deeper than I had hoped (not that I measured). To make them "fit", I completely removed the reflectors from the existing housing, secure some ABS pipe to the back of these headlights by screwing it into the heat-sink, and then solder/weld the ABS pipe to the back of the headlight housing. To "adjust" them I have to break and re-weld it.

    If I were to do it again, I would have asked around at a few shops to see if I could find someone who would let me use HID-style projectors mounted to the reflectors inside the housing, or I would consider getting a 3D printer service to try and make reversed reflectors for me. Check with your shop to confirm either of these would be okay. Mine retrospectively mentioned the 3D-printing option would have been fine with them but I had already cut them up by that point (also it is probably expensive). I have no idea whether there might have been additional complications with 3D-printing. I didn't think very hard about it.

    The other thing to expect is that the polarity at the headlights is reversed (Ground is hot). This isn't a problem unless you go LED like I did, as the LED headlights require the polarity to be "normal". I ended up using this pack of relays to fix the polarity and also create "daytime running lights":

    My wiring diagram (in case that helps), which used a wire off the windshield wiper motor to indicate ignition:

    In that diagram there's a lot of extra letters... I was labeling junctions where the physical wires would have to be crimped or soldered together. The "L"s indicate something low-beam specific (switches or headlights), and "H"s are for things high-beam specific. The "M" lights are the side-marker lights.

    Headlight installed:

    Relays mounted on the passenger side:

    Relays mounted on the driver side:

    Inside of the quarter-panel where I installed one of the two sidemarker lights (LED, from Princess Auto):

    View from a distance:

    Edit: One shortcoming of the wiring scheme I made for the daytime running lights is that I cannot run the radio without the lights being on. In a normal vehicle, you would do this by engaging the parking/emergency brake. This is probably only a problem if you want to take your truck to drive-in theatres... I haven't yet found a wire that indicates the parking brake is engaged, otherwise I would have tied it in. If I can't find it after a few months I'll probably just add a switch in the cab, and tie it in just after my "ignition indicator" (washer motor power).
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
  8. eden sunflower

    eden sunflower New Member

    My 1997 Acty Just passed inspection today! I would recommend Calling around to different JDM specialist shops and see if anyone is will to modify your headlights. It costs about $400 to get them modified; but it looks really good. Other then that i would just recommend not importing anything that wasn't made in LHD models with sealed beams. also i got my exporter in Japan to send me a couple of extra sets of headlights for the second gen Acty, i'm going to attempt to modify them; if successful I will post a video!
  9. NathanH

    NathanH New Member

    Hey Eden, can you post some quick pictures of your headlights, and perhaps a description of the changes if it was third gen? Your profile picture looks like a third gen but my understanding is they weren't produced until 1999.
  10. eden sunflower

    eden sunflower New Member

    Hey Nathan, My profile Picture is of a different Honda Acty. I bought a a 1996 Honda Acty a couple of months ago and more Recently a 2002 (the one in my profile picture). The 2002 is sitting in Vancouver and being transported to me on Wednesday. My 1996 Honda Acty Headlights are (hopefully) going to be finished Today, once i have both acty's I will be happy to send you pictures of both sets of headlights. I'm under the impression that the third generation Honda Acty has halogen capsule headlights rather then sealed beam making it way easier to modify.

    Over the last 6 months I've imported my first 6 vehicles and have came to the conclusion that it is a WAY easier to Import vehicles that have a LHD counterpart. If you do import something like any Acty i would recommend buying something with halogen capsule, getting your headlights sealed beams modified costs a lot ($500 for mine and took 3 months).

    For modifying headlights I have found 3 options:
    1.) if you are not in a professional environment, keeping the vehicle and don't care about seeing the road in the dark; you can rent a set of modified headlights to pass inspection
    2.) attempt to modify the headlights yourself; i find this scary because if you screw up what can you do?
    3.) shops like Velocity motors (Vancouver 1 (844) 274 4519) or rocky mountain imports (victoria 1 (800) 921 4536) Will modify them for you; but it costs a pretty penny.

    IE: the difference between the 2nd gen Honda Acty and the Thrid Gen Honda Acty are sealed beam headlights and bulb capsules.

    I will Follow up with pictures when my 2nd gen Acty arrives!

  11. NathanH

    NathanH New Member

    Thanks for sharing! Yeah I picked the DIY route on my third-gen and it's been a lot of work, and a few mistakes made. I overheated one of the lenses for example and had to get a used replacement through Amazon JP/Tenso.

    Let us know how it goes though. There's still barely any info online for these models since they're not so popular.
  12. eden sunflower

    eden sunflower New Member

    I'm curious, is your Acty your first import? do you plan on doing anymore?
  13. NathanH

    NathanH New Member

    First time importing, for personal use. They're becoming a little more popular where I live in Kelowna, so a small importing business would probably be profitable here, but probably not enough to replace my day-job, ha ha.

    If this HA7 survives until then, I'll likely buy an HA9 in 2024 when those become importable, but that's a long way away.

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