A Brief History of TRS

Years ago there were no formal sources for retrofitting components. You would have to get a damaged headlight off of eBay or from a salvage yard, extract all the parts from it yourself and design and put together your own wire harness. There were no guarantees on the internal or working condition of these parts, and they were expensive too. You want a set of OEM [plastic] projector shrouds from a BMW E46? $200. A set of OEM clear lenses? That'll be another two bills. You haven't even purchased the core components for the retrofit yet. How about some Acura TL projectors? 300 bucks. Decent condition used OEM ballasts and Philips light bulbs: $200 please and thank you sir.

And thus, The Retrofit Source was born in June of 2005.

Originally specializing in collecting and supplying the hard-to-find HID headlight retrofit components, we started out as a company who purchased and recycled slightly damaged headlight assemblies in bulk from salvage yards around the US. Everything salvageable was cleaned, tested and sold; only to realize road-use once again in a retrofit. Eventually we developed our own purpose-built lineup of parts. Starting with the high-demand parts that could be used across the board such as our E46-Replica shrouds or ZKW-Replica lenses, they were an instant hit. Offering OEM-like performance on an aftermarket budget, we expanded the lineup to include other necessities such as ballasts, bulbs, wire harnesses, and of course projectors. All of these components are designed and manufactured exclusively for TRS under our house brand known as Morimoto. Though we believe Morimoto parts offer the best bang for the buck, we also offer well respected brands like Koito, Stanley, Philips, Osram, Denso, and Matsushita.

“We truly believed that everybody without a retrofit didn't know what they were missing. By significantly lowering prices, creating a single source for all required components, and educating those who gave us the chance, we were on a mission.”

We truly believed that everybody without a retrofit didn't know what they were missing. By significantly lowering prices, creating a single source for all required components, and educating those who gave us the chance, we were on a mission. In 2010, The Retrofit Source adopted the HIDplanet forum under our umbrella and ever since, the forum has been more alive with active posters, new members, and an avid group of great moderators.

Was it being in the right place at the right time that got us here? Is it the "no let-downs allowed" attitude in our customer service? Maybe the parts just sell themselves? Whatever it is, it's amazing how much we've accomplished since opening up shop in 2005. The Retrofit Source currently collaborates with over 15 various manufacturers, all of the most professional retrofitting shops here in the US, and has served tens of thousands of individuals worldwide. We are proud to have a prominent customer base in Canada, the Middle East, the UK and Australia. The Retrofit Source offers the absolute best when it comes to HID headlight retrofitting. We will make every customer happy without exception to uphold the reputation that we've worked so hard to build. Our goal was, still is, and always will be to supply our clients with the most appropriate and highest performing parts for their application at the best price.

Whether you're just getting started by dealing with our excellent customer service or you're already comfortably cruising on that dark road at night, you'll be glad you dealt with The Retrofit Source.Huge thanks to all who give us the pleasure of serving you!

Yours truly,

Matt Kossoff
President @ TRS

The TRS Crew

  • This Squad Rolls Deep

  • Matt Kossoff: President

  • Nate Brick: Chief Operating Officer

  • Andrew Powers: Wholesale / Marketing Manager

  • Josh Kossoff: Head of IT

  • Rob Shimits: Creative Director

  • Zachary Williams: Customer Relations Manager

  • Jamielle Gummer: Customer Relations

  • Charlie Kendall: Customer Relations

  • Carlos Diaz: Customer Relations

  • Giovanni Valencia: Customer Relations

  • Jimmy Nguyen: Customer Relations

  • Samuel Blair: Customer Relations

  • Val Cheban: Warehouse Manager

  • Tony Allen: Quality Control

  • Keith Austin: Quality Control

  • Luis Baltazar: Order Processing

  • Alejandro Baltazar: Order Processing

  • Fernando Baltazar: Order Processing

  • Max Baraynuk: Order Processing

  • Susan Kossoff: Human Resources

  • Stacy Frank: Accounting

Our Shop

Located just West of Buckhead in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia; our one central facility houses all of our operations. Up front, we keep all of our current product offerings on display in our inviting, modern showroom. In the same room, our customer service and management team work atop an open-air mezzanine that overlooks the naturally lit indoor garage below. In the adjacent 15,000 square foot warehouse, many rows of industrial racks house an unbeatable selection of headlight happiness in enough volume to feed months of demand at a time.

Each one of our unique quality control procedures has a dedicated workspace to ensure consistency. We even have a purpose built dark room for tuning and testing projectors in the perfect environment. Our prepared inventory then funnels into another set of shelves where it’s picked and packed by a team of three who work along a 30-foot fulfillment desk.

On any given day, the shop is filled with the sounds of deliveries coming and going, ballasts buzzing, dremel tools cutting, tape guns unreeling, phones ringing, and local customers inquiring. Since we’re open to the public, we invite you to come by anytime during our regular business hours.