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harrisons13

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PostSubject: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:00 am

Good Evening! I'm thinking of installing aftermarket headlight assemblies such as the ones form street trendsstreet trends. I heard these work much better with LEDs and HIDs. What should I do about the ugly taillights? Should I take them apart to restore them, or do you think just a sand down and clear coat would do the trick for them. ThankSS!
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Fred Kiehl

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:50 am

There are a couple of lens repair kits. My brother used one, but had to cover it overnight because the fluid takes forever to dry/cure, and dew will mess it up. It did a really nice job. You can also sand and clearcoat, but be careful, because I have a set that crazes every time I try to clearcoat it.

I have a set of aftermarket headlights on one of my wagons and use LEDs in both. The LEDs make either of them have much brighter output. The OEM units are just fine. If the front lenses are foggy, the same treatment for the rears will work on the fronts.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:29 am

Nice, I encountered the same problem but I bought a new light cover from 4wheelonline to replace the one in the rear.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:51 pm

I put a pair of eBay specials on mine.

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RedandBlack

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:49 pm

^ Have those same lights. Output is fine.
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Andebe

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:24 pm

Better than stockers,Ray?
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RedandBlack

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:15 am

I think so - even the tinted ones. These have casper shields that make the light cutoff much better.
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mythi



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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:57 pm

if you want to remove the fog cover in toothpaste and let it set for a bit them wash off. i want to find some halo projector lights for mine.
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Isurf

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:38 am

Fred Kiehl wrote:
There are a couple of lens repair kits. My brother used one, but had to cover it overnight because the fluid takes forever to dry/cure, and dew will mess it up. It did a really nice job. You can also sand and clearcoat, but be careful, because I have a set that crazes every time I try to clearcoat it.

I have a set of aftermarket headlights on one of my wagons and use LEDs in both. The LEDs make either of them have much brighter output. The OEM units are just fine. If the front lenses are foggy, the same treatment for the rears will work on the fronts.

Fred, I see many LED headlight sets for sale, from $10 a bulb, to hundreds. I also see many different opinions about quality. How satisfied are you with yours, and what did you get?

Thanks,

Tom
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Fred Kiehl

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone running aftermarket headlight assemblies   Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:14 am

I like the brightness of the LED lights. I bought the cheapest I could find, and bought several sets. The difference in beam patterns does not affect them enough that it causes me concern. I have only had one (side) failure to this point. I do not know if it is the bulb, or the voltage regulator. Some of them have the regulator incorporated in the bulb unit. I also like them because I am running electric fans, and it gives me a few amps in reserve. Some fit a lot tighter in the receptacle than others. The lights are rather shock tolerant. I am also running after market capsules for the headlights.

Some now come with large flexible heat sinks instead of fans. I think the heat sinks are more reliable, although you must keep either one clean for maximum bulb life. The fan motors make a discernible whine when the lights are on. The radio masks them, but you can hear them wind down when you shut the car off.
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