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Old 09-14-2012, 08:47 PM   #26
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what did you scuff them with?
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:43 AM   #27
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what did you scuff them with?
Pretty sure I used 400 grit.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:09 PM   #28
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ok now how the hell do uattach the lens back on the headlight? use the original glue/adhesive that was on it or use new silicone?
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:43 PM   #29
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Very cheap and easy mod to do!! You pulled it off nicely, I just recently did this for my best friend and his new to him 03 wrx. I got me some dinner out of it aha. BTW you can do this to pretty much any headlight using the same process.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:45 PM   #30
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ok now how the hell do uattach the lens back on the headlight? use the original glue/adhesive that was on it or use new silicone?
Clear silicone is great, also Liquid nails works damn good too. Pretty much any adhesive that is weather proof.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:55 PM   #31
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I re-heat mine to glue them back together. Once they come out of the oven, I use a good quality clear silicone and apply a nice bead to the lip while they lights are still warm. I then press them together. This assures a very nice seal. The last thing you want is a poor seal and moisture making it's way into the lenses.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:15 PM   #32
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:18 AM   #33
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I didn't see the need to add any extra sealant. After pulling the lens apart, I didn't lose any rubber, so I figured it would be fine when sealing it back up. All's been good so far... we'll see how it holds up over the winter.

If you do want to go the route of adding extra, the stuff is called butyl rubber and
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:47 PM   #34
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what tools were needed to take them off?? i really want to do this to my SWP!
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:24 PM   #35
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looks good. first thing i did to my rs and sti was oven and cleared lights. if i had a '12, i would just trade for '11 lights.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:35 AM   #36
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what tools were needed to take them off?? i really want to do this to my SWP!
Well here's the thread I used to walk me thru the process. Here's all I needed:
  • 2 Flathead screwdrivers - Pop off clips that hold the bumper on and pry the lens off the headlight.
  • 12 mm Socket - Bolts holding the headlights to the car and the bottom bracket on the headlight.
  • Phillipshead screwdriver - Screws holding the headlight together.
  • Gloves - Just for handing the light when you take it out of the oven.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:46 AM   #37
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Any kind of extra sealant is unneeded and causes more harm than good.

<-has done this job to 150+ pairs of headlamps.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:49 AM   #38
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lol im new to this modding stuff.. just wondering some things. why did you out them in the oven? and do you HAVE to put them in the oven to do what he was doing? thanks
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:56 AM   #39
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Yes, you have to put them in the oven to soften the sealant that bonds them together.

And no you can't bake tail lamps the same way.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:47 AM   #40
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Any kind of extra sealant is unneeded and causes more harm than good.

<-has done this job to 150+ pairs of headlamps.
Just curious why you say this, because although I don't have 150+ of headlight experience i do this a lot and i have used clear silicone every time with no damage to the headlight? The times I have tried it without i seem to get moisture in the headlight?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:52 AM   #41
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It just makes a mess.

Also standard silicone releases caustic fumes during curing that has been known to etch reflectors and lenses, or even eat away lenses.

Put the lamps together, bake again to soften the sealant thats there, push the lamps the rest of the way back together, done.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:55 AM   #42
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I didn't know!! Ha thanks man, i learned something new today
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:57 AM   #43
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Put the lamps together, bake again to soften the sealant thats there, push the lamps the rest of the way back together, done.

Anything more than this is overthinking the job.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:03 PM   #44
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I didn't know!! Ha thanks man, i learned something new today
Yeah I actually just threw away a box of lenses that were spider cracking from silicone.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #45
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Good to know!! How much do you typically charge for doing this, I help out my friend no problem just for like lunch in return, but I have had locals ask me at car meets how much and i just don't know whats fair?
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:01 PM   #46
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I did contract work with a well known vendor years ago, including retrofits. I no longer do it

For a price, just figure out your costs and time, and figure out a price from there. Look and see what others are charging
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:12 PM   #47
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chrome housings cheap? its not like there are really expensive cars out there with chrome housings....







in the words of the 06010... i think the hate has gone too far
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #48
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It just makes a mess.

Also standard silicone releases caustic fumes during curing that has been known to etch reflectors and lenses, or even eat away lenses.

Put the lamps together, bake again to soften the sealant thats there, push the lamps the rest of the way back together, done.
I've done a lot of these for local guys and all different kinds of cars. Haven't bothered counting how many. You are correct about the silicone, IF you heat it in the oven. If you simply apply it as per my statement, it is not an issue whatsoever. I've seen many guys turn their lights into fish bowls from not properly sealing them. My Evo went a solid 5 years before I sold it...not a single issue with the silicone. I'd rather take the extra step to assure there isn't a problem than have a leak. My two cents. To each their own.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:17 PM   #49
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chrome housings cheap? its not like there are really expensive cars out there with chrome housings....
in the words of the 06010... i think the hate has gone too far
You should really quote whomever you're directing your comment at, because I'm not seeing a single person in this thread who's said that chrome housings look cheap.

Most people, like myself, just prefer the black look over the chrome look. That doesn't mean the few cars you've pictured have ugly headlights.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:45 PM   #50
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I bought some 2012 headlights and decided to retrofit some rx330afs projectors while I had everything apart. The stock light output cant even come close to the lighting the rx330 puts out.

Both cutoff shots are taken with the same settings.
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