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Old 05-30-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Help wanted clearing MY05 headlights

Exactly what the title says..I want to clear my headlights but have never done anything like it so I need a little guidance from a more experienced hand. After reading the DIY over about a billion times I just can't see myself putting headlights in an oven. Hell...i might even pay for someone to do it (or provide free booze your choice )

there's a guy on another subie forum who does them but you have to ship them to him, blah blah...not a big fan of downtime since it's my DD.

I am located in Cambridge but am pretty much all over the greater Boston area every day. PM me if you know how or know somebody who knows somebody who can hook it up.

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Old 05-30-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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ive been wanting to clear mine also
im up in haverhill
if there is someone out there that knows what there doing ill provide food
i may just tackle it this weekend
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:08 AM   #3
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dude...its too easy to do it yourself....scoobymods.com ftw
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:25 AM   #4
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It is very easy but having someone that has done it before with you would make it a cake walk. I did my 02 bugeye headlights, jdm projectors & the lights on my 04. I'd help but I'm kinda far-ish.
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Old 05-31-2006, 07:20 AM   #5
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I may be in Boston sometime soon to pick up some tires (within the next week?). I'll let you know.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:27 AM   #6
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I've done '02 lights before, but I wouldn't mind help with my '04 STi lights mainly because they have the HID junk on them and a helping hand could never hurt.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:46 AM   #7
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You can't mess it up. If I didn't mess it up, you'll be fine. The instructions say to bake at 200, which was a little low in my opinion, but worked. there is no way you'll melt your head light or anything like that. Only 2 things to watch out for:

1.) As you pry the light appart, have a razor handy. THe black sealent will become stringy and it's a good idea to cut the sealent as you pry the light appart rather then have it string out like gum and then snap back and attach itself to the silver part of the light

2.) Don't touch anything with a mirror finish.

it's piece of cake

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Old 05-31-2006, 10:44 AM   #8
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if you want some help. I have already done two sets without a leak
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:01 AM   #9
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Don't worry too much about the HID ballasts. I did mine no different than my 02s (following the instructions on this site) and they work just fine.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:21 PM   #10
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if you want cleared wrx lights, Ill sell you mine, for your stockers plus like $75. I cleared them last summer, and there is no condensation.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:01 PM   #11
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ive done my 02's which was very easy IMO. i was scared to pop em in the oven but it works better than holding a heat gun.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:20 PM   #12
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ha what a mixed bag of replies..i'm sure its easy but it never hurts to have someone who knows what they're doing around. as i said i read the DIY on SCOOBYMODS a billion times and i've done just about every other mod on my car myself, but putting a headlight in an oven that i eat out of is kinda wierd...sorry


anyhoo - looks like a few people on here need headlights cleared. whats up with a garage day meet or something for those of us who want to get it done and whoever wants to help can help.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:25 PM   #13
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I'll probably do my STi ones but as always, it's the pre-oven jitters that get to you. When I did my 02's when I first got it in the oven it wasn't bad. I just figured there might be some complications due to the HID ballasts or whatever. Maybe someone feels like hosting a garage/headlight-cooking day?
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:27 PM   #14
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^^^
from what i've read researching this there are people who've done the sti headlights with bulbs and all included
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:37 PM   #15
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from what i've read researching this there are people who've done the sti headlights with bulbs and all included
Yeah that's what I've read too. I'll see how much crap I can take off of them easily... the less stuff in the oven the better. I won't be painting my STi lights, just clearing them. I am trying to figure out what to do for the turn signal, though... as I don't want a white light blinking when I turn my signal on. I have been trying to find the bulb # for the turn signal so I can change it to an orange one or whatever (one of the ones that looks clear/silver but blinks amber). No luck so far
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:41 PM   #16
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if you want cleared wrx lights, Ill sell you mine, for your stockers plus like $75. I cleared them last summer, and there is no condensation.
What a ripoff. It cost me nothing to do mine, just about 5 hours. I'd do your headlights for $20.
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:33 PM   #17
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^^^
pretty much sums it up.
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:51 PM   #18
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5 hours is alot to people. then, if it leaks, its another 5 to fix it. good thing theres people like you who work for $4/hr.
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5 hours???

http://autolumination.com/7443_7440.htm

Silver type ones 1/2way down the page, if you get LEDs you need a resistor or different flashing unit or not mind rapid blinking.
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Old 06-16-2006, 11:33 PM   #20
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I did mine in a few hours messing around,I painted mine flat black.
I still have a box of 3m strip caulk if anybody around me needs some help clearing them.

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Old 06-16-2006, 11:41 PM   #21
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so i grew some bolas and did it..took me about three hours start to finish (what can i say, i work slowly).i used a set of headlights off of a totaled rs from my job's bodyshop. going to install them this weekend, and eventually clear the stockers i'm taking off of my wrx. might try to retrofit some tsx projectors in there since i've got 2 sets now

all in all i'm pretty happy i just did it myself. working on your own car ftw!

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Old 06-17-2006, 10:15 AM   #22
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I'm doing this later today... I was waiting to get my new turn signals so I didn't have clear/white blinkers.
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:56 AM   #23
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Do it yourself, or drive to westernmass and I'll do it, as long as you provide to booze.

Edit update: My friend and I just cleared his 04 baja lights if anyones interested.
Looks pretty sweet.

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