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Old 02-20-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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Anyone in the New Bedford, MA area that can take apart my headlights to remove the reflectors? I'm too much of a wus to do it myself!
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:05 AM   #2
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Throw them in the oven at 190 for 5 minutes then pull them out and pull them apart
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:12 AM   #3
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its incredibly easy, i have an 06 so this might be difference but make sure you remove all the screws holding them together, stick it in the oven like the above said, put on some gloves and pull em apart
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:03 AM   #4
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if you have an 04, they are the easiest. heat gun works great. about 5 minutes of heat per light and pull.

I'd do it for you if you wanted to bring them to the Quincy area
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:13 PM   #5
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I had them at about 220*F for 12mins in the oven and they wouldn't budge! They're not the stock ones, I bought some online that are OEM copies. Maybe that is why?
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:24 PM   #6
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wouldn't know without looking at them.. but maybe? I know my motorcycle ones I have to basically cut and pry apart; definitely more of a glue than silicone.

you did take all the screws out, right? just checking
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:46 PM   #7
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Yup, all screws including the one behind the little foam sticky pad. Tried prying with a flat head and it felt like something was going to break.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:50 PM   #8
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maybe try putting it in for at least 20 minutes... I'm unfamiliar with the oven method, since the heat gun works so well.

But it's totally possibly the aftermarket people used some cheaper glue-type crap.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:17 PM   #9
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Is the glue black or clear? If its clear, its cheap silicone. I'd bake them longer and putting a blade in between to cut the seal all around.

If its black, its butyl sealant which softens in heat, as long as there are no screws it should pry open. I'd also heat longer, 10-15min? Hope this helps.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:06 PM   #10
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It's black silicone, when I remove the old headlights I'll use them for practice.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:56 PM   #11
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back in the oven longer and try again.
don't be a wuss man!

check the electrical lighting forum write up for hawkeyes
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=06+headlight

It's long but there's a lot of good stuff in there. (some of it is mine which means it's a SUPER AWESOME thread)

If the lights you have are not OEM then they may have additional screws and newer sealant may need more time in the oven to soften up.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:39 PM   #12
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I had them at about 220*F for 12mins in the oven and they wouldn't budge! They're not the stock ones, I bought some online that are OEM copies. Maybe that is why?
So you think that the reason a specific set of instructions isn't working because the headlights aren't the ones in the instructions...?

Hmmmmm
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:33 AM   #13
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Ive yet to come across a pair of car headlights that couldnt be disassembled by baking and pulling. Make sure all the screws are removed..
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:41 PM   #14
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If they were assembled with epoxy they will have to be cut. Heat will just melt the lense after a certain point.
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