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Old 04-10-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default Headlight Mod MY03

Edit note: I just posted the instructions later in this thread.

I just got done as the title says with doing the headlight mod on my car... thanks to everyone who has posted about it because i probably read every single one of them... it turned out really well in my opinion, i'm extremely happy i got the balls to actually do it. I was afraid of screwing something up without any backups!

Also i do have to agree that it helps to have two sets of hands to do some of the pulling apart... and all through my gf was even able to help out

Original from when i bought it:



Before the headlight mod:



Once the lights were out:



And the final product:





I have intermediate pictures of what I took apart and what everything looks like apart... plus while i was painting... so if anyone wants any of those or is still looking to do this and can't find instructions that you're comfortable with, get a hold of me.
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Old 04-10-2005, 04:27 PM   #2
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nice work!
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:01 PM   #3
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Looks WAY better bro. NIcely done.
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:10 PM   #4
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My thoughts exactly! Thanks guys
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:58 PM   #5
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very nice
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Old 04-10-2005, 07:37 PM   #6
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Good job Tyler! Looks much better!
Now if only you'd get rid of those Altezzas...
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:16 PM   #7
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great job on the headlights, but i'm also not a fan of the altezzas
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:53 PM   #8
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Sam you just had to bring it up! Especially when these other people don't know the story... i was even careful not to include them in the pictures

They're there because they were on the car when i bought it... and i'm not ready to pay $200 for the stock housings... i do have a post in the wanted section about trading for stock with some $$ but haven't had really any offers yet. As soon as I can find a some for a decent price (because i'm poor) i'll get them
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:32 PM   #9
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should have left some of the reflectors around the turn signals... but it looks okay i guess.
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:51 PM   #10
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I wanted it all black or not at all. I've seen pictures of the reflectors left around the turn signal and you could barely tell anything was even done.

I've checked during the day (it was my main concern) how well the turn signals could be seen and it was very clear and obvious when i had them on even from some distance.
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:17 AM   #11
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Quote:
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should have left some of the reflectors around the turn signals... but it looks okay i guess.
Don't listen to this dude, it looks GREAT!!!
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:33 AM   #12
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Since i'm getting a few people that want sort of step-by-step instructions i decided to just post it all here and then i don't have to send it out a bunch of times

Ok, i'm assuming you can get the light out of the car without too much
of a problem yourself.

There are i believe three bolts holding it and then a few clips
holding the grill and plastic pieces around the front of the car...
all you really need to do is look to see how it's all attached and
detach it

Anyway, the first picture is of the back of the light. I took all the
bulbs and wires off to get it ready to go in the oven. Don't forget about two black screws (one on either side) that hold it together. Pull those out before you put it in the oven.



I had turned the oven on to 200 and then put a single light on a
cookie sheet resting the light on the cookie sheet how it sits on the
car.

Next shows the two pieces pulled apart. There are four or five little
clasp like things that hold the light. Look around it before you put
it in the oven and you will find them. I stuck a flat head screw
driver in (once heated up) and just pried it apart... once i got them
all unhooked it was just a matter of someone holding the housing while
i pulled it straight up in order to not get any of the extremely
sticky sealant on the lens or anything else.



I put the back part (with the actual headlight reflector) away
somwhere where it wouldn't get too dusty and no one would knock it
around. I took the reflective part out of the lens (held by two small
screws) and then took the amber covering and other clear covering off
as well.





And then finally i took the reflective part out and made sure it was
all clear of debris (it was inside the headlight... and so perfectly
clean in my case). Then i took my Krylon Fusion paint (black) and
painted what you can see in the next picture. I really should have stopped before painting, took the other light apart and then painted both at the same time. But i painted this one one coat... then while it was drying took apart the other headlight. Then had one part one coat ahead the entire time.



I put about three coats on following the instructions on the can and
getting down and looking at it closely once it dried in order to make
sure i didn't miss anything. Then i put a coat of clear on just to
help protect it. I let each one dry for around 15-20 minutes (tried
to go a little longer than the can said just to make sure).



Once it was all painted and I was happy with it I wanted to heat the
lens and the back housing back up in the oven (for only around 5
minutes this time you could do longer... i'd recommend going longer if you're just using the original sealant) to make the original sealant
more pliable and go back together more easily. I put the lens in with
the plastic (non sticky side) down on an oven mit and the other half
the same as before but without the cookie sheet (didn't fit). When i
pulled them out i had a helper run a bead of the silicone around the
back housing in the groove while i put the black (newly painted
section) back inside the lens (i was worried about the paint being in
the oven)... then stuck them back together. If you used some high heat
spray paint you could, i'm assuming, put the lens back together with
your new painted section and then not have to worry about doing it all
that quick once out of the oven. This picture is the part i'm talking about, i took the painted part out... set it on the table and then after everything was heated up stuck it back inside and screwed in the two screws. This was a pain because all the sealant was extremely sticky and i had to be EXTREMELY careful not to get it on the new paint, but i still did a little.



Other than that i let it sit after making sure all the clasps and
things were back together for an hour or so and stuck it back on my
car. Then washed it today. I can't really see it leaking, but only
time will tell.

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Old 06-16-2005, 08:01 PM   #13
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Just a quick update... no pictures though

Still no leaking in the lights... been through many washes and a few storms. My favorite mod so far... and the one i'm most proud of
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Old 06-16-2005, 09:20 PM   #14
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I just did mine not too long ago as well...

I however left a bit of the reflector for the blinker. I still need to get silverstar blinker bulbs...



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Old 06-16-2005, 09:38 PM   #15
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I like the looks of that just as much as not leaving any of the reflector. Nice job

I've found that the light is still easily visible without my reflector... at the moment is your light a regular white light then? I was thinking about getting that bulb myself... but the amber cover ended up looking kinda nice in all the black.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:25 AM   #16
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i need to get off my lazy butt and out of the hospital and do this, i did it on my maxima twice(lol) and i loved it

BTW sick job mang
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:57 AM   #17
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heres a old pic from my maxima, ima try to do this to the scooby in a few weeks
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:57 PM   #18
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Nice work there, good luck on the future project!

I saw pictures beforehand of how it looked, but i was extremely leary about doing it and had thought about buying those ebay lights just to not have to 'screw them up'. I mean, they are my only headlights, if i screwed them up i'd have to buy new ones... or not drive at night

It makes an amazing difference.
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Old 06-18-2005, 03:19 AM   #19
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I like the looks of that just as much as not leaving any of the reflector. Nice job

I've found that the light is still easily visible without my reflector... at the moment is your light a regular white light then? I was thinking about getting that bulb myself... but the amber cover ended up looking kinda nice in all the black.
I probably spent an hour masking off that little section of reflector... I think the result turned out GREAT! The orange cover with black is ALMOST what I did as well (I didnt see your post until I put up my images, so it would have been the same). I wanted the cleaner look though. I need to get the silverstar bulbs, I am just lazy!
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Old 06-18-2005, 11:38 AM   #20
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I probably spent an hour masking off that little section of reflector...
I thought you werent supposed to touch the reflector.So what did you use to mask it off, painters tape? Thanks for the info.
Looks good, and I was goanna say the same thing about the altezza as a joke but they beat me to it..
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:42 PM   #21
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I thought you werent supposed to touch the reflector.So what did you use to mask it off, painters tape? Thanks for the info.
Looks good, and I was goanna say the same thing about the altezza as a joke but they beat me to it..
Touching the reflector is no big deal as long as everything is clean when you put it back together.

I ended up just using this funky lime green masking tape I found at Autozone!
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:59 PM   #22
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I was at a car show and saw this and loved it its the same thing as what you are discribing but its the same color as the car. http://www.modernkreations.com/sti1.JPG
i like that! same idea right just not black
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Old 07-16-2005, 03:23 PM   #23
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Same idea I guess, but I think it looks hideous.

The only headlights I like with a body matched color are the Morretes. Everything else looks gay.
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Old 07-16-2005, 06:15 PM   #24
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I like the looks of that white car with the inside painted white as well. I hadn't even thought of doing it like that. Most white cars go with black inside the lights as well...

As for morettes, i think they're pretty cool as well, just expensive when this cost me less than $20 total.

And although no one else likes them, i think the morette tails are different enough that they look pretty cool, but i don't think i'd spend the money on them either.
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Old 07-17-2005, 01:46 AM   #25
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i really need to get around to doing this it would really help my car
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