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Old 04-07-2019, 07:39 PM   #1
ilovedemhotrides
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Default Headlight lens swap

I have been in dire need of getting my headlights redone, the problem I faced is they were done a few times previously and the plastic was just too tired. It had been sanded and re-cleared one too many times.

Unfortunately, after much searching online, no one sells replacement lenses for Subaruís! The replacement HIDs cost 4-500 for a set of used ones. So I got a new set of those projector type from eBay for 140, and went to town.

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Old 04-10-2019, 12:48 AM   #2
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That sounds like a good deal on them were they hard to install?
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:50 PM   #3
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Nice work. I'm in the same boat, maybe not as bad. My acrylic is cracked from UV damage and no amount of sanding and buffing will fix that. I HATE the cheap D-Spec projector headlights but never thought about buying them just for the lenses. The biggest difference I noticed and still don't like is how the OEM headlights are molding in the top corners around the side marker light whereas the D-Spec headlights are smooth on the outside.
Nice work!
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Old 04-21-2019, 01:11 PM   #4
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yeah that is what i did to mine too. I wish they did sell the lenses alone but oh well
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:51 PM   #5
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That sounds like a good deal on them were they hard to install?
Not hard. But they require patience. I used a heat gun to separate the lenses from the housing.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:18 AM   #6
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Not hard. But they require patience. I used a heat gun to separate the lenses from the housing.
Old school (I can say that, I've been here for a little while) way was to put the entire headlight housing in the oven at like 200F for 20 minutes to soften / melt the sealing adhesive between the cover and the housing. That's how we got them apart to remove the orange reflectors "back in the day". A little easier than a heat gun since it heats everything all at once. You also don't get the hot spots and potential melting if the heat gun stays in one place too long.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:07 AM   #7
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Old school (I can say that, I've been here for a little while) way was to put the entire headlight housing in the oven at like 200F for 20 minutes to soften / melt the sealing adhesive between the cover and the housing. That's how we got them apart to remove the orange reflectors "back in the day". A little easier than a heat gun since it heats everything all at once. You also don't get the hot spots and potential melting if the heat gun stays in one place too long.
Lol oh I remember those days. I did that back maybe 10 years ago when I turned at and got my first car (rsx).

I did end up going around the entire housing. Luckily I did have the heat gun as the factory gunk holding mine was stubborn.

Stay tuned I am almost done a front bumper crack repair and repaint
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