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Old 02-29-2004, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default MY2000+ Headlight Baking

This has been discussed before, but I provide some pictures for MY2000+ headlight baking to get the orange reflector out. Don't bash my camera skills either, all these pics were taken with my cell phone.

First off, clean the kitchen, grab a drink, head outside.

Unbolt the three bolts holding the headlight in. There is another plastic clip deep inside, but I didn't have the patience to get off normal, so I just snapped it. Its low and near the back and its color is white. I think its worthless, but now that I've said that it probably has some bigger meaning.

Unscrew the cap, take out all the lights, and gently remove each headlight casing.

Next, head inside, grab a baking sheet, preheat your over to 250 degrees. Remember, don't touch any part of any lightbulb and don't touch anything you dont have to touch, namely inside plastics.



Unscrew I think 5-6 silver looking screws holding the back of the casing together snuggly. Remove the last high-beam light if you want, I cooked with and without, didn't really make a difference.

Also, that white clip that you either broke or did not brake is held on by two screws. I dont think you HAVE to remove this piece, but I did.



Once the over is preheated, stick the headlight casing on the baking sheet, put it in the over. I waited about 5 minutes before removing. I think it would go longer and make the glue more plyable if you left it in longer, but I was too anxious, and took it out after 5-7 minutes and pryed the casing open. A few more minutes wouldn't have hurt.



Once you pry off the first layer, you'll naturally have two halves.





Put the back side to the side, and concentrate on the front piece. There are now three black screws holding the silver relfective piece to the clear plastic. Remove the screws, pull the two pieces apart.



Now insert a screw driver between the orange relfector and the clear plastic, pop, and its out.

Retract your steps back to put it back together. Once everything was mostly put back together(minus the screws on the outside) I put it back in the oven to heat up the glue again. With the glue heated again, I made sure everything was snug, and rescrewed everything back in. At this point, you may or may not want to use a silicone based liquid to seal everything back up again. I didn't, but this I'm in Arizona, and it doesn't rain anyways.

Check out the difference:



After placing back on the car, checking all bulbs to make sure they work, I got these results:




Not bad. There is still orange visable, but thats from the bulb. This orange will probably keep you from getting any tickets for 'clear corners' because technically this mod is 'illegal'.

As you can tell, the difficulty of this isn't that bad, took under 2 hours start to finish. Good luck!

EDIT: Oh, and there is a huge screw sticking out 2-3 inches and a smaller screw behind some grey plastic. Don't worry about these, I think they have to do with headlight leveling, but do not hold the pieces together.

EDIT2: Imagepile'd photos. FYI, after a few years things started to fog up without silicone. I would highly suggest running a bead of black silicone around the entire enclosure where you pulled things apart after you put it back together.
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Old 03-02-2004, 01:10 AM   #2
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nice man, that looks really sharp. You can even get chrome coated bulbs to take the orange reflection out of it too if ya want. Light output would be fine, its just a 1156 and a 1157...

Nice
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Old 03-02-2004, 01:42 AM   #3
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nice man, that looks really sharp. You can even get chrome coated bulbs to take the orange reflection out of it too if ya want. Light output would be fine, its just a 1156 and a 1157...

Nice
thanks I'll be researching those bulbs next week maybe
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Old 03-05-2004, 05:41 PM   #4
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So what kinda glue/adhesive would you recommend if I decide to use some. We get more rain in NY, especially April, so I would feel more comfortable if they were sealed properly.
Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2004, 06:06 PM   #5
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I had no probs with mine. I heated them back up before reassembley.
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Old 03-05-2004, 06:19 PM   #6
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I had no probs with mine. I heated them back up before reassembley.
i read someplace people used "3M caulk"...but im sure any silicone based caulking (used for all kinds of stuff) would work. Just go down the Home Depot or whatever and take a look around

I think the glue thats on there is adequate enough if you reheat it up, but if you wanna be even more careful, then get some caulking. Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2004, 06:29 PM   #7
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you can also get black silicone sealant to help reseal.
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Old 03-06-2004, 05:27 AM   #8
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Does the caulk have a taste? Insert rich anglo accent here....
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Old 03-06-2004, 04:26 PM   #9
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also there is good stuff made by 3M that's used to seal windshields when they install em on a car.. black, sticky and works well..
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Old 03-07-2004, 12:11 AM   #10
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i did the same mod to my headlights a few months ago.

although in my front right headlight i do get condensation on the side, annoying, but o well...

I also bought clear bulbs, havent gotten pulled over yet...(i carry the orange ones in my glove box just incase)
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Old 03-07-2004, 07:17 PM   #11
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i did the same mod to my headlights a few months ago.

although in my front right headlight i do get condensation on the side, annoying, but o well...

I also bought clear bulbs, havent gotten pulled over yet...(i carry the orange ones in my glove box just incase)
Do you happen to have pics? I'd like to see what these lights look like on a black legacy. Thanks.
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Old 03-07-2004, 08:10 PM   #12
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Does the caulk have a taste? Insert rich anglo accent here....


Shveaty's balls?
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Old 04-16-2005, 10:55 PM   #13
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Amen!!!
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Old 09-01-2005, 06:36 PM   #14
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doing it right now bump!
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:59 PM   #15
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doing it right now bump!
Good luck! I would (now) highly reccomend using black silicone after you put everything back together to prevent water from getting in...

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Old 09-01-2005, 10:02 PM   #16
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gee, thanks. I'm already done...
I ended up heating them again to re-assemble and screw them together. If I get any condensation, I'll be sure to seal them with some silicone chaulk. I think the bulbs need to be changed. you can still see plenty o orange
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:05 PM   #17
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i did a light coat of silver spray paint, works great, you can still see them blink orange really well.

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Old 09-01-2005, 10:36 PM   #18
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+1 for the silicone, it's worked great for me. I know I'm alone on this but I actually like leaving the bulbs orange
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i did a light coat of silver spray paint, works great, you can still see them blink orange really well.

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This works really well and isn't too noticeable from a distance.

Otherwise you can buy the bulbs that blink orange but are silver.

Key word here is LIGHT coat of silver spraypaint.

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Old 09-02-2005, 10:05 AM   #20
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Razor I would go get a tube of silicone now and just run a bead around the joint. I did not do it and got water in there after the first wash. I had to disassemble and rebake them to make sure all the water was out. You can pop them out and run a bead fairly fast and its good insurance.

As for the bulbs I just said F*** the man and put some silverstars in. The orange, for me, just kinda defeats the purpose of removing the orange if ya know what I mean.
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Old 09-02-2005, 11:51 AM   #21
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Oh I am so doing this here in a few days!! Also my car doesnt have that black garnish thing inside, so I think I might have to do some custom painting
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bhall: I will see how they work for me. I rebaked them and I think i got them to seal quite well. I could see the screws pulling both sides together. If i have to, I'll take 'em out and put some goop on 'em. The entire job didn't take me too long either. Its supposed to be dry here for the next few days, so i'll just enjoy what i got. Although, I think i'll look for some bulbs. The orange in there ercks me.
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Old 09-02-2005, 01:07 PM   #23
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I hope it seals well for ya. Mine seemed to seal up good, screws pulled it together nicely but it still go some water in there. Just so we are clear I put the silicone on after the lights where together just appllied a bead around the joint so it is not that involved.

Pics of my lights, just ignore the dirtyness
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I need new fog lights. Mine are way too yellow.

Actually I want new lights all around. I did a crappy job when I pulled mine apart, so they look like teh poop. It's a shame that all the lights are so friggin expensive, though.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:47 PM   #25
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yellow is best for fog/snow though. rallylights.com has cheap H3's. I'm quite pleased with the hella yellowstars (55W). One blew on me so I'm going with 85W's. I think they're $7/ea.
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