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Old 06-25-2013, 10:17 AM   #481
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Is there any decrease in the lights effectiveness with this mod?
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:22 AM   #482
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Is there any decrease in the lights effectiveness with this mod?
No, if you don't modify the reflector at all (the bowl behind and around your bulb).

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Just finished mine. Also tinted the reflector. I had originally tried tinting the headlight but it came out like garbage. Luckily a rag and some carb cleaner cleaned all the rattle can tint off fairly easy.

There's so much glue in there I figured I'd try leaving it all in the groove instead of cleaning it out. When I was done I placed the halves back together and back in the oven. Put all the screws in while it was still hot, pretty sure it's all sealed as good as factory. It's seated all the way, screws are bottomed out tight, and the glue is oozing out the seem. I'll post how well it works.
You are taking a risk of moisture getting in, all it takes is a little void in the factory glue to let in vapor, then you have a problem. I would have gone the extra mile while the headlights were out and put clear silicone caulk around the seam, just for insurance.
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I'm doing this finally, and i got the headlights off and im trying to take everything off of them, how do i get the small black plastic parts off? they are the small lights i guess, i dont want to just pull them and break them.
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I'm doing this finally, and i got the headlights off and im trying to take everything off of them, how do i get the small black plastic parts off? they are the small lights i guess, i dont want to just pull them and break them.
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I just did this last night, can you post a pic? What parts are you talking about?
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I just did this last night, can you post a pic? What parts are you talking about?
Sorry those were just rubber covers, what i really need to know how to take off are the small parts that have a black cover over them, they are like bolts but have a really wide head.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #486
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Sorry those were just rubber covers, what i really need to know how to take off are the small parts that have a black cover over them, they are like bolts but have a really wide head.
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I left them on, no problems here
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thanks for the fast replies! I just got the first headlight separated, preheating the oven now for the other one!
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Can I use plasti-dip to do this?
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:27 PM   #489
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Can I use plasti-dip to do this?
I suppose though I would say hitting the chrome with some steel wool or fine-ish sandpaper will make the coating stick better, don't have to sand all the chrome off, just rough it enough where you have a nice textured surface
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Can I use plasti-dip to do this?
I suppose someone has to be first although I wouldn't... Krylon Fusion sticks to the chrome plastic very well, not sure how well the Plasti-Dip would hold up or if it would fade in color over time.
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So, this needs to happen on my truck, the only thing holding me back is me. Is it really as easy as it seems? Any tips for a first timer?
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So, this needs to happen on my truck, the only thing holding me back is me. Is it really as easy as it seems? Any tips for a first timer?
Preheat to 300, shut the oven off, put the housings on a piece of cardboard in the oven for no more than 10-15 minutes, handle with gloves.

Same thing for reassembly.
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Preheat to 300, shut the oven off, put the housings on a piece of cardboard in the oven for no more than 10-15 minutes, handle with gloves.

Same thing for reassembly.
10 minutes did it for me, fallowed this thread mostly, came out well.
Oh be really careful pulling the headlight bulb, leave the hold down clip in there, it doesnt hurt anything, I broke the tab that holds down one end of the clip and had to superglue it back on.
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stupid question.... i put the headlights back together and everything lined up real nice until i noticed something this evening. the sides with the screws, the 2 upper screws only screwed into the new rubber. its hardened back up so there is no more give in it but the other 3 sides look great. am i able to put the whole assembly back into the oven for a few minutes to loosen up the new rubber again so that i could hopefully get those screws to seat where they are supposed to?
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That'll work just fine.
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i don't think it would need to go in at 300 for the full 10 min, what do you think?
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i don't think it would need to go in at 300 for the full 10 min, what do you think?
You could try it at 6 - 8 minutes but why not wait the full 10? If you take them out early and the glue isn't softened, you just wasted your time and you'll have to re-bake them anyways.

FWIW, the glue shouldn't prevent you from putting those screws in. Even when cured, it shouldn't harden to the point where you can't install the screws.
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stupid question.... i put the headlights back together and everything lined up real nice until i noticed something this evening. the sides with the screws, the 2 upper screws only screwed into the new rubber. its hardened back up so there is no more give in it but the other 3 sides look great. am i able to put the whole assembly back into the oven for a few minutes to loosen up the new rubber again so that i could hopefully get those screws to seat where they are supposed to?
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You could try it at 6 - 8 minutes but why not wait the full 10? If you take them out early and the glue isn't softened, you just wasted your time and you'll have to re-bake them anyways.

FWIW, the glue shouldn't prevent you from putting those screws in. Even when cured, it shouldn't harden to the point where you can't install the screws.
What he said Dante, I noticed that I had to use a fair amount of force and some channel locks in a few places to get the suckers closed up, there was rubber coming out of the screw holes too, I paid no heed and just screwed them in till it felt like they were all the way home.
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FWIW, the glue shouldn't prevent you from putting those screws in. Even when cured, it shouldn't harden to the point where you can't install the screws.
+1

SWMBO was out of town for the weekend when I disassembled mine.
I did the painting, assembled the projectors, and set them aside to let the paint cure until I was not on call duty and could tear the truck down.

So 3 weeks later, I start assembling them and start preheating the oven.
"WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?????"

Ruh Roh Shaggy.....

"Softening the glue"

"DON'T YOU DARE PUT THOSE CHEMICALS IN MY OVEN!"

<debating whether to tell her I already did 3 weeks ago, decide to not say anything>

So I put everything back together, clipped the edges best I could with spring clamps, and got creative with some wood strips and bar clamps to apply even pressure as best I could on the housing.

Every couple of days, I'd tighten the bar clamps up.

4 weeks later, I removed the clamps, put the screws in, and put them on the truck. The 4 week wait was only because of call duty... they would have been good after a few days.
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<debating whether to tell her I already did 3 weeks ago, decide to not say anything>.
So it took 7 weeks to finish the project and get your balls back from her purse?
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