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95-97 replacement headlight assemblies?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Madjik_Man, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Nov 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Someone has to have some recommendations.

    The roundeyes assemblies I have had bookmarked for 3 or 4 years now are no longer available.

    I was looking at these: http://www.autoanything.com/lights/74A5157A0A0.aspx

    Because they're glass lenses and metal housing backs. I read a lot of reviews and they're all good to great.

    I'm just wondering if a "universal" fitting assembly will fit in a 95-97 Tacoma? Two reviews between Amazon and Autoanything are from guys with 96s so it may seem like a good fit.

    That said. Does anyone have any recommendations for high quality headlight assemblies with good light output and beams?
     
  2. Nov 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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    offrdmania

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    You are saying you want to convert from a sealed unit to a halogen? I just replaced my headlights and I quite enjoy the $6 per headlight and they are nice and bright and easy to replace
     
  3. Nov 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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    I'm converting my 98-00 front end to a 95-97.

    And I do not want sealed beams. I would prefer an H4 conversion kit thingamabobby (after all the reading and replies I've gotten here over the years).
     
  4. Nov 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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    Eh, see my Build Thread sig link. Too many mods to list.
    The first link was to my conversion, the second link was to the housings.

    The 7x6 ('95-'97) Pilot Housings are all plastic, socketed for H4 bulbs.

    Edit: An HID conversion kit (in my situation) is new housings, and a full HID projector kit ($300) from TRS to install in the new housings.

    Just replacing sealed beam with H4 housings is about $30 and you can put whatever H4 bulb in them you want.
     
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    I have these also. 2nd set. You simply cannot beat the price from Amazon! Plus I figured the plastic would be a bit more durable than the glass. I would think if a small rock hit the lens at interstate speeds, it could possibly crack. I may be wrong though. Only downside is that the Pilot housings do not have to best beam. But I don't mind it. If I want a perfect beam, I'd go with projectors and retrofit some HID's...
     
  8. Nov 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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    I would without a doubt go with a set of Autopal Euro 200mm glass units. They are a universal fitment and are listed to work on 95-97 Tacoma's. They fit very good on my '92 & '93 Cherokee's. I had them for a Minnesota and two Montana winters and they survived without pitting or cracking.
    I would not use plastic in harsh climates, unless sanding the haze and pits out is enjoyable to you.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/200mm-H6054...Parts_Accessories&hash=item4d0b060897&vxp=mtr
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    Thanks Mike.

    How are the beams on those?

    $45 for the pair sounds enticing.
     
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    from what i understand the 88-95 headlights will work on the 95-97s
     
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    I called them and they were pretty wishy washy on committing to a "yes" or "no" on the fitment.

    I told him they're going on a 98 core support so it's all a custom kind of deal.
     
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    I'm really interested in swap. Take lots of pictures!
     
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    The beam is very similar to the round Hella E-codes that I had in a Wrangler of mine. I prefer the euro pattern.
    As far as I can tell these are a direct knock off of the Hella H4 rectangular E-code housings... which is fine by me, especially when they are a fraction of the cost.
     
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    Roundeyes emailed me back and said its going to be 4-5 months before they're back in stock.

    I'm going with the vision x replacements. Glass lenses and aluminum housings. $65/pair
     
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    Roundeyes emailed me back and said its going to be 4-5 months before they're back in stock.

    I'm going with the vision x replacements. Glass lenses and aluminum housings. $65/pair
     

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