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bhlm: all show and no go?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cactuscorn, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Nov 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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    cactuscorn

    cactuscorn [OP] Another FNG

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    been lookin at this mod for myself. doesnt the bhlm decrease the lights ability to cast a beam or be seen to some degree? it may not be huge but i wonder if theres a honest diff from stock since yer removing a large portion of the reflective area. those of you with testing equip can answer this best rather than subjective opinion. sure, it looks super nice and all but i gotta wonder if its kinda like clear tail light lenses that are so damn hard to see from behind. all the cool import kids have em but theyre totally non functional. discuss...
     
  2. Nov 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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    Brunes

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    The part of the reflector that outputs light isn't painted. Just the chrome surrounding that. You might lose a little tiny bit of reflectivity...but the light coming from the bulb doesn't strike the surfaces that are painted for the BHLM.
     
  3. Nov 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    Pugga

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    Exactly what he said, no light output lost and they look a lot better than stock! Form and function, win-win.
     
  4. Nov 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    BrettBretterson

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    I haven't done this mod yet, but it was mentioned to me by someone that has, that they painted the reflective part of the DRL/blinker (which seems to be really common from what I have seen), and regretted it. After seeing it in person, I will definitely not paint that part when I do mine, as there was a significant decrease in light output of the DRL (there wasn't much light output at all, rather more of just a glowing bulb). Something to keep in mind anyway for those that plan to do it.
     
  5. Nov 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    I really need to do this already. I think I might body color match it though :hmm:
     
  6. Nov 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    Pugga

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    Do it, it looks great! I'm a little bias though...:cool:
     
  7. Nov 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    Got pics of this?
     
  8. Nov 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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    exactly my thought along with a color matched grill surround off a 2011.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2010 at 7:07 AM
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    Rocketball

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    Here's a shot of my color matched headlights.


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  10. Dec 4, 2010 at 7:11 AM
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    Pugga

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    Those speedway blue ones came out awesome! Here's mine in white.
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  11. Dec 4, 2010 at 7:19 AM
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    i did mine mag grey, no pics though :(
    looks great! i just wish i was a little more patient and did a better job.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    Thanks.

    Yours look good too. IMO the color matched ones look so much better than the black. :cool:
     
  13. Dec 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM
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    Pugga

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    Absolutely! I think the BHLM looks good against some colors, it depends on what else you've done to the truck. Your SWB ones gave me the idea, then I found another truck here that had them done in white and I was sold!
     
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