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Help me decide what to do with my lights

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by flightcancled, May 26, 2010.

  1. May 26, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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    flightcancled

    flightcancled [OP] Addicted

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    Alrighty so I bought these Gen 1 projectors off a member here since they were too cheap to pass up and I hated the output of the stock lights despite trying multiple bulb types and playing with the aim on a constant basis.

    So far I have not had a single issue with the projectors, the output is great, no fogging despite rain, changing temps, and whatnot. No way am I going back to stock!

    The issue is they still look like crap! I am definately itching to do something to get my front end looking good agian. The chrome is blindingly bright during the day to I am definately doing some sort of paint job. At the same time though I am not a huge fan of black headlights and want to keep a fair amount of chrome. Issue is I am a bit overwhelmed by my options.

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    I have been thinking of a few different things and want your opinions:

    For starters I am definately ripping out the stupid Eyebrow LED bar and painting over the 3 LED dots on both sides.

    I was thinking about playing with the reflector housing and seeing how it functions as a fog lamp. If it works I am going to swap the LEDs to amber and make them my signals. Unfortunatley I have a feeling that it will not have a veryy good beam pattern but its still worth a shot. (The housing is chome, its the bulb that gives the orange color)


    Painting:
    • Black or Colormatch?
    • Paint an eyebrow and leave the rest chrome?
    • Paint everything except the necessary reflective surfaces inside the bezels?
    • Paint everything except the extruded tubes that house the 3 lights on both sides?
    Has anyone else played with these and can anyone think of anything I haven't thought of yet?

    Thanks!
     
  2. May 26, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    flightcancled

    flightcancled [OP] Addicted

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