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Interchangeable lenses OEM vs Aftermarket headlights.

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by SmilingMark, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Nov 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    SmilingMark

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    I'm doing BHLM and HID retro this weekend. I'm not saying that I screwed up my passenger side clear acrylic outside lens or anything, but if I did need to get a new one, are the cheapo headlight lenses the same as OEM?

    I just need the lens, thinking about buying a cheap set. After heating and removal, can I use window weld and put the aftermarket lens on my OEM housing?
     
  2. May 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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    Good question! I know this is an old thread, but I have taken the plunge and bought a set of aftermarket TYC headlight assemblies from Rockauto. I separated the lenses already and I will be attempting to install them on my factory housings in the near future. The LOOK like they will fit ok, just won't know for sure until I give it a shot. Anyone else out there tried this??
     
  3. May 6, 2014 at 8:23 AM
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    Id imagine they are the same. I too did the TYC's and they look exactly like the stock lenses, but without actually trying to fit them I couldnt say for sure.
     
  4. May 6, 2014 at 8:25 AM
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    TaylorU

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    Hm I'm interested as well as mine just are beginning to look like crap from being faded. If i a do a BHLM or retrofit, may as well replace with new, clear lenses.
     
  5. May 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM
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    They will be close enough that they should be swappable, however the quality and composition of the polycarbonate is not as good as OEM. Aftermarket will fade much faster.
     
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