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New Headlights for 2010

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PMK, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. Dec 12, 2019 at 3:46 AM
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    PMK

    PMK [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Bought my truck the last day of 2009. So in a few weeks it will be 10 years old.

    So far, i have had warranty replacement of the original headlights, a second set of headlights, and now, again the clear outer shells are showing cracks.

    Seems doubtful they will warranty the headlights again.

    So, I am considering aftermarket headlights. Again these are on a 2010 DCLB Prerunner and came with the tinted headlights.

    Did searches here but found no good answers.

    Was toying with going LED if possible.

    So other than buying oem, what are some high quality options that are LED or if not LED simply retain the halogen setup.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2019 at 3:56 AM
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    ovrlndkull

    ovrlndkull STUKASFK - HC4LIFE

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    Pics???? I have the stock TRD sport black housing headlights and they seem to be doing fine. Try DEPO brand aftermarket possibly???
     
  3. Dec 12, 2019 at 4:05 AM
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    Too Stroked

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    If you go to and search the Lighting forum, you'll find more than a few posts on this subject. The consensus is that for best optics and performance, OEM is still the way to fly. Yes, there's a ton of aftermarket stuff available for less money, but it just not going to perform as well and it certainly won't last even as long as your OEM lights.

    If you want the absolute ultimate in performance out of your OEM (or even aftermarket) halogen headlights, skip the LED junk and consider this:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/

    Since your biggest problem appears to be the outer lens oxidizing, I would recommend a good synthetic sealant or ceramic coating. Believe it or not, it will significantly extend the life of the units.
     
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  4. Dec 12, 2019 at 5:44 AM
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    PMK

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    Three sets of headlights in less than 10 years is not very good in my opinion.

    No plans to truly improve light performance as in that topic. Besides, after seeing the heat increase, it would have me think longevity of the lens will be even less.

    Oxidation vs crazing cracks. My lens have very little if any oxidation. Yes some is there but not an issue. The true concern is the lens on both headlights and both taillights have hundreds of small crazing cracks in the plastic material. Not burned or melted, simply the plastic is deteriorating and failing.

    If I do find a replacement headlight assembly, was under the impression that projector style headlights with high output LEDs would match or be better than oem halogen.

    To simplify my original question, what replacement headlights, besides oem are people here buying.
     
  5. Dec 12, 2019 at 5:57 AM
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    Interesting on the cracking and not oxidation.

    Good luck on any aftermarket headlight housings though. They just don't have the design, engineering or manufacturing skills of the OEMs - which explains the lower prices.

    As far as projector style headlights, HID's will out perform LEDs any day of the week. And yes, a good projector system will out-perform the OEM halogen style. Again beware, because there are a ton of crap Chinese HIDs (as well as LEDs) out there.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2019 at 6:10 AM
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    No doubt, and exactly why I am asking what others have purchased and had good luck with on their early style 2nd gen replacement headlights.
     
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  7. Dec 12, 2019 at 6:21 AM
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    He's worried about the condition of the plastic, not the light output.
     
  9. Dec 12, 2019 at 6:26 AM
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    its not that much of a price difference though to have best of both worlds.
    Ive never had a crak in my Depo lights and they have been on with a retro kit for almost 4 yrs now.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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  11. Dec 12, 2019 at 12:22 PM
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    That would be my vote as well. I had that exact same setup, Depo headlights with the Mini H1 projectors, on my last Tacoma. I’m going to do my current 2010 soon with the black Depo headlights again but the D2S projectors.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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    My 2010 is 2 days older than yours. :)

    This past spring while it was in the shop for body work, I asked if they repaired headlight lens covers. They charged me $110 to remove headlights, 600 grit sand, 1000 grit sand, clear coat, then bake in the oven, and reinstall. They are crystal clear and look new. Yes the plastic is probably a few microns thinner but it's a 10 year old truck that looks nearly new.
     
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  13. Dec 12, 2019 at 8:31 PM
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    If mine were just coated with oxide build up, that plan would work great. Sadly mine have crazing cracks in the plastic lens.
     

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