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Replacing just plastic lens of headlights

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by prerunnerSD, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Jul 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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    prerunnerSD

    prerunnerSD [OP] "I Brake for Tailgaters"

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    I have a 2001 Tacoma, wondering if anyone knows any merchants that sell just the plastic lens portion of the headlight (not the entire assembly)

    My headlights work great but I would just like to get a pair of brand new plastic lens parts if possible. One of my lens is cracked slightly and the other is hazy. I have tried cleaning them but it doesn't get them as clean as I'd like.

    I'm hoping I don't have to pay to replace the entire assembly.
     
  2. Jul 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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    Mr. Biscuits

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    other than finding a set on here for cheap, you'll have to replace the entire housing.
     
  3. Jul 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM
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    prerunnerSD

    prerunnerSD [OP] "I Brake for Tailgaters"

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    Understood
     
  4. Jul 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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    Is there a reason why would want to replace just the lens? Aftermarket lights aren't really expensive and you would have to remove the entire headlight to replace the lens anyway.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM
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    prerunnerSD

    prerunnerSD [OP] "I Brake for Tailgaters"

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    Guess I did not look closely enough at it and thought I could replace only the lens because thats all that is broke. Maybe the OEM are better quality? I went ahead and bought a pair of generic replacements for around $50
     
  6. Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM
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    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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    They are sealed so you would have to heat it up and pry the lens off. If you have to do all that work some replacements would be much easier.
    OEM are better quality but way more expensive. I have the cheapest aftermarket headlights and they haven't failed me yet.
     
  7. Jul 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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  8. Jul 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM
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    I just replaced them on my 03 Tacoma last weekend, I checked out the Depo headlamps but some reviews were not so good. I got the OEM headlight assy. from Toyoyaparts123.com
    They had the best price online and the local Toyota dealers could not even come close.
     
  9. Jul 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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    Just get a new set of headlights, less than $50 on eBay.
     
  10. Aug 6, 2014 at 12:31 AM
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    Just installed mine and they are not terrible. I got them for around $60 for the pair. Only problem is they seem to create these bright spots on whatever they illuminate. Its not terrible but its a little different. Wondering if thats just the light assembly or maybe the bulbs they came with. I guess you get what you pay for?
     
  11. Aug 6, 2014 at 12:33 AM
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    Mine are Eagle Eye.. Can they be adjusted in any way?
     
  12. Aug 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM
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    should have move to a 95-97 grill and headlights :)

    if you wax your lights it will also help to keep the uv rays from being so harsh to them in the future
     
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    I got mine from rockauto.com I think they were like $35 each. Places wanted more for the lens than the entire housing. Not factory quality but they are pretty nice for the price they are.
     
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