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Retrofit Question: trim the rubber gasket on the back of the headlamp assy?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sparkhill, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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    sparkhill

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    Searched but could not find the answer... What are you doing with the rubber gasket on the back of the headlights after a retrofit? I have the Morimoto Mini D2S and I do not think I have enough room to attach the socket to the bulb unless I trim the gasket.

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  2. Jan 23, 2012 at 7:16 AM
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    flip the gasket over in your first picture and cut off the thick part in the center. that's all I did and I also saw that someone else did the same thing on here, I'll see if I can find a thread
     
  3. Jan 23, 2012 at 7:19 AM
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    This is what I did. Heat it up with a heat gun and stretch it around the orange socket, make sure it goes on all the way, so a little of the socket sticks out the bottom, then connect it to the bulb. Don't cut it! I did that at first and it was not a good idea, heat it and strech it.
     
  4. Jan 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    I was able to stretch without heat on mine
     
  5. Jan 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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    I heat mine with a hairdryer. I wouldn't try and stretch it without heating it first because they do rip easy.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I heated the gasket but I could not get it it stretch around the thicker part of the bulb. The gasket was too thick for the lock mechanism to engage (not much bulb sticking out of the back) so I ended up trimming a bit off the gasket. It seems like it worked OK but I don't think it would be watertight is sprayed with a pressure washer.

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  7. Jan 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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    hows the alignment on those retros. i saw some 2012 owners having issues with the morimoto mini retros
     
  8. Jan 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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    The alignment is fine. I shaved off the alignment tab on the ring provided and leveled everything before reselling the headlamps. Once installed, I was still able to rotate a little bit to get things perfect.

    Now that it is done, I am happy with the mod but 3/4 of the way in, I was asking myself, "WTF were you thinking?"
     
  9. Jan 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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