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Where to purchase OEM quality headlights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by tacomeat2, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. Jul 31, 2020 at 9:11 PM
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    tacomeat2

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    Struggling to find OEM quality headlights. Don’t want the headache of buying aftermarket headlights that are just gonna leak and have sub par performance. Cali raised led claims their blackout headlights for 05-12 Tacoma’s are OEM quality. Does anyone have any experience with these or know of any brands that are OEM quality?
     
  2. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:17 AM
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    se7enine

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    The Cali raised is just the same chinese junk on Amazon but $100 markup. If you really want OEM quality then you have to buy OEM.
     
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    So basically you got to purchase through a dealer?
     
  4. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:23 AM
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    Online dealer is cheaper but still through Toyota.
     
  5. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:25 AM
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    Most dealers will price match if you find it for cheaper online at another dealer
     
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    DEPO makes great alternatives I’ve only heard good things and I’m running a set of their tails. You can also talk to the guys that do headlight mods on the forum they’ve often got extra sets
     
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    There are some good aftermarket headlights I’ve heard good things about. I don’t have experience with though.
    Oem part source has done pretty good for me for oem parts
     
  8. Aug 1, 2020 at 9:58 AM
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    Did you have to seal them?
     
  9. Aug 1, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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    The simple truth is that the only way you're going to get OEM quality is to buy OEM. Everything else - and I mean everything - is a compromise somewhere be it optics, longevity or moisture intrusion. That's why aftermarket stuff costs less than OEM. Yes, it sucks to have to spend more money for something, but in headlights, you definitely get what you pay for.
     
  10. Aug 1, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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    Yes
     
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    Even if you get by without having to re-seal the DEPO's the lenses will still crack prematurely. That seems to be the case with non OEM variants. Possibly made worse within climates that have high temp fluctuations with the seasons.
     
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    Check the buy/sell, people are selling oem all the time
     
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    True. Oddly enough, they're usually selling them to buy substandard aftermarket headlights that "look cool."
     
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  14. Aug 1, 2020 at 2:59 PM
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    The depo headlights are junk actually. Coating will peel in less than a year and the pattern is horrible. And they leak if not sealed.
     
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    I tried 3 sets of cheap headlight units after a fender bender. All were junk. 2 were defective, The 3rd had the worst light pattern. Sent all back. You get what you pay for. I ended up going with a retrofit morimoto led setup with some junkyard takeoffs for just a bit more than new from dealer. Very worth the effort!
     
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    there are no aftermarket headlights that are equal to OEM qaulity
     
  18. Aug 6, 2020 at 7:03 PM
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    Spacer lift, 33" BFG km3, Yaesu dual band radio, bi-xenon headlights, ARB bumper and 9.5k winch.
    Dont buy depot headlights. I work in a body shop and insurance makes us use them. The beam patterns are bad, they don't fit right and they definitely wont last.

    Try and have a local shop price match them or have them ordered through parts trader. You can get them at cost+tax if you sneak around a little or befriend the parts guy.
     
  19. Aug 6, 2020 at 7:04 PM
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    Post your location and maybe someone nearby can help you order them.
     

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