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View Poll Results: should i open up the headlights and clean them?
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok my headlights or ugly, and so is my driverside fender but we r not here to tak about that, and i dont have much money to spare on new ellipsoids so you think opening up the headlights will help or hurt?
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ok sorry this is the first time i have done the poll thing and i may have messed up
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Im voting yesno.

I've been told that you cannot open the stock plastic headlights. The sealant needs to be heated too 300 degrees inorder to get it to loosen up.
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so i cant pry it open with a flathead?? and could i seal it with sometype of silicone?
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so i cant pry it open with a flathead?? and could i seal it with sometype of silicone?
No, because then you'll need totally new headlights. The headlights are not meant to be opened. If you try to open them you will break them and then you'll have to buy new ones. What I would do if I were you is go to the faq section of the forums and find the diy on headlight cleaning right now.
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You have to heat them. Although I have never tried, it's supposed to work.

I have tried cutting the glue around the headlight lens and taking it off that way, trust me, it won't come off. I just gave up and bought Euro M3 ellipsiods. The Euro lenses are just clipped it, so if the glass cracks, fortunately you can just pop the glass off. Unfortunately, just the glass is $250 each! Ouch!

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You have to heat them. Although I have never tried, it's supposed to work.

I have tried cutting the glue around the headlight lens and taking it off that way, trust me, it won't come off. I just gave up and bought Euro M3 ellipsiods. The Euro lenses are just clipped it, so if the glass cracks, fortunately you can just pop the glass off. Unfortunately, just the glass is $250 each! Ouch!

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hey where did you get your headlights and how much did it cost for both? are the legal in cali?
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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you are going to look at spending about 600$ for new euro headlights, worth it though y9ou will be able to see at night! good trade! haha

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