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Old 12-28-2019, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default What is bouncing around inside my headlight?

I was looking at my headlights tonight because of how sun damaged they are, and I noticed something siting inside the driver's side.... any idea what it could be? I tapped on the light and the thing moved... definitely not attached to anything any more.


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Old 12-28-2019, 11:06 PM   #2
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Time to replace the headlight assemblies.
You'll be glad you did, and your lights will enable you to see the road a whole lot better.

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Old 12-28-2019, 11:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: What is bouncing around inside my headlight?

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Time to replace the headlight assemblies.
You'll be glad you did, and your lights will enable you to see the road a whole lot better.
I've been thinking about it.... almost ordered some a few times. I was also thinking about polishing the originals, but something loose inside can't be good.

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Old 12-29-2019, 01:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: What is bouncing around inside my headlight?

Yep, time to replace them. Looks like they're just breaking apart from the inside out. Some headlights have a shield that is in side the housing that goes over the bulb, I've seen those break loose before inside a headlight, but the 2nd gen S series do not have those so it's not that.

You can sand and buff them to get the lens clear again, but that's going to take the clear coat off and they'll only stay looking clear again for 5 or 6 months before the sun takes it's toll on them and they start getting hazy again...

I sanded and buffed the crap out of mine a little while back lol. They look amazing now, but they won't for long, and I'm well aware of that. But I'm in the process of trying to retrofit some 3rd gen SL lights that I going to throw some HID projectors into



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Old 12-29-2019, 03:21 AM   #5
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...You can sand and buff them to get the lens clear again, but that's going to take the clear coat off and they'll only stay looking clear again for 5 or 6 months before the sun takes it's toll on them and they start getting hazy again...
Look into using a few coats of Spraymax 2K Clear Coat on newly sanded and restored headlights. A high gloss, clear coat, semi-matte and matte version of this spray are available. I bought the clear coat to use on my new headlights.

https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Chemical-...ef_=ast_bbp_dp

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Old 12-29-2019, 10:41 AM   #6
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3rd gens have the shade over the low beam, I believe everything except the SC and '93-'96 SC2 should have it too as I'm pretty sure it's legally mandated. Likely makes the low beams seem a bit better but on-comers probably hate you almost as much as those jackwagons with poorly installed HID kits.

No point in cleaning the outside when the inside is so bad and brand new ones are so cheap

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Old 12-29-2019, 02:40 PM   #7
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I sanded and buffed the crap out of mine a little while back lol. They look amazing now, but they won't for long, and I'm well aware of that. But I'm in the process of trying to retrofit some 3rd gen SL lights that I going to throw some HID projectors into
I didn't realize they were different between the generations. The 2K clear makes the polishing last a lot longer, I've been told.

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Old 12-29-2019, 02:46 PM   #8
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3rd gens have the shade over the low beam, I believe everything except the SC and '93-'96 SC2 should have it too as I'm pretty sure it's legally mandated. Likely makes the low beams seem a bit better but on-comers probably hate you almost as much as those jackwagons with poorly installed HID kits.
My lights are dim enough that I doubt anyone cares. I wondered of it might be a cover, as you mentioned.

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No point in cleaning the outside when the inside is so bad and brand new ones are so cheap
My concern is that I hear that the non-OEM replacements are often sub-standard in quality...usually in regards to the replacements for my truck, but I'd assume that goes for many lights given how cheaply they're sold for. I'll still probably get a set.

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