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Old 02-13-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Finally Had some extra time on my hands and colored the front of my headlights black ..turning signal is in blue chrome and added 9 LEDS to the outside corner on each light ... Tweaks and opinions appreciated.



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Old 02-14-2008, 07:48 AM   #2
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:56 AM   #3
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What's that white stuff all over the ground?

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Old 02-14-2008, 11:30 AM   #4
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not to upset you, but i just don't like that mod.

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Old 02-14-2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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Hm.
Black headlight housings on a burgandy car FTL
Boo to the yellow OE headlamps
Oooooh to the neat blue LEDs

So there's only one thing about this that interests me. How did you get that upper grille chrome? Did you have it dipped, vacuum metalized, or did you just pull out all the stops and paint the thing?

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Old 02-14-2008, 07:43 PM   #6
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Looks cool! Not for me, but it looks good, I like the LEDs and I would like those in orange, it might look pretty boss..

.. but, the cops around here really hate anything but orange for headlights, we would get massacred.

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Old 02-15-2008, 02:26 AM   #7
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I deffinitely light the black headlights ...i want to paint them myself but aint got the balls ... too afraid to screw up and aint got money for screw ups.... but why did you paint the inside of the housing where the orange balb is... but i do like the leds but i agree with him need orange dont want tickets ... so how did you do the led's . but you really really need brighter headlights looking a lil yellow...... esp. with the black.. but you did do a good job and looks interesting.... its the time and patience that goes into some you like to do that matters not oppinions

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Old 02-15-2008, 01:47 PM   #8
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Like this Mod, I am going to try & do my headlights black, in the spring when the weather is better, so how did you get the side marker clear, on my sedan it is yellow..

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Old 02-17-2008, 12:20 AM   #9
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the blue looks out of place ...but overall .....its very original.

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:06 PM   #10
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Thanx for the input ...first the instructions for this mod http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=105080

I do agree the actual bulbs need to be replaced but am on my third set and am tired of messin with them so thats how they stay for now (the clear corner lights can be gotten almost anywhere) the orange piece that was clipped in the corner of the housing I painted Chrome..... the LEDS are glued in ...use w/e u want just make sure its clear ..and they look a lot better in the real ...but oh well..

Coloring the inside of the corner light housing was a random idea I had to try to get a blue reflective surface ..it works so so ...

As for the chrome upper grille trim its painted.....how long it will stay as nice as it is now I can't say ..but I don't think it will peal or any such ugliness ...time will tell .......

Cops have never bothered me about colored lights ....I have had Extremely tacky blue corner lights ( 2 months , 5 cops, no stops) then I had purple corner lights( 2 days,2 cops, no stops) both looked terrible so I don't recommend it .......

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Headlights.. Very Unique, and ugly.

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Old 02-18-2008, 04:43 PM   #12
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:07 PM   #13
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To get the headlights apart put them in the oven for about 2 mins at 175....sounds a lot scarier than it is ....after you get them out use something flat to slide into the slot at the top of the headlight ( table knife) start at the oustside corner unsnapping the clips as you go ....it does take some prying and is easier with 2 ppl.

For the LEDs I recommend a series of 8 or 9 in a silicone strip ...got mine off ebay and comes in about 5 colors..... there is a small sticker on the back of the headlight in the outside corner ...pull this off to expose a small hole through which you can put the wires to the LEDs......make sure that you know where you are going to place the LEDs.. put a shot of super glue on both ends hold in place for 30 seconds ...once this has bonded run a small amount the whole length of the strip and press firmly into place ...thats it...for installing them .....just put the Headlights back together (they don't clip in without heating)
then put into the oven for two minutes and press the lens the rest of the way on ....one note the heat has a negetive effect on the LED wire coating ..should probably be re wrapped after cooling off ....
I ran a seperate wire and switch to the LEDs ...but they can be pinched into the headlight socket.....my friend did that on his halos so w/e......hope i didn't miss anything .....good luck

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Old 02-19-2008, 11:28 AM   #14
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Your first mod shouldn't have been your headlights. You live in PA. You don't need a front license plate bracket, so take that horribly rusty-looking plastic monstrosity off the front please.

I'm also guessing that you don't live in a highly populated area because otherwise you would've gotten cited quite quickly for having any sort of blue light emitted from your car. It's illegal, just like driving around with your underglow on, especially red or blue because those colors = police. I'm sure you would be able to keep the blue light in your headlights without a problem, assuming you don't ever plan on leaving your town. Do you drive on the highway with that car and those lights? They kinda demand your attention, just like driving around with a super-loud exhaust.

The white thing on the side of the headlight looks weird. What is it? (I don't have a sedan, so excuse my ignorance...)

However, the painted headlights look great!

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Ah yes that ugly piece on the front ..I was just telling my friend how gay it was and that I need to take it off ......

The white thing is the once orange reflector that was in the headlight ...I just chromed it...

About that being the first mod it is basically the first cosmetic mod ....not really sure what to do to make it better ...other than lower it and put bigger rims on it
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....not really sure what to do to make it better ...other than lower it and put bigger rims on it
If you're looking for performance under 500 bucks, wait on the rims and lower kit.

Get an AEM short ram intake, muffler, remove your resinator, and replace the stock exhaust pipe with 2.25"-2.5"

There's a significant increase in power right there.


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