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gmanpaint

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Give an honest review of your experience/install/quality, with the brand/style replacement headlight you installed.

Please state your year & model for reference.

If you have a link to the merchant, install, or personal video of the install to share, please add that as well.

Pictures say a thousand words they say, so if you have some, let us see them!

Explorer Forum Rating of 1-5, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest:

Install- easy to hard
Looks- poor to excellent
Price- low to high
Quality- low to high

Would you refer them to someone else, or warn them against?
 
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BKennedy

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I have replaced the Explorer headlights, but they were with OEM units I had from the JY. I have a complete set of all head and tail lamp assemblies stored for next time I need them.

The aftermarket units I get every 3-5 years for the Silverado that is parked outside vary upon price and if they say they are OEM replacements. I usually get something off eBay in the $100.00 range when the lenses start to look cloudy. I tried repairing the assemblies, but for the money it just wasn't worth the hours it took. Last set took me about an hour total start to finish. The Explorer took about twice as long, but was not difficult, just had to remove more stuff to get to the back of the assemblies.

For me its all about OEM looks and price. None of them seem to last if exposed to the elements. I was looking at these for price and looks. I am not a fan of clear corners, HID's, or any of that stuff but mine is a old school looking trail rig.
Headlight Kit For 1989-1992 Ford Ranger Left and Right 6pc | eBay
 




94Eddie

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Also, I would like to hear if anyone has a source for 4th gen Mountaineer headlights. I have searched and only found used or rather expensive OEM parts.
 




Falcon_LS

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Your best bet with the aftermarket will be to seek out CAPA certified parts, which means they have been tested for their material properties, weld integrity, fit and finish and corrosion where applicable. They will not be available for every application, but if they are, they will be the closest thing to OEM without the OE price tag.
 




Allen Clark

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I am planning to install an aftermarket headlight as well, but I'm not sure which one to purchase.
 




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