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Have you installed Aftermarket Headlights? Share your feedback here!


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.

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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.
 




Bazz270

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Replaced my EX 2007 XLT headlight to chinese aftermarket black bezel ones a year ago.purchased in Carid.
Brand name "Spyder"..DOT SAE certified.lasted about a year only (bad uv coat,headlamp reflector cap fall apart,bad mousture sealant)..now replaced by brand new oem headlights.


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slisman

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Ford Explorer II 4.0 SOHC 2000'

My OEM lights were faded and yellowed so I ordered clear lights from amazon and good quality lens for H1 bulbs.
1) Installation of assemblies was not sa easy because mounting plastic points were slightly different than OEM, so I swapped some of OEM mounts
2) Unglueing lamps was not so easy too - there was gray tough glue which couldn't be baked in oven or heat gun. All in all I had to cut through plastic.
3) Mounting lens was the easiest part due to quick mounts for H4 bulb with adapter for H1 in lens
4) I have H1 led bulbs now

Am I satisfied? Yes, the light quality is good, range is good. But I am not satisfied with beam lights - as I have H1 bulb there is no more extra light as in H4, only shutter comes up. But it is not big issue as I have additional long range offroad lights (fully street legal) connected to beam lights.

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