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Reputable and reliable headlights for the second gen?

Vikram

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Been wanting to get some new headlights though I hear the aftermarket ones tend to leak

Are there any you guys recommend?
 


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I went with a company called Anzo, the headlights have yet to leak in 6 months. Work pretty well too, not really any complaints other than my crappy installation and breaking one mount on each one. But that's mostly thanks to a different issue on the truck, not to blame the brand. This is how mine came out.

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LOL. Did you get them on sale? over $400 on their website!
I used whatever stock replacements I found on ebay. No leaks in 3 years, but they are starting to haze. FL is hell on plastic.
 




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LOL. Did you get them on sale? over $400 on their website!
I used whatever stock replacements I found on ebay. No leaks in 3 years, but they are starting to haze. FL is hell on plastic.
Yeah, FL 100% is! They are just under $300 now where I originally bought them, they've gone up like $20 since I got them back in January. But it does show them as 5% off right now, only a little more than I paid.

 




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Spyder is a decent brand also. I have these headlights, and have no complaints so far.
 




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Been wanting to get some new headlights though I hear the aftermarket ones tend to leak

Are there any you guys recommend?
Also looking....Cleaned up the plastic lenses, but the lights are only good IMO for driving 40mph. Arrgh, all the old cars I drove with simple round glass headlights never gave me this problem... Wish I could put THOSE in...
 




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I installed TYC lights certified ones
I put a bead of rtv around the lens no leaks ever
I bought the turn signals to
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They look nice, the replacement plastic lenses. TYC also advertises an upgrade LED conversion bulb (and seem uncertain it will fit!) Did you upgrade your bulbs or stay with factory replacements?
 




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They look nice, the replacement plastic lenses. TYC also advertises an upgrade LED conversion bulb (and seem uncertain it will fit!) Did you upgrade your bulbs or stay with factory replacements?
Factory
They are like a year or more ago old
 








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Whether you just replace or buff out stock, always put film over it!
Way ahead in the long run.......
 




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Whether you just replace or buff out stock, always put film over it!
Way ahead in the long run.......
I only put it on the light bar and fogs
But I did it for night driving on deer alley road
 




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What is this film you are talking about?
 




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There are also many companies(Lamin-X included) that make precut to your model. Not only makes for fast and easy application. The film Provides less pitting and oxidation.
 




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There are also many companies(Lamin-X included) that make precut to your model. Not only makes for fast and easy application. The film Provides less pitting and oxidation.
It comes off easy to
I mean you have to pull stretch it off but leaves nothing behind
 








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You can find a lot of aftermarket headlights all over the internet. You may want to check out brands like Spyder, Anzo, and Lumen. You may want to visit 4WheelOnline for more options.
 




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Meh, I have no idea what you guys are talking about.

My '98 has been parked outside 24/7 for several years now and was most of the daylight hours back when a daily driver.

I buffed out the headlights, put a synthetic polishing wax on, and that's all I've ever needed to do a couple times a year since then. No "sealant" or "film", just a polishing (aka cleaner) synthetic wax. If I was parked where there was direct sunlight for the 2nd half of the day, I might need to do that quarterly instead of every half a year, but it's no more than grabbing a rag with a pea sized blob on it after washing the vehicle, takes 1-2 minutes.

On the other hand if you have a leak and gunk got on the inside of the lens, it has to either come apart to clean that out or replace it. Maybe you could power wash that off through the bulb hole, never had an occasion to try that.
 


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Meh, I have no idea what you guys are talking about.

My '98 has been parked outside 24/7 for several years now and was most of the daylight hours back when a daily driver.

I buffed out the headlights, put a synthetic polishing wax on, and that's all I've ever needed to do a couple times a year since then. No "sealant" or "film", just a polishing (aka cleaner) synthetic wax. If I was parked where there was direct sunlight for the 2nd half of the day, I might need to do that quarterly instead of every half a year, but it's no more than grabbing a rag with a pea sized blob on it after washing the vehicle, takes 1-2 minutes.

On the other hand if you have a leak and gunk got on the inside of the lens, it has to either come apart to clean that out or replace it. Maybe you could power wash that off through the bulb hole, never had an occasion to try that.
Guess your lucky

My lights were to far gone to even try to fix
Same with the fogs
 




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