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Unread 07-21-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
TCMwonderful
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Headlight Lens Swap

OK, i searched existing threads and didnt find an answer, but i apologize in advance if this is a repost....

I got my WJ laredo with new limited headlights (chrome inside) installed and the old laredo ones (black inside) which are hazy as hell came with it. As i am painting my grill and cladding black I would like to have the old headlights in for the black insides, but want to use the lenses from the limited ones I have which are mint. Anyone have any clue how to swap the lenses? they do not just pop out, I have tried. My buddy mentioned heating them up, but I dont want to ruin them...

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Unread 07-21-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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Heat it up in the oven ... look up hid conversion

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Unread 07-21-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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yeah, youll pretty much have to heat the housing up in the oven at a low heat to soften the sealant. The lens will pry off then, but youll want to take the sealant with it if at all possible, or youll be buying sealant too to reattach

Have you tried just cleaning up the stock laredo lights? The kits with the drill buffing pad seem to work kinda well, but Ive also heard of success using plain old GoJo and some elbow grease, which is what I intend to try on a spare set of laredo's Ive got, just for kicks really, because I actually prefer the limited housings
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Unread 07-22-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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If the lights are stock they're gonna be TOUGH to get open. Heat in the oven (remove all rubber wires etc first). 250deg or so for 10 minutes. If it's too hard heat for longer. Then pry with a flat head screw driver starting in one corner. Work your way around with a second scraper pry bar screw driver etc. One to pry apart and one to move forward along the seam. A heat gun to keep the sealant soft as you go along would be helpful. The stuff hardens up quick.

While your already opening these up you should look into HID retrofit. You'll be doing the hardest part of the job anyway.
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