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Old 10-13-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Question 1998 Headlights

I need to replace my headlights as mine have that nice yellow haze that let hardly any light through. I would prefer OEM parts, but I'm wondering if there are any after market headlights that are better than others? Of course, I want the cost to stay down, but I don't want to sacrifice the quality. Thanks!

BTW, I have a 1998 V6.
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Re: 1998 Headlights

You could always go the very cheap route and just wet sand your current headlight housings. There is even a how-to article somewhere on the site.
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Re: 1998 Headlights

I saw that post in my initial search. I've been able to get the outsides somewhat clean, but there is a haze on the inside too. From what I understand there isn't a way to take the lenses apart to clean them on the inside. Do you know if that is true or not? Thanks for your help!
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There isn't a really easy way. I've heard of people putting headlights into the oven until the glue holding them together let go, and I've heard of people pouring bleach and junk into the housings and letting them sit a while to clean the inside, but I'd be afraid to try either one myself without someone telling me it worked first hand.
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Ummm, yeah I don't think I want to try those either! With my luck I would ruin something else. That would suck. I think the easiest route would be to just replace them, but I'm afraid of getting cheap ones that don't fit right or let water in and stuff.
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Re: 1998 Headlights

If you're going to replace them your best bet is to go with either OEM or maybe a pair from American Muscle.

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I'd stay away from some of the lights on ebay - especially the euro ones selling for $30.
They are probably garbage, and won't last.

Just remember that with any new headlight, you're going to have to seal them with RTV silicone...this will prevent any moisture buildup from occurring right away.
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Depending on the color of yours, you may want to think about the smoked lens....they look awesome on some cars.

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Mine is white, so I'm not sure how the smoked lens would look. Maybe if it were a newer paint job. It seems like American Muscle makes a pretty good product, which makes me happy to have an alternative to OEM parts. I like Ford, but don't necessarily want to give them my life savings!

outlawfrog: the chin spoiler and the side scoops both look awesome! if i had the money I would go ahead and put more into my car. right now the priorities are fixing the headlights (so I can see at night) and the speakers (so I can have more than one or two speakers working at once!).
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Yea...cash is a lil tight around here too. I'll do what I can when I can.
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Mine is white, so I'm not sure how the smoked lens would look. Maybe if it were a newer paint job. It seems like American Muscle makes a pretty good product, which makes me happy to have an alternative to OEM parts. I like Ford, but don't necessarily want to give them my life savings!

outlawfrog: the chin spoiler and the side scoops both look awesome! if i had the money I would go ahead and put more into my car. right now the priorities are fixing the headlights (so I can see at night) and the speakers (so I can have more than one or two speakers working at once!).
I think the smoked out lens would look pretty good on your white car. I've seen a couple "new edge" mustangs online that had the smoked lens along with tinted tails and it looked good. Pair the tinted lights with some window tint and white mustangs look *****in imo.

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Re: 1998 Headlights

I have a good feeling AM's headlights are as good as Ford's initial quality products. Even if it isn't Ford's exact part, part# for part#.

As for opening up the insides I actually think the housing is sealed with plastic and not a silicone, therefore just heating up the housing will not cause it to separate. As for this process I wouldn't be too afraid (in fact I've done it before) and by process I mean heat up the headlights in an oven. Keep the temp low and in just long enough to weaken the sealant. If you really want to get on the inside you will need to get something like a dremel and try for a nice even cut to separate the housing into halves (not an exact half but towards the back of the housing).

And as for dumping in bleach I would assume it would just ruin the plastic even more.
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Re: 1998 Headlights

check ebay, if you want a boost in looks go with 98 cobra style headlights, they are clear kinda in the center and look MUCH better than the OEM ones.
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