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    Lightbulb 07-13 NNBS Headlight Mod

    Well I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of Euro crystal clear signal lense with a black background headlights off Ebay for $175. My sole purpose was to either use these newly purchased headlights for my project or save these if I screw up the stock ones. Well after receiving them and getting ideas what I wanted to do I decided to use the new ones. My plan is to remove the lense off of the backing and start with painting the black background red to match my truck. Then I will install two 4" Color changing Halo rings around each light and a matching color changing strip across the middle. Also I have the switchback signal bulbs this is why I went with the clear signal lense. The color changing smd lights will all work by remote control. (cheap ebay stuff).

    I removed the rubber grommets and wiring from the back of the headlight and pre-heated my oven to 230 degrees. I placed the light on a cookie sheet and stuck it in the oven for 10 minutes. I used a infrared thermometer heat gun to be sure my oven was accurate. I checked the plastic just before I pulled it out and it was at 185 degrees. From what I understand the lights will melt at 285. All that is needed to get the butyle rubber seal around the headlight flexible seems to be about 185.
    It took two times of placing it in the oven to remove the lense from the seal. by the time I began using a flathead screwdriver to pry open and pop the tabs it began to cool. After the second time back in oven for 8 minutes the glue seems to allow the lense to pull off much easier. The second light I only had to put in the oven once since I was that much better at it the second time. More to come when I can post up pictures

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    woohooo Pictures!!!!Click image for larger version. 

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    Looks great. Keep us updated with lots of pics.
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    I will, Im looking at doing my foglights next. Mounting the rings is one of the challenges and also making sure the light gets good and sealed back up. Again I will probably buy an aftermarket set of foglights to rip into so I dont ruin the stock ones. That way if and when I sell the truck I can either keep them/ sell them seperate, or allow the new buyer to do what they want with it.

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    looks awesome bro! I have been wanting to paint mine white for quite some time now, just never pulled the trigger. neither of my headlights are factory anymore (friend drove it drunk and smashed the driver side... haters happened on the passenger), and the lenses SUCK.. can you post a link to the ebay item you bought for the headlights? they look pretty good!

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    The demon eyes look awesome, but I think your going to regret painting the housings. I know what happens to them from experience lol, you'll find out soon enough.
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    whatever happened on this project? Are they installed and paint holding up?

    And to be fair, the 05 style headlights entire housing is used to project light... if you notice, he taped off the parts of our headlights that are used to project and reflect light. This should have prevented any premature wear on the paint from bulb heat @TRPLXL2

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08_rado_rocker View Post
    whatever happened on this project? Are they installed and paint holding up?

    And to be fair, the 05 style headlights entire housing is used to project light... if you notice, he taped off the parts of our headlights that are used to project and reflect light. This should have prevented any premature wear on the paint from bulb heat @TRPLXL2
    Yes they are installed and working awesome. The only issue I found is with the SMD color changing lights they seem to be temperature sensative. So if its 60 degrees or colder they need to warm up a bit before all of them work correctly. Also if I have my headlights on for extended period of time they get warm and begin to not work also. I seen the working temp rating on them was 50 degrees to 150 degrees. So Im guessing it must get a little warm in there but its not a big deal since Im not really driving down the road with the headlights and the halos on for the most part. Paint is holding up also and the lights are bright as can be. Its really hard to take a picture because the light kinda blurs but heres one I took just yesterday with the halos on in the color white.
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ID:	59279Halos are not on in this pic. and the lense is a bit dirty(just got back from Adirondeck region where they let millions of dragonflys loose for mosquito control was not happy) but paint is good so far

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    Looks good Phantom. I had a similar mod on my Sierra (you can see pics in my photo album). I loved every second of them.

    But now, I am upgrading from just halos over the headlights, to retrofitting projectors. All 4! Currently it is a work in progress and should be done within the next few weeks. I will make a thread to post pictures once they are complete. Here's what's going into them:

    -Colormatched painted housings.
    -4 retrofit bi-xenon projectors
    -Blue demon eyes inside of the projectors
    -4 white plasma halos on the projectors
    -2 concept strips running across the middle
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