Yes, I have smoked my headlights, I've also cleared out the amber.
This project will take a long time and although it may seem intimadating.. its really isn't that hard. The only thing u can really mess up on is being careful when the headlight is apart. The lamps can take high temps... but besure to check every so often.
Check every 5 min !!! if you have to.
DO THIS AS YOUR OWN RISK!!! just so that people wont blame me if the oven thing messes up. these are just suggections and the way I did this project.
- Flat head screw driver
- Kitchen Oven
- Epoxy or something similar
- 1 hour if you know where every screw is
2 or 3 if you are really new to this.
Skill level required:
- Spray painting, know how to evenly coat it
These items are to be removed in order:
- Metal insert under grill *
- fog lights or signals
- headlight bulbs and parking light bulb
* The trick to removing the metal insert under grill, using a flat
head screw driver, stick it into the space between the insert and
the fender. There should be 2 clips that hold it in place, 2 on each
Preheat the oven until it reaches 250 degrees.
Place both lamps into for 15 mintues, but be sure to check
the lamps every so often.
Pry open with flat head, the glue should be soft enough pry open, the glue will still put up a fight so becareful not to pry too hard..
once its pryed open, the amber part should pop right out and the other reflector
the outer reflector is what SHOULD be PAINTED!!
DO NOT TOUCH THE INNER REFLECTOR.. IF YOU DO AND TRY TO WIPE OFF THE FINGER PRINTS IT WILL SCRATCH UP A LOT!!!!!!!
Seal up lamps with epoxy or anything that will prevent moisture from going in. In case it does.... which I think its normal, usually the moisture goes away. But it might depend where u live.
i tried the oven method to remove the amber tint from my headlights and i think on the later model RAV's (2003 and above), Toyota is using a more tougher glue on their headlights cause no matter how many times i've put them in the oven, in a few seconds the glue would harden up again and i couldn't pry the headlights open. so i just said to H*LL with it and rather than risking my headlights from being deformed from overbaking i just aborted the project. :x
these lights are most likely made in taiwan. as far as looks, it will serve its purpose but i've bought cheap aftermarket headlights before and construction is as good as the original but expect the lens to fog-up or yellow or turn dull or get scratched up real quick.
If the quality of the plastic is as good as the originals, that should be enough for a lot of people. For me, the cost would almost be the same between new headlights from the dealer and these ones (give or take $50), so it could be worth it a try? Still undecided
Well, look at what i've found:
Didn't realize that these cars came with what looks like OEM HID's but also headlight levelling. You can see the ballast at the bottom of the headlight.
Anybody have any experience finding a set of these from Japan? they're awfully expensive from what i've read...
I’m hoping to do some modifications. I’m hoping to get the best bang for my buck, so I’m trying to decide whether I should do a 3SGTE swap, supercharge the stock 2AZ or turbocharge the stock 2AZ. What does everyone think?
This post is a place saver for a detailed build thread with pictures of my Rav4 lifted on Old Man Emu Springs and the 30mm Tema 4x4 lift kit.
The attached picture is with 235/60/16 tires.
Many more details to come.
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