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2018+ LED Headlights Customized (Pics)

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by TundraCoast, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. Nov 23, 2018 at 2:31 PM
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    TundraCoast

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    Finally got around to modifying/customizing my 18+ LED Headlights.

    Heres a description of what I did, I'm really happy with the finished product gives the Tundra a modern clean appearance.

    Main housing bezels, low beam surround trim, turn signal bowls: semi-gloss black
    Upper and Lower LED diffusers: frosted
    Klearz mfg side markers: frosted
    6000K white LED side marker bulbs
    LED turn signal bulbs amber

    Inner housing bezel stock (without lens)
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    Inner housing bezel after (without lens)
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    Inner housing bezel stock (with lens)
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    Inner housing bezel after (with lens)
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    Finished product back on truck
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  2. Nov 23, 2018 at 2:33 PM
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    Mountun Goat

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    Nice work that looks tight!
     
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  3. Nov 23, 2018 at 2:35 PM
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    how'd you frost them? very smooth
     
  4. Nov 23, 2018 at 2:57 PM
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    Would love to do something like that to mine. Do you have a step-by-step reference or narrative? Looks great and refreshing to see an OEM upgrade that isn’t hundreds of dollars
     
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  5. Nov 23, 2018 at 2:59 PM
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    Used Rust-oleum Frosted glass spray paint, cleaned the diffusers and clear side markers several times with denatured alcohol, went over the surface with super fine steel wool #0000 to knock-down any burs. With the frosted spray paint, thin coats to build up the look is the best way. I did about 20 light coats with short dry time in between coats.
     
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  6. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:16 PM
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    Very Nice! Strong work!
     
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    There are a handful of tutorials on YouTube. Everyones experience is different so there is a learning curve. The 2014+ Tundra lights are known to be a pain to open due to the perma-seal that is used to mate the housing with the lens from the manufacturer. Oven @ 240 degrees for 20 min didn't work the first time for me. I ended up putting the lights back in the oven 2 more times each at 240 degrees for 9 min. As others, I used expanding pliers purchased on Amazon, flat head screw drivers and a lot of elbow grease. Purchased the Morimoto Butyl from Amazon to reseal the lights. Rust-oleum 2 step primer semi-gloss black spray paint, Rust-oleum Frosted glass spray paint for the LED diffusers and side markers.
     
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  8. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:22 PM
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  9. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:28 PM
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    Turned out awesome!
     
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  11. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:38 PM
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    Awesome! Fairly newbie here. Thanks for your time!!
     
  12. Nov 23, 2018 at 3:56 PM
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    Yep, those look great! Good job!
     
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    The orange side marker, is that a replacement and if not how do you get it clear or frosted and still usable?
     
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    Wow those look so good. Great job!!!! And I love your truck and that color matched pro grille
     
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  15. Nov 23, 2018 at 4:55 PM
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    I did the same thing to my SR5 HL, turned em Into PRO HL, real PITA to get apart
     
  16. Nov 23, 2018 at 4:56 PM
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    Great work!
     
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    That really does look sharp
     
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    The orange side marker is OEM comes with the stock 18+ LED Headlights. A company by the name of Klearz makes an exact fit replacement side marker. I purchased the "clear" version they have "light smoke" and "dark smoke" as well. The side markers have 2 tabs that clips in place on the inner trim housing, easy switch out once the headlight assembly is opened. I then used Rust-oleum frosted glass paint to frost them.
     
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    Pics of your conversion? Did you use the cold glue tools? A couple of guys said they didn't, I think they would have helped in my opinion.
     
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    Sharp. That type of mod is on my winter list.
     
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    Damn!! Nice work! Looks awesome!
     
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    you have a 17.. u could have threw a projector in there while you were at it
     
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    Tundra is a 2017 the headlights are 2018 Toyota LED
     
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    im aware of that.. HIDs and projectors have better output.. because you have a 17 u can use these 18s but still retro with a projector... i have an 18 i get an error.. im stuck

    IMG_0353.jpg Screen Shot 2018-11-23 at 4.02.36 PM.jpg
     
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    I saw YouTube vids on how to do, put in over at 220° 10 min left was a PITA, only tools was flat head screwdriver n small pry bar, right baked bit longer n pulled apart easy, cleaning glue with flat head was PITA but also has a heater gun to clean out
     
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    Aaah got it, wasn't clear on your first post. For the most part, I'm happy with the output of the 18+ LED headlights. I agree that there is room for improvement in light output. Looks like you have the Morimoto fog lights (I have the same) I also added the Rough Country LED bar in the valance so lighting is good for my needs.

    The color match on your truck and the mods to the LED's & fogs is awesome. Did you do the conversion? I was thinking of adding a light accent on the low beam "blade". What the story on that?
     
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    I was hoping youd finally post these publicly here. Very well done, theres some serious skills around this forum. so many good ideas
     
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    haha ty my friend

    Only reason I am posting is to let others know if you have an 18+ and you try and retro you will get a huge error HEADLIGHT MALFUNCTION PLEASE SEE DEALER. These 18 housings have drivers in them that talk back to the ECU. I tried resistors, canbus, and even tried wiring the OEM drivers in WITH my retro - no go.

    So you CAN retro these housings pre 18

    18 and UP as of now LED module only

    carry on gentlemen

    lol
     

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