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Has Anbody Swapped Their Stock Headlights For Aftermarket?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by DFrasier88, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Feb 4, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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    Hello All,

    I've been doing some research about swapping headlights, and I haven't found much solid information.

    I've been wanting to swap my stock headlights out with smoked headlights, but I've been reading a lot about the electronic headlight leveling system, and people are saying that aftermarket headlights will lose this feature.

    Is this feature worth keeping? Can you keep it with aftermarket? Is swapping at headlights out easy (i've only swapped taillights, never headlights) I'm a beginner when it comes to doing this stuff. I would just really appreciate any feedback.

    Thanks everyone! Cheers!

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  2. Feb 4, 2016 at 11:00 PM
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    Good question. I want to know too if there's any aftermarket headlight with level adjuster.

    Also, anyone thinking about open up the headlight and black it out? I know a 4Runner guys did his, and it's awesome!

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  3. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:59 AM
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  4. Feb 5, 2016 at 6:00 AM
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  5. Feb 5, 2016 at 7:28 AM
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    Basically, I know I can replace the headlights. I found a good set. I guess I just want to know that I won't have to adjust the settings of the headlights, and the height level of the low and high beam. Would that be automatic?

    I just basically want to know the consequences of me getting aftermarket headlights.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2016 at 7:46 AM
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    @DFrasier88. I can shed a little light on your questions.

    Adjustment: The motor for the adjustment is on the headlight housing itself and cannot be removed. Thus if you remove the headlight you will loose this option. If you would like to have it with an aftermarket headlight you will have to find one that specifically lists that it has this feature. If it doesn't list this then you wont have this option. I lost this function with my aftermarket headlights.

    Removal and re-installation: Easy. You remove 3 screws/bolts, one push tab and pull off the lower plastic cover. Not hard at all. No hidden screws like the Tacoma has.

    Black Head Light Mod (BHLM): This is the mod that you are referring to that some have done to paint/black out their headlight chrome surround. This is done by putting the headlight in the oven to soften the sealer and allow you to pull it apart. I have done this in my tacoma and was planning to do this to my tundra until i got the aftermarket set. Here is the link to the one i did on my Tacoma (similar process to what you would have to do) https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/cheap-free-mods.4838/#post-45442

    I do not recommend smoking the outside of the headlights because it will decrease the light output from your headlights.
     
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  7. Feb 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM
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    Ok great. Truly appreciate the reply.

    Now my next question is, are the headlight heights automatically correct when you put them in, or will I have to adjust them in some way?

    Or is it just bolt them in, and you're good.
     
  8. Feb 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM
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    Most the time you can just bolt them in and go however if you notice they are high or low you will have to adjust. Adjustment is with screws on the housing.
     
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  9. Feb 6, 2016 at 5:16 PM
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    I believe they should have it set, so it's just bolt-on. But yes, you can also adjust it if necessary. I have done it with my 4Runner so it's easy.
     
  10. Feb 6, 2016 at 5:18 PM
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    Yeah, this headlight mod is very common for 4Runner and probably for Tacoma. I am wondering any Tundra people did it, because it has the level adjusters with the headlight. Will love to see if someone has this mod and provide a write-out.
     
  11. Feb 9, 2016 at 8:44 AM
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    Yeah, that would be very cool
     
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    If you're wanting to have the "blacked out" look and keep the level adjuster, I would suggest looking into getting a retrofit projector kit installed. I did mine myself and it took a few days (mainly waiting on paint to dry) and it was simple. I color matched mine to magnetic grey and the level adjuster works perfectly.
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    Love it. I wish I have this skills and patient to do it... haha~ Nice job!
     
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    I just installed Spyder HID aftermarket head lamps in my 2014 Tundra Limited. I took off the auto level Motor from the stock lights and put them on the Spyder lights. They work perfectly. Just back out the leveling screw until you can twist to unlock then screw fully out.
     
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    I knew you could transfer the motors over on a 3rd gen to Spyders. What I'd like to know is whether this works for 2nd gen as well. @csuviper, On 2nd gen, at least, the leveling motors _are_ removable.
     
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    I have eagle eye headlights and don't have the capability of the levelers.
     
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    Got these off eBay they fit good and haven't leaked or fogged up yet been about 3 months so far IMG_0464.jpg
     
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    Just ordered Anzo Tails and headlights. Not sure if I will try switching the level motors.
     
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