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DIY INFO: Black Headlight mod..... this one with PICS!

Who would have thought my first mod on my very own IS that I just got a few days ago would have been a DIY? I originally brought you guy's a full picture DIY on your cluster LLS's DIY Cluster Backlight Conversion . Now I am going to do the same on the headlight mod.

You can find most of this info on this site in various places, but I felt we needed a diy thread here with pics and bumper removal details all in one thread.

Remove the front bumper by removing the 10mm screws along the bottom underneath connected to the lower splash pan, the 4 push pins along the grill, the one screw in the center of the grill, and the two screws each in the fender well on each side. disconnect the side markers and fogs.

Unplug the headlight connections from the car.

Remove the 10mm screw that holds the top bracket on.

Remove the two 10mm screws that hold the headlight on the rear (inside the fender well).


Once you have the assembly removed, remove all the bulbs. Be sure not to touch the high beam, or HID low beam! Unscrew the two bottom phillips screws from the headlight also that secure the lens to the housing.

Get a cookie pan big enough to fit the headlight on and bake the headlight for 7 minutes @ 250 degrees.



Once you remove the headlight from the oven, use a small flatblade to slide around the headlight seam - breaking the glues bond. Then carefully and gently pry apart the headlight.


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You do not HAVE to do this next step, but it makes a WORLD of difference in how the headlight looks when done. I used special purple 3M masking tape that had a low adhesion quality to mask off a certain area of the chrome ring to give the headlight some classy trim inside the black. Remember to remove the turn signal reflector!

You can use anything you wish paint wise, but I prefer a black satin as opposed to a high gloss paint.



After you have shot a few coats, remove the tape and re-insert the reflector.



Here's what your headlights will look like inside when you have finished the above steps.



To remove the old glue, pop the headlight back in the oven for about 3 minutes and warm it up, then scrape the glue as quickly as possible.

When you are done, use a clear silicone to line the headlight and put it back together.





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Now, just do the other side and stick it all back together Enjoy your new black headlights










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looks good man! haha remind me of my first time! lol. GL bro, but u should paint the chrome housong where the turnsignal are at. Kinda hard to remove them and put it back, but just take ur time

here's a pic of my first time doing the chrome ring


haha oh yea... if u still have some paint left. Do ur fog and paint ur grill! hehe if u paint ur 01 grill to black and leave the chrome line outside will look much better then the silver one right now.

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looks good man! haha remind me of my first time! lol. GL bro, but u should paint the chrome housong where the turnsignal are at. Kinda hard to remove them and put it back, but just take ur time

here's a pic of my first time doing the chrome ring
Looks great. In my situation my goal was not to black out the headlight, only to eliminate the exposed chrome. I think the chrome makes the car look cheap (thanks to all the APC copy cats), so rather than a black out where I'd have used VHT Night Shades to do the turn signal lens also, I really just wanted it to be a nice clean headlight with all the exposed chrome gone.

When you black something out you can tell it has been modified by looking at it with no prior knowledge. My goal for this car is to look at it and think it came from the factory, but still have the appeal of the black look.

I like to keep the mods clean. My SC has a clean overall look.


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nice pics! good write up, too

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Looks great. In my situation my goal was not to black out the headlight, only to eliminate the exposed chrome. I think the chrome makes the car look cheap (thanks to all the APC copy cats), so rather than a black out where I'd have used VHT Night Shades to do the turn signal lens also, I really just wanted it to be a nice clean headlight with all the exposed chrome gone.

When you black something out you can tell it has been modified by looking at it with no prior knowledge. My goal for this car is to look at it and think it came from the factory, but still have the appeal of the black look.

I like to keep the mods clean. My SC has a clean overall look.


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good stuff bro. I'd do the same to my old headlights but decided to buy JDM black headlights instead.
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Nice DIY, thanks for contributing. Looks really good.

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Thanks, you are all very welcome.

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already did this buy good write up! have a green box
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Nice writeup. Have some rep.

I would also have suggested smoking the turn signal lense a bit.

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