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Felix801 and I did this project last March, and we took a few pictures of the process. Nearly 10 months later, there is still no write up for this mod. I hope this can help anyone who is considering doing this mod. Although it isn't technically difficult, it can get a bit excruciating at times, so plan a weekend in advance and expect your R to be out of commission for at least a day or two. Also, this is not the only way to black out your headlights. I decided to buy new clear corners from VIVA and tint those using VHT nightspray. Many others have used different techniques to change the appearance of their sidemakers.

Supplies: Screwdriver, wrenches, heat gun (or blow-dryer), sandpaper, high temp black spray paint, VHT nightspray (optional), R clear corner lenses from VIVA (optional), Stealth bulbs, Loctite urethane sealant 39916 from Grainger (PN: 4KM87).



Time: 2-3 days

Step 1) Remove fascia to access headlight fixtures.

Step 2) Remove bolts connecting headlights to radiator bulkhead. The bolt that connects the back corner of the headlight is slightly hidden. Pull back the plastic covering and you will see it.



Step 3) With the headlights removed, remove the lenses from each headlight. To do this we used a high power heat gun to soften the sealant for cutting. This can also be done with a blow dryer, but it may take more time.




Step 4) After sealant is heated we used flathead screwdrivers to pry the lens up from the housing, just enough to cut it away.



Step 5) Once lenses are removed, slowly and carefully remove the silver bezel. This piece is plastic and can break easily.

Step 6) Remove orange reflectors from bezzle. The reflectors are connected via small plastic inserts that go through the bezel. Sand the tops of the reflector inserts until the reflectors pop out. *optional* with the lense removed, you can also take out the DRL lenses to give them a clear look.

Step 7) Sand and paint bezel. We used 220 grit sandpaper and a high temp spray paint.


Step 8) We used "VHT Nightspray" to tint the clear corner reflectors.



Step 9) Once paint is dry, glue in reflectors and reconnect bezel to housing.


Step 10) Before reinstalling the lens to the housing, remove as much excess old sealant as possible. We removed all the old sealant from the lens, but were able to reuse some of the old sealant from the housing. Then run a thick bead of new sealant around the housing, and reattach the lens.

Step 11) With the sealant used in this write up, wait at least 24 hours until dry.

Step 12) Reinstall headlights and front fascia.

Step 13) Grab a cold beer, take a step back, and enjoy your new headlights.http://********************/smile/emthup.gif


After about 9 months, I have experienced absolutely no condensation inside the headlight, and they still look great imo!

 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (tomedkaz)

Looks awsome but it only looks good on ur color and matches the black grille.
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (tomedkaz)

+1 Looks great! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (Bishen)

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What grille do you have over your intercooler?

The upper and lower grilles are form Evolve, or rather Elevate now. And actually the fitment isn't very good so I don't recommend them.
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (LBG)

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The upper and lower grilles are form Evolve, or rather Elevate now. And actually the fitment isn't very good so I don't recommend them.

You mean the chicken wire from homedepot isnt a good fit ?
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (LBG)

Very nice! (Borat voice)

How do the DRLs look ignited without the diffusion?

http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (LBG)

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Great spot for your safety glasses


Kidding aside, looks good and nice right up http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (Chilled Man)

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You mean the chicken wire from homedepot isnt a good fit ?

baahaha!!! sorry elliott, but this is funny!!
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (850arrrsaylikepirate)

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Great spot for your safety glasses

Whaddaya mean? I always keep mine tucked safely away next to my dusty wine glass with a couple oz's of single malt scotch in there.
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (LBG)

http://********************/smile/emthup.gif http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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natty ftw

http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif










Modified by chinaonnitrous1 at 3:07 PM 1-8-2010
 

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Re: Write up: Headlight black out! (SHOlover)

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How do the DRLs look ignited without the diffusion?http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

They look great! I'll post a pic of them tomorrow.
 

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Love the natty
Good write up
 
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