Remove Amber Reflector In Headlights?

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Anyone removed the amber reflector from the GX470 headlights? Is it ugly underneath? Time for someone to investigate the deletion of this ugly bastard.

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You need that amber reflector, legally. I've never seen anyone do much in the way of mods on these headlight housings, mostly HID conversions (which are money well spent IMO).
 
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I painted my headlights to match the grill and Factor 55 winch items, while I had the headlight apart the orange reflector pops right out so I tinted it. It still glows at night with the lights on just not as bright during the day I also put in HID 6000k lights and LED's while it was apart its been done that way over a year and a half I am happy with the results, I also did the same to the Fog lights with 3000K HID's.

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You need that amber reflector, legally.
Well nobody asked you! haha


I painted my headlights to match the grill and Factor 55 winch items, while I had the headlight apart the orange reflector pops right out so I tinted it.

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Looks great. May I ask what you tinted it with? I am hoping to scuff up the headlight, and find a semitransparent paint to tint the bezels, similar to the sport headlights. But I might just pop the reflector out and replace it with a clear acrylic part.
 
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Well nobody asked you! haha




Looks great. May I ask what you tinted it with? I am hoping to scuff up the headlight, and find a semitransparent paint to tint the bezels, similar to the sport headlights. But I might just pop the reflector out and replace it with a clear acrylic part.
I tried to tint the chrome backing like the sport headlights but the green color of the light is actually the chrome, I used the VHT Night Shades to tint the housing and the orange reflector lens. Good luck its a fun project
 
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So the complete inside of your headlights is VHT? What do you mean by the green color, did the VHT not cover up the green?
 
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So the complete inside of your headlights is VHT? What do you mean by the green color, did the VHT not cover up the green?
The inside of the headlight is a Matte Graphite, I tried the VHT but it just came out really glossy and almost black I didn't personally care for the glossy look in the light so I mixed up a color close to the stock grille the winch fairlead and prolink. The chrome in the stock headlight has a green tint to it in order to cover it up it was almost black. The Sport headlights are a smoke color versus the green.
 

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The inside of the headlight is a Matte Graphite, I tried the VHT but it just came out really glossy and almost black I didn't personally care for the glossy look in the light so I mixed up a color close to the stock grille the winch fairlead and prolink. The chrome in the stock headlight has a green tint to it in order to cover it up it was almost black. The Sport headlights are a smoke color versus the green.
Interesting to hear that the green tint is in the chrome rather than the lense, good info!
 
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Bumping an old thread... who else has torn into their headlights? Is it as simple as using a heat gun to loosen up the adhesive?
 
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I just baked my fog lights to remove the little metal things that block the bulbs. I did 250* in the oven for 12 minutes. This turned out to be perfect. I did 250* for 10 minutes to put them back together. I would like to do the headlights sometime so I am interested in hearing what others have to say. However, I would be willing to bet that 250* for 12-15 minutes would work well. then another 10 to seal them back up. I think heating the whole thing would be better than using a heat gun so the heat is uniform without hot spots.

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Is there any downside to painting the chrome interior a darker color (i.e. smoked)? Does the chrome aid in dispersing light?
 
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I just baked my fog lights to remove the little metal things that block the bulbs. I did 250* in the oven for 12 minutes. This turned out to be perfect. I did 250* for 10 minutes to put them back together. I would like to do the headlights sometime so I am interested in hearing what others have to say. However, I would be willing to bet that 250* for 12-15 minutes would work well. then another 10 to seal them back up. I think heating the whole thing would be better than using a heat gun so the heat is uniform without hot spots.

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What was the difference in light output?
 
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Is there any downside to painting the chrome interior a darker color (i.e. smoked)? Does the chrome aid in dispersing light?
The low and high beam are projectors so painting the chrome around these would not affect light output. I personally would not paint the actual reflector itself for the parking and turn signals.
 
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What was the difference in light output?
Yes it is noticeable. I installed some LED fog light bulbs. The output was pretty poor initially. Now it is probably as good as oem halogen. Honestly I just wanted to match the color to my HID low beams. I am not expecting much output from the fog lights.
 

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I had blacked out chrome in my last set and they worked great, but they were depot housings and got stress cracked within a year. I just put in sport OEM lights and they look great and perform very well with LED bulbs.
 
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