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why i dont like taking apart 96+ headlights

**** like this happens that glue is some stubborn crap! not to mention the plastic housing is brittle.



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I dont know if that is the same glue used on the ones in 89, but I just sat my headlights above the fireplace for awhile. The glue melted and it was easy to pull them apart.

On another note. Do you know where I could get those white clips for my 89 headlights Mike? Most of mine are broke since the accident. Thanks alot.


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same happen to me, but my friend told sumthing about heatin an oven up to about 250 set them in there for a few mins then take them out an the glue should be soft enough to pull apart. still havent had a chance to try it yet.
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a new set is 140$ on ebay.




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yup, can't wait till i get around to doing the later model headlight swap. those will be on the list.

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Ouch mike, that sucks, I know how much of a pain the 96-7 lights can be to take apart. Sorry bro

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Mine didn't have any glue holding them together, but those look to be aftermarket.




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brian, it may be, but these are sealed much better than yours. i have taken apart a set of 89-90 coug lights before and i struggled a bit with them. i do know that the coug housings have a much stronger housing than the 96+ lights. i think that the 96+ ones use some type of rubber glue, as opposed to the other years that use something completely different. as for the white clips, im guessing the boneyard.

as for warming lights up in an oven, i have never tried that before and i dont see the need to. i have successfully gotten many other lights apart (including 96+) sitting at room temperature.

matt, that's a factory unit. aftermarket units use wider metal clips, and the factory ones have the narrower ones. notice the notches one the lens, they accommodate the narrow clips.

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I have done the oven thing and even though it is possible without the heat, it makes the glue a lot softer when heated up...therefore easier to take apart.
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as for warming lights up in an oven, i have never tried that before and i dont see the need to

look at the pic in your original post to "see the need to" - why not if it makes it easier?

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i was trying to swap a clearer lens onto that housing for a customer. the one you see is hazy from scratches. the housing with the clearer lens was cracked where the bulbs go.

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