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Old 09-11-2010, 05:03 AM   #1
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Cracked Headlight Housing

If I have to replace the Headlight anyway is there a better Headlight Assembly than the stock unit. On my motorcycle there are several reflector assemblies that take advantage of better bulbs.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:56 AM   #2
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Depends on what your truck is, 4runner or Tacoma as well as year. As for 4runner, 96-98 you can replace the entire assembly with units from 99-02, better clarity, better light dispersal. Also going HID is another option as well as going with the projector mod. Give more information, do a write up on your profile so we know what your driving and can recommend options.
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I should have been more specific. I have a '96 4runner. I did go to the Toyota Parts Dept and looked at a new 96 headlight and a new 2000 headlight and they are identical except for the reflector so it is a no brainer to upgrade. They are typical Totota Quality.

Are any of the cheaper after market headlights anywhere close to the Toyota Quality???
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Are the 99-02 covers plastic or glass? My 97 covers are glass, probably why they suck. I was looking at RockAuto and the 99-02 headlight assembly (TYC) is only $38, while the ones for my 97 are about $90.
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ya 99s are glass but aftermarket ones are not that good the beam pattern is horrible
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The new OEM headlights at the Toyota parts dept are Glass
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:49 AM   #7
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what were the prices for the 99+? I've been quoted 170 each and I cant get myself to pay 350 for headlights when mine are fine. i have been hoping a rock can hit them and force me to buy the 99's. but no such luck.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:03 AM   #8
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Thats the same money that I see. I am a little further along than you are as I have a crack in my passenger light. Is is still hard to pull the trigger on a headlight swap but with winter just around corner and more night driving it's just a matter of time
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Thank god my insurance company pays for the deer I hit last year cause I have a broken housing...no deductible either.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:59 PM   #10
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That is exactly what will happen after I replace with the newer lights............
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