New Headlights for my 1997 F-350... Are gonna have to wait

in hive-129017 •  last month 

The Ol’ Beast was in desperate need of new headlights. The lenses are super yellow, making it very hard to see at night. I could maybe see 20 feet in front of me with my low beams on. I could have my brights on and people couldn’t even tell. Lol. So I ordered up some new fancy smancy headlights to bright things up at night and add a little different look to the front of my truck. Give the Beast a little facelift. It’s getting new axles underneath so why not add a little somethin’ somethin’ on the top?

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This little headlight swap project was suppose to be a quick slam dunk. You know, Take out the old headlights and put in the new ones... Done! Of course around here nothing seems to goe as planned.

First I had to take the grill off, which will hopefully give me better access and visibility to the bolts that hold the headlights in.

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These stock headlights are a 2-piece design. The blinker and marker lights are separate from the actual headlight. So after locating and removing 2 nuts from the backside, the blinker and marker lights were removed.

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Then the I fought like hell to get one of these retainer clips off that hold the headlight to the headlight/grill reinforcement panel. Upon looking at the other ones and realizing there is no way to access them to remove them, I decided to just remove the whole thing. Those little U-shaped clips don’t just simply slide off. They have to be pried off at just the right angle. Really?!?!? I mean why not just use a nut and bolt??

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This is where this project came to a halt. Now I knew this reinforcement panel was a little busted up on the bottom but Daaaaannnng!! This thing is trashed!!!

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No wonder my grill wasn’t quite fitting in there nice and tight. The whole bottom was busted to pieces! Not cool... not cool at all!!

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Then upon further inspection I found a few more surprises. This whole big chunk of plastic was in horrible shape!! Both the left and right sides, next to the headlights were cracked severely bad. Making this headlight/grill reinforcement panel... not to good at reinforcing... Picking it up by the middle I could tell this thing was junk!!

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I believe these cracks near the headlights were caused by laying on the front of the truck when working on it. I guess this plastic isn’t meant to support human weight... piss poor design... piss poor!

So after a quick search, I managed to find a replacement online for $100. Seems a little steep but when it costs $40 to ship it, the price of the part isn’t too bad. Well I guess these new headlights are going to have to wait for another day. Maybe my new cab lights will come in and I can get those installed??

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So my truck sits in the driveway, waiting for the new headlight/grill reinforcement piece to arrive in the mail. Dang!!! The Beast looks naked

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Until Next Time...

Hive On
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Plastic....
Why Plastic!!

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Been there, done that! Admittedly, it was just a Dodge Neon, but I feel your pain nonetheless!

  ·  last month (edited)

I was considering using some aluminum flat bar to repair it. Place it behind the broken pieces and put a few self tapping screw in. Then I figured screw it, just buy a new one.

My new lights for the top of the cab came in today so hopefully that install goes better.

I vote for a homemade grill made out of unpainted rebar. Plastic might make you hesitate to run into something that needs crushing.

Dahahahaha!!! I am in!! My Dad just bought a HUGE number/grill guard for his Dodge... ya I think I will make my own at that price. Lol

If there was a metal option for what I am needing I would definitely pay the extra!! I just installed tinted cab lights and they look awesome. Can't wait to get these headlights in. This truck will look waaaay different.

Then I will snatch up a bunch of rebar from the local subdivisions and get to work on a grill guard. 😜

The headlamp looks good though, where did you get it from?

I found them on Amazon... go figure right?!? Dang Amazon carries everything I swear. They ran about $200 usd. They have LED daytime running right and the marker, turn signal and headlight are all one unit, which I thought was pretty cool. Let's just hope they perform as good as they look. lol