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Old 01-21-2021, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default First gen Tacoma headlight replacement

Got the usual oxidized lenses on the 99 and looking to replace so I can see better

Any recommendations on which to go with or stay away from?

Figure factory style with upgraded bulbs is easier and cheaper than HID upgrade or am I wrong?

Goal is to see better and not blind oncoming traffic
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Old 01-21-2021, 08:23 AM   #2
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There are services that will come to the house and polish out your lights to clear for $70.00 per light. No installing and adjusting needed. About time to call them again. Lasts about 2 years.................
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Old 01-21-2021, 08:58 AM   #3
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Last time I went through this on my 2004 I just bought replacements on eBay. Came out to about $50 for a pair with side markers.

Now that you mention it, I need to do it again.
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:48 AM   #4
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You can wet sand them out and then polish with one of those foam drill attachments and plastic polish. Worked well on my sequoia.
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:50 AM   #5
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Meguiars makes a kit for like $30. I did mine on my Tundra and they still are clear about 4 years later.
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Old 01-21-2021, 12:12 PM   #6
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Default First gen Tacoma headlight replacement

I tried all kinds of stuff with my Tacoma headlights to get the haze gone. Finally ended up just replacing them. Once you replace, you can get an upgraded wiring harness(the wiring harnesses on tacos are way undersized and rob you of light), that and some good bulbs will make an incredible difference. Thereís a guy on tacomaworld that makes the harnesses. Iíll see if I can find that info.


Edit- found the thread on tacomaworld. Itís a lot of information, but having done this upgrade myself, I can say itís worth it.

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...or-hid.398066/

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Old 01-21-2021, 12:24 PM   #7
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got any pics of your truck? Love some old gen tacoma pics
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:11 PM   #8
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I tried all kinds of stuff with my Tacoma headlights to get the haze gone. Finally ended up just replacing them. Once you replace, you can get an upgraded wiring harness(the wiring harnesses on tacos are way undersized and rob you of light), that and some good bulbs will make an incredible difference. Thereís a guy on tacomaworld that makes the harnesses. Iíll see if I can find that info.


Edit- found the thread on tacomaworld. Itís a lot of information, but having done this upgrade myself, I can say itís worth it.

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...or-hid.398066/

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I will check that out, thanks

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got any pics of your truck? Love some old gen tacoma pics
Nothing special, just SR5 ext cab 4x4, plain ol white
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Old 01-22-2021, 08:50 AM   #9
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Rub, "OFF" bug spray on it and rub it off. Will have to redue about every year. Works for me.
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Old 01-22-2021, 06:47 PM   #10
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There should be several ones to choose from on Rockauto.com I believe.
I found a set there for my 2007 when I had it and was very satisfied.
I just can't remember which one I went with...
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Old 01-22-2021, 07:17 PM   #11
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Rub, "OFF" bug spray on it and rub it off. Will have to redue about every year. Works for me.
X2 on this, but Ö

Did a few times, then read somewhere about ďwhiteningĒ toothpaste and a Scotch-Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad with some elbow grease. Now do this and it clears haze off just a good as the bug spray did.
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Old 01-22-2021, 08:30 PM   #12
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I got a co worker that re did his . They look great . Let me see if I can get ahold of him .
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:09 PM   #13
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My buddy went with Morimoto lights .
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:15 PM   #14
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Thanks for the suggestions

May try some of the DIY tricks before replacing assemblies
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:27 PM   #15
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My buddy went with Morimoto lights .

Morimoto are super nice and not cheap


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Old 01-23-2021, 07:09 AM   #16
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He said he ordered all the parts and built them himself. Said it saved him a lot of money .
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Old 01-23-2021, 08:02 AM   #17
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Did this as directed on 05 silverado made look new and they still great a year later...

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Old 01-23-2021, 10:14 AM   #18
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My teenage son went to Lowes and bought several grits of sandpaper and a few other supplies. He’s done all our vehicles’ headlights and a few for other family members.

In other words, if you have a kid, have them do it! LOL
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Old 01-23-2021, 10:51 PM   #19
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My teenage son went to Lowes and bought several grits of sandpaper and a few other supplies. Heís done all our vehiclesí headlights and a few for other family members.

In other words, if you have a kid, have them do it! LOL
My "kids" are 24 and 21, don't think that is an option

New harness and bulbs is definitely on the list

Cleaning the current lenses is an option but new assemblies are ~$50/pr on rockauto if that goes south

The acetone trick looks the easiest but I am skeptical
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