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ok after searching through many old post, ive gotten a mixed reaction. Im looking to replace my headlight housing on my gen 4, should i go with new ones from ford, or take a chance on a aftermarket set? Any aftermarket ones better than others? also anybody have an idea on price from the dealer?
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Myself I'd go to the dealer for headlamp replacements. Aftermarket would probably be fine, but I'd rather go with what I know works. Aftermarket probably is just as good, I haven't heard of anyone complain about any kind of aftermarket headlamp assemblies, but myself I'd go dealer. As for price, I have no idea.
 

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QUOTE (the_intimidator_02 @ Mar 25 2009, 05:12 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=712102
Myself I'd go to the dealer for headlamp replacements. .... As for price, I have no idea.[/b]
Hmmm, FastPartsNetwork has Gen4 Ford headlamps for $161 plus S&H.

I'd be able to buy 2 to 4 eBay Chinese specials for that. As a charter member of Team Cheap, I'd go the eBay route.

Though I gotta admit, my local Ford dealership, Framingham Ford, seems to have very good prices for bits and pieces (e.g., Ford gold coolant, $16 and change... less than Autozone Peak Gold).
 

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Watch eBay for them. I got 2 brand new OEM housings off of eBay for the same price as 1 from a dealership. Then put some XPEL Plastic overlays on them so I don't have to worry about UV failure ever again.
 

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On rockauto.com they're $44.79 or $56.79 or $81.79 each. I guess you can pick the quality you need depending on how much longer you're planning on keeping the car.
 

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QUOTE (Bull Geek @ Mar 25 2009, 02:05 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=712176
Watch eBay for them. I got 2 brand new OEM housings off of eBay for the same price as 1 from a dealership. Then put some XPEL Plastic overlays on them so I don't have to worry about UV failure ever again.[/b]
What are those overlays?...I've never heard of them...explain please.
 

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XPEL makes these plastic overlays using some 3M material that has an adhesive backing. You use a heat gun, rubbing alcohol and H20 to apply them to your lenses. If you have a headlight you are trying to protect from UV deterioration, rock chips, etc this overlay does that. Here's some more info about the product: https://www.xpel.com/products/headlight.asp
 

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I'm really curious about the headlights Rockauto sells for They do have Ford OEM part#s, Or they could be Depo cheapos. I've had great service with Rockauto so assuming they're Ford lights.
 

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If you do lots of night driving, go for the OEM Ford parts. Some of the aftermarket housings show up with interesting beam patterns, and since they don't adjust left-to-right, if they're off, you're stuck.

I've also noticed some of the aftermarket housings don't quite fit and stick out from the fenders a little tiny bit. It's mostly not noticeable unless you're looking for it, but the OEM ones fit flush.
 
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