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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-12-2016, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket Headlamps?

Anybody got any that they like? I'm tired of sanding mine to get them clear. Brand recommendations appreciated.

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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

Sorry, I didn't realize that there is a separate forum for aftermarket parts. Move as necessary, please.

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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

I'm OK with leaving this here as it's more likely to be seen and responded to. If you don't get help, go ahead and double post over in the aftermarket section.

Check out TYC and see if they sell headlights for the Gen-I vans. Their Gen-II units look decent.

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I don't recall anyone posting about replacing theirs, here. Have you tried Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Clear Plastic Polish?
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I just did headlamp polishing for a friend with a mid 1990's Ford Taurus. I couldn't watch her driving around half blind any longer. It was a hard slog, but they came out quite well. I used 4 grades of wet sandpaper thru 800 grit, then rubbing compound, polishing compound, then Mother's plastic polish. Tape up the painted surfaces around the headlamp well to prevent damage!

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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

I'd like to get some 15 model headlights in my 11!

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If you're tired of polishing, you could buy some used OEM headlights and bake off the front lenses and put them on yours. The used ones typically have some broken mounts, so you'd likely want to stick with your backs.
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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

One thing I like about my 2000 Sienna's headlamps are that they aren't (or don't appear to be) plastic, but are glass, so they always look clear. I was surprised because I'd thought that by that time all cars had plastic lenses.
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If you're tired of polishing, you could buy some used OEM headlights and bake off the front lenses and put them on yours. The used ones typically have some broken mounts, so you'd likely want to stick with your backs.
Sounds doable, but used Gen 1 headlights are scarce and chances are the lens is bad anyway. Is there another brand in particular that is a good fit and/or a bargain? What's the bake-off and re-attachment procedure? After sanding & polishing & laquering mine twice, I've had it.

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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

I don't understand this thread... aren't all gen 1 headlamps glass and if so why is anybody sanding them? My 2000 headlamps are glass and look like new, and I see tons of them cheap on Amazon and eBay. Is this discussion about the plastic corner lamps ($28 new on eBay) or am I missing something?

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I don't understand this thread... aren't all gen 1 headlamps glass and if so why is anybody sanding them? My 2000 headlamps are glass and look like new, and I see tons of them cheap on Amazon and eBay. Is this discussion about the plastic corner lamps ($28 new on eBay) or am I missing something?
My 2002 has the dreaded plastic headlights. I think 98-00 had glass? Which brings up a question about the ultimate solution! Are the glass lamps interchangeable with the plastic ones?

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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

Now it makes sense - that's why I'm here - to learn!
I just checked a few things... a place that sells hoods lists the same hood for a 2000 as a 2003 and on O'Reilly's site they list the same bulb for a 2000 as for a 2003. If those had been different it would have been a clue that the headlamps were not interchangeable.
I've attached two pics I found online. the first of a 2000 and the second a 2002. The grilles are different.
One idea, although a hassle, would be to go to the dealer and get them to pull both headlamps and compare them.
Or maybe post a thread on the other Toyota website asking specifically if the headlamps are interchangeable. Somebody must have come across this before.
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Thank you for your research, iRt. They sure LOOK similar, but I suspect there must be a reason why the parts search sites always distinguish between the years. Still, if it's just a small gap between the glass and the grill or something like that, I could live with it. Unless anyone has any firsthand experience to report, I may invest in a used glass lamp and see how well it works.

Then again, I could get a new aftermarket pair for half the price of a used glass one. I may just guinea pig myself for an aftermarket solution.

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Sheesh! Just found this. Not encouraging.

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ght-Assemblies

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Re: Aftermarket Headlamps?

I wouldn't find any of that discouraging. People always will be trying to convince you that you need a $50 pencil and that a 50 cent one won't work.

I'd see if you could swap some glass ones in there and just get some decent bulbs. In the year that I've had my 2000 Sienna I've turned down three free identical (same color and year) Sienna's off of Craigslist, all of which had glass lights. It could be you need some other parts as well as the actual headlamps.

These are supposed to be economy vehicles. In the 60's and 70's, there were only 3 light bulbs (that I know of) that covered all vehicles. A Rolls Royce or a VW bug used the same $5 bulb. Nowadays they have made every vehicle "need" a different headlamp. There are vehicles now that cost $50k that in 10 years will be thrown away because they need a $500 headlamp that somebody doesn't want to buy. It's a 100% b.s. routine. A version of a Shark vacuum cleaner ad.
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