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Old 01-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Burnt Headlight Socket/Housing. How bad is it?

Hey, I'm trying to figure out what part's I'm going to order for new HIDs and angel eyes. The main issue I'm having is that the previous owner of the car installed what looks to be the wrong wattage bulb, for the passenger side (LHD) low-beam (outer) lamp. It burnt through the dish and caused damage to the rubber gromit and locking mechanism for the bulb. The bulb still works but it rests in the hole at an angle. Here are some pictures:

Both passenger side headlights:
http://i.imgur.com/sLONLaD.jpg

Melted low-beam:
http://i.imgur.com/hGu8sGk.jpg

Intact high-beam:
http://i.imgur.com/yX2FLpU.jpg

Upper view of bulb socket:
http://i.imgur.com/c4SsZLt.jpg

The extent of the damage:
http://i.imgur.com/IbseIuj.jpg

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So, obviously this thing is pretty ****ed up. I'm probably going to have to replace this whole socket, but i can't quite figure out what I'm replacing.

Is it going to just be the entire OEM headlight assembly at this point? I was planning on ordering some stuff and retrofitting it myself as opposed to ordering something prebuilt.

The orange housing is melted, the locking ring is melted, the rubber grommet is cracked too.

Any advice? Thanks!

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Old 01-28-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
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Perfect candidate for an FX-R retrofit... Are the plugs burnt?
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Perfect candidate for an FX-R retrofit... Are the plugs burnt?
The plugs as in the bulb plug? Nope seems fine to me. Why would the FX-R help me here?
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The plugs as in the bulb plug? Nope seems fine to me. Why would the FX-R help me here?
Did you way you were "planning on ordering some stuff and retrofitting it myself"?

So Either:
- Find a replacement halogen frame and swap them out
- Find a replacement headlight
- Retrofit some FX-Rs since you'll be cutting the burnt part out anyway when retrofit.
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