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My 02 has headlights that are getting hazy and they have what i would call spider-webbing or heat cracks in the plastic lenses. I was wondering if there are any good aftermarket lights out there to replace my diminishing lights or would it be in my best interest to find a set of OEM ones? Lets be honest, finding OEM ones that are better than what I have might be a stretch since we are 15 years since my car was new. I'm not really interested in HID's or anything that is a substantial upgrade over stock. I just want clear lights that are bright.

Thoughts?
 

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Try a good DIY polishing kit from any parts store (some threads here about how to polish headlights, see the search). See what all you've got to work with first. Old plastic cleans up well for a while.
 

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Would agree with the polishing route. I have a 3M kit that's worked wonderfully. As a matter of fact, I just polished the lenses two days ago with 3M rubbing compound in preparation for Fall/Winter and they're crystal clear. Used it on my old Jetta also (those are notorious for having the lights frost over).
 

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Agree with the above posts. DIY kit, hour of your time and you can have them looking good like new.
 

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here is a long thread about melting your headlights with bug spray, and or fiddling with brass polish,

but I detailed what I bought and why I bought it, after reading some online comparisons of the various kits, detailing what they have and how long they last. the headlights I restored a few years back ...still look great.:smile2: (like 3 years?,...edit: mild spider web cracks on the inside, ...but really really clear).

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums...-polish-my-hazy-headlights-3.html#post3516769
 

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many ways to get a decent polish, making it last requires a good UV filtering coat.
 

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All that cracking never goes away with all the polishing in the world. I saw a set the other day...yikes.
True. I just replaced both tails as the plastic splintering was too much on both of them. Not sure why some OBW plastic is better than others. Living up here in the PNW, it's not like the sun is beating on them all day.
 

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True. I just replaced both tails as the plastic splintering was too much on both of them. Not sure why some OBW plastic is better than others. Living up here in the PNW, it's not like the sun is beating on them all day.
Maybe it's the humidity?
 

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I bought the NSF certified TYC replacements for my Outback from Rockauto.com, their pricing is pretty reasonable. I had 3M clear chip guard installed on the lights & they still look like new 3 years later.
 

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Do you drive around during the daylight hours with the headlights on most of the time? Heat exposure is a huge factor in how fast they will oxidize.

On the headlight cover front, does anyone know of any covers out there for filing up the fog light recesses?
 

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I went ahead and polished them up today. Not too happy with them, but they are brighter than they were and it will hold me off until i figure out exactly which replacements i want.

Still looking for opinions on replacements at this time.
 

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Digging this by back up as I'd like to find something brighter for my 02 obw. I've done the polishing, and it last a little while, but still uninspiring compared to my Honda headlights.
Anyone find some decent aftermarket lights for their OBW?
 

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Resurrecting an old thread to answer original poster’s question on where to get replacements.

Another option is to go through LKQ, which is basically a national chain of wrecking yards. Pretty much all the auto parts stores can order them for you, or you can contact them yourself. Pretty much everything comes with a guarantee. Last I dealt with them, headlights (complete except bulbs) were far below cost of new.
 
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