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Old 04-09-2016, 08:05 AM   #1
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Headlights for 2004 ZTW

Maybe this belongs somewhere else but just looking for info and opinions. The lenses on my headlights have spiderweb cracks throughout so it's time to replace them. My question is whether it's worth the extra money for projector type or just stick with the original design. I'm not trying to mod my car other than making some common sense improvements but want the most bang for my buck. Any input form members that have been ther, done that, is appreciated. I've search Amazon since we have Prime but see so many conflicting reviews on some nice looking light assemblies. Thanks.


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I'll leave it here for now at least, fits for "repair question". MkI section has more on 'upgrade' options for information already posted.

Bang for the buck the stock type wins, but that's an opinion based on simplicity/relative lack of issues/cost.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:15 PM   #3
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Sailor, thanks for the feedback. Like I said, I just want to put the best lighting without going high end.
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High end would be mach headlights (projectors, amazing). But for what you would want, just stock relective headlights would work. Some people have issues with the TYC brand and others say it works just fine...so which off brand you go is up to you.

OR, you could hit up your local pick and pull yard and grab some OEM headlights that you know have quality lens and will fit and work correctly.

Just depends on the effort you want to put into it.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:36 PM   #5
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Be advised that most of the OEM replacement parts have utter Chinese quality and no more. They will work pretty good right off the bat but the clear plastic will do the same and somewhat faster than the OEM did. The plastic cross-sections are much thinner than OEM and any mishandling of part can break them pretty easy. Any screw type plastic adjusters break pretty quick so adjust right off the bat before they seize up and then leave them alone for the life of the part.

Curse Ford for changing the clear plastic way back when they saw how many people were refinishing lights to make them look new again, the new plastic cracks intentionally to make you buy more of them. The earlier plastics used could be refinished over and over since they never spiderweb cracked at all. Why junkyard lights are just that unless you luck out to trip over brand new ones while walking the yards. People snatch those up like lightning.
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Yes, BTDT.

My OEM's were terrible, spider-ed, milky. Too late for restoring. I shopped around a lot, so much crap out there, but the only thing I sorta liked, was just too expensive, a HID system ($500+).

A very long story told short-> I ended up with one Depo and some off-brand (TYC?) for the other side. Neither are great, just OK. Light quality and dispersion are meh. If I lived in a rural area, I would almost have to replace them. Typical driving here most often keeps me under street lights, so average/poor lighting is not a problem.

Here is one of mine->
Amazon.com: Depo 330-1110L-AS6 Ford Focus Driver Side Replacement Headlight Assembly: Automotive

Now about 1 year later, I can see some spider webs in the lens. Pft, shocker.
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