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Old 09-12-2016, 10:18 PM   #1
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Evans-Fischer Headlight lens

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with these headlights from Amazon.

They are a pretty good price but there aren't really any reviews. Should I just go OEM? My passenger headlamp has a lot of tiny crack on the inside of it. It didn't look too bad until I had to replace the drivers side one after an accident. Now it really sticks out. Restoring it won't do much since a lot of the damage is on the inside.


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Old 09-13-2016, 02:12 PM   #2
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I would say its probably fine, cant really do much worse than our oem reflectors. However, if you want OEM, you can always find used on Ebay for similar:
PASSENGER RIGHT HEADLIGHT HALOGEN FITS 05-07 FOCUS 277736

same for local pick and pull
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:06 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll think about it some more. It looks like the one installed on the driver's side is not Ford OEM but Eagle Eyes so I'm not sure it really matters lol.
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This is one place where cheap Chinese parts may be just about as good as OEM. The Ford parts are commonly thicker plastic and more robust but since the Chinese copier tends to use exactly the same lens plastic then the copy will internal crack just like the Ford ones do, but at a substantially cheaper price.

I sure wish they'd go back to the older plastic that never cracked like that but no way, the new stuff vastly increased their headlight assembly sales and why it was done. Too many people began to refinish their own lights and they had to stop that.

Money, it's always about the money. Why Ford does 95% of the crap things they do, it's certainly not about making us happier as customers.
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Do you think I can extend the life of the new headlights by waxing the outside regularly to act as an additional UV coating?
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Meguires has a kit. With spray Something Like a clear coat. This will help.
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Do you think I can extend the life of the new headlights by waxing the outside regularly to act as an additional UV coating?
Wax won't do much. You're better off getting a Lamin-X film overlay.
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Meguires has a kit. With spray Something Like a clear coat. This will help.
If you're talking about the headlight restore kits, my headlight is damaged on the inside of the lens, so a restoration isn't really possible.

I'm just wondering if the additional UV protection from the wax will help prevent the same thing from happening again.

I'm probably going to Opti-Coat both headlights too.

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Wax won't do much. You're better off getting a Lamin-X film overlay.
I think I'm going with Opti-Coat. However wax can be applied on top of it once it's cured. I'm just wondering if anything at all (Including Opti-Coat or Lamin-X) is going to make a difference to prevent the cracking on the inside of the lens.
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I'm just wondering if anything at all (Including Opti-Coat or Lamin-X) is going to make a difference to prevent the cracking on the inside of the lens.
No.

It's cheap plastic and as the plastic heats and cools, it will crack, regardless of what you wipe or stick on it.
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^^^ this can often be the case.

UV light is a major issue for degradation of plastic, but not the only factor. What kind of deterioration seen might be possible to relate to the cause, beyond outer surface degradation that can be buffed out the answers become less obvious.
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