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 Post subject: Re: EOI: Clear headlight lenses for E-series
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:15 pm 
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Something I've realised is that the lenses will need to be attached with a different adhesive as the standard set up uses clips to hold the lens in place, I think if you were to use the sealant only they would probably fall off on a hot summers day. I've found another sealant that will work but it will add a little to the cost to supply it with the lenses.
You could use silicone but some release fumes when they cure and that could fog the lenses on the inside.


Could you use an epoxy or resin.
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 Post subject: Re: EOI: Clear headlight lenses for E-series
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:57 pm 
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MAD wrote:
Something I've realised is that the lenses will need to be attached with a different adhesive as the standard set up uses clips to hold the lens in place, I think if you were to use the sealant only they would probably fall off on a hot summers day. I've found another sealant that will work but it will add a little to the cost to supply it with the lenses.
You could use silicone but some release fumes when they cure and that could fog the lenses on the inside.


Could you use an epoxy or resin.



a type of butyl rubber like other lenses would be the go i reckon.
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 Post subject: Re: EOI: Clear headlight lenses for E-series
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:19 pm 
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Thanks very interested for my ef fairmont just bought the car and can't see a dam thing at night time...
Please let me know when you will be available.
These cars are really dangerous they should have been recalled..
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 Post subject: Re: EOI: Clear headlight lenses for E-series
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:08 am 
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MAD wrote:
Something I've realised is that the lenses will need to be attached with a different adhesive as the standard set up uses clips to hold the lens in place, I think if you were to use the sealant only they would probably fall off on a hot summers day. I've found another sealant that will work but it will add a little to the cost to supply it with the lenses.
You could use silicone but some release fumes when they cure and that could fog the lenses on the inside.


Could you use an epoxy or resin.



a type of butyl rubber like other lenses would be the go i reckon.

Butyl rubber is what the standard headlights use, but alone it is probably not enough to hold the lens on without clips. I've found another butyl rubber that sets harder and requires a little more temperature to release.

Another option is windscreen adhesive.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EOI: Clear headlight lenses for E-series
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:12 am 
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Thanks very interested for my ef fairmont just bought the car and can't see a dam thing at night time...
Please let me know when you will be available.
These cars are really dangerous they should have been recalled..

These are not going to be a standard replacement lens. What I will be making probably wont work very well with the standard headlight. These will be primarily to facilitate the possibility of retrofitting projectors into the headlight.

If your lenses are very faded and discoloured, you can get them restored by a professional, or you can buy a kit yourself. There is also a how-to on this forum under the resources link.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EOI: Clear headlight lenses for E-series
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:28 pm 
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MAD wrote:
yepyep wrote:
Thanks very interested for my ef fairmont just bought the car and can't see a dam thing at night time...
Please let me know when you will be available.
These cars are really dangerous they should have been recalled..

These are not going to be a standard replacement lens. What I will be making probably wont work very well with the standard headlight. These will be primarily to facilitate the possibility of retrofitting projectors into the headlight.

If your lenses are very faded and discoloured, you can get them restored by a professional, or you can buy a kit yourself. There is also a how-to on this forum under the resources link.


MAD, would it be possible for you to add a photo or two to get an idea of what the lens' look like please? Cheers!! :D
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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:40 pm 
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Sorry not yet.

I have a picture of what my cleared lenses look like if that will do.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:50 pm 
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Sorry not yet.

I have a picture of what my cleared lenses look like if that will do.


That would be awesome. Thanks!
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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:55 pm 
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This was my first test on the car to see if I liked the look or not.
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And here's a shot test fitting the projector.
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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:04 pm 
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This was my first test on the car to see if I liked the look or not.
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And here's a shot test fitting the projector.
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That's looks damn good hey!!!! Weird question which no-one could probably answer, but why didn't Ford do that originally to the EF/L NF/L series? It wasn't until the AUI that they went to clear lens' right?

So by making them clear like that and with just a normal H4 fitted globe, does it effect the projection or beam at all? Is it brighter because I bought a pair of headlights a while back to replace the originals and they're still crap lol... What's the point of the inside markings on the lens?
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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:06 pm 
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so are you keen on doing a whole light hid kit. so they're just like yours?
i'll fork over, gotta go some devil eyes too but. :twisted:

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:49 pm 
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That's looks damn good hey!!!! Weird question which no-one could probably answer, but why didn't Ford do that originally to the EF/L NF/L series? It wasn't until the AUI that they went to clear lens' right?

So by making them clear like that and with just a normal H4 fitted globe, does it effect the projection or beam at all? Is it brighter because I bought a pair of headlights a while back to replace the originals and they're still crap lol... What's the point of the inside markings on the lens?


they did it as an extra way to focus the beams of light to get a better result, i believe, so if you did use clear lens' with a stock reflector, the result may be worse.
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FAIRV8 wrote:

That's looks damn good hey!!!! Weird question which no-one could probably answer, but why didn't Ford do that originally to the EF/L NF/L series? It wasn't until the AUI that they went to clear lens' right?

So by making them clear like that and with just a normal H4 fitted globe, does it effect the projection or beam at all? Is it brighter because I bought a pair of headlights a while back to replace the originals and they're still crap lol... What's the point of the inside markings on the lens?


they did it as an extra way to focus the beams of light to get a better result, i believe, so if you did use clear lens' with a stock reflector, the result may be worse.


this is what i learnt form reading other posts in this forum btw
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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:54 pm 
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FAIRV8: If you used these lens on the standard headlight the light output will not be as good. The lines on the inside of the lens are there to correctly focus and spread the light from the globe.

This is the output with no lens at all.
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teeroy: When I get the new clear lenses up and going, I might be interested in doing complete headlights if people are willing to pay for it. Otherwise, I'll just stick to supplying the necessary items for people to do it themselves.
The price for a pair of EF/EL headlights retrofitted with BiXenon projectors would be about $700.
Included in this is projectors, bulbs, ballasts, shrouds of your choice, new lenses, and all wiring done for true plug'n'play (excluding demon eye wiring). The only thing you would need to do is mount the ballasts somewhere.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:05 pm 
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FAIRV8: If you used these lens on the standard headlight the light output will not be as good. The lines on the inside of the lens are there to correctly focus and spread the light from the globe.

This is the output with no lens at all.
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teeroy: When I get the new clear lenses up and going, I might be interested in doing complete headlights if people are willing to pay for it. Otherwise, I'll just stick to supplying the necessary items for people to do it themselves.
The price for a pair of EF/EL headlights retrofitted with BiXenon projectors would be about $700.
Included in this is projectors, bulbs, ballasts, shrouds of your choice, new lenses, and all wiring done for true plug'n'play (excluding demon eye wiring). The only thing you would need to do is mount the ballasts somewhere.


Understood MAD. So the reflector needs to be changed along with the new clear lens too to suit a H4 globe?
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