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Part 1:

I fought with getting these bastards apart for quite sometime. It was only when I stumbled across this (bottom of page) and this video that I got the motivation/direction I needed.

First and foremost, 230 degrees for 20 minutes IS THE MAGIC COMBINATION FOR 300 HEADLIGHTS!!!

I tried several other techniques, including:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, shut-off oven and put assembly in for 3-5 minutes.
  • 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes
  • Hairdryer/space heater
None of these worked.



Anyway, here is what I did;

Obviously first things first, get your tools togather, and make sure the headlight fits in the oven without any issues.

Here are the tools that I used to seperate mine:
  • Electric oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Tiny screw driver (I used one that I got at a trade show, about a 1/8" blade)
  • Pot holders
  • Gloves
  • Red Bull
  • 1 wet towel, 1 dry towel
Put a wet towel on to a baking sheet, and pre-heat the oven to 230 degrees.


The wet towel is just an additional precaution to avoid plastic to metal contact.

While your waiting for the oven to heat up take off any/all ruber, wiring, screws etc that are visable. On the 'Touring' headlights all I had to remove were these 2 rubber grommets;



Once your oven is warmed up place the headlight on the baking sheet face up, and put it in your oven for 20 minutes;


Slam a Red Bull while you wait the 20 minutes.

(I don't have any pics of the next few steps as I was focusing on the process, and didn't want to screw anything up/waste any time.)

Take the headlights out of the oven, and and place the headlight only onto the dry towel on your working surface, face up.

Use your small blade screw driver to dig/pry under the upper corner of the lense, being careful not to distort the housing or the les. Take not that the plastic is VERY SOFT right now. I placed a pot holder directly on the headlight lens to avoid burning half.

Once your work up one corner of the lens you should be able to remove it from the housing in 1 shot, just be careful not to scratch it, and watch for any soft glue that make a mess of things.

Tada!



Again, the write-ups listed above are much more complete, and I am very grateful to have found them!!!

The whole process took me about 30 minutes per light, including bake time.

Part 2 will be painting, and I'm hoping to get that taken care of tonight...
 

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nice write up!:fing02: dont forget to do the same with your wiring :D
 

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10k halos ordered from AAC, I can't wait to get them! Pics tonight of painted bezels :) I have an idea for the lenses as well, I'm going to play with some other possible tricks :smashfrea
 

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10k halos ordered from AAC, I can't wait to get them! Pics tonight of painted bezels :) I have an idea for the lenses as well, I'm going to play with some other possible tricks :smashfrea
Are you gonna etch the lens? Ive seen pics of this one 300 where the guy had 3 or 4 horizontal lines which i think looked nice
 

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That is so brave.

Although I do allot of work on the car by myself, but never had the courage to attempt what you just accomplished due to the fact that the C HID headlight is very expensive to replace in case I screw up.
 

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Are you gonna etch the lens? Ive seen pics of this one 300 where the guy had 3 or 4 horizontal lines which i think looked nice
I'm thinking about tinting the inside bottom of the lens, kind of giving it the look of the "C" headlights. Once I get the bezels painted I'm going to mess around with the lenses a little bit.
 

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That is so brave.

Although I do allot of work on the car by myself, but never had the courage to attempt what you just accomplished due to the fact that the C HID headlight is very expensive to replace in case I screw up.
I bought these for $75 from a member of this forum. I'd never do this on a set that I couldn't afford to loose, :scared:
 

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Ian,

I did this mod on my last car (01 Stratus) do make my own clear corners since no one made them. I was petrified to put them in for that long at 230 degrees so I would up heating and reheating each lens 10 times or more.. Took me an hour per capsule to seperate them and my fingers were burnt, cut, tore up!

What a friggen nightmare that was...

AAC Halo's are on my list, I MUST have them... But I am so afraid to do this to my 300c lights.. I am going to have to find a pair of mint used lights (cheap.... which probably is not going to happen).
 

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Ian,

I did this mod on my last car (01 Stratus) do make my own clear corners since no one made them. I was petrified to put them in for that long at 230 degrees so I would up heating and reheating each lens 10 times or more.. Took me an hour per capsule to seperate them and my fingers were burnt, cut, tore up!

What a friggen nightmare that was...

AAC Halo's are on my list, I MUST have them... But I am so afraid to do this to my 300c lights.. I am going to have to find a pair of mint used lights (cheap.... which probably is not going to happen).
I plan on doing this on the upcoming weekend. Im having a buddy help me who has done stuff like this before. I'll let ya know how it goes.
 

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I plan on doing this on the upcoming weekend. Im having a buddy help me who has done stuff like this before. I'll let ya know how it goes.
Be sure to click the links in my first post, they are very helpful!!!
 

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will do! :fing02:
 

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Links on the first page don't work - all I get is:

http://www.***************/showthread.php?t=10978

I guess these are links form a competing forum, and this forum is a bit insecure about linking out?
Thats sad really, because they truely are helpful. Here is a link to the supporting vendors website which also has directions;
2005-'08 Chrysler 300 Base ORACLE Brand Halo Kit
(There is another link at the bottom of the page)

Video:
MEDIA - Instructional Video Series

I'll fix the links on the first page as well...
 

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Looking good, will look even better once you get the Halos installed!
I got an email from PayPal/USPS that you were shipping today, so I'm definately eagerly antisapating arrival!

Last night I scuffed down the headlights and did some priming/painting.

Before:

The chome plating is very thing, a few scuffs with the sand paper knocks it down nicely.


I used 1500 grit:



This is what we want the housing to look like after sanding;


After sanding I used some degreasing stuff to further prep the surface:


I used Duplicolor High Temp Engine Paint; Gloss Black for mine;
 

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Last night I taped up and painted the reflector thing and sprayed it black. I had a hard time getting a decent picture of it, but you get the idea;



 

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Looking great can't wait to see the finished product.
 

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My halos arrived!!! I'm so pumped to get home and start installing them. The quality looks great, nice instructions, and they even included the epoxy! I'm going to pick up a paint marker and drill bit on the way home from work, and its go time.


(Sorry for the poor quality, I took it with my iPhone.)
 

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