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Any American owners wanna do away with the amber accent on headlights?

Discussion in 'Kia Stinger Talk' started by jrhodes87, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. jrhodes87

    jrhodes87 United States Active Member

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    I love the other countries headlights that have the white reflector/accent

    It looks so much sleeker. been browsing ebay for some oem headlights.

    anyone else thinking this?
     
  2. jwhollan

    jwhollan United States Active Member

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    You read my mind! Was just thinking about this earlier today. I wonder if there is a way to do this (or to get a similar effect) without replacing the entire headlight?
     
  3. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    How do you feel about sticking your headlight in an oven?
     
  4. jwhollan

    jwhollan United States Active Member

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    Care to be more specific?
     
  5. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    I’ve not looked at our headlights that closely to know if this will work.

    There is an old trick to modifying headlights. Esentially you need to separate the body of he headlight from the lens that it attached usually with some form of silicone.

    You stick the headlight in a 200 degree oven for a bit, enough time to soften the silicone but not melt the plastic. Then pry the two apart. Make whatever modification you want. Run a bead of silicone around the edge and seal them back up.
     
  6. jwhollan

    jwhollan United States Active Member

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    Oh, lol. I think I'll pass on that experiment. Thanks though!
     
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  8. Johnni

    Johnni United States Member

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    Can we just do a straight trade with people oversea who had the white reflector and want to trade for the amber reflector. Of course each person would be responsible for their own shipping cost.
     
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  9. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    And be without headlights for 5-10 days.
     
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  10. Beege

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    I've done the oven method. It's a pain and there's always the risk of condensation. It does work though.

    If you do wanna do it, put it on cardboard in the oven or the metal racks can melt the plastic. Also have good oven mitts that aren't too thick so you can get a good grip while separating.
     
  11. Weareblondi

    Weareblondi United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    i remember getting pulled over by nypd with my various volvos because i had gone to european lights without the amber bulbs. as for the oven trick, i remember using a dremel tool to cut through the silicone. of course, if your hands are shaky like mine, you have a cool new texture on the lenses.
     
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  12. Berzerker

    Berzerker United States Active Member

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    AFAIK, Amber front turn signals are required to be street legal in most states. You guys would be doing it At Your Own Risk(tm)
     
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  13. Johnni

    Johnni United States Member

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    Have not thought of that, Good point, never mind, in California it would be illegal and be CHP magnet.
     
  14. jrhodes87

    jrhodes87 United States Active Member

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    Not the turn signals.
     
  15. Mike_TX

    Mike_TX United States Active Member

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    Same goes for marker lights, front and rear (red). I believe it's a DOT requirement.
     
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  16. Berzerker

    Berzerker United States Active Member

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    Yep, the turn signals.

    FMVSS 108 (as of 1968) requires front and side turn signals to be Amber-colored.
     
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  17. vsic112

    vsic112 United States Member

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    Are the bulbs themselves amber? If so you can leave the bulbs and have clear head lamps if that masked any sense.
     
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  18. jrhodes87

    jrhodes87 United States Active Member

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    I think we may be miscommunicating

    the side amber accents that are white on other models in other countries. they can be white on our stingers legally as long as we have an amber reflector somewhere near the front bumper or headlight. porsche, and beamers have all white headlights with tiny little amber accents separate from the car

    see the pic for reference 2015-Porsche-Macan-headlight.jpg

    now the actual turn signal lights I'm not talking about


    this
    2018-Kia-Stinger-GT-headlamp.jpg


    instead of this
    slide-3-of-204-kia-stinger-gt-headlamp-jpg__7974_.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2018
  19. Berzerker

    Berzerker United States Active Member

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    ...so where is the amber reflector going to go, then?
     
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  20. jrhodes87

    jrhodes87 United States Active Member

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    I'd put mine right down by the tire on the front fender..... like the pic above
     
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