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yes, that's exactly what i mean, i am thinking it will give the expensive "volvo" or "jaguar" look of floating reflectors if i do
The only truck in this thread that the ridges aren't painted on is the vista i posted above...

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Here are pics of the stock and modified 06 corners. I just followed the headlight mod instructions here, being careful not to pry too hard. I had to heat them twice for 10 minutes at 190F to get them to fully separate. The background and the rim of the clear lens were then painted satin black before reassembly.

You can skip painting the rim if you want but it leaves a whitish halo effect that looks different from the headlights.



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hmmm....

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mmmmmm that's sexy, **** i love ford, i'm so happy i didn't get a CHEVY or a DODGE tattoo on my back...
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so my right light has been in for about 45 minutes (trying every so often) and i've gone from 200 to 230* with it still not budging... anyone actually melt one of these? how hot was it and how long did it take?
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its kind of iffy to get it to budge. Yours has definitely been in there long enough. Some corners dont budge easily and some do (because of how they glued). i also used a big flathead screwdriver and a small flathead screwdriver. Use the small one to work in without damaging it and you should kind of feel some movement. Then when you can get the bigger one in you can put a lil more pressure over a bigger area without damage.



It's not like schucking an oyster open where you jam a knife in and the whole thing pops open. It's more like a 5 gallon paint lid where you have to start opening one corner and work yourself almost the whole way around before it finally pops off. Also the headlight ridge is pretty deep so you cant "peel it off". When it's almost nearly off you lift it straight off as compared to lifting one corner off til it pops out.

One of my headlights was about 25 min on 225. The other was 20 min on 200.
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got the first off, after a total time (i didn't let it cool at all) of about an hour and a half, slowly bumping it from 200 to 250, the second one has been in about 15 minutes so far, at 250... i am going to see if i can find a second screw driver, i tried using a butter knife, but it was not helping any, not strong enough
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Any updates on these things?
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Any updates on these things?
Lol what...update...are you looking for?
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Too see if he got them painted yet.
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i melted my corners...
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i melted my corners...
Damn that sucks.
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they are still useable, the lenses are just a little droopy and warped... was a little nervous when i opened the oven and saw they looked like were full of milk
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yah Shane was warning me on the phone that aftermarket corners will melt real quick. I'll have to be very very very careful
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I think he melted OEM's...... you had WAY too much heat for corners. Shoot 205 is too hot for corners.
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yeah they were stock, were in for around 10 minutes at 250... figured they would be the same as headlights, I WAS WRONG!

i'll show pics of them after...
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Good job Weezl, you're many steps ahead of me. So far today I've taped one of them, watched two star wars movies on tv, and woke up from a nap to post in this thread. Time to work on the second one. I wish i smoked pot so i'd have an excuse for this laziness.
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LOL, i started mine around 3 hours ago, they are completely glued back together already, gotta wait about 2 hours for them to dry, then i'm done and gotta put them back in. here is some pics of the corners

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Good job Weezl, you're many steps ahead of me. So far today I've taped one of them, watched two star wars movies on tv, and woke up from a nap to post in this thread. Time to work on the second one. I wish i smoked pot so i'd have an excuse for this laziness.
We could arrange that. LOL
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Not the first time I've seen corners do that. You know that Vista blue huge *** truck I posted...his are worse that yours. lol.

It's all good though....you learned how they act. You'll make your next set alot nicer.
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This may sound dumb but is there anyway that he could reheat them and straighten it out some?
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I only slightly did what he did on my last set of 06 corners.....it's impossible to fix it. I think alot of it has to do with the different materials and thicknesses(clear thin plastic and the ribbed reflector plastic). Yet my first two sets of corners I did perfectly. So...idk. lol.

If I pull the truck in the shop tonight, I could take a pic to show the one that's only slightly tweaked that's on the truck now.
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i can, but i'm too lazy, they are both identical, if people ask, i'll say it's in ford's design for aerodynamics

if i were to want to fix it, i would just go buy new ones, or JY ones and heat them for 5 minutes at 190

or 60 seconds at 250 should do it too, that glue was A LOT softer than the headlight ones

i would recommend to anyone doing this mod to do the corners FIRST then the headlights, that way you don't have stuck in your head that they take forever and are not going to melt
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It's best to slowly bake them. I do my corners at 190. First time I tried at 205 to speed the process up, resulting in a lessor of an issue than what you have. lol. Time wise, idk...I was just standing there impatiently like I was waiting for cookies to hurry up because they smelled so good.

I estimate I have 'em in there for 8 mins or so, then i take 'em out and try to break the seal, but not too hard of a try. Throw 'em back in a for a few more minutes, try again. You'll know when you break the seal. Usually there's one side that comes off easier than the otherside, you may have the lense half on/half off and you gotta put it back in the oven.

I'm about to bake another set here soon...I suppose I'll get a how-to made up since there really isn't one other than people saying it's similar to the headlight mod, but pay more attention. lol.
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i'm not too happy with mine... i used mono ultra black caulking for the re-seal, it looks good though!
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Clear bathroom silocone works just fine. lol.
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