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HOW TO: Bake Open Stock Headlights

This gets asked at least three times a week it seems. Here's a quick and relatively painless how-to.

Disassembly:

I use, and recommend an electric oven. My instructions are specifically for an electric oven. People have done it in a gas oven, but I don't recommend it.

Oven @ 250° F. One lamp at a time, on a cookie sheet, lens facing up, all bulbs and gaskets removed.

15 minutes in the oven at this temp

(wear some sort of gloves to do this, lamp will be HOT) pull lamp and pry around the inner corner where the turn signal bulb goes with a small pry bar or butter knife. Keep working this corner until you can get a finger or two in between the lens and body. Once you can, use your hands to firmly, yet slowly and gently pull the lens from the body.

If you can't get it apart within about 3-4 minutes, then place back into oven for 5 more minutes then repeat the above step until it pops apart.

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I (and most retro-fitters) recommend "Nissan sealant" to re-assemble the lamps with (Part # B6553 - 89915)

Two options here. 1) heat up the housings again to soften the OEM sealant, then lay a bead of the butyl tape (Nissan sealant), and smoosh the lens back on, or, 2) remove all the OEM sealant with a dremel or an X-acto, lay a bead of the butyl tape, then hit it with a hair dryer on the hottest setting (no heat gun, too hot) until it's nice and soft, then smash the lens back on with all your might.

*** If you're using Depo/eBay lamps, then you may not need any extra sealant to re-seal, as long as you're really careful when opening them up in the first place. ***

Voilą! That's all there is to it folks. Not nearly as hard as it seems. Hope this helps!

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This gets asked at least three times a week it seems. Here's a quick and relatively painless how-to.

I use, and recommend an electric oven. My instructions are specifically for an electric oven. People have done it in a gas oven, but I don't recommend it.

Oven @ 250 degrees F. One lamp at a time on a cookie sheet, lens facing up, all bulbs and gaskets removed.

15 minutes in the oven at this temp

(wear some sort of gloves to do this, lamp will be HOT) pull lamp and pry around the inner corner where the turn signal bulb goes with a small pry bar or butter knife. Keep working this corner until you can get a finger or two in between the lens and body. Once you can, use your hands to firmly, yet slowly and gently pul the lens from the body.

If you can't get it apart within about 3-4 minutes, then place back into oven for 5 more minutes then repeat the above step until it pops apart.

Voilą! That's all there is to it folks. Not nearly as hard as it seems.


Maybe lil' spark can get this into sticky land so we can stop explaining it over and over


For mine it was 300 for 20min that worked... I dont think 250 for 15 would have worked on them at all.

I just wanted to throw that in. My first headlight I did for 15min at 300, it wasn't budging so I put it in for another 10min.. in which it finally came apart. Maybe I had a freak set... *shrugs*.

EDIT: The 300 degree temperature causing crazing in the lenses and is not recommended - LSP

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All I know is that I've done about 4 OEM sets now, and this is what has always worked

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I'm going to sticky this up top Wiggz.
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Sweet, hopefully this will help keep the question from popping up every 10 minutes

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Might wanna throw in here how to reseal them aswell.
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Buy Nissan sealant

lay bead of sealant

smoosh lenses back on

No oven time? Crystal told me to pop it in the oven again at a low temp like 200 for afew minutes.
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heres the million dollar question. what the hell is chrysler using in to seal these things up?

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heres the million dollar question. what the hell is chrysler using in to seal these things up?


Liquid magma... becomes a rock when it cools... haha.
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I would guess that it's a urethane adhesive.

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the way it chips away i figured it would be a type cement adhesive

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I opted against the heat gun and just stuck em back in the oven for a minute or two then smooshed.
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I opted against the heat gun and just stuck em back in the oven for a minute or two then smooshed.
in my case i probably couldn't do that

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You can't smoosh?
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