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Damn! I know some of the non-Depo aftermarket oem-style lamps are really tough. I can't remember the specific brand, but there's one that's nearly impossible to crack open.

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i have stock ones and i couldnt even get the screwdriver through the glue they use. it was still to hard! lol

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thanks wiggy, i tried everything and it would not budge at all! it was black sealant. i tried butter knife, small screwdriver, big screwdriver, 2 screwdrivers lol i just ended out cutting it. the lens was in the over so much even at 250* is started to crack me lens
The cracking is why I'll never do a stock set again. Happened to my SXT's retros.
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Yeah, the stock lamps aren't worth the effort IMO. Depos come apart with so little work that it makes it totally worth it to just splurge on a set if you're trying to do a retro.

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And it's always best to have stockers as spares
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how much are depos? where can i get a good set of depos? my stockers came out really good after cutting it and it is sealed nice and tight no water seapage after 2 rain storms and a car wash! lol

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Depos on Modern Performance, black housings on Ebay.
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i didnt have any issues with my stock headlights... the first one took me a few minutes. had to figure out the best place to pry the butter knife, I literally got the second headlight apart in less than 1min after I had baked it.

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Depos on Modern Performance, black housings on Ebay.
if mine ever leak or i get tired of the look now i know where to go! thanks!

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Yeah, the stock lamps aren't worth the effort IMO. Depos come apart with so little work that it makes it totally worth it to just splurge on a set if you're trying to do a retro.
PLUS (even DOUBLEPLUS): the mountings for the reflector bowl are different. You cannot use the stock plastic pieces for a professional retrofit with that mounting plate and actual bi-xenon lenses!
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??? Not sure what you mean. The lamps that I've used have had no issues with swapping parts. In fact, my retros are OEM housing with Depo bowls and lenses.

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i mean those little plastic snappers that sit on the ball-ish mounting points and holt the bowl.
OEM = 1 piece, Depo = 2 pieces and they snap directly into the 13mm hole in the hid-mounting plate.
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alright i been trying to get these headlights open for the last 40 min...i cant get anything threw the glue, it just seems to like kinda chip... any suggestions?
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i used a butterknife.

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alright i been trying to get these headlights open for the last 40 min...i cant get anything threw the glue, it just seems to like kinda chip... any suggestions?
Mine took forever to open. Cut as much glue as you can with an X-acto around the spot you are going to pry (under the flasher was the best for me) then pry hard using 2 screw driver (starting by twisting a big flat screwdriver at the edge worked best for me). Once you get one completely in, work your way around with the other. Once you pried it enough to get your fingers in, just split it open with your hands.

That's how I did mine. the black housing lip took a beating from the prying though.
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