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Anyone running these clear/blacked out headlights in their ody?


 

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...this kind of stuff really looks good on any car...

Just reminds me of stuff like this:



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so safe to say you dont have them.
Perfectly safe...my Odys past (2001) and present (2002 & 2003) have very pedestrian enclosures. :DD

If I ever install a HID kit (the real thing, with a projector), you can bet I'd black out the reflector.

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now we're thinking alike. I said if I purchase these then i'll set out to do a projector retrofit mod. But we shall see.
 

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triton3k - So where can I get those? How much are they?
 

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My experience with ebay headights is that they have very poor optics and tend to leak. They may be a candidate for retrofitting, but thats about it.
 

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^yea thats why I was asking if anyone was using them so I can have an idea of how they operate.
 

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My experience with ebay headights is that they have very poor optics and tend to leak. They may be a candidate for retrofitting, but thats about it.
Thanks for the link, Triton3k...

Is there anything that can be done about preventing leaks? Like, reinforce the edges with some kind of epoxy or sealant?

Can you specify on what you mean by poor optics? With the black enclosure, you should expect the brightness to be affected, no?
 

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To reinforce the seal, you can put a bead of silicone all around the seam where the front clear lens mates to the back housing. The blacked out inside housing won't effect the illumination since the reflector itself is still chrome.

As for quality of the optics, that depends on how well they copied the reflector of the original. If the copy is exactly the same and was assembled into the housing correctly, then the light output should be as good as the original. Also the correct reflector will help focus your light to the light pattern onto the road. This is why trying to put HID in halogen housing will produce all kinds of glare and poor pattern on the road.

My concern with these lights is the material they use on the clear lens, as the OEM one is very robust and can withstand all the environmental abuse year after year. Not sure if these aftermarket lens would haze, or crack, etc. I am surprised they actually made these headlights for the Odyssey because it cost a lot of money to tool the die for the mold, and they usually will not invest that kind of money unless they are sure they will sell a large quantity of these lights. This is why cars like Civic and Accord have so much aftermarket parts available.

Another thing to note is technically these are illegal. The main reason is it's missing the yellow reflector on the side. The law requires that when you look at the side of any vehicle, there must be an amber reflector on the front and a red reflector on the back. Again this is viewing directly from the side of the vehicle. Now I said 'reflector' and does not matter if you have yellow bulbs inside.

Of course the law haven't stopped people from clearing out all the lights on their cars. I have been guilty of this in my younger days :DD
 

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They have them on Ebay, thats where I saw this set at.
 

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...My concern with these lights is the material they use on the clear lens, as the OEM one is very robust and can withstand all the environmental abuse year after year. Not sure if these aftermarket lens would haze, or crack, etc. I am surprised they actually made these headlights for the Odyssey because it cost a lot of money to tool the die for the mold, and they usually will not invest that kind of money unless they are sure they will sell a large quantity of these lights. This is why cars like Civic and Accord have so much aftermarket parts available...
/\ This. They will all look just fine for a year or two, but then they'll start to look butt-ugly. There's no way these lights are anywhere near OEM quality (not even close) for a couple of hundred dollars. :mad:

Not an eBay thing, just a quality-for-the-money thing. Think about it. If Honda could knock these out for close to that kind of money, that's what they'd use. There's the matter of durable materials, accurate assembly, optical issues... :rollingeyes:
 

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Old thread but,,,

I've had these black headlight assemblies in my 2001 for over 4 years and they still look very good. Have them in my 2002 for about 3 years, and just put some in my 2005 a few month ago. There not the best build quality, but all the piece parts seem pretty good. i much prefer the new cheap assembles over restored OEM lenses.
I think the black looks a lot better than the chrome on the 2nd gen Odyssey's, and I like it better on the 3rd gen also, it makes a very different look to the van. I'm going to try and put these 05-07 on my 08
2005-2007 Honda Odyssey Black Bezel Headlights Headlamps Left + Right 05-07 2006 | eBay
 
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