Replacement head light recommendations


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Hello all,

I am doing a light restoration on a 2000 Ford Ranger Trail Head (precursor to Edge).

I have the truck in the shop and noticed that the truck has the same problem that most cars of this vintage do - foggy head lamps.

Do any of you have any recommendations for after market replacements?

Do any aftermarket people offer replacements with a glass lens?

I know there are kits out there to polish the lens, but I have never had good luck with these.

Thanks in advance!

PS: I did search the forum, but had so many "hits" regarding head lights, I thought I would just ask. :)
 
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There are no glass replacement alternatives that I know of for a Ranger.

As long as the replacement housing has DOT markings on it, they should be good. Quality if going to vary from make to make if you don’t buy factory.

You are right on the polishing kits. They are a temporary solution. You could try clear coating the lenses and polishing them after to get them clear. It won’t fix the moisture issue though. So, replacement housings are probably going to be the best option.
 

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Thanks for the response!

In my opinion, the effort to polish the lens and then clear coat exceeds the cost of just buying some nice aftermarket units. Additionally, even if they come out nice, the result is probably temporary.

Im seeing a wide range of prices on the aftermarket units - if someone has experience with a specific brand, please feel free to chime in!
 

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It takes 5 minutes with a buffer and $5 of wax. What's so hard about that? Even doing it by hand if you have the right cleaner it wont take long.... Don't use the internet hacks like toothpaste or wd-40 or else you will be spending some time out there hand buffing toothpaste on your car looking like a crazy person lol.
 

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Hmm.. the few times I have tried it, it was certainly more than 5 minutes and the results were only so-so.

If I recall correctly, part of the issue was the interior of the lens was fogged as well.... can't recall. I have buffed out a lot of materials, I have just never had good luck with clear plastic.... perhaps operator error!
 

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I changed my headlights and tail lights in November 2019 in my 91 Ranger from the faded factory to OEM spec ones I ordered on line. They are not glass. So far so good.
The only issue I had is that one of the taillights would not fit correctly. By this I mean it left a small gap on one side vs the ones I replaced. I probably could have used a heat gun.
One word of advice, do not over tighten the screws thinking that this will align the light or 'pull' it closer to the frame. It will crack. Tighten the screws to a light snug, alternating like tightening lug nuts.

Oh, yea, almost forgot. I ordered through AA Auto parts
 

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I went with el-cheepo eBay replacements. They look original and fit great, came with new bulbs. I don't think they light the road all that great but this is in comparison to a 2018 truck so it's probably just fine
 

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I bought the Eagle Eye brand off ebay for my '02 Ranger. $59 a pair a few year back. They work fine although I see a 2000 Ranger uses a different headlamp assembly.

I did install Hella 9007/HB5 100/80 watt bulbs when I changed out the headlamps. I know these bulbs are probably not street legal but really make a difference.
 

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Hello all -

So, I "pulled the trigger" on some aftermarket units I saw on Amazon. I reviewed the pictures closely and noticed they actually have the Ford script logo in the proper spot. (lower right corner as facing the truck) This tells me they may actually be made by the original Ford supplier and are now sold to the aftermarket.

They are Dorman 1590286 and 1590287.

$42.27 for the pair, delivered. :)

I will provide feed back once I receive them.

Thanks for the referral for Hella 9007/HB5 100/80. Im getting older, and I dont see so well at night anymore, so I like nice and BRIGHT! :)
 

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.. just an update. I received the Dorman 1590286 and 1590287 head lights today. They are lacking the Ford script that was shown in the pic, but otherwise very very nice. They match the originals extremely well, so much so that it is plausible they may have come from the original tooling.

.. will update again once installed.
 


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