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Old 03-17-2023, 01:30 PM #1
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Best aftermarket replacement for OE headlights?

I did a search on this subject but all I found were "upgrades". HID and Xenon and such.

My original lens have cataracts and aren't as effective as they need to be. As much as I believe in OE parts, I just can't afford to go OE in this instance.

What's the best quality aftermarket halogen headlights for my 4th Gen? I see Depo and TYC.
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I did a search on this subject but all I found were "upgrades". HID and Xenon and such.

My original lens have cataracts and aren't as effective as they need to be. As much as I believe in OE parts, I just can't afford to go OE in this instance.

What's the best quality aftermarket halogen headlights for my 4th Gen? I see Depo and TYC.
I haven't heard anyone give kudos to any aftermarket headlights. What I did to mine is refinish them using the ChrisFix method on Youtube. I'm in the 2 year range since I did it and they still look good. Just costs the price of sandpaper and some clear coat spray.
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Anytime ive ordered rear tail lights - they are always eagle eyes anyways - seems like theres only after market brand for tail lights
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I've always heard TYC brand is good for aftermarket replacement lights. Rock Auto has them pretty reasonably priced too.
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Headlightsdepot.com has always been a good source for me in the past.
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Anytime ive ordered rear tail lights - they are always eagle eyes anyways - seems like theres only after market brand for tail lights
How was the quality and fit on the Eagle Eyes?
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I just ordered these from Pro Tuning Labs, quality seems OEM-like. Haven't had a chance to install yet.

Early 4th gens don't have near the options of the later ones.

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Just suck it up and buy the OEM, you'll regret it later down the line if you dont.

Aftermarket options suffer from poor build quality and subpar light output.

I had a set of eagle eyes they were replaced twice under warranty for condensation issues. The third time was a charm as far as condensation goes but the light output is not as good as OEM. They dont look as good as the stock smoke chromes on the sport either.
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Give RX350 HID Lenses and bulbs a shot. Over on the TacomaForums, crashburn80 has done a few years worth of research into everything you could possibly drop in to a stock housing and nothing beats stock lenses with h9 bulbs in performance over distance but I think the RX350 HID lenses, ballasts, and bulbs can be retrofitted or get a similar kit from Morimotto and give you more lumens for a similar performance end result. If Trucklite hadn't patented a heating element in the lenses of the housing for 8" round lights, all the other aftermarket companies could make something that would work with a proper LED reflector and bulb setup.
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