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Old 05-01-2010, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a DIY I posted on another forum I'm on, but my DIY none the less

Alright guys, you might have read my post in the original CTR headlight thread. but basically the information is the same just this time I did it again and took picture for the purpose of helping all us EJ8'ers so you can see it rather than read it.

so..heres my original post from the thread.
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1) Remove your front bumper by
a. remove the 5 clips from the grille, and 1 large clip on either side. (They come out easier if you unscrew the 5 from the plastic first)
b. Remove the single phillips head screw from each wheel well.
c. Remove the 2 10mm bolts that hold the bumper on the bottom
d. gently pull forward and set aside
2) Remove your headlights
a. Remove the rubber guard protecting the bulbs
b. remove the clip holding the bulb in
c. unhook the connection
d. Remove the 4 10mm bolts, one on the fender side,2 on top, one in the radiator area.
e. unhook the turn signal bulb
g. gently wiggle headlights out.

3) next, get a metal cooking sheet and be sure your oven has room
4) preheat oven to 200 degrees
5) place headlight on cooking sheet and place in oven for 13-15 minutes depending on how powerful your oven is
6) take headlight out of oven and gently pry the clips open and pull apart.
a. be sure to do it gently as no to damage any other clips
b. be sure to do it cleanly as to preserve the factory silicone
7) once headlight is apart, the silver outlining will come out after taking off 2 screws.
a. the 2 scews are holding i to the lense
b. another 2 hold other components to the headlight
c. 1 screw holds your turn signal silver & amber assebly
d. a clip and screw hold the bottom amber reflector in your headlight if you wish to remove it and go more CTR Look
Score up the surface you want to paint with a decent grit sandpaper 600-800. you only need to rough it up so the paint with adhere right and not chip/peel. no need to sand the entire thing
9) use whatever color spray paint you want to paint the housing
10) let the paint dry 5-10 minutes (or whatever the can says)
Headlight Before anything was done to it, and showing the tools. A Can of Paint, A Flat head screw driver, a phillips head screw driver and some 500 grit sand paper



Oven Timer counting down


Once its still kinda hot pull it apart and it'll look like this.


Once you pull the lens off it'll look like this


After you scuff it up with sand paper to make the paint adhere better..dont gouge it, just rough it up.


After sprayed should look something like this.


After it dries and you get all the nooks and crannys..should look like this.
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Then when you're done and reseal the whole headlight...here it is compared to the other. (NOTE: These are Depo knock offs..not OEM like my other pics are of <_<)
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Dope! im guessing it can be done with pretty much any model?

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Nice. But I know for a fact that this can be done without the use of an oven. Not bashing your build/thread, but I'm just saying. Looks good nonetheless.
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I've done this!

It was an awesome afternoon. Looking back 3 years ago I was 18 years old. Just trying to save a buck. So easy I'd prolly do it again tho.
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just did it on mine yesterday came out really nice, was fun no problems an i usually run into problems when i do a diy lol
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I did this to my old 00 head lights!!!! it was really nice....Good job on write up man they look good
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real nice diy man, do you know if by some chance you can put a high gloss dark paint on the light reflector that you left chrome?? will it hold up? will it still be a efficiant refelector? has anyone tried it before??
just an idea. eather way they look nice man,
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Looks good, man. Clean.
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Dope! im guessing it can be done with pretty much any model?
I do believe any headlight put together in a similar fashion I dont see why it wouldnt work. However some headlights have the HID ballast on them, for example Mitsubishi Evo Headlights, so be sure to remove any hardware that could be damaged before trying.

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Nice. But I know for a fact that this can be done without the use of an oven. Not bashing your build/thread, but I'm just saying. Looks good nonetheless.
You are Correct, it CAN be done with a heat gun for arts and crafts, I just prefer this method

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I did this to my old 00 head lights!!!! it was really nice....Good job on write up man they look good
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real nice diy man, do you know if by some chance you can put a high gloss dark paint on the light reflector that you left chrome?? will it hold up? will it still be a efficiant refelector? has anyone tried it before??
just an idea. eather way they look nice man,
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Are you talking about the part that surrounds the actual bulb. I see no reason why you couldnt. I just chose not to, I think it would ruin the light amplifying properties of the headlight. The part I blacked out has no effect on how much light the headlight can reflect. I however DID opt to leave the amber reflectors in.

I did this so 1) I dont look like a Wanna be trying to make CTR/SiR Lights. and 2) So people know they are not Genuine CTR/SiR, all I would've had to do was socket a city light in...but I want people to know they're fake...reason being I dont want my shit stolen :P

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I did this a long time ago as well. i went white tho....



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nice diy! rep for you FOR HAVING PICS!
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im def gonna try this fo sho!
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I did it again and took picture for the purpose of helping all us EJ8'ers so you can see it rather than read it.
Thank you for referring to EJ8's rather then EK's.
(no it IS NOT the same thing. It's Lame when someone says "my EK 4dr" lol)


it looks kinda Gun Metal more then Black

Good Work tho NightCat. Very good DIY
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nice diy! rep for you FOR HAVING PICS!
Thanks man! I hate DIY's with terrible cell phone pics that you cant see shit. Or...where they go to town with paint :P

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im def gonna try this fo sho!
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it looks kinda Gun Metal more then Black

Good Work tho NightCat. Very good DIY
Thanks! and yea...um...wow I hate that!! I understand calling it an EK...but come on...Id MAYBE understand that if it were a hatch but a coupe..really...you would think by now that if you were into the scene that you would know by now :P

As for the Paint, I was going for more of a gunmetal than black, its actually the flat black engine enamel, its all in how you spray it.

Glad you guys enjoy!
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Very clean, well-written, non-novel DIY write up. I did this to two sets of 94-97 Accord headlights a couple years ago, so yeah, it can be done on different models as well.

I had actually started this before christmas with an extra set I had, until the neighbors damn cat knocked the silver/chrome shrowd onto the garage breaking it into 3 pieces.... I think he lost about 3 lives when I kicked him.
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I think he lost about 3 lives when I kicked him.

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lookss good. great job, clean as well.
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nyce Do-It-Yourself. I'm bookmarking this for my future CTR Replica...
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I have tried it on other cars but not yet a Civic.
This will be my next project this coming weekend.
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