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Old 06-25-2013, 06:56 PM   #41
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I did mine without removing the bumper get someone to push the bumper down while you pull the headlight out worked fine for my NB1
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #42
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hmm, seems interesting. I've never baked a headlight before but seeing the results might make me want to try this.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:36 PM   #43
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A page back, someone mentioned having their headlight housing melt next to the projector on 01+ headlights. I had this problem too and have seen it on many other cars that had this done to them. The problem comes when the sun hits the glass projector and the beam gets focused into a death ray on the adjacent plastic housing. this causes melting, burning, flaking if the surface is any color other than chrome. Mazda placed metal shields around this area on the black chrome msm headlights to mitigate this issue, though sadly they arent large enough and even some factory msm units exhibit the melting. Perhaps this was added for the 05 model year, but Im not really able to find much information on that change. In any case, here is the melting on my headlights.


You can see why I would want to do something about it. So i took the headlight apart and stripped the paint and chrome off with oven cleaner to get a better look at the damage. here is the result. ugly, melty zig zags.


Lotus had this same problem with the elise, and used to replace the headlights under warranty. eventually they grew tired of that **** and tooled a ring to keep the light out of the projector. Here is what I did, in the same spirit.

sanded down the melted area:



Purchased a piece of 3" OD acrylic tube and carved out the housing to be a snug slip fit. A dremel would be nice for this, but go slow. you want this to fit without cracking the housing, but still be snug. determine the length of the tube so that the lens will fit without touching or interfering. use the same length for both sides, obviously.



cut your tube with a bandsaw, hacksaw, whatever. just make it straight. slide it into the housing and glue them together with IPS #4 adhesive for acrylic/polycarbonate plastics. The glue works by capillary action, and should come with a syringe for all you krokodil users. Paint the bitches, put the headlights back together. Your done. I used lenses from a set of ebay headlights because they are clearer and lack the flutes, making for a nicer looking light.


I think they look pretty good, and there is no way the sun can get to your projector to melt your housings now. light output is not changed in any way by doing this. Sorry if this was text and picture intensive, but hopefully I have provided a solution for a problem that some have been dealing with.

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Old 11-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #44
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Never saw that done before, pretty cool, thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #45
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Are you suggesting I can replace the cloudy yellow plastic on my headlight with the new plastic from this?
01 05 Miata MX5 Chrome Halo Projector Headlight 8 LED DRL Fog Bumper Lights | eBay
Also, nice write up and suggestion on the acryllic tube. I wondered what was cooking that place on my headlight.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:58 PM   #46
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I just realized I never posted pics in this thread (despite posting them everywhere else lol)
so just for fun, here's my most recent set:



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Old 11-06-2013, 03:27 PM   #47
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Wow that looks 1000x better.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:09 PM   #48
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Are you suggesting I can replace the cloudy yellow plastic on my headlight with the new plastic from this?
01 05 Miata MX5 Chrome Halo Projector Headlight 8 LED DRL Fog Bumper Lights | eBay
Also, nice write up and suggestion on the acryllic tube. I wondered what was cooking that place on my headlight.

that is basically what I did. They fit, but there is one tab on the inside of the lens that you will need to grind off. make sure you seal em up real good after, mine fog up from time to time after washing. Ill take em apart and get some butyl sealant to reassemble them with in the not too distant future.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:44 AM   #49
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Thanks for the write up 18psi. Your headlights came out soo clean that I decided to finally nut up and paint my own headlights--they're in the oven as we speak. Please tell me though, what did you do to your for lights to get them to match your headlights so well? It would kill me to have to run Beautiful painted headlights with basic clear fog lights
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:39 AM   #50
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Welcome, glad to help.

I actually didn't do anything to them on the miata.

On my subaru though, I hit them with a thin layer of translucent tint spray

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Great, ill try that. Thanks for the help
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:40 AM   #52
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Hate to be a grave digga but is that "Charcoal" or "Graphite" duplicolor textured stuff that everyone seems to be using? Planning to replicate canyonarrow's HID setup as the NB1 headlights make me sad at night. I'm assuming it's Graphite, but I wasn't 100% sure.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:53 PM   #53
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Really not sure, I got that stuff at Pep Boys fwiw

*edit: I'm sure you can google it and match the picture up with what I posted.
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