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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-04-2016, 09:32 AM Thread Starter

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Headlight crazing

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One of my headlight lenses has developed crazing. I did a search of old topics and saw a cpl mentions.

Is this something Ford will address as a product flaw, or am I stuck with buying a new headlight unit?

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Unless there is a safety recall out that I am unaware of that addresses insufficient lighting then I would have to say that you are stuck buying a new one. Having worked at a lot of dealerships through out my life I can tell you that the issue would otherwise be covered under the bumper to bumper warranty which has long since expired. The other possible way to cover it is through "good will" which is authorized by the district rep for a given area of dealers. They have the discretion to cover things that are slightly out of warranty, but again you are way beyond that point. Extended warranties generally cover powertrain issues so that wouldn't be an avenue for you either. Hope this helps.
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All part of Ford's plan...when you go to the dealership, you will be invited to upgrade to a 2015 GT...in 7-8 years it's headlights will craze, and then you will be invited to another upgrade.

Actually, there may be an aftermarket solution...somebody (I forget who) makes a "retro" headlight kit that eliminates the plastic covers...
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I'm located in Texas, my car faces east in the driveway and about 60% of the time without the car cover. In the last six or so months it had gotten a very slight case of the "hazed headlights". I've started to use Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish once every other month with a light coat of wax even though it's was not really needed after the first two times. Takes about 10 minutes to do both and they continue to look like new. I think the key for mine is that I caught it early.
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Thanks, I've done similar work on our daily drivers, but the lights on the Bullitt are crazing - it's very tiny cracks in the plastic itself and short of replacing them, it doesn't appear you ca do much.

The best way to describe it is if you take a clear plastic spoon and flex it a bit, you'll start to see very tiny cracks inside the plastic - that's what it looks like
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Pulling back this post from the "Phantom Zone". I posted a couple of years back that I thought I had my headlight crazing problem under control. Turns out I didn't, just slowed it down. Has anyone come up with a solution to this short of buying another set? I've done the sandpaper and polishing route a few times and I carry a can of WD 40 with me to apply after a carwash and it does a great 10 foot job, but I'm ready to be thru with this. I know other members have had sets up for sale, but finances have kept me from closing some great deals, but it may be time to bite the "Bullitt" and do one. BTW, I have the HID's.

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You can look for some options here...IIRC, the "retro" lights eliminate the plastic cover...

https://www.americanmuscle.com/
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You can look for some options here...IIRC, the "retro" lights eliminate the plastic cover...

https://www.americanmuscle.com/
No bad, but not for HID's. Found a few used ones on e-bay that are not too bad. To be continued.....

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Has anyone tried a headlight wrap for the plastic lenses ? Perhaps this could prevent some of the crazing.....
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Has anyone tried a headlight wrap for the plastic lenses ? Perhaps this could prevent some of the crazing.....
Planning on just that. That can't hurt seems like....

BTW, bought a set of retro'd HID's off E-Bay. The housings are stock Ford HID and are stated to still be plug and play, but all I'm really after are the housings and they look pretty good in the photos. I know, I know, but they appear look better than mine, should be in next week sometime, and my daughter works for E-Bay and any seller would not want to get her mad. LOL!!!! To be continued....

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Update. Got the headlights in. I see why he had the word "Retro'd" in the text. Turns out he took a set of standard headlights and converted them over to HIDs and they look totally factory. He really didn't do a bad job and they were plug and play, but I decided to do a little work on them myself. Converted all the wiring to factory length to do away with the miles of wiring he had attached to the units and mounted the transformers to the housings per the factory units. They have some minor pitting due to 10K miles of use but are 99% better than the ones I had. For the investment involved (150 bucks plus shipping) I'm pretty happy.

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