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Old 04-15-2018, 10:47 AM
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1988 LED Headlights upgrade?

So it seems my headlights, both high and low, just are not bright enough. Is it possible to upgrade the bulbs to something brighter/ to LEDs?
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:44 AM
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Do you know if the reflector arrays have gone bad? There was a thread I was reading the other day about how to clean the arrays up and fix them, but I don't remember what the link is right now. Will edit when I find it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:32 AM
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more then likely you will need to repaint the reflectors, pull the head lights out heat your oven up, warm them up, carefully pull the glass off, sand and repaint, glue back close.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:30 PM
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Do you know if the reflector arrays have gone bad? There was a thread I was reading the other day about how to clean the arrays up and fix them, but I don't remember what the link is right now. Will edit when I find it.
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more then likely you will need to repaint the reflectors, pull the head lights out heat your oven up, warm them up, carefully pull the glass off, sand and repaint, glue back close.
I didn't even know that was a thing. Is there a youtube video of the process i can follow?
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:26 PM
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not sure if there is a video on the 2nd gen Maxima, I think there might be write up on here somewhere, but it's relativity simple, there are 4 metal clips you need to pull off you can see 2 of them when you open your hood and look at the light, but they are glass lenses on plastic housings, you want to warm them up enough to soften the glue but not hot enough to melt the plastic, and carefully pull the lenses, off refinish the housing inside (chrome paint) and put back together
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:16 AM
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HID kits are reasonably priced and not very difficult to install which could also be an option. I found they gave off amazing light on my 3rd gen which were glass lenses aswell. I don't have the HID's anymore but still have the headlights themselves if your interested though I'm not sure if they can be modded to fit a 2nd gen.

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Old 04-20-2018, 10:02 AM
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I installed LED's into mine, night and day difference. I'll get the model number when I get home. and some pictures.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by ac max 92 View Post
HID kits are reasonably priced and not very difficult to install which could also be an option. I found they gave off amazing light on my 3rd gen which were glass lenses aswell. I don't have the HID's anymore but still have the headlights themselves if your interested though I'm not sure if they can be modded to fit a 2nd gen.
:v I dont think they can.. not sure.

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I installed LED's into mine, night and day difference. I'll get the model number when I get home. and some pictures.
i'd love to see!
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:13 PM
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Halogen on the Left. LED on the Right
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Old 05-04-2018, 02:42 PM
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Halogen on the Left. LED on the Right
Where you ever able to find the model number? :v Also that looks siiick
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenji Shinomori View Post
Where you ever able to find the model number? :v Also that looks siiick

Yeah here you go I bought them from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B076P4GDD2?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_yo_pop_mb_pd_t2 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B076P4GDD2?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_yo_pop_mb_pd_t2
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MAX.Graff View Post



Yeah here you go I bought them from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B076P...o_pop_mb_pd_t2
You are seriously my hero. :v You'd definitely recommend these? And 9004 (HB1) fits the 2nd gen perfectly? No mods?
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Old 05-05-2018, 07:32 AM
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You are seriously my hero. :v You'd definitely recommend these? And 9004 (HB1) fits the 2nd gen perfectly? No mods?
Yes. Iíve had them for 3 months without any issues. Itís just plug and play, no mods necessary.
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:31 AM
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9004 plug and play. No modification needed, plus I have LEDS for the parking lights. I need to find some LEDS for the fogs


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Old 05-30-2018, 11:06 AM
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I took a look inside my headlight housing, and they definitely need to be re-chromed. However, you still sold me on LED upgrade. Definitely doing it with that.
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my passenger side one needs to be re-chromed also. its a 50/50 black.
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:28 PM
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50/50 black? Whut?
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Old 05-30-2018, 01:53 PM
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The bottom part of my housing is not chrome anymore there black. The chrome came off.
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It's a damn shame that Headlamps can't be found for that model anymore! I found a Dorman driver's side headlamp...That's at Summit and Car Id...WTF are you folks suppose to do who still have 2nd Gen Maximas? I've got a buddy with a 87 Maxima that's been garaged with a timing belt related bent valve issue and It's clean as hell!!!
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by CMax03 View Post
It's a damn shame that Headlamps can't be found for that model anymore! I found a Dorman driver's side headlamp...That's at Summit and Car Id...WTF are you folks suppose to do who still have 2nd Gen Maximas? I've got a buddy with a 87 Maxima that's been garaged with a timing belt related bent valve issue and It's clean as hell!!!
How much for it :v
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:21 AM
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Jesus.. Man thats upsetting. Good thing heatguns are 20 bucks..
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:50 AM
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Yep, saw some new ones in the box on ebay for over $200 each also.
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:07 AM
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I had issues with my headlights a few years ago...

There are few if any new OEM headlight assemblies available.

There are some non- oem Knock-off parts, but they are JUNK. They are Plastic instead of the OEM metal, and their reflectors do not focus correctly (like the OEM do).- (with any type of bulb - Halogen or LED)

I was lucky to get one of the last NEW Oem Driver side headlights from someone in Sweeden on ebay.

The Non Oem ones are a reasonable price, but are junk.. you would be far better off repairing/resurfacing your original.

That being said, when you come to fit any of the compatible LED bulbs, be aware, that they will not focus or Dip like a modern headlight.


Although I have not tried it, I strongly considered fitting a modern headlight reflector assembly in behind the original OEM headlight lens. That way you would keep the original outside appearance of the OEM assembly, but benefit from a modern, efficiently focused reflector, with a bright and well focused beam.


If you just throw a modern LED lamp into your OEM headlight assembly, . yes, you will get significantly brighter lights, BUT -- you will also become one of those annoying people who BLIND oncoming drivers at night, because, even when dipped, they will be thowing light all over the place, including directly into oncoming drivers eye.


Also, you will probably fail any Headlight alignment test when/if the car needs to have a state required inspection. ( or put old bulbs back in for the test !!!)
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