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Old 6th February 2010, 08:29   #1
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Question Need to reduce bulbous shape of headlights.

I feel like, I need a reduction of the "bulbous" shape of the headlights of i10..
wonder if thats possible!
well thats one of the reasons why i wouldnt go for Beat!
if anyone agrees, from a certain angle, you can see the body curve and headlight-curve like 2 separate entities!!
i want to integrate both the curves into a smooth continuous curve..
can do?

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Old 6th February 2010, 12:51   #2
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You'd probably have to fabricate new headlights.
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I feel like, I need a reduction of the "bulbous" shape of the headlights of i10..
wonder if thats possible!
well thats one of the reasons why i wouldnt go for Beat!
if anyone agrees, from a certain angle, you can see the body curve and headlight-curve like 2 separate entities!!
i want to integrate both the curves into a smooth continuous curve..
can do?

care.

Ace
Yes the i10 headlights protrude when seen standing 2 feet away from the rear door. i20 has headlights that merge with the shape of the car.

Try if you can fit i20 headlights to an i10
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You'd probably have to fabricate new headlights.
That's the only option. Will be expensive and not reliable in terms of water proofing. And also if you break them, getting them fabricated again is an issue. Not to mention the aerodynamics. These cars are windtunnel tested.

What's the whole idea behind changing them? They don't look bad. Rather modify them to projector type if you interested in changing the look.

Most of the new cars have these bulging type headlamps: look at the accord, camry, altis.
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Yes it can be done but with gentle pressure and a heat gun .

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Arrow Really!? Anybody done this!

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Yes it can be done but with gentle pressure and a heat gun .

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Has anybody done this!?
I really think its very risky!
Possible issues:
1. unwanted deformation.
2. Discoloration.
3. any other side effects.
Please do give some more feed on this, thank you.

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Old 7th February 2010, 17:50   #7
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The headlight covers are made of acrylic sheet/plastic. Check out youtube and how the fabrication if custom headlights is done .There is no damage as long as proper stress and heat is applied.You can try it first on a broken headlight too.

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Modifying the existing dome will change the characteristics of the light throw. You'll have some unwanted refraction, angular diffraction as the refractive index of the plastic will change.
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don't even think of it !!!!!

the acrylic sheet of the headlight is of different quality than compare to the aftermarket acrylic sheets .
Heat gun will not heat in uniformity and it will let you in deformation and and second;ly most point it has some chemical inside the headlight which if gets spoiled then it cant get rectified

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@titntin82 : It is clear lens headlight an dwe are not doing anything to the reflector so no change in direction of reflection of light .Also please note the piece that he wants to change is not in the direction of throw of light in either high or low beam.

@smokin : Yes it is of different quality but it is still acrylic .I agree i may not be uniform in inexperienced hands but the bulge can be suppressed a lot (remember the chemistry lesson where we used to heat a glass tube and change its shape ).
And i do not know of any chemical in a headlight except for the silicone for sealing off .Please clarify ?

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@titntin82 : It is clear lens headlight an dwe are not doing anything to the reflector so no change in direction of reflection of light .Also please note the piece that he wants to change is not in the direction of throw of light in either high or low beam.
Ah, I see. I haven't taken a keen look at the i10's headlamps. I just remember the toad eye bulge .

As for the acrylic, using a heat gun on certain types of acrylic will make them turn slightly milky. I do not know if this will be case on headlamp domes as well.
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yes I agree. In fact, my wife had nick-named the i10 as "crocodile" as the headlights would pop out of the car like the eyes of a crocodile
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@smokin : Yes it is of different quality but it is still acrylic .I agree i may not be uniform in inexperienced hands but the bulge can be suppressed a lot (remember the chemistry lesson where we used to heat a glass tube and change its shape ).
And i do not know of any chemical in a headlight except for the silicone for sealing off .Please clarify ?

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sir i agree withyou that is acrylic but still the quality is different than the one available in aftermarket this is rigid one (needs high temperture to get it bend )

still heatgun cant be upto the mark for heating it uniformly all over headlights,for this i can prefer the oven

for chemical even i dont know which one the use but you can do a experiment

buy a headlight ,on the inner side use a rubbing/polish in a paricular area with some force and you will see the removal of coating on that area

I am into this work that's why i know i have faced a lot of issues when one of m mechanic accidently drop some elfy on the civic headlights
we try to remove it by using rubbing and there was this thing happened

Afer that we went to the specialist guy who rubbed the whole coating of the headlight ,then i got to know about this
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there is one thing that you can do

take a headlight of similar size and shape ( I20)

fabricate the bonnet and the fender and make it fit exactly in place
fabricating the whole headlamp is also a better option but i don't think there are any good fabricator for the same in India

and if there are I don't know
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Old 8th February 2010, 12:14   #15
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Smile preparing for i10 homecoming :)

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Ah, I see. I haven't taken a keen look at the i10's headlamps. I just remember the toad eye bulge .

Aww, dont say that.. the 'beautiful' i10 celebrates homecoming at my place on 12th !!
-You are invited too!!

As for the acrylic, using a heat gun on certain types of acrylic will make them turn slightly milky. I do not know if this will be case on headlamp domes as well.
..
yes, I too strongly feel heat treatment will cause some kind of discoloration!
- just a feeling though, not very sure.
..
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yes I agree. In fact, my wife had nick-named the i10 as "crocodile" as the headlights would pop out of the car like the eyes of a crocodile
..
Ok! Lol alright!
first an amphibian, now a Croc !! thats much better!!
<my young bro seems to agree a lot with your wife's opinion!! --now even more, that-he has read it here!!>
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don't even think of it !!!!!

the acrylic sheet of the headlight is of different quality than compare to the aftermarket acrylic sheets .
Heat gun will not heat in uniformity and it will let you in deformation and and second;ly most point it has some chemical inside the headlight which if gets spoiled then it cant get rectified
..
Well, I am not afraid of it!, but what I say is, instead, replacement is very simple solution, just the need of a replace-fit!
i20 solution here- I will check out surely with the dealer/mechanic.
<anybody done that yet?>
..

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