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Crummy Headlight Fix

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Old 04-17-2016, 09:18 PM
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I have had a couple of S70 and V70's where the headlights were very dim, and the problem was the reflector. I did a little research on this yesterday and I decided to try to fix them using Monokote Trim Chrome from the hobby shop. For $3, it's the cheapest fix, and being peel-n-stick, it's probably the easiest, and being about as reflective as a mirror, it has a good chance of being the best as well.

I just did one headlight so I could compare (so far). I was shocked. I think I have about 10X the light. I will have to post some pictures.

This stuff is sticky back mylar, so it'll be interesting to see if it peels off or crumbles to dust and when.
 

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I'd be curious how it holds up to the heat. Should I be on the lookout for a Volvo in Tennessee with flames coming out of one of the headlights? :-)
 
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Could happen...
 
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This picture does not really do it justice. I think I have about 10 times more light on the "good" one.
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I was thinking about doing the other headlight with aluminum duct tape, but I found the roll I had was not the shiny kind. So I have done the rest of the headlights with the Monokote mylar. I guess I'll report back in a year or when it peels off. $3 worth is enough to do all 4 headlights.
 
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Wow......Definitely see the difference. Please let us know how it holds up!!
 
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I would post a picture of my sticker work, but it looks like a first grader did it.
 
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Ok, now I'm curious if this would work on my 850T lighting(s)... :think: it/they are terrible, particularly the low beams...Even with Hella Hi performance Xenon bulbs installed...bulbs made a difference over what was in there originally, but still terrible (although the 100w Hellas I put in the highs definitely made a difference lol )
 
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Well, here's an update. I meant to check in after 1 years, but now it's been 2. This is working great. I can still clearly see the cut line, and both bulbs have a little bright spot of focus which approximately intersects on the surface of the road on dim. I don't see any deterioration at all. I will pull the lenses off and inspect and let you all know how it looks.
 
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